Boxers are generally known for their fantastic work ethic. 


Laziness is not a common character trait and it’s not hard to find boxers who are fantastically committed to their training. 


I think one of the things that differentiates boxing from other sports is that, when a boxer is in the ring, there is no place to hide. 


When a football player or a rugby player is on the field, there are other players who they can ‘hide behind’, and if they’re under-performing, then they can get subbed off. 


This doesn’t happen in boxing. 


You’re in there until the final bell…or the ref decides either you, or your opponent, has had enough.


Because of the fact that a boxer’s life may depend on training, it’s no surprise that many have adopted the attitude of ‘more is better’. 


But is it really?


Well, in terms of technical training, that’s not really for me to decide, but I can certainly see how a coach may decide that more is better…


But strength and conditioning is a slightly different story – 


More is definitely not better. 


In fact, too much training can spell disaster. 


As much as a boxer has no desire to enter the ring under-trained, they also really do not want to be over-trained, which can be just as bad, if not worse. 


In the final stages of preparing for a bout, training intensity will be at it’s highest. 


This is where there will be the most amount of stress applied to the body, via sparring, explosive strength training, speed and power work. 


When the body is highly stressed, priority is absolutely critical. 


It’s not the time to start adding more training. 


It’s not the time to do anything unnecessary. 


It’s not the time to add any ‘moderate intensity middle-of-the-road’ style training. 


Outside of sparring and technical work, the training needs to either be short, sharp and very intense…


…or very low intensity (in order to aid recovery). 


Going hard at it from start to finish throughout fight camp will only increase the chances of a boxer entering the ring in both a very fatigued, and under-prepared state. 


If a boxer has been going hard from start to finish, with minimal time set aside for recovery, then they will be in a constant state of fatigue and won’t actually produce their hardest efforts in training, which can lead to low levels of preparedness. 


Sadly, you do hear of boxers losing fights due to ‘overtraining’, so it is a real phenomenon that needs to be avoided at all costs. 


Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely advocate that you train hard. 


Just don’t forget that you need to allow time for your body to recover before you train hard again. 


More isn’t always better. 


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