Boredom and repetitiveness are two of the biggest obstacles to making significant progress in any training program. Some people read, others talk and some just stare at the TV. An hour on the treadmill or elliptical is an hour wasted! True progress comes from muscle confusion, a term made famous by P90X creator Tony Horton. My fitness philosophy and practice are based on this concept and my blog is an account of what it takes to make real progress, week after week. I will throw in some nutrition tips, a little history and even some of my favorite healthy recipes.
Boxers are some of the fittest people and athletes in the world. Boxing has been around since 688BCE and was featured in the Ancient Olympics. It is by far the best way to get into great shape while beating boredom. Most importantly, boxing doesn’t have to be about physical contact with another person. Training like a boxer means utilizing the tools and skills from boxing and mixing them with traditional training methods to create a boxing-hybrid program that will challenge and awaken every muscle in your body. Most importantly, the drills, footwork and skills necessary to complete this type of training require constant engagement of the eyes, mind and body.
Some of my favorite “Train Like a Boxer” combination moves:
The slow-jump-push: 30 seconds of slow jump rope, 10 push-ups balanced on 4 medicine balls, repeat.
Get-up and go slow 11’s: 1 get-up, 10 slow push-ups, 2 get-up’s, 9 slow push-ups—then reverse the order.
Happy Russian Buddhist: Sun salutation-into-chair pose, into Russian kick into 1-2-3 combo punch, repeat
Snack of the week: Organic Greek Plain Yogurt with 1 scoop chocolate whey protein. Tastes like chocolate pudding! Choose your whey wisely. Watch out for anything with more than 2 grams of sugar per scoop and 4 grams of carbs.
Stay Healthy. Stay Strong. Train Like a Boxer…..I DARE You!