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Old 12-02-2011, 09:26 PM   #1
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Default Nigel Benn Weight Lifting?

Anybody have information on this. Benn has stated a few times that he lifted throughout his boxing career and I have seen very brief footage of about 10 seconds on a tribute video for Benn where he appears to be doing barbell curls and incline chest presses. Does anyone know how many days a week he lifted. All of the specific exercises and amounts he lifted?
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Old 12-02-2011, 09:31 PM   #2
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Can't give you the specifics, but yes Nige did lift weights. He did everything. In fact his training routines are legendary, particularly his ab work, which influenced the likes of Floyd Mayweather. Much of his stuff he got from the army. He trained like a maniac.
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Old 12-02-2011, 10:07 PM   #3
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As Slip said Benn trained like a maniac, frenetic pace! I remember he'd always have the weights on the neck and lay on the ring with head on outside and have weights attached to head to strengthen neck muscles.

Found this on Benn's training..(Atberry has a thread which has a different regime..)

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Nigel Benn's regime (Mon-Fri):
6am - 15mins touching toes, 30mins running, 15mins star-jumps
7.15am - eat a bowl of oats
10am - 6 rounds of punch pads, 6 rounds of double-end bag
11am - eat chicken, pasta and vegetables
1pm - circuit training (dips, push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, squats)
3pm - eat chicken, pasta and vegetables
6pm - 6 rounds of sparring Mon-Wed-Fri / 6 rounds of punch pads Tues/Thurs
7pm - lean red meat, pasta and vegetables
10pm - go to bed
Sat-Sun: just eat freely

6 weeks prior to fight (Mon-Fri in Tenerife):
4am - running up mountains in altitude
6am-7am - eat a bowl of oats
10am - 6 rounds of sparring, 3 rounds of punch pads, 3 rounds of double-end bag
11am - eat same
1pm - circuit training (same)
3pm - eat same
6pm - 6 rounds of sparring, 3 rounds of punch pads, 3 rounds of double-end bag
7pm - eat same
8pm - go to bed
Sat-Sun: still eat strictly


He ate portions of fruit for snacks and drunk 5 litres of water each day!
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Old 12-02-2011, 10:13 PM   #4
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Interesting read..
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"I'd start with loosening up and stretching exercises, then do three or four rounds shadow boxing with weights on the hands and one round with them off, then four or five more with pads - I loved pad work because I could let rip without breaking hands or heads and I'm a natural combination puncher.

"After that, I'd do some more shadow boxing, skipping and ground work and have a good loosening up.

"Weight-training would take place every other day and then, for a fortnight before the fight, I'd have a sparring partner for nine to ten rounds per day. Some days I'd take it down to six rounds. The art of the game is to peak on the night. I didn't worry about an off-day here or there. I'd just relax and come back again.

"I trained near Canary Islands and did my roadwork at about 10 in the morning. It offered a more temperate climate in winter and the opportunity for high-altitude running on Mount Teide.

"There is nothing more beautiful and fulfilling than running at an altitude of about 8,000 feet among snow-capped peaks in bright sunshine, well above the clouds. I can retreat into a world of my own, my own galaxy. Just me and my music and, later, the satisfaction that comes from physically punishing yourself.

"You can clear your mind of all anxieties and problems in that surrealistic 'moonscape' where they shot Planet of the Apes, and be at peace with the world. That's where I would get my 'high', others needed drugs.

"I'd run six to eight miles and then increase it to ten and even more. That's equivalent to running up to 15 miles at sea level. I built it up over camp and then came back down when sparring was brought into my gym sessions. The idea was to peak for the fight.

"Jimmy Tibbs knew how to get me buzzing. He and I both liked the pads and he always got the best out of me. He is very aggressive but knows what he is doing. He took a hell of a slamming from me every day, brainwashing me with his technique while I hammered away at him.

"Some people who had trained me in the past didn't really know what they were doing. Jimmy pushed me to my limit, which is important. We tried to cover every muscle of the body, even the neck. We put 100 per cent effort into training.

"The training is so intense that it is difficult to believe you're putting yourself through such a strenuous regime. Compared to that, the fight is easy. I never had wars in the gym in this time, I tried to slip into rythmic patterns and not get hit. I didn't put much into sparring, I just saved it for the fight.

"I was a far better fighter from the time I went to Italy to the time I fought McClellan than I ever was, would be or could be. You go through trial-and-error and I had everything nailed down to a tee."
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As you say, Mand. That neck harness work off the ring apron was incredible. My favourite was his mad standing sit-ups. I tried them and could only do about 4 or 5.
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As you say, Mand. That neck harness work off the ring apron was incredible. My favourite was his mad standing sit-ups. I tried them and could only do about 4 or 5.
Glad to know i'm not only one! I'm tired just reading his regime and intensity. He trains like AM boxers do for 2-4 hours a week he's doing it full time. The AM lads try to fit in as much as possible and have noticed they train at more of a pace then some of the pro's do but Benn was different he did everything at fight pace.
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Any vids of him training?

Sounds beastly!
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Any vids of him training?

Sounds beastly!
Can't find anything but basically it was 100mph with old school dance music in background. Loved watching it in promo before the fight.

Found this on Benn, It's in build up before the Logan fight.
[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAYh4Bup-JE[/ame]
[ame]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzvd8pg27j4&feature=related[/ame]
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@ Skills - Thanks for that mate
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@ Skills - Thanks for that mate
No prob's pal .
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As you say, Mand. That neck harness work off the ring apron was incredible. My favourite was his mad standing sit-ups. I tried them and could only do about 4 or 5.
What are they like?
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dumbells are shit

boxers should just train for the olympic lifts, specifically the clean and jerk

olympic weightlifters are probably the most powerful cunts on the planet
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dumbells are shit

boxers should just train for the olympic lifts, specifically the clean and jerk

olympic weightlifters are probably the most powerful cunts on the planet
disagree strongly, olympic lifts are just the latest phad for sports to adopt because they are great for explosive power. However the major flaw with them is that they are very technique heavy and a sport in itself there fore carry big risk of injury that frankly isnt worth it. I work in a gym where olympic lifts have become very popular..... and very rare to see even 1 person doing it with completely correct form. There are other ways that are just as effective.
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dumbells are shit

boxers should just train for the olympic lifts, specifically the clean and jerk

olympic weightlifters are probably the most powerful cunts on the planet


why?
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There was a TV crew following Benn in Miami circa '89-'90 and he said he did weights every evening with Mickey Rourke before dining out with him.
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