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.


M said...

Unusually busy? That's fantastic:-) Able to squeeze in a few training sessions? Even better.

Flexibility is one of the key components to independence in 'later' years...along with strength. I also try to improve on my flexibility. I am blessed with better than average but need to work on it to be better.

Your friend sounds like a handful opponent in the ring so train hard and get yourself prepared!

Keep up the good work.


Robot Boy said...

Yoga saved my life as an athlete. No joke. Far fewer injuries since I started taking stretching seriously. I also think it helped my power, giving me more extension on my punches, and a more centered core. Boxing well is all about being relaxed and I don't think I was ever relaxed until I started doing yoga.

Steven Imparl said...

Guys, flexibility is essential. As a reminder of that, I'm updating this blog entry and creating a new label called "flexibility," since I'll likely blog more about it.

Thanks for sharing your experiences. It's always encouraging to read what other boxers have to say and remind myself that I'm on the right track.

Robot Boy, I have done some yoga; I may do more. Have you ever done Pilates? If so, have you any thoughts about it?