Trying To Manage All Aspects Of Training For First Amateur Fight

I’m trying to move towards falling into a routine for my training but I have a few seemingly conflicting goals.

Each time I increase one, it pulls the other down.  Incrementally I’m adjusting, but I’d like to figure it out a it quicker.

I need to:

  • Get leaner
  • Get my legs and lungs ready for Fight Night, which is 11 weeks away
  • Continue to work on imbalances, which is my entire posterior chain
  • Be rested at certain times like Friday Night Sparring
  • Not try to do too much and become injured

My current schedule is:
Monday – 5:30 am boxing fitness @MPower; 6:30 pm Mitts with Monty @MPower
Tuesday – 11:30 am boxing fitness @ PFit (near work); shadowbox, footwork, skip rope, etc.
Wednesday – 5:30 am boxing fitness @ MPower; Imbalance correction session, shadowbox, footwork, skip rope, etc. @ PFit
Thursday – Active recovery. Shadow boxing, movement drills, etc. Nothing strenuous
Friday – Friday Night Sparring
Saturday – 9:00 am Boxing Fitness @ MPower
Sunday – Lay around the house and avoid things

I’ve not been to a real sparring session to prep for Friday Night Fights, so I don’t know what to expect. Two Fridays ago was an “Open Ring” type thing, and we got some great work, but not contact sparring. Therefore it’s an unknown so, for now, I want to make sure I arrive fresh and rested.

The conflicts that I have revolve around my conditioning to get through three rounds of an amateur fight. If one gets too tired, then one gets sloppy, and it turns into a survival fight instead of boxing. I don’t want my conditioning to be a hindrance, beyond the reality of engaging in that type of activity. I know I also need to work on my resistance training to increase lean body mass and to correct those imbalances, but I’m running out of time. I only have so much “recovery” in me, though that is increasing as I get more fit.

Some ideas I have are to only do three boxing fitness classes per week to include Saturday. I use those classes to increase general conditioning and to get my arms and body used to taking lots swings. However, would I be better served if I did a few miles of roadwork twice a week to get the legs in shape? At this point which is better for me?

A bunch of volume means I need to ensure I fuel for the activity and recover adequately. Getting that wrong doesn’t help the leaner body efforts. Focusing on the leaner body too much hurts the energy level and most certainly the recovery. Not enough recovery hurts the efforts of having my conditioning at a certain level by Fight Night. Getting some of the above wrong could lead to injury.

A revised week would look something like this:
Monday – 5:30 am boxing fitness @MPower; 6:30 pm Mitts with Monty @MPower
Tuesday – A few miles of roadwork/stairs in the morning; shadowbox, footwork, and resistance training in the afternoon @ PFit
Wednesday – 5:30 am boxing fitness @ MPower; Game time call on how my body is holding up and either do nothing in the afternoon or work on mechanics
Thursday – A few miles of roadwork/stairs in the morning; shadowbox, footwork, and resistance training in the afternoon @ PFit
Friday – Friday Night Sparring
Saturday – 9:00 am Boxing Fitness @ MPower
Sunday – Lay around the house and avoid things

Thoughts? Comments?

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