I get many questions from aspiring fighters how to modify certain strength training systems/templates so they can still produce big numbers yet train in fight sports at the same time. Or they’ll say that they are a fighter but they’re focusing more on power lifting.
What?! So they wanna train like a power lifter and yet master boxing or whatever fighting art they are training in at the same time? I question this and obviously don’t recommend it because it can’t be done. It makes NO sense. They shouldn’t try to fool themselves in trying.
For one to master any fighting art it takes more than 1-2 hours of training a day 2-3days per week. You HAVE to immerse yourself in the training to fully grasp it and make any progress in it at all. I’ll say this one last time… YOU CAN’T be a power lifter and fighter at the same time. They both will detract from one another and halt any real progress you can make in either one.
If you wanna be a power lifer then power lift. If you want to be a fighter then focus your training on fighting. It takes HUGE focus and commitment to make it to the top in either one. You can’t do this by being a part time athlete in both sports.
A lot of aspiring fighters have been missing the boat on what purpose strength training serves in their training. Strength training is TO SUPPLEMENT not compete with skill training. LESS is more. Focus on doing more with less. Going over board in both leaves a fighter burned out and broken down. You can’t expect to be pushing big numbers in power lifting if you’re getting banged up in skill training.
Prioritize, focus, then commit and you’ll enjoy success in whatever you choose. Choose it and do it. Just don’t do both cause you’ll set your self up for a lot of heart ache, failure and pain.
I caught the Calzaghe-Jones advert/fight poster in this weekends USA Today paper. In the back ground it shows Joe performing a smith machine squat. Roy is curling some dbs.
Wow! These guys are serious aren’t they? What a joke! machine training isn’t going to make Joe any more explosive which is what he needed for the longest time. I don’t get why he’s SO against free weights. That narrow mindedness has hurt his career as far as potential left undeveloped. Oh well, you can’t help the unwilling.
Roy had a great strength/conditioning coach in Mackie Shilstone so I hope he remembers what Mackie taught him and he’s doing more than performing bicep curls. We’ll soon see as Calzaghe-Jones 24/7 starts tomorrow night.
I teach my fighters that predictability gets you beat. One of things that drives me nuts when I train fighters is when they continue to throw one jab. Jab move and jab again. They don’t do that long at all because I explain to them how easily a fighter will time that jab and come over it since they know how many jabs will come at them.
The power is in being unpredictable. I’ll stay with the jab in my example here. Switching up the tempo of the jab and how many jabs you throw and where are fantastic ways to keep the other fighter guessing. If you keep the other fighter guessing you keep him thinking. If the other fighter is over thinking he will begin to hesitate. If the fighter hesitates that creates great opportunities for you to capitalize and score at will.
You also keep the fighter out of rhythm, off his fight plan, while you’re in his head. Want another example? Watch the Pavlik-Hopkins replay.
Hopkins did the unthinkable in that fight. He was the aggressor and lead. Pavlik was totally expecting a low punch output mauling fouling Hopkins. He couldn’t adjust and was never allowed to get into his rhythm because Bernard fought totally opposite of the way he usually does.
Sensing and seeing that Kelly was thrown off by this early on, Bernard continued it and built on it round by round until we saw him going for the KO in the 12th round! NOBODY expected to see that! Nobody would have dared to predict that.
Bernard of course created that moment by fighting unpredictable while earing himself the performance of a life time. Kelly and all of us watching were taught many lessons that night, one that we never saw coming.