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Keep Your Boxing Training in Perspective

The wide variety of people using Commando Boxing continually amazes me.

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Members range in age from less than 10 to older than 80. They are a fairly even split of men and women, although the proportion of women continues to grow. About 65% are brand new to the sport of boxing and looking to see if it is something they want to pursue.

The main reasons people generally give when joining the club fall into three general categories:

  1. a desire to improve their level of fitness using boxing training that isn't boring or that can be done at home;
  2. to improve self-confidence or learn self defense skills; or
  3. to increase performance and prepare for competition as a supplement to training they are doing in a physical club or with a trainer

Well, whatever your motivations are for being here, I first and foremost applaud you for getting involved in the sport.

What to Do When Cheating Leads to Guilt

Guilt: Serves You Right
Guilt: Serves You Right
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Did you honestly think you could stick to your training plan or eat perfectly 100% of the time - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year?

I'm currently sitting in a hotel as I write this. I started a new training cycle just over three weeks ago and have diligently followed my meal plan for the same period of time. However, I am now in this hotel for a week on business. I have no access to cooking facilities or food preparation. I have a very limited fitness facility. I have to attend social functions and eat in restaurants and pubs. How hard do you think it is going to be for me to stick to my meal plan and training program?

Walk the Talk

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"What set Thomas Edison apart was that, with all his boundless exaggeration, he conveyed the feeling that he would succeed. No matter what the obstacles, he would pound away until they were demolished."

- Robert Conot

Remind You of Anyone?

Reading that quote above, do any boxers come to mind? When I first read it, I thought immediately of Floyd Mayweather Jr. I can't think of a recent boxer who has a bigger mouth than he does. While I think a good portion of it is acting to inflate ticket prices and pay per view views, he is extremely vocal (boundless exaggeration).

The thing is that unlike other boxers, Mayweather Jr. accomplishes what he says. He walks the talk. He dissects, disables, and pounds away until his opponents are demolished.

Fight One Opponent at a Time

You can't push anyone up the ladder unless he is willing to climb himself."

- Andrew Carnegie

Imagine you are in the boxing ring. Across from you is your opponent. You're both sizing each other up knowing that when the bell sounds you'll be toe to toe throwing punches.

The bells sounds and you move forward. Suddenly, just as you are ready to attack, twenty of his friends climb into the ring to offer their assistance. You have no where to go. You have to fight.

Such an experience would be devastating to anyone's confidence in their ability to fight and win. Being outnumbered in this way is enough to crush anyone to the point of potentially laying down right there to just take the beating.

Never Ever Quit - Period.

Combat simplifies life real quick.

A Champion's Mindset

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In that moment - you fight for survival with no time to worry or decisions to mull over - and how you react in a fight says a lot about how you approach your life.

You've probably heard of the fight or flight response - the two instincts that control how you react to a situation you perceive is threatening.

I'd offer there is a third response that doesn't get talked about but is much more dangerous than fighting or running - it's quitting.

You can't run in the boxing ring - there is nowhere to go. You can move around but you'll never get away from your attacker or get a break unless your attacker gives it to you, the bell rings or the referee stops the fight.

You're Never Too Old to Start

I can't pin point an exact time, but sometime around the age of 29-30, I noticed more and more people around me starting to blame their poor performance, injuries, and lack of motivation on their age.

Are/Were They Too Old to Box?

I turned 40 this year - but I don't consider myself too old to box and I can certainly out perform people half my age in the gym or ring.

It is increasingly common to hear things like "my body doesn't respond like it used to" or "it takes me twice as long to recover as it used to in my twenties."

I truly believe that the day you start using age as an excuse is the day you actually do get old.

Staying Motivated to Train

It could have started anywhere... 

It might have started when you watched Rocky, Cinderella Man, or Million Dollar Baby.  

Maybe it happened when you were at a UFC, amateur, or professional boxing match or tournament.  

Maybe a friend keeps talking about how awesome their boxing club is and the incredible changes taking place in his or her life as the training he or she is doing inspires confidence, builds muscle and burns excess fat. 

Expanding Your Fortress

I read something interesting today that made me think a bit.  I love when that happens - as it opens my eyes to new possibilities and often results in a little extra motivation for whatever I'm doing.  This little tidbit was all about attitude and how we can easily get caught up in believing things are randomly happening to us, rather than proactively creating the lives we want to live.

How big is your fortress?

I'm a control freak - so when unexpected things happen - it kinda freaks me out.  So, I make it my daily mission to control everything I can which might be a bit OCD.  But I find that when I'm in charge of my time and my activities, I'm comfortable knowing that things will generally turn out a certain way.  Problem is that I can't control every variable in my life and there are going to be those things that affect me whether I want them to or not.  That seems a little counterintuitive to living proactively and imposing my will on the world, but it's not.  Let me explain...

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