Last night was my first night back at Champs East Side Boxing Club since before the holidays. Over the Christmas break I spent a lot of time with my family and had a fairly charged schedule heading into the big weekend. One thing I made sure of was to continue my training at least 3 days a week over the holiday in my home gym. I pushed myself and finished every session feeling like a good workout was done…then last night happened.
As I returned to Champs I was feeling good knowing it wasn’t really 2 weeks of nothing and I was fairly careful about what I ate and drank. Apparently not careful enough as I was “feeling it” really early on during last night’s session. As hard as I think I push myself at home it’s nothing like having the coaches put you through the paces at the actual gym. It was a good eye opener for what I need to do heading into my May 6th charity boxing match with David Murphy. It’s time to focus not only on the skills I need to learn in the gym but also what I do(eat & drink) out of the gym. I have 4 months to really focus on all of this to put in a solid performance. The charities are the Children’s Treatment Centre and Champs East Side Boxing Club. Both organizations I have a tremendous amount of respect for and admire what they do for out community.
I have done many different styles of training over the past number of years from Crossfit to Strongman to Highland Heavy Events. None of those has prepared me for boxing. It is a complete paradigm shift from the style of training I am familiar with. My biggest weakness right now is my endurance and cardiovascular state. I need to get more wind in my sails to build up more endurance. No matter how strong you are, in the ring it’s all about how much gas you have in the tank along with skills and know-how. It was never more obvious to me as I sparred a couple of rounds with pro boxer Tony Luis before the holidays. The nickname “Lightning” is obvious when you get into the ring and try to keep up with him..and he was not even at half effort I’m sure.
There is plenty of mountain left for me to climb and I will take you along for the ride each week now sharing stories and experiences from training whether they be peaks or valleys. This will be an honest account of what I do to prepare for my one night in the ring.
I want to thank all the coaches and athletes from Champs right now since I have been training there since April. It’s a club with great spirit and staff along with encouraging members. The time Jorge, Matt, Tony, Elaine and Sammy are investing in me and Murph is much appreciated.
Time to see what this 43 year old man can accomplish. Stay tuned!
On the left is Champs East Side Boxing Club and the right is my home garage gym.