Training With A Purpose

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Danny Wilson shares his training philosophy for physical preparation and why training with a purpose is so important.

With 13 world champions at various weight categories, you could say that we are currently in British boxing’s most successful period. This has developed even more competition and more lucrative goals for boxers to work towards.

To gain an advantage over domestic rivals  boxers are pioneering new training methods. It’s great to see the sport evolving, however, a lot of training can be done for the sake of ‘being new’, for ‘it to feel hard’ or ‘looks great’.

But, Random training can create random results.

If you don’t take a step by step, mechanistic approach to your training, and you don’t know what you’re trying to achieve, you could be in no man’s land.

Therefore, we have to define a training purpose.

Answering these simple questions – “Why are we doing this training?”, and “What is required to reach our goal?”, will go a long way to defining your training purpose.

All our training and testing, whether that’s structuring a conditioning program from the results of a lactate profile, or something as simple as making sure a strength exercise is performed correctly to optimize activation of desired muscles targetted, is done with a purpose.

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There isn’t enough time to play with gimmicks. 

As we said in our Open Letter: You Don’t Play Boxing, there’s only a short period to get fit, (8, 10 or 12 weeks) and the training in this time has to be optimised. There’s little room for error and no time for malpractice.

Training and preparation need to be carefully thought about. Planned and delivered with safety and wellbeing of paramount concern.

No Gimmicks

The Question’s You Need To Ask Yourself…

If you’re serious about your sporting career, if you want to train like a champion and achieve targetted results and improve physical performance; These are the questions you need to consider when structuring your program.

  • What physiological adaptations are needed for your athlete?
    • Speed, strength, aerobic and anaerobic capacity
  • What physiological adaptations are needed at specific points in the training cycle?
    • Where does your strength training fit into the whole picture? Start, middle or end?

  • How will you prescribe training and manipulate the amount of training you do to induce these adaptations?
    • What volumes and intensities based on previous testing scores?
  • How much recovery do you need to maximise these adaptations?
    • This can be daily, weekly or when tapering down to the fight?

  • How will you know you have achieved an appropriate amount of adaptation?
    • Find out what is the maximum and the smallest worthwhile change you can make.

If you’re having trouble answering these questions ask us boxing.sci@gmail.com

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Danny Wilson co-founded Boxing Science in 2014 following building the successful Boxing program at Sheffield Hallam University where he has coached over 100 amateur and professional boxers as a strength and conditioning coach. He has also helped prepare Kell Brook for his mega-fight with Gennady Golovkin, and his Ingle Gym stablemates including Kid Galahad, Jordan Gill and Kyle Yousaf.

Away from Boxing, Danny is currently the Yorkshire regional strength and conditioning coach for England Golf and has experiences in youth and professional standards across a range of sports.

Danny is a United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association accredited strength and conditioning coach and has a Master of Science degree in Sport Science at Sheffield Hallam University, UK. For his final research project Danny profiled the physiological characteristics of amateur boxers and will share some of the novel findings on Boxing Science. Danny will be contributing to the Strength and Conditioning section by writing about the science behind the punch, training methods, working with junior athletes and case studies.