Hey, this is a question for Dream or whoever shares his idea on exercise. I was thinking of taking boxing classes. As you may know, boxing requires alot of endurance and speed to keep up with 12 rounds of combat. What is the ideal exercise protocol I should subscribe to to gain better stamina, endurance, and speed to last that long? Alot of MMA coaches belive in cardio and crossfit-type exercises, which I know Dream and others find fruitless. Do what would you guys suggest, any book or website reference would be awesome. Thanks!!
when i did boxing training we used to run up and down steps for 3 minutes with one minute break, then repeat for 6 rounds. We were supper fit. I wouldn't worry about 12 round fights , only world champions do them. Your not going to build the type of stamina you need following Dr Mguffs advice.
I think they may cover this briefly in Body By Science and maybe in the follow up book to it but I think sprints may be able to help some. Best way to condition your body to a sport is by practicing that sport though. I think only sprints like once a twice a week at most though, I think in the book it recommends to sprint for the duration you use energy in a short span, say like how long it would take to throw a combination of say punches or kicks, then do that a few times with a few minutes rest in between.
Like others have said, follow the typical BBS/HIT approach, and practice your sport.
A few ideas to tinker with in addition :
- positive emphasized workouts (intermittently) - rushing between exercises as fast as possible - taking up HIIT (internal training) once a week, with a stationary bike, or perhaps a jump rope
I say jump rope because I suspect it may have some minimal crossover with your sport. Just speculation based on personal experience though (that this aspect of conventional wisdom may have a sliver of truth to it).
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