24 Feb MARKS TOP 5 TIPS FOR GETTING ‘RING READY’
Fighting is the complete athletic test. No other sport demands the speed, power, strength, reaction time, endurance and heart that fighters need.
With FightFit Challenge training kicking off next week I wanted to put together my top 5 tips for being ‘boxing ring ready’, so you can get the best out of your body come fight night.
As a fighter, you need to treat your body like a hotted up sports car. Your body needs to be hard, fast, agile, and to make it perform at it’s best you need to put in the best fuel, or it will break-down.
Due to the intensity of training you undergo as a fighter, you also need your body to repair quickly. Focusing on taking in lean proteins like chicken breast, fruits and vegetables, and staying away from starchy carbohydrates like white bread and rice will give your body the fuel it needs to repair and be ready for the next session.
The last point i’ll make on nutrition is that there’s no hiding. Fighting is a 1 person sport, you can’t pass the gloves to a team-mate, and there’s nowhere to run. Cheating on your nutrition will always show, in your physique and your performance in the ring.
Running, or ‘roadwork’ as a lot of fighters refer to it, is a staple of any boxer’s training. Hitting the road 3 mornings a week will aid in fat loss, and improve your endurance come fight time. Start off running on your non training days, particularly once sparring begins, and build up to 5-7km.
If you haven’t fought before, sparring will be your first taste of hitting and getting hit. The most important thing to remember when you’re sparring is that it’s not about winning or losing, its your chance to hone your skills with a trainer. During your sparring sessions focus on the instructions you’re being given, and think about the chess game of boxing, looking for counter punches, defence and movement.
LISTEN TO YOUR TRAINER
Although you’ll be by yourself in the ring, your support team is a crucial element of your training and fight night, and will always guide you to perform at your best. The FightFit trainers have all been in the ring, and your head trainer Paul Fyfield has trained multiple world champs and 16 Australian champions including myself. If you think you want to train more and take extra classes always speak to Paul or one of the trainers first, and they’ll make sure you don’t overtrain or injure yourself.
Water, rest and massage have always been my goto recovery methods for making sure my body is ready for the next session, and to make sure i’m in peak condition come fight night. Try to drink at least 3 litres of water per day, sleep 6 – 8 hours every night, and schedule regular massages.
Good luck to everyone about to undertake this epic journey, it’s a tough but very rewarding road.