Boxing is a game of skill. I covered some technical aspects in the boxing series including offense and defense, but attitude and diet are equally important.
The mindstate of a warrior:
There is a difference between a solider and a warrior. Both are worthy of respect and are honorable. I have nothing but respect for our fighting forces and thank them for their service. The warrior is an individual whose goal is to combat other warriors, and has adopted a personal style to do so. A boxer is a warrior who adapts to his or her physical strengths and limitations, and you will see alot of this in the ring.
When you are a boxer, you need to be focused on your personal style that makes sense for you. As a welterweight, I knew I needed to evade as many strikes as possible and deliver as many jabs and crosses as I could. Heavy weight fighters focus on their strengths, which are blocks and strikes, and may develop a strong affinty for body blows.
A boxer fights within his weight class, and the lower the weight, the more technicals and evasion matter. You will see perries and energy deflection. As you train and box, you will learn your strengths and weaknesses. Focus on your strengths to build your style. This is why a trainer is essential for your progress. Get one.
Diet during training and before a fight:
As a boxer, you will learn that eating too much before a fight is bad news. This is common sense, as you will be engaging in cardio and being struck. Make sure you eat a small meal. Eating healthy is key to success. Avoid large amounts of carbs and too much sugar. These are short-lasting energy sources. Avoid energy drinks and candy bars before a fight for sustained energy.
Eat a large meal after you fight. Eat a smaller meal before. Focus on healthy and light food. Carbs and sugar promote inflammation, which you may have after fighting.
Check out more information regarding a healthy boxer's diet below:
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