Above is a jigsaw of the tasks that boxers have to include in order to develop. Each piece represents the Four Corners Dr Pete Olusoga introduced… physical, technical, tactical and psychological variables (read more here).
The jigsaw above is quite self-explanatory, and there are many more elements that need mastering.
The full picture of a successful boxer is made up of a number in-depth qualities, but here are the rules for putting together the boxing jigsaw.
This creates a hierarchy of importance of our pieces. Some pieces will make up the standout feature of the jigsaw, some will create the background, they all make the picture.
Example – In boxing, recovery and sleep are important to prevent fatigue and optimise training effects. However, the technique and force of your punches are much more important, otherwise sleeping beauty would be world champion.
If a piece of the jigsaw is not optimised to it’s full potential, the full picture can be affected.
Example – Attending only 70% of your S&C sessions you won’t be optimising overload and taper strategies, the size of that piece is then affected.
Placement / Planning
When do we do our S&C sessions? When do we have our recovery meal? When do we chill out? These are important factors that require effective timing.
Example – Have conditioning sessions back to back will accumulate fatigue and could decrease the effectiveness of the second session.