Now let’s consider a more common scenario: You go 100 first few days. You’re excited and the energy is there. Then day 4 you’re wrecked. You’re not injured and don’t need time off, but you’re struggling. You can push through, but at this point, you’re in survival mode. Every training session is an exercise in self-torture. Beyond simply being a less enjoyable experience, it’s important to consider how this affects your technique development.
Boxing is an awesome way to get fit. It’s fun, social and keeps your mind active. But the truth is that our thinking is often reversed. You don’t box to get fit. You get fit to box. Without a certain level of fitness in place, it’s near impossible to truly focus on technique and the more cerebral aspects of this sport: the intellectual understanding of proper technique and syncing this understanding with your body mechanics. So when you’re just surviving, just making it through another training session, another round….you’re not really learning as much as you could otherwise.
Ease into it and pay attention to your body. We all actually know more than we think through intuition and simply listening to our bodies. If we pause long enough, we can usually determine the best course of action. Be it going easy, pushing through or modifying our workout.
There’s nothing wrong with going through a training session at 50%. This can be your first couple days or even periodically in your camp when you’re particularly tired. A slower workout can often help too if you’re really sore as it increases blood flow. Again the key is consistency. That’s not to say you can’t take a session off, but consider just going through the motions of a session if you’re really hurting. Or try functional training in the morning, then go harder in the afternoon.