Whether or not you love the sport of boxing, you can’t deny a few things:
- the training is arduous
- the risk of injury is high
- the athletes must have an immense pain tolerance to compete
- it is a different style of training rather than traditional weight training, cardio and some stretching often found in most gyms
- there is a “science” to the sport
- one must control his/her emotions and adrenaline in order to succeed in the sport
Many people have taken to boxing as a means to get in shape quickly, and it does that. Also, the “upper body” cardio is much different than found in most gyms around the country because of the emphasis on lower-body cardio and lots of “core training”… typically neglecting the upper body and upper extremities.
George runs one of the Dallas boxing gyms serving the entire DFW area, and he comes from a long boxing background out of Eastern Europe. Of interest, he has a set of books he showed me from the old Soviet days on the art of boxing. His belief is that the U.S. doesn’t have a systematic way of training boxers as rigid and systematic as Russia and Eastern Europe have; and that is why U.S. boxers have to rely on significantly more natural talent than their same-weight counterparts to be able to win fights.
Another philosophical difference he said is that the Eastern European, Russian and Asian influence is designed to win even if winning ugly. The U.S. is motivated by showmanship, charisma, talking ability and the ability to sell pay-per-view purchases in order to have the promoters and sponsors get a good ROI. Here are some of the videos of his training sessions and his fighters: