A Day in The Life: A Boxers Daily Routine
A Professional Boxer's Daily Life....
Boxers must live a strict life in order to succeed at the highest levels. Proper eating habits and constant training are all part of a day's work. Mike Tyson once was asked why he ran at 4 in the morning and he replied "Because the other guy ain't".
Different boxers have different training schedules and regimines. Below is a standard workout routine that is a great start for a boxer looking to turn professional. Becoming a pro boxer is a life altering decision so pray and meditate on it before deciding once and for all. Boxing is one of if not the most dangerous sports out there and should be treated with respect.
Sparring is Crucial
A prizefighter should start his day off by eating breakfast and then after a small rest start stretching for the exercise. If you slept the night before and eat a small meal with nutrients and vitamins the day will go well. Juices or protein shakes can go a long way towards a fantastic, energy filled day also.
After eating and warming up its time for road work. A typical run should be anywhere from 5-7 miles per day. Run or jog the entire time with no walking in between. After a nice long run, come home or back to training camp and take a shower and if feasible get a massage.
If the weather is horrid such as tornado, thunder storms or heavy snow use the gyms treadmill and do double time when skipping rope. Never use an excuse about the weather for why you do not do your jog. Set a treadmill for five miles and jog till it's done.
Double End Bag
Muhammad Ali Hits the Heavy Bag
After 5-7 miles of jogging it's time to take a shower and cool down. While relaxing go ahead and eat a small lunch and watch tapes of the boxer you will be facing. Cool down during thsee moments because up next is gym training.
Now it's off to the gym. Do more stretching and warm up exercises before beginning to train in any fashion. Stretch and warm up and then start light with a few minutes of shadow boxing and a few minutes of jump roping. Now it's time to hit the bags. Heavybag, speed bag and double end bags are done in three rounds each consisting of three minute heats. Then the boxer should do four rounds on the pads. After working the punch mitts with your coach you will have boxed 12 rounds. The punch mitts is very important because the trainer is breaking down the bout with you and emulating the moves of your adversary.
Cool down with some jump roping or shadow boxing. After a thirty minute break. Stretch some more and get on the medicine ball with a good routine.
- Boxers with Great Footwork
This Boxing article focuses on fighters with great footwork. Pernell Whitaker, Willie Pep, Benny Leonard and Sugar Ray Robinson are documented in this hub. Pictures, polls and videos are in this hub.
- Rules That Govern The Sport of Boxing
This article documents the rules for the sport of boxing. The standing 8 count, rabbit punches and the 10 point must system are featured in this hub. You tube videos, polls, maps and photos are here.
- Learning The Basics of Boxing
This boxing article describes the basics of Pugilism. The jab, footwork, basic defense and conditioning are listed in this hub. Pictures, videos and commentary are also in this blog.
- Learning Advance Techniques in Boxing
This boxing article documents advance techniques for the sport. Feints, Shoulder rolls, counter punching and using parry's are listed in this hub. Also, pictures, videos and commentary are here.
- Boxing Gym Equipment and It's Uses
This article describes boxing training equipment and what it's used for. Speed bags, heavy bags, double end bags and punch mitts are listed in this hub along with videos and pictures.
Have you ever boxed in a boxing ring?
After a fast paced workout on the bags and the mitts which included shadow boxing and jump roping it's time to spar. Sparring is not an everyday occurrence. Train in the gym Monday thru Saturday and do the same with roadwork. But as far as sparring goes this activity should be done one to three times per week at most. Always follow the first and number one rule in all of boxing which is to Protect yourself at all times.
Wear headgear, hand wraps, groin protector and obviously gloves when sparring. Safety is important in boxing. It's a sport not a game. Baseball and basketball are games but boxing is not a game at all. A contest, a sport but never a game. The rounds should always be three minutes in length to replicate the real deal. Your sparring partner is brought in to imitate the prizefighter you will be facing soon.
Boxing Jump Roping
Good Nights Sleep
Always get 6-8 hours sleep each night. Proper rest is important for the body especially after long days of training. Get on a set schedule and try to sleep the same time each night. The same routine over and over will train the body and on fight night you'll be wide wake and full of energy for the bout. A good routine is to go to bed at 10PM and wake up at 4AM.
* If you have ever boxed or sparred amateur or as a professional I would love to hear from you. You can leave comments in the capsule at the bottom of this prizefighting article.
Floyd Mayweather Works the Punch Mitts
Professional boxers need to take their eating habits very seriously especially in the lighter weight divisions. Eats a good idea to eat veggies, fruits and even a daily vitamin during training and really in daily life period. A typical boxer may intake anywhere from 8-15 thousand calories per day because of the intensity of the exercises and the running which burns off lots of calories.
view quiz statistics
Boxing Training Video
Boxing Gloves on Amazon
Top contenders and of course champions as well have obligations to go with their training, diet and road work such as press conferences, tours around several states and countries to promote their match and television appearances among many other things a celebrity athlete must contend with.
A boxer must be emotionally, physically and mentally ready on fight night because the opponent will be prepared in those areas.
Heavy Bag Workout
© 2014 Buster Johnson