In the 60's my coach went nuts if a boxer even though about the weight room HOWEVER, spending a summer in the iron room and banging the heavy bag made a huge difference.. and the net weight gain was about 5 lbs. I was able to move faster and had more punching power. Could take it downstairs better tooRick said:Just curious what the boxers out there think is more important, strength training or cardio.
Ive always been a cardio fan, so you can go the distance, but i hear a ton of guys say they are willing to sacrifice cardio for strength, thoughts?
I hated runnning and 'roadwork.' Used the skip rope a ton though. Wind was good ... medicine ball and heavy bag will do this if you work at it.czr said:The question is what's more important, strength training or cardio? I know of a few fighters that look really good in the first round, one guy in particular knocked his opponent down in the first round; then the second round came up the other fighter was very busy landing shots and by the third round our guy ended up getting knocked down in the third and a fight stoppage shortly after. You really need both strength training and cardio. When you mention cardio in my mind I am thinking road work, sprinting, jump rope, interval training etc. None of the great fighters that I know of were known not to be in good cariovascular shape.
This makes perfect senseGoldenBoy said:On the contrary, unless your a top 50 professional fighter, cardiovascular training will actually hinder you.
In the amateurs, you fight 2 min rounds, with a max of 4 rounds in championship caliber tourny's etc...
Even when you become a pro, you wont be fighting or more than 6 rounds unless circumstance arrive.
Boxing is an anaerobic sport that requires intense bursts of energy at given times during a match. You only actually box for 6-8 minutes as an amateur. There is no reason to train for aerobic conditioning if you only fight for 6 minutes. There would also be no reason to run more than 2 miles at a time. You will actually train your muscles not to be fast and strong, but slow and steady. And who wants that?
Its true. I can remmeber guys who are pretty strong being gasssed when hitting the mitts with the trainer. I mean I'd sacrifice strength for endurance anyday.ninikins said:many people seem to underestimate the importance of cardio training, without stamina, strength can be useless