Originally Posted by dempsey1234
Jack Dempsey thoughts on training
I understand that Dempsey in preparing for his fight against Jess Willard, that his manager and trainer were worried about him going stale, cos the camp was a long one. Their answer was to alternate one week of training with one week of rest.
He also wouldn't eat anything for a whole day once a month, "To give my body a rest."
His camp cook would wrap the cooked meat in a towel to drain off any excess fat.
He jogged 7 to 10 miles a day, then he would take a hot and cold shower and a rubdown before breakfast.
Breakfast consisted of meat and vegatables.
After breakfast,he took a nap after that he sprinted a few miles.
In the afternoon he done exercises and sparring. After that some more sprinting before dinner.
This training regiment led to one of the most sensational title win's ever, that is talked about to this day. Youtube has it, if you haven't seen it do, The Willard- Dempsey fight.
So he was probably training in a glycogen depleted state and detraining on his weeks off. Wasting his energy running long miles so the quality of his sprint sessions were reduced. Probably getting insufficient fat for those long runs and losing weight during camp (not necessary for a heavyweight). No wonder these old timers look so ordinary and unathletic on video, they look like marathon runners trying to box.