How long does it take a top conditioned boxer to completely lose his fitness?

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  1. DavidC77

    DavidC77 Active Member Full Member

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    Or do boxers still maintain a level of their conditioning almost as part of their DNA?

    I was thinking about Tyson Fury as an example. When he ballooned up to 400lbs was it easier for him to get in shape again due to the training he had done in the past than it would have been if he was 400lbs and had never trained intensely?

    I remember him saying when he started training again that he was going to try an EIGHT MILE RUN after all he had been through with drug abuse and weight gain!!!

    As it turned out, he wasn't able to complete the run and after half an hour, walked the rest.
    That's still impressive.

    There is no way most men who are ten stone overweight could commence training with a 30 minute jog without having a heart attack!
     
  2. DJN16

    DJN16 Well-Known Member Full Member

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    Top sharpness can be lost after a couple of nights drinking alcohol. Fitness involving core exercises depends on how much weight you increase.

    I can still spar and hit the bag because my technique and balance is good enough for me to carry out the skill. I can still run as well because it was a stronger part of my game. However I'm totally useless at exercises now. I burnout out very quick.
     
  3. DavidC77

    DavidC77 Active Member Full Member

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    Thanks but that wasn't really what I was asking.
     
  4. KO KIDD

    KO KIDD Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    I'd say probably 2-3 months
     
  5. DavidC77

    DavidC77 Active Member Full Member

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    And after that he'd be pretty much back to the level of the average guy on the street?
     
  6. KO KIDD

    KO KIDD Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

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    I'd say depends on other factors I still think an idle world class athlete will still be ahead of most people
     
  7. CutThroatFade

    CutThroatFade Boxing Junkie booted Full Member

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    It’s a vague question. Fighters have 8-12 week camps before a 10 or 12 round fight so that they can peak for that fight. I’d imagine that after even just a week of no training and regular dieting, they would no longer be in a condition to box that many rounds.

    These guys are super fit though and it probably takes about a month of no activity for them to get out of shape in boxing terms. A lot of boxing fans don’t realise just how hard it is to box for three minute rounds. I’ve said before on here that the average Joe who slates fighters would probably struggle to even keep a guard up and move around for three minutes without exhausting their shoulder muscles and gassing out.
     
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  8. DavidC77

    DavidC77 Active Member Full Member

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    Thanks for the response but I think it's a pretty specific question.
    It was about how long it would take them to completely lose their conditioning rather than how long it would take for them to no longer be able to box a full 10 or 12 round fight.
     
  9. CutThroatFade

    CutThroatFade Boxing Junkie booted Full Member

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    But as boxers they have to be conditioned to box 10-12 rounds really (assuming we are talking about world level boxers), so there is your answer. One-to-Two weeks off training would be enough for their conditioning to deteriorate.

    Conditioning for a boxer is all about whether they can box the full amount of rounds, not whether they can still run a quick mile on the treadmill.
     
  10. DavidC77

    DavidC77 Active Member Full Member

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    Yes but that's not what I'm asking.
     
  11. DavidC77

    DavidC77 Active Member Full Member

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    As for myself, I exercised tonight for the first time in a good while.

    I have weights and an exercise bike in my flat. I much prefer weights to the exercise bike, I don't enjoy the exercise bike at all.

    Earlier in the year, I used to go on the bike quite regularly. I'd go on it for 30 minutes with the resistance quite high and would have several flat out bursts within that 30 minute spell.

    Tonight I went back on it and had to come off after FIVE MINUTES!! I wanted to give up after four minutes but I stuck it out.

    I came off the bike wheezing and my chest felt like it was full of gravel.
    I keep a record of the exercises I do and when I checked I found out that I had only done 14 minutes on the exercise bike since the start of April!!!!

    But I suppose I benefitted more from those 5 minutes than from doing 30 minutes when I was in reasonably good shape earlier in the year.
     
  12. CutThroatFade

    CutThroatFade Boxing Junkie booted Full Member

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    I have an exercise bike and I do it while playing PlayStation otherwise it bores the **** out of me. I do two hours exercise bike three times a week with weight training three times a week on the other days.

    Try watching a film or playing a console during your exercise bike training and you’ll find it’s a lot easier because you have something to focus on and stop boredom.
     
  13. DavidC77

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    I do. I have the bike in front of the TV and put a DVD on and use the timer to see how long I've been on for and know when it is time for a burst of speed.
    I would always pedal quite fast even at my normal speed and I would do:

    5.5 mins normal; 30 second burst; 6 mins normal; 30 second burst; 5 mins normal; 30 second burst; 5 mins normal; 2 mins burst; 3.5 mins normal and then a 1.5 min burst to bring it up to half an hour.

    I have to have something to take my mind off the boredom and this is why I can't be bothered jogging, I've always hated it.
    But even with the DVD, I had to come off after 5 minutes at normal speed, I was really struggling.

    My chest still feels gravelly!
     
  14. DavidC77

    DavidC77 Active Member Full Member

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    Am I right in thinking that the 5 minutes I did tonight after so long away from the bike will benefit me more than doing a 30 minute stint when I was on the bike regularly?

    Or is that wishful thinking?
     
  15. CutThroatFade

    CutThroatFade Boxing Junkie booted Full Member

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    Well it won’t do much but it’s a start. Five minutes is better than nothing. But make it ten next time, then 20, then 30, then an hour etc.

    Are you training for boxing or just general fitness?
     


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