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Old 01-07-2010, 06:51 PM   #1
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Default How often should I be sparring?

We've only been sparring once a week, and other weeks we may not spar. I feel like I'm being screwed over by not sparring 2-3 days a week, but my trainer says being in top condition and working on fundamentals is just as important.

What do you think?
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Old 01-07-2010, 06:57 PM   #2
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I spar at least two times a week, but more if I can. How often you should is up to your trainer
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Old 01-07-2010, 06:57 PM   #3
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Your a newbie right? Why would been in fighting condition be more important then fine tuning the basics when your not training for a fight? You should conditionally spar most nights.... Its the only way your actual boxing can significantly improve.
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Old 01-07-2010, 07:04 PM   #4
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Your a newbie right? Why would been in fighting condition be more important then fine tuning the basics when your not training for a fight? You should conditionally spar most nights.... Its the only way your actual boxing can significantly improve.
Not really a newbie anymore, been boxing for about a year. And getting ready for Golden Gloves next month
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Old 01-07-2010, 07:34 PM   #5
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Nothing will help you prepare for a match or tour like sparring imo. Both technical and realistic hard sparring. In our gym and especially approaching matches we'll pick it up to 3 times a week and increased rounds approaching. 1-2 weeks before feeling comfortable doing 9-12 rds per sess. Then last week before bringing it down to a realistic amount of w/e we are fighting to replicate that. 3x3. 4x2. 3x2. Whatever you'll be fighting.
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Old 01-07-2010, 07:54 PM   #6
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about two times a week used to spar loads but toned it down and i notice the benefits in my technique
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Old 01-07-2010, 09:54 PM   #7
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about two times a week used to spar loads but toned it down and i notice the benefits in my technique
We used to do sparring once a week at my gym, I haven't been there in a few weeks because of semester break but the last week I was there my trainer upped the sparring a little more so that may be what will happen when I come back to the gym in 2 weeks.
Yes, sparring somewhat sporadically like that allowed for more strategizing and focus on other things in between sparring sessions, but I can't really comment on how effective doing only light sparring does for you in an amateur fight, I'm still waiting on my first one.
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Old 01-07-2010, 10:53 PM   #8
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If it were up to me I'd spar 5 times a week, but for some reason guys always forget to bring their mouth guard with them to the gym so I only end up sparring a couple times every week.
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Old 01-07-2010, 11:39 PM   #9
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If it were up to me I'd spar 5 times a week, but for some reason guys always forget to bring their mouth guard with them to the gym so I only end up sparring a couple times every week.
That's too much, that's like for football players to scrimmage 5 days a week and not lifting weights or running
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Old 01-07-2010, 11:57 PM   #10
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That's too much, that's like for football players to scrimmage 5 days a week and not lifting weights or running
I never got to spar 5 times a week though.

How often do you guys have heavy bag sessions? I try to limit heavy bag sessions to no more than 3 times per week.
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We spar every time, at my old gym we didn't even spar every week, was a joke and they were more into their thai boxing. Once a week maybe ok once you've grasped it but whilst you're still on a steep learning curve maybe more would be better. If you only spar on set days and you miss one of those days, then you may not have sparred for 2 weeks come your next session and you'll probably have forgot what you learned from your last one, this used to happen at my old gym I felt and I was more tense and nervous as we never got to do it enough in my opinion.
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Old 01-08-2010, 09:32 AM   #12
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I never got to spar 5 times a week though.

How often do you guys have heavy bag sessions? I try to limit heavy bag sessions to no more than 3 times per week.
I hate the heavybag, i only do it when forced too and at most twice a week
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4 times a week but most of it was done on sunday mornings
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at our gym we have the fighters sparring atleast 2 times a week, 3 most weeks sometimes more.
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We spar every time, at my old gym we didn't even spar every week, was a joke and they were more into their thai boxing. Once a week maybe ok once you've grasped it but whilst you're still on a steep learning curve maybe more would be better. If you only spar on set days and you miss one of those days, then you may not have sparred for 2 weeks come your next session and you'll probably have forgot what you learned from your last one, this used to happen at my old gym I felt and I was more tense and nervous as we never got to do it enough in my opinion.
Sounds like the gym I go to, I remember a couple times going 2 weeks without sparring.
And we do heavybag work practically everyday at my gym, also double end bag, a round of mitt work, all in rotation.
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