Was at 110kg now 95 plus daily training

Discussion in 'Training Logs' started by Blindspot, May 6, 2018.

  1. Blindspot

    Blindspot New Member Full Member

    Apr 30, 2018
    Ok so quick catch up,
    I was outta shape, not quite Tyson Fury out of shape, but a good deal too heavy and weak to boot. So I've been on the comeback trail with my eye on the prize. Its time to do this for real.

    I've already lost 15kg which is almost 2 and a half stone
    And I want to lose 5 more to qualify for light heavyweight since no one pays attention to cruiserweight class for some reason.
    Training for that is simple, just an hour cardio each day, weights, then 3 hours boxing, so I'll do the cardio via skipping rope in intervals, then get on a machine, then rope, then machines. On weekends I'll do sprints.

    The boxing training is devided into conditioning all my muscles, so my footwork is done at high intensity using rope ladder drills and cones etc
    Then evasive drills, lots of head movement, and developing ease of motion
    Then guard drills, keeping guard up, conditioning it so it stays up
    Then striking drills, aiming for fluidity of motion, sharp combos
    Countering, (different guards and stances vs different combos)
    Angling, I'll practice angling on the outside as well as angling on the inside
    Then for warmdown I just shadowbox while thinking of new skills I can implement and how to best train them

    No bag work at the moment or sparring, I'm implementing that next month, or in a couple of weeks
    Yesterdays training saw me doing a lot of thought exercises, far more than usual, trying to iron out minor kinks in my footwork. I knew my footwork on my toes is razor sharp but I got to thinking... "what if I'm flat footed at some point and don't realise it, I need to train flat footed a bit"
    So I tried to do footwork off my heels and plodded around trying to apply good footwork,
    It was hard at the start but I started to get the hang of it after thirty minutes or so
    And it helped drill into me an awareness of my feet and if they ever slip too far back onto the heels, which will be valuable, and I was also able to improve my movement on my heels reducing the damage I'll take if ever caught on them for some reason.

    I right now seperate training into
    evasion + striking
    blocking + striking
    entering/withdrawing + striking/evasion/blocking
    footwork and angling + striking/blocking/evasion

    I focus a lot on getting them all to gel together
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  2. Blindspot

    Blindspot New Member Full Member

    Apr 30, 2018
    Yesterday was just a load of cardio and weights, did work on trying to figure out how to be better at ring generalship
    I started by loosening up my style and trying to get a feel for many variations of fighters I could face in order to foresee what I might need going forwards and how I might best prepare for it with the skills I have
    One simply shouldn't assume good footwork will outsmart everybody, or a good guard will jam up every fighters offence, or that evasion will discourage and slow down every fighter

    The fighter being evaded will go for your gut
    The fighter being guarded against will mount pressure upon you
    The fighter being left for dead by fleet footwork will be patient and bide his time waiting for a stunning blow, from which he can rob you of your movement

    These are keys to remember when aiming to defeat an opponent with any one strategy
    And things to consider at great depth
    And having said that I got a bit more training to do so gotta go
  3. Blindspot

    Blindspot New Member Full Member

    Apr 30, 2018
    Ok, so I focus on a new fighter every week in order to develop drills into my training regime
    I thought it might be interesting to share my observations for my fighter of the week this time

    Andre Ward

    Tight shoulders
    Limited reach
    Box-y steps
    A bit sloppy in how his hands can hang down a little bit during the jab or body shot

    Snappy Speed
    Initiative - He's very quick to land an opportunistic blow
    His punches often have a sweet spot feel to them

    What is so contradictory about him is he seems to almost fight as a puncher, yet he favors the philly shell. I mean, in my opinion he is neither an outside fighter like Bernard Hopkins, nor an inside fighter like Duran, but just sort of hovers between and fights from midrange. A kind of hopkins duran hybrid.
    I think this is due to his lessened reach and his limited footwork.
    He doesn't lack either of those things, but they are restricted enough that he has to be closer in. And he doesn't fight on the inside because his arms are a bit too congested to let off punches that close in unless he is passing to the side of the guy.

    My read on this is he is drawn into fights like gravity is pulling him, he can't properly withdraw and set boundaries, like "cross this and get a face full". He then just pulls out before he gets drawn inside, and triggers a fast punch or two or three with a sweet spot crunch to them. Exploiting almost by accident or by design the usually neglected transitions between ranges. Which puts fighters off, cuz they get hit while less prepared and it knocks them off their game plan.

    There is something brilliant about his style but also I feel there are huge missed opportunities. Like he isn't "freed up" to explore the outside and play with the stick and move nature of some boxing matches, and he isn't clear enough on the inside to truly create a CLASH of titans on the inside.

    Now regarding how I take those observations to my style
    1st - his transition game is strong (note how off putting this is, reminds me of smokin joe)
    2nd - come on, whats with the congestion, discipline, training, weed it out! I will do more drills to make sure I don't even make those slight dragging mistakes he makes
    --- drills on the jab retraction
    --- drills on body shots
    --- drills on clearance movements
    3rd - he seems pocket dependent in that mid range, so experiment with ranges to make them interdependent
    4th - blocky and rocking back and forward shuffles when waiting are a bad habit of his... I need to make sure my "presence" when waiting for a punch has a better form of "live tension" to it
    5th - don't be locked down in your position, angle out and switch things up

    Develop drills to focus on expansion vs contraction
    Until truly smooth and abundant in all positions
    But maximise initiative and discomfort

    - He could of used a stiff arm, or stiff jab to hold out an opponent (but he pivots to break the movement too far inside) no stiff arm leaves him WAITING on his box-y feet
    - he often parries as he enters, it is better to obscure it with a jab or a one two combination, just adding a few one twos into the mix would add space
    - mild distance adjustments could help him avoid a lot of the shots he gets hit by

    I'd say ward fights for dominance, but doesn't "keep others honest" in the fights. So he lets em look like they want then attacks to see how they can take it. Perhaps to reveal to himself what they really can take and dish out, rather than figuring out the win from a bit of distance or through the force of his fists. Maybe this is morbid curiosity on his part. It would be better to just DO WHAT YOU DO and then "let them come", rather than "let em come" then change what you do.
    I think it is important to PROVE you can rock your opponent then leave him to figure you out as a force to be reckoned with, or to prove he can't touch you. This sets up a greater sense of wonder into the fight (AJ does this well).

    Actually, looking at AJ for a moment
    Does the small distance movements
    Obscures with his jab
    Launches a one two to clear space
    Implements a show of force

    Fascinating, maybe AJ just isnt morbidly curious so comes out strong. Though AJ has some similar congestion issues
    but his punches have a bit better range (however they are somewhat off balance). AJ has much slower initiative than Ward. So this is the trade off.

    If you could just combine the two...
    So I think that is the idea
    Last edited: May 19, 2018
  4. Blindspot

    Blindspot New Member Full Member

    Apr 30, 2018
    Ok, so this week I did 4 hours plus each day
    I did something like 150 hard rounds
    You know, all the different bags, sparring, mitts

    I was attempting to have "skill under stress"
    So worked all week on being exhausted and not losing my composure and coordination
    Working towards a truly fluid pool of boxing resource to draw upon while in a match

    Last day friday, my forearm and hand muscles were totally exhausted, because by the last day, I was hitting the bag so solidly for every round I trained that it was just unmitigated assault. My hands gave out so I gotta train them up a bit more, and will keep my eye out for special ways to do so.

    I spoke to some managers, which was good, just mulling everything over at the moment.
    Doing strategy work this weekend, and letting my body rest up and fully heal.
    I might do some light training at the beach, you know shadow boxing at dusk
    In fact that is almost a certainty

    Was great, and in the upcoming week I'm going to be studying Sergei Kovalev, the current champ in my devision
    Gonna train this next week like a lighter version of if I had a fight coming up versus him
  5. Blindspot

    Blindspot New Member Full Member

    Apr 30, 2018
    So I was playing around in sparring today, and I intentionally changed when I was using my jab to observe differences in how the fight went
    And what I noticed was that if you wait to use your jab until after attacking patterns are established, it is harder to get the jab going, and there is inertia resisting you
    While if you start it early and keep it consistent (like at say a 3 second interval)
    It almost "glides" in how easy it is to maintain

    The difference in the fight was very noticeable, to the point I realised something
    Most of the time I feel I have a lot of opportunity to attack, in fact so much so that I have too many timing options so might ignore opportunities
    I found that without my jab, this was not the case AT ALL
    Opportunity to attack had severely decreased

    So not only is a jab defensively magnificent for conserving energy and controlling the fight, but it also serves as a way to keep attacking lines open for you and closed for the opponent.
    And if an opponent has a bad jab, I see no reason why this shouldn't be an entirely winning advantage for you to simply outright take from him. Meaning, if he can't respond with his own jab, definately use it to win and keep him suppressed. Don't be merciful with the jab, be ruthless. Its his fault for not working on it in the gym as much as you.
  6. Blindspot

    Blindspot New Member Full Member

    Apr 30, 2018
    Ok, so I'm 89kg now, wanna lose another 10

    Training has gone really well
    Just tons of work on defense
    Making sure things are bulletproof
    Trickier than it seems, a lot of nuances to consider

    Doing tons of gym work... and am exhausted pretty much
    Haha xD
  7. destruction

    destruction Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Mar 26, 2009
    What is your age? When did you start boxing? Have you had any amateur fights?