Sep 17 2008

It’s not Old School, It’s being a Profesional with Common Sense.

This past weekend we had several fighters having problems making weight and one big fight was actually scrapped due to this. The culprit in scrapping the big fight was Joan Guzman. Campbell-Guzman was a fight that many were looking forward too. It was a fight that would help clear who the best at light weight is.

Guzman fucked all that up by coming in way too heavy and saying he was too weak from making the weight to even fight. What bullshit! What was his team thinking 3 weeks ago when Joan stepped on the scale? Where is the professionalism there?!

There’s quite a few writers saying that the old school way of staying in shape between fights is all but gone… Fighters like Shane Mosley, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Beranrd Hopkins respect boxing enough to stay in shape between fights. But the thing is, it’s not old school but fucking common sense! It’s called being a professional. If these fighters don’t want to be professionals then fine their asses for blowing a big promotion and fucking a fighter who respects the fight and sport enough to come fully prepped.. I’m talking about Campbell here. Guzman should be the last in line for another big fight cause all that shit he was popping off and he couldn’t even make weight?! A big fight and promotion was blown, he must be used as an example. Suspend him for his lack of effort and integrity. Take away the big pay days until he is ready to take away the big portions at the dinner table! If I was Campbells manager I’de be suing Guzmans ass.

Sergio Mora had problems making weight too and had to dry out for over an hour to make the weight. Keep in mind that he was over by four pounds the night before and he was trying then to cut. This obviously took it’s tool on Serio’s body. The result was a lackluster performance and huge loss against a motivated and very fit Vernon Forrest. To fuck around with making weight against a world class fighter in Vernon Forrest guaranteed disaster and that’s what happened in Mora loosing decisively against Vernon.

Just a few months ago, Mora was on top of the world, now he’s on the bottom of the totem pole cause he was came in too heavy. He said he needed at least eight weeks to prepare. Maybe so, but what he needed to do was keep himself fit so if he was rushed into a short camp making weight wouldn’t have been an excuse. But that’s exactly the excuse he gave. All Sergio had to do was take responsibility and this shit wouldn’t have happened. That’s all it comes down too… Act like a pro.

That’s why old school fighters stayed in the gym and fought often. It kept them sharp and in shape. They knew that things happen fast in boxing and they wanted to be ready. The young James Toney knew this and did it by fighting often, as did Julio Cesar Chavez. This also allowed both to have long careers.

To them it wasn’t old school, but fucking common sense and being pros.

Sep 10 2008

How to be better prepared in your boxing strength training workouts.

When it comes to training do you guys think in terms of using tools or using one training philosophy? I hope your heads aren’t welded shut and you learn to use different tools depending on the different goals you have in your training.

Just like in a fight, fighting one style will get you success up to a point. But being a well rounded fighter allows you to achieve more. So as it is in training. We need to take from the different training methods/philosophies out there and add them to our training to ensure even more gains than following one training system.

Fighters often up their game when they get out of their comfort zone and study another art adding to their game and calling on that added skill in a fight when needed. That’s how performance enhancement training should be. Learn from the different training methods out there so you have the proper and ideal training tools necessary to call upon when the goal or situation demands them the most.

Sep 5 2008

Louie Simmons talking explosive power training for boxing .

Here’s an interview I did with Lou a while ago.. Lou stopped by my new gym and we’re doing another video interview for my but I wanted to share this clip with you.

Click here for part two and three of this interview.

Jul 16 2008

Q/A: Boxing Strength Training Program Design.

Hey Rob,

Planning a solid strength and conditioning for the summer, here’s an outline:

1 – de lower, core stability and rotation (bands, medicine ball)
2 – me upper, neck stability, flexion, extension
3 – gpp , restoration/recovery
4 – me lower, core flexion and extension, grip
5 – de upper, neck stability, flexion, extension
6 – upper power conditioning, sprints, grip
7 – strength endurance(burpees, slams, deck of cards, warrior challenges, bodyweight circuits), static stretching

What sort of recovery work do you do on that gpp day? What do you think of mobility drills stretches, activation, all that jazz? I have never looked into it. Injury prevention is obviously important to a boxer, rotator cuff work. What else should I do? Really this day is a good chance to cool my body down and get myself rested up, I want to make the most of it and add anything small that will help me in the long run.

This programme will probably go 3 weeks on, 1 week deload where volume in the weights and actual weight is halved, conditioning and other days will remain the same.

Thanks in advance,

You got a lot going on Charis. Too much in my opinion. Are you training to be a fighter with skill training on top of this? You’re better doing less than too much. Try a 2-3 day strength training template. Add some plyometrics before the strength exercises on ME Upper and ME Lower.

I don’t use a templet like this Charis. So for recovery we rest, get some deep tissue work done, soak in some mineral baths etc.

Mobility drills, activation exercises should be part of your program. Mobility is extremely important and overlooked. Focus on it to improve your performance and to stay healthy.

I would add some reverse wd chops and some reverse crunches also.

Charis, I have no idea what you need without knowing your weaknesses, needs/goals but I will say that prone cobras are great, forward ball rolls, face pulls, wall leans, are all very good to use.

To recover you have to manage your high training stressors, the high ones in life too.

Monitor your lifestyle habits as a solid strength/conditioning program will flow off of that. With poor habits you screw yourself. Sleep well, drink plenty of water, eat whole foods, limit stimulants.

Remember less is more. Focus on getting more done with less. You strength/conditioning program should focus on your needs and weaknesses, and supplement what you don’t get from your skill training.

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