Thursday, July 31, 2008

Thursday's Workout

Morning workout today.  It was pretty focused training.  Here's the summary.
  • 24 minutes of roadwork (it's getting even hotter outside these days)
  • 3 rounds on double-end bag
  • 3 rounds on heavy bag
  • 3 rounds on speed bag
  • 3 rounds of stretching
I like the morning training.  It's a great way to start the day.  I want to do it more often.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Tuesday Roadwork

31 minutes today.  If you wonder why I often have odd numbers for the times of the roadwork, such as 31 minutes instead of 30, it's to keep things varied and interesting for me.  It's a personality quirrk, I know, but I have learned not to fight myself; I do what's effective for me.

Joy of Fighting

Robert Anasi has posted a personal account of his recent experience of this joy. Read it.

Monday's Training

Got to the gym after work today. Here's the recap.
  • 45 minutes of roadwork
  • 4 rounds of shadowboxing
  • 4 rounds on the double-end bag
  • 4 rounds on the heavy bag
  • 4 rounds on the speed bag
  • 4 rounds of stretching
  • 1 round of situps and crunches
Not bad. That's 21 rounds plus the roadwork. I worked a lot on polishing combinations. In boxing, as in any sport, there's always something the athlete can do just a little better. Tonight, I focused on the speed of my punches and making them follow one another smoothly. Of course, I had to do that while staying balanced, in a good stance, moving my head to make it harder to be hit, gliding across the ring like an air hockey puck, and so on...

On another point, Robbie was the man in charge of the gym tonight. He's a great guy, as well as a very good fighter, and I'm happy to see him taking over more responsibility.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Showing Up

It's not about the number of hours spent in training. It's not about the exact number of rounds logged. It's about commitment and staying in the game, about showing up for training.

Life's sorta, kinda insane right now with my law practice getting busier (yay!) and my upcoming move. As such, it's easy to find excuses not to train. Today was one of those days. I felt an intense wave of what Steven Pressfield would call "resistance." (Pressfield elaborates on resistance in his book, The War of Art: Break through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles--a very good read, by the way.)

What can I say? I went to the mat with resistance and managed to get to the gym for a short workout. It really was brief:
  • 14 minutes of roadwork
  • 5 rounds of shadowboxing
  • 2 rounds of stretching
That's it. Of course, it's not about the amount of training time I can post here; it's about showing up to do the training.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Friday Roadwork

48 minutes today.  Nice, easy pace.  Great day to be outside.

Thursday Morning Training

Today's gym session was a great start to my day. Chad was there, cheerfully putting one of the members through an intense workout. I trained on my own. Due to my need to do some errands and get to an appointment by 10:30 a.m., the workout was a bit shorter than I would have liked, but it still got me focused and feeling great for the rest of the day. Here's the breakdown.
  • 55 minutes of roadwork (this was after the gym session, later in the day)
  • 4 rounds of shadowboxing
  • 4 rounds on the heavy bag
  • 3 rounds of stretching
  • 1 rounds of abs work
Not a bad workout, just a little short on time. I'm glad I have been doing more stretching and emphasizing flexibility. That's going well and I'm already noticing less post-workout soreness. In the comments to this previous blog entry, fellow boxers Robert and Marc agreed about the importance of flexibility. With their encouragement, as well as that of my local friend, Mark, I can't go wrong.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Mike Tyson Training Video Courtesy of

Marks has a good blog post up with an embedded video of Mike Tyson training. Check out the video and Marks' commentary about it; it's worth seeing.

I might disagree with Marks about whether Tyson "was the greatest boxer to step into the ring." Then again, I might not. These are fun debates to have over a few beers with friends, but as far as answering who was or is "the greatest," I find the debate itself is a lot more important than whatever conclusion one reaches (which is bound to be different from the other guys talking about it).

It's helpful and inspiring to see a masterful presentation of some of the things my coaches have been trying to get me to do over the years.

Also, I hope you'll spend some time at the rest of Marks' blog. He has a fair amount of boxing content, along with the various other martial arts and MMA.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Training Continues

Not a lot to report here.  I've been doing the roadwork consistently and working on solidifying the gym routine and improving it.  It's getting where I want it to be.  Life is nuts right now.  Work is very busy and I am juggling various family issues and am preparing for a move.  Training keeps me grounded.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Monday's Training Update

Over the last two weeks, I have been to the gym a few times and had several roadwork sessions that lasted for an hour or more. I don't try to log all my training here, but I like to mention some of the workouts. Doing that helps me stay motivated and allows me to post about some other topics related to boxing. Also, my blogging here has been sparse because work has been very busy--unusually busy for July. Of course, being self-employed, that's a pretty good "problem" to have. I've been networking like a madman and have been hustling to get some new clients for my law practice. I'm also pursuing a few more writing gigs, so yeah, it has been a busy, and unusually productive, summer so far.

Here's today's training breakdown.
  • 32 minutes of roadwork
  • 4 rounds of shadowboxing
  • 4 rounds on the heavy bag
  • 4 rounds on the double-end bag
  • 4 rounds of stretching
  • 1 round of sit-ups and crunches
I did more stretching today than I had been doing because I want to focus more on flexibility. Over the weekend, I was talking with my buddy, Mark, about the challenges of the, ahem, "aging athlete," particularly in the area of preventing injuries. (Mark's a southpaw, pretty much ambidextrous as a boxer, and a fellow forty-something guy, so I am looking forward to sparring with him when his ankle heals.)

Flexibility is the component of fitness that seems to be overlooked most frequently. That's a shame because it's easy to practice and maintain and is a huge help for staying healthy and relatively injury-free. As long as I live, I want to remain committed to health and fitness. Of course, I don't know how long that will be. But there's a lot of longevity in my family and if I'm going to be on the planet until I'm 85 or 90 years old, I want to be healthy and fit for it.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Quick Update

Some brief periods of roadwork after Friday's training:

Saturday, June 28: 26 minutes
Monday, June 30: 24 minutes

Also, some good news: Chad at GoTime said he will help arrange some sparring for me. Since my training times have varied a lot recently, it has been hard to get much sparring practice, but I am hoping we can change that soon. I have been working on various improvements to my technique and would like to do some sparring to practice them under "real" conditions.