WHAT MOTIVATES A BOXER TO TRAIN HARD
I can only speak for myself, perhaps what you read here will help motivate you.
Back in my boxing training days, there were two main thoughts that I always kept in the back of my mind, these two kept me hungry and motivated on a daily training basis…
1) When meeting your opponent in the ring or even if sparring, wondering if the other guy trained harder than you.
2) The fear of not winning, having to face defeat, or, at the very least, did I perform at my best when it was all said and done.
Fear is a good thing, it causes you to rise to the occasion. Fear of losing in the ring, will get you up early in the morning and into the gym.
Mental is as important as physical training. Before my daily training I would ask myself “Are you a Warrior or are you Weak?”. I would set up different surprising physical demands. For instance, jump rope nonstop for 20-30 minutes, or it might be 5 minutes straight of heavy bag training. YOU MUST ALWAYS TAKE IT TO THE NEXT STEP, DO NOT CHEAT YOURSELF BY SHAVING OFF ANY OF YOUR WORKOUT.
Your Aura/Character- I always believed that it is better to be a quiet deadly weapon, rather than a loud ranting ego idiot. These gym types motivated me, looking forward to sparring them in the ring. Your opponents ego, never let them get to you, use it to train harder and wait for that day in the ring. When you behave like a lion, keeping to yourself, keeps people guessing, they try to figure you out, and that is a pretty good feeling.
Arrogance verses Confidence are two different types of animal. Being self-assured is a good thing, every day you should question your actions, don’t let any surprising answers come out in the ring. Know who you are, be confident.
The arrogant type are the same as the talkers, they go down in the ring easy. Always carry yourself proud, always be ready to lend a helping training hand to those that are pushed around by the loud mouths. This will give you more respect by others. Demanding respect with your mouth is a sign of immature weakness. We all know that, too bad they don’t.
Visualization plays a major role in your training. My wife Renene used it when competing in Powerlifting. After she was done with her training for the day (on heavy days), she would sit down in a quiet corner and picture herself doing the lifts. If is was the squat, she would count out the steps to take walking the bar out, see herself descending, popping back up, walking the weight back in and racking it. Then the final visual would be the judges giving the green light and the crowd roaring. She was extremely focused and never once red lighted at a meet. Power Lifters have a lot to take from, they are true mental and physical beasts. Think about, how else can some of those guys bench over 600 or squat more than 1000 lbs. Sure you might say they have supplementation assistance, but their body must still rely on their mental.
When I trained, I always told myself “there is no ‘Time Out’ in the ring, my conditioning must be at 100%”. Fear of failure is a great motivator, it will keep you coming to the gym every day, to only train harder every time. If you have a bad day in the gym, then get back in there the next day and train even harder. Demand more of yourself!
It is important to have your training structured, make goal sheets, plan out your workouts on a weekly basis. Same goes for your personal life, keep your lifestyle and home organized then you shall have NO training distractions.
Don’t allow negatives to remain in your head, pick yourself up, give it a kick and move forward. My two favorite quotes of mine are “No Excuses” and “No One will Outwork me Today”.
You can overcome anything, you must be strong willed and BE a hard worker!
by Joe Leinhauser