The 2012 Ringside World Championships is only two months away, and it’s imperative that preparations begin early.
The first order of business is simply to make the decision to participate. At first glance, it
would appear to be a fairly easy question to answer, but in reality, it’s a very important choice to make. It’s a goal, a commitment you’ll be making to yourself that will directly affect the next two months of your life.
If you’re willing and choose to accept the challenge, then I congratulate you and assure you that it will be an experience you won’t soon forget. A significant portion of the challenge is mental, and since you are now armed with the necessary psychological fortitude and determination, you’re already half way to the finish line.
Now to tackle the other half. With an expected 1,400 athletes at this year’s tournament,
there will be no shortage of competition, and each athlete will be striving for the same objective – a world championship. The victory is earned with the work you log in the weeks leading-up to the tournament, in the sacrifices you make now. The sport of boxing doesn’t allow for last minute cramming.
Although a specific training regimen should be tailored to the individual athlete, there are several general items that should be incorporated into Week 1 of your training camp:
- Waiting until the last minute to lose weight is ineffective and dangerous, so don’t do it. Begin eating healthier now. This, combined with the increase in training, will help you lose any excess weight more gradually.
- Start laying the foundation for the harder running routines that will come in the following weeks by running 2 -3 miles, at least five days a week.
- Gym Workout
- Experienced and novice boxers alike should take the time to insure that their fundamentals are solid. This will decrease the chance of bad habits forming as workouts increase in intensity.
- Perform three, three-minute rounds at each station (shadow boxing, heavy bag, double-end bag, speed bag, jump rope, etc.). At this point, intensity should be moderate. The goal of these early days is to get the body back into a routine and to lay the foundation for what’s to come.
- Start doing sit-ups and neck exercises to strengthen these important parts of the body.
Like building blocks, it’s important to lay a strong foundation for the camp, and by incorporating these components into Week 1 of training, you’ll be better prepared for what’s to come.