Monday, April 26, 2010

Sunday and Monday Roadwork; Mental Game

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Did 35 minutes yesterday and today.  It went well.  I didn't get to yesterday's fight club session, and I'm bummed about it because those are fun.  I'll see if I can schedule a one-on-one session with Glen this week.

I'm making some progress on the mental game.  So far, I am mainly using visualization of footwork, proper balance, and practicing punches and defense.  It's good to do mental rehearsal of the basic boxing techniques.

Since the proper movements and their sequence can be fairly complex, practicing it all in my mind first is very helpful.  That practice also seems to make defense and counter-punching flow a lot more naturally.  Additionally, I find the mental rehearsal/visualization to be useful for planning strategy and alternatives to it, just in case my opponent doesn't go along with the brilliant bout-winning strategy I intend to use!
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Friday, April 16, 2010

Working on the Mental Game

Recently I have been doing more work on the mental aspect of my sport.  No matter how much time I spend on it, I don't seem to spend enough time cultivating a proper state of mind.  I am working to change that.

I see participation in sport as a complete endeavor: whether we win or lose, we enjoy the most rewarding experiences when we play the game consciously with all of the aspects of our being--physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.  For that reason, I want my engagement to be more complete, more integrated.

Soon, I'll write more about the specifics.  At this point, I want to ask you, my readers, how you do mental training?  I'd especially like to hear from the other boxers, but I'm confident I can learn much from any athletes who want to share their routines and experiences with the mental component of sports.  Please post your thoughts as comments.  Thanks.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Simple Training Update

I've just been doing some roadwork over the last week or so.  Boxing-specific training hasn't happened a lot.  I know that's a temporary situation.  If things go well, I'll be able to get back to the gym tomorrow.  Work has been nuts lately; I've been working hard to get new clients and that is starting to bear some fruit.  I am determined to maintain a positive attitude.