White Tyson said:
I'd like to think that I'm a lot more athletic than people give me credit for.
But then I think to myself that a 34 Inch Waist, and the simple fact that although I can bench almost 300 lbs. yet can hardly do many sit-ups, push-ups, chin-ups... as well as run very fast for a long amount of time... and have flabbiness and can't always keep myself moving on a consistent basis... and breath heavy easy...
It seems I remember reading a recent post of yours in which you mentioned that your planning on take up boxing and your wanting to box in competition.
I took that to mean you have interest in becoming an amatuer boxer.
Not sure your age? But if your a youngster? I would encouage you to do so. Its a great fitness and confidence builder.
Perhaps you may have read enough of my posts now. That is, if you have read many of my posts. You know that I'm not an advocate of lifting weights, and especially not for boxers.
Of course, I'm a an older man now in my mid 50s. I'm not boxing any more but I still put myself in the gym daily to workout just to keep in shape, and I think I am in pretty good shape for an old guy.
You mentioned "pushups", for example, I can get down and do 100 pushups fairly easily without a problem.
But there are different kinds of strengths.
As for what you mentioned about lifting weights.
I'm sure their are a lot of guys that are strong who lift weights may could bench press 400 pounds, that maybe would have much difficulty even doing 40-50 pushups if even that many without tiring.
Like I said there are different kinds of strengths and as for the kind of strength you have is going to depend much on the type of physical training you have learned to do and that you chose to do.
Also I'd like to say that as for the overall health and physical fitness thing today, it come to be a really big business, and naturally you going to have people out there trying to sell you stuff as in near all types of business stuff that you don't really need.
By the way, I'd just like to add that I've enjoyed reading you posts. Your knowlegedable of the sport, and I respect that, and I appreciate your enthusiasm for the sport. The reason I chose to respond to your post is only just to encourage you.
You mentioned measurements.
For my part, I have a boxer's body, by that I mean the kind of physique more like boxer's more use to have before some had gone to doing this so-called modern day physical training for boxer's today.
I don't have a musclebound physique. I've got muscles of course. (smiling)
I have a natural body, and my bodyweight is remains the same as it was more than 30 years ago when I use to box in the amatuer ranks at 168-172 pounds, and my height remains the same. I'm five ten (actually, 5' 10 1/2").
As for my weight and physique its remains very near the same as it did more than 30 years ago, only for reasons I've continued to train and to workout much as I did back when I was boxing.
You mentioned measurements. Again, I have no musclebound physique like bodybuilders do.
My measurements, for example, I have a 31 inch Waist, and a 43 inch Chest (normal), and a 45 inch Chest (expanded).
But especially at my age it sure wouldn't be that if I had not continued to train and to stay in shape I can sure tell you that.
For when guys turn 50, they turn to put on weight more easily, and start to get a "pot belly," and hair loss and their body starts going with age especially if they don't keep themselves in shape.
As for physical appearance and physique. Especially today in terms of physique what appears to a person as for someone having a great physique is much dependant on what a person have been educated to in various ways to think as to what looks great as for physique.
Bodybuilders tend to see that of having HUGE BULGING MUSCLES as seen in the muscle magazines as being great physiques.
Yet those aren't natural bodies, and the training they do as for lifting weights isn't a naural form of exercise either.
Chimpanzees, as an example, are eight times stronger than a man, yet do not lift weights.
How do chimpanzees exercise?
The thing about lifting weights or exercising using resistence machines can will for example increase the size and strength of muscles, reshaping your body and making you look great, however.
It generally only works with the muscles that are seen and does not the the majority of muscles that have no aesthetic value.
It also does not address the strength of ligaments and tendons.
Well, that can create an inbalance, where some muscles are strong and abnormally large, and other muscles, ligaments and tendons are weak and disproportionate in size.
Let me give you an example, I had known a professional athlete who did not lift weights but he was really a very strong guy.
He had an athletic built and not what many today would generally consider to be a musclebound physique.
This guy had have strong ligaments and tendons and most especially in his arms and shoulders and in his hands for reasons of the way he trained. He did not lift weights.
You wouldn't never think just by looking at this guy that he was as strong as he was, but he could break a steel pair of plyers with his hands.
I was amazed at the grip this guy had, in being he could break a steel pair of plyers in his hand.
Hey, he could grip your hand in a test of strength that could bring a big man to his knees. He was that strong!
He'd smile and say, "What's wrong, big guy?" As you were in pain pleading for him to loose his grip on your hand.
I just share this to point out the fact that there are different kinds of strengths.
In part, genetics may play a role in it. But it actually has more to do as for the way he chose to exercise and to train.
I've never known an athlete myself included that didn't take pride in their physique.
But having a more functional body I think is by far better than to be musclebound and to have dysfunctional body, or less functional body for reasons of being too musclebound is what I'm trying to say.
I mean you don't just want to be all show do you and to look tough, but not to really be all that tough, and to look like your in shape, but actually to not be in as good a shape as you might look is what I'm trying to say.
And the problem is that there many people who want to get in shape, but most really do not know how to properly train to achieve their goals in training.
They say that here in America that people are exercising more than ever before, or, at least they will say that are.
Yet it can be seen that Americans are getting fatter and fatter.
They are supposedly exercising more than ever before yet they are getting fater and fatter.
Well, its not eating the right foods, its for reasons of having a poor diet, and poor training habits.
This is why in part, and much the reason their are so many unhealthy and sickly people today.
I could turn this into a big subject very easily, only for reasons I've had interest in having studied physcial fitness and various forms of training over the years and have done a lot research.
The reason I've had so much interest in it I guess is because after I first took up boxing in the gym when I was just a kid. I've been I guess you could say a kind of physical fitness and conditioning freak ever since I was just a kid.
Well, I'm glad I am. I think that's much the reason that other than just routine physical examinations I have had no need of doctors in more than 40 years.
Only, because I'm never get sick.
Other than just routine physical examinations, only sick people need a doctor.
Some people may say, its just having good genes.
Maybe! But it also has to do with getting out there and doing something and keeping yourself physically fit too.
Finally, I want to say the fact that there are apparently so many professional athletes taking drugs (steriods) and
body enhancements says a lot about the quality of the so-called modern day training today.
Someone had said, "This proof is in the puddin."
How I know how good the training being perscibed is by what it produces?
Do we have more healthy, well-conditioned and talented athletes today?
Do we have that in boxing today?
Hey, if you ask me I'd have to say the old school was and still is the best school.