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Superscript textSuperscript textSuperscript textSuperscript textSuperscript text ha ha "For the amateur or professional boxer preparing for a competition or bout, however, training is much more stringent. This could include getting up at 5 am to jog, flying to a far away place to get isolated during 2 or more months before the fight, dieting, doing the same gym routine as a beginner, only that twice every day, and getting to the city hosting the fight two weeks before the fight to get used to the location's climate" sounds like somebody watched rocky then wrote this

Wouldn't working out the same way twice a day, every day be overtraining.  And wouldn't a serious boxer do sport specific weight trainging and plyometrics?

I would certainly think so. I agree this sounds like propaganda...I'd sincerely like to know what your 'average boxer', not necessarily heavy-weight contender does routinely in preparing for a fight...are the Rocky training sequences/scenes realistic? Of course, if I could do any of the things listed here at this moment, consistently, I'd be in pretty good cardio-vascular shape.

I bet the training is similar to a body-builder's regimen. That is, the boxer probably spends most of his time between fights in the gym pumping iron...i.e. body-building and/or in strength training, but with his/her emphasis on not over-training. Maybe six-eight weeks prior to a fight, he/she would focus on slimming down and getting as lean as possible while maintaining the highest level of endurance possible...which means a lot of running, aerobic activity, sparring, etc. Except for the last, this is what body-builders do, right before a competition. Six to eight weeks before a competition bodybuilders may look 'thicker' than on the contest day, when definition is prized above all else. And similarly, I suspect, to boxers, right before competitions, they focus on high repetitions...not for endurance, although by that time they have a lot of it, but for improving their definition.

But with respect to over-training, I know this from personal experience...it is quite possible to over-train and injure yourself in the process, as one might by doing the exercises here "every day, twice per day" That is, even if one were already in good physical condition, an injury would be a likely result. I'm referring to weight-training, but I suspect other forms of training may result in the same over-use muscle/joint/tendon/ligament problems.

My experience is in body-building, but I was 'coached' by a certified physical trainer. I was in good condition when I injured myself, after body-building consistently, day after day (two consecutive days of training different body parts, a rest day, followed by another two consecutive days of training two other body parts...I usually rested on weekends), for a period of about two years. My average workout lasted about three hours per day. I would have spent more time on it, but I had 'day job.'

Actually, to be technically accurate, my trainer customized my workout to emphasize my back, because I want to be a mountain climber, so I actually did train my back twice per week...but each 'back session' was separated by at least two days.

I once violated this arrangement and worked my pectoral muscles three days in one week. Instead of doing about 20 sets (8-12 repetitions each) of pectoral (upper, middle, and lower) muscle exercises, I split my routine over a 3 day period, with I think one rest day in there somewhere. Then I pulled a ligament in my chest. That was about 9 months ago, and that area still gets sore easily.

I imagine in boxing the idea is to increase your endurance with long-distance running, etc...not weightlifting. The two, weightlifting (anerobic exercise) and running (aerobic exercise...and I do mean running, not jogging) are somewhat mutually exclusive...that is, running breaks down some of the muscles one is attempting to build in weightlifting. So yes, over-training is a problem there too.

A more likely scenario would be running 5 miles in the morning (which can be maintained day-to-day, and is probably encouraged...but I would not think a marathon (~26 miles), everyday, would be), followed by pumping iron at night (and even then, not the same muscle group every night).

I'm no boxer...I just know from personal experience that if you train a muscle group to failure on consecutive days, you are bound to injure yourself. The body's muscles need time to recuperate...otherwise they never get to rebuild themselves fully, much less grow, and as a consequence you lose strength.

My point being...not necessarily directed to the original commenter, take this article with a grain of salt and don't over-do it; see a doctor first, i.e., get a physical, if you've never attempted anything like this. Pete0001 (talk) 06:32, 20 March 2008 (UTC)

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