Boxing Science unveil the world-class line up for the FIRST EVER sport science online conference for Boxing and Combat Sports.
Boxing Science have pulled together experts working at the pinnacle of YOUR sport!
We will be learning from the champions, as we speak to former world champion Johnny Nelson about career and gain insights to the training methods Kell Brook and James DeGale.
You will learn from coaches that have helped develop Olympic boxers from GB Boxing and the Australian Institute of Sport – Also, we will be finding out more about the training environment of UFC phenomenon Conor McGregor!
Launches Monday 8th May – What will you receive?
- Access to 12 online workshops on sport science, psychology, nutrition all specific to boxing and combat sports
- Join Danny and Alan in 2 LIVE Q and A sessions, we will help answer questions about the workshops and even your own training programs.
- The Expert Notebook – our notes from each conference explaining more about the topics discussed, with links to further reading and resources
- Become a member of our Boxing Science Facebook Training Group, a private group that you can discuss and share ideas around training with the Boxing Science experts 24/7.
Conference runs Monday 8th May – Saturday 27th May Each workshop is downloadable so you can keep the resources forever
Early Bird offer ENDS this FRIDAY 5th MAY – where we are reducing the price of the conference by 50%
The Line Up
Mark Campbell – Science Behind GB Boxing
Over the past decade GB Boxing has been on the rise, winning record number of medals in 2012 Olympics and taking a record number of boxers to Rio in 2016. A huge contribution to the success of GB Boxing is down to the services, facilities and support team provided by the English Institute of Sport (EIS).
Experienced coach Mark Campbell leads the strength and conditioning program delivered to the podium and podium potential squads. In this workshop, he speaks to Danny Wilson about the world-class program delivered in Sheffield. He will be explaining the Strength, Speed and Fitness training regimes for the amateur boxers, as well as explaining monitoring, testing and peaking strategies.
Mark creates a great insight to any coaches or scientists wanting to develop their coaching and programming skills.
You will learn….
- How an experienced coach works towards the demands of the sports
- Strength training for elite level athletes
- Programming for championships
- Conditioning drills
- Testing and monitoring tools
Johnny Nelson – Champions Guide To Overcoming Adversity
All champions will have stories of setbacks and adversity on their tough journey to the top, however not many will have one full of up and downs like Johnny Nelson.
The contrasts between Johnny Nelson’s start and end of his career are astounding. The Sheffield Cruiserweight began life in the pro ranks with three straight defeats, the same number of wins he had during an unsuccessful spell in the amateurs. Johnny overcame the odds to become two-time British and European champion, before becoming WBO Cruiserweight World Champion – and never to be beaten again over a record 13 defences between 1999-2006.
In this workshop, Johnny shares knowledge and experience with the Boxing Science viewers. Interviewed by Danny Wilson and sport psychologist Dr. Peter Olusoga ask specific questions around dealing with setbacks, motivation, consistency and training strategies.
This is a fantastic workshop that will help motivate and inspire athletes and coaches alike.
You will learn….
- An in-depth story and lessons from Johnny’s successful career
- Advice on how to deal with setbacks from real life experiences
- How to train your mind as well as your body
- How to stay motivated and disciplined when working towards long-term goals.
Science Behind Kell Brook
In July 2016, the boxing world was hit with the shock announcement that feared middleweight Gennady Golovkin would be facing Britain’s own world champion Kell Brook.
Welterweight Brook had to step up two weight classes to face the Kazakh Thunder, which captured the imagination of many boxing fans, and provided a challenge for the Boxing Science team.
Danny Wilson and Alan Ruddock had to devise a plan of how to help Kell become a better athlete at Middleweight. We needed to consider how Kell would carry strength, speed and high-intensity fitness competing at a stone heavier than normal.
Using our experience and knowledge, we had to think outside of the box to structure a unique plan for a truly rare challenge.
In this workshop, we explain in detail of the highly-scientific methods we used to take on the biggest challenge in world boxing.
You will learn….
- How to adapt and apply alternative training method for unique situations
- How velocity based training can benefit a boxer’s strength and speed
- Conditioning drills to prepare for performing at higher body mass
- Core and movement drills
Strength and Conditioning for MMA – John Connor
The popularity of MMA and UFC has grown exponentially in recent years, a lot of that is down to the rise of Conor McGregor.
So how do you train a combat athlete? Who else is better to talk to than his strength and conditioning coach John Connor.
John, co-founder of Irish Strength Institute, talks to Danny Wilson in an online video interview about strength and conditioning for MMA.
Mixed martial arts is a sport that requires many different skills from an array of disciplines, which means a pretty hectic schedule of striking, muay thai, wrestling, grappling and much, much more.
Physical strength, speed, agility and fitness are important for success, however how much time and opportunity do they have to work on it?
John explains how he works around the constraints to get the SBG fighters in the best possible shape for competition.
You will learn……
- Physical characteristics of a MMA athlete
- Lower- and Upper-body training methods for MMA
- Conditioning methods
- Testing and monitoring tools
A Fighters Mind – Interview with Jordan Gill
“It’s 90% mental” is a very common claim within the boxing world, but how many athletes and coaches spend time developing the psychological characteristics?
Well, the nature of the sport and the adversity that it brings mean developing mental toughness, resilience and confidence may just come natural to you. These are built over time and experience, however, we can gain advantages by through sport psychology by learning the scientific theory and performing practical tasks.
With this in mind, Boxing Science will be combining the two in an interview with Jordan Gill, who discusses with Sport Psychologist Dr. Pete Olusoga about the lessons from his journey so far.
Jordan opens up about the hardships of a professional boxer, the tough battles he has to go through that many do not see. At various points, Pete provides the scientific underpinning to what Jordan is discussing – making a great match for a fantastic learning experience.
This is an ideal workshop for athletes, coaches and sport scientists.
You will learn….
- The psychological theory that sits behind many situations an athlete will face during their career
- Jordan will discuss his setbacks, how he develops confidence and motivation
- Learn how to build your confidence
- Develop a pre-fight ritual
Kid Galahad – Strength and Conditioning Session
On a weekly basis, we get requests from aspiring coaches wanting work experience or shadowing opportunities to learn more about what we do at Boxing Science.
We are always open to help, but we realise that the distance to travel to Sheffield can be quite demanding, so we are bringing our sessions to YOU. In this workshop, Danny Wilson will be providing commentary during a full strength and conditioning session with professional boxer Kid Galahad.
Danny takes you through Barry’s warm-up, plyometric, strength training and conditioning drills whilst providing detailed justifications along the way. Also, Danny shares some of the feedback we give our athletes for Olympic lifting and their performance on the curve treadmill.
This is an ideal workshop for coaches and sport scientists.
You will learn….
- An in-depth insight to a Boxing Science strength and conditioning session
- Detailed justifications for strength, movement and conditioning exercises
- Olympic lifting technique breakdown
- How we monitor conditioning performance
Making Weight – The Breakdown
Ask any boxer, the hardest thing about training camp will be dieting and making the weight. This will always be challenging, but it can be made a lot easier by managing eating habits around training to fuel performance and boost recovery.
Nevertheless, we still need to make weight. A lot of boxers managing their own diets will just recognise the numbers on the scales, and will focus on getting down to that weight category. Think of it like baking a cake. You have to follow instructions and weigh out the ingredients otherwise your cake will end up too dry, too moist, too flat or too sweet.
What about if we told you that it’s not just about getting the total number of kilos off, and we can break down the weight into different categories. For example, your breakdown might be as follows:
Body mass = 80 kg
Body fat percentage = 16%
Now if we break this down even further to these goals:
Aim to lose…
Fat mass = 6.5 kg (this would get you down to approx. 8% body fat)
Muscle Mass = 1 kg (you will lose some muscle mass when losing weight)
Excess gut mass = 1 kg (by using a low residue diet)
Muscle glycogen = 1-2 kg (you can reduce muscle glycogen close to weigh in in a few days)
Hydration = 1-1.5 kg (you may manipulate dehydration safely by 1-2% under supervision)
So if we add these together we have 10-12 kg to play with depending on what part of the weight you’d like to manipulate. This helps making the weight easier, and fuelling up more effectively. The key issue is time. Most boxers leave it to late and don’t have a strategic plan.
Elite sport nutritionist Dr Mayur Ranchordas breaks down the weight making process to guide you to fight weight easier, healthier and more effective than ever before.
This is great for any aspiring nutritionist, scientist and coaches that are looking to help their boxers with the toughest battle during camp.
You will learn…..
- The breakdown of making weight…. It’s not just a number
- How to lose body mass from multiple areas
- How to replenish each store following the weigh in.
Coach Better – Be Coached Better
If you want to become an elite coach you are absolutely in the right place. We will be sharing great coaching tools, programming and in-depth sport science.
However, there is much more to coaching than instructions, detailed programming and demonstrations. Successful coaches have underlying principles and philosophies to engage with athletes at personal and professional levels.
Who can tell you more about this?
Dave Hembrough is a highly-experienced coach working at the elite level. In his role as lead strength and conditioning coach at Sheffield Hallam University, he has worked with IBF weleterweight world champion Kell Brook, British Weightlifting, Team GB Women’s Volleyball at the London 2012 Olympic games and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth medallists England Table Tennis and Diving. He also runs Hallam Barbell, an ever-growing weightlifting club for male and female competitors.
From these experiences, Dave has developed an expert understanding of coaching principles and how to engage with athletes effectively. Dave will be providing some great tips on how you can adjust and mold your coaching philosophy, and principals to change your approach for the people you work with.
You will learn
- How to develop short, medium and long-term strategies
- Learn the transition process from camp to camp
- Effective theoretical models to help set goals and training programs
The Future of Boxing Conditioning
Tired of the long, boring road runs?
What about if we told you that pounding the pavement can be a thing of the past? And that short, sharp sprints with long recoveries is the most effective way to improve physical performance for boxing?
Elite performance physiologist Alan Ruddock explains the future of boxing conditioning, and why we use max out sprints to condition our athletes at Boxing Science.
In this presentation physiologist, Alan Ruddock shares the training strategies used by Boxing Science athletes to maximise their fitness.
Alan shares his thoughts about what training works and what doesn’t and reveals why trying to adhere to general periodised plans don’t work for combat athletes.
You will learn
- How to apply the boxing science conditioning model to your own training
- The we use testing to tailor our approach to training
- More about our training sessions that will skyrocket your fitness and save you from wasting hours slogging out the miles
- How to maximise your intensity to get the most out of your training sessions
- Methods to control, track and understand your training responses with simplicity and with clarity
- How we use The Boxing Science Conditioning Matrix as a base for all our conditioning sessions
Monitoring Tools for Boxing and Combat Sports
In a world with progressive technology – athletes and coaches are wanting to know more about their performance. Analysing and feeding back data can help boost your program by evaluating progress, highlighting strengths and weaknesses, monitoring wellness and increasing motivation.
Danny Wilson’s presentation of data and feedback has been well praised by the coaches and athletes he works with, as well as peers within sport science. He has built databases in Boxing and Golf, that transform into informative and understandable feedback forms.
During this workshop, Danny will share his monitoring secrets to help you collect, analyse and feedback data with your athletes. He will take you through step-by-step processes on how to build your own data collection forms, testing database and performance profiles.
Danny provides a range of monitoring tools that progress in levels of detail and difficulty, which means that this is appropriate for coaches, personal trainers and scientists.
You will learn
- The reasons and benefits to why we monitor performance
- How to construct google forms to give to your athletes
- Danny talks you through screencasts on setting up excel spreadsheets to monitor conditioning and strength training loads
- How to build your own database, and feedback testing results
Many athletes have the mantra of “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. This can make it difficult for coaches to implement new training strategies and athletes to explore different ways to improve performance – especially if they are at the very top of their sport.
James DeGale is an exception, after taking up strength and conditioning with Nick Palma following his second defence of his IBF super-middleweight world title. Nick was challenged with taking on a highly successful boxer ahead of the biggest fight of his life; a unification clash with WBC champion Badou Jack in Brooklyn, New York.
Nick implemented strength training, recovery methods and nutritional strategies to help ‘Chunky’ get into the shape of his life. In a online interview with Danny Wilson, both Nick and James DeGale gives us a glimpse of what its like to train like a champion.
This is ideal for anyone training athletes, especially as you don’t know what challenge is around the corner.
- Strength training program for James DeGale
- Nutrition and recovery methods
- Tapering strategies towards the Badou Jack fight
- James DeGale speaks to us to give us an insight to how strength and conditioning benefitted him
The Other Side – Dan Hudson
This conference is mostly about how to train, coach and condition athletes, but what about developing our own career?
Dan Hudson is a former Muay Thai world champion, and now runs his own business BFIT-UK based in Sheffield.
BFIT-UK is a fitness / martial arts facility that is home to over XXX members. Dan has been successful in his life after fighting, however he comes from a sport that isn’t known for big pay days – meaning that he’s always had to juggle training with work.
This is something a lot of our athletes have to deal with, and Dan discusses his experiences of maintaining a healthy work-training balance and how he built his successful business
You will learn….
- Life experiences on how to balance work and training
- Pro’s and con’s to running your own facility
- Membership structures and personal training strategies
Feedback for Boxing Coaches
It’s pretty well known that athletes learn the most of their skills, techniques and tactics from their coach.
Coaching is either done in two ways – proactive or reactive. Proactive methods are often drills or demonstrations, whereas reactive methods require feedback.
The majority of our coaching will be feeding back to athletes, and providing essential information to athletes at just the right time can accelerate their progress.
This means that making your feedback skills more effective is paramount to a successful coach.
Combat sports coach and PHD student Israel Halperin provides a fantastic presentation on feedback
Israel is studying his PHD at the Australian Institute of Sport Combat Centre, which has a great team and excellent facilities pushing the
Normally, you’d have to travel to the other side of the world for this information, and Boxing Science is bringing it straight to your home.
You will learn….
- Academic research into what type of feedback works best during competition
- The psychological and physical impacts different feedback methods can make
- Develop better coaching cues for training and competition