Muhammad Ali was famous for hating boxing training. He loved to fight, and he damn sure loved to float like a bee - but he hated training. Here’s what he said:
“I hated every minute of training, but I said ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.”
Ifthat isn’t a reason to love boxing training, this is: Boxing training might not turn you into the heavyweight champion of the world, but it will deliver just as many lessons as blows. In this article, Beast Gear takes a look at what you can learn from boxing training:
Ali was actually pretty gifted before he started boxing training. You could even say he was a natural.
On the other hand, Iron Mike Tyson wasn’t. Before he started fighting and chomping off ears, Tyson spent his childhood being bullied. It was only by dedicating himself to boxing training that he became a world champ.
Look, many of us don’t have natural talent. But it doesn’t matter. As Malcolm Gladwell shows in his book Outliers, talent isn’t a surefire way to the top - hard work is. If you work harder than your peers in the gym, you will get to the top faster than them.
Boxers aren’t supposed to showanyhumility in the ring. In the lead-up to a fight and during the fight itself, any sign of weakness can be fatal. A boxer has to be 100% sure of himself. Otherwise, the game is up.
This isn’t true during boxingtraining. During training, you need to have the humility to admit that other people can help you. No one expects you to know everything. Ali certainly didn’t know everything and he - like you - learned from his superiors.
Get yourself a trainer. Listen to advice from those with more experience. You might be the Man on a Mission right now, but you’ll get there a heck of a lot faster if you show a degree of humility.
I remember reading once how a sprinter dedicates a whole year to shaving .1 of a second off his or her time.
.1 of a second?! It seemed insane, but it soon made sense.
A lot happens during boxing training that you might not notice. But when you start to give this your full car and attention, beautiful things will happen. Your technique will improve, your footwork will be like that of a bee, and your punches will get more compact.
The improvements might be incremental, but they’ll be there.
Boxing training teaches discipline, self-defense, and self-control - all of which you can apply to other areas of your life.
And this, for many, is the reason they get into the ring in the first place. Boxing isn’t just about bashing someone’s head in. It’s about the lessons you learn.
As you train, you will build up self-knowledge about yourself, and you’ll build up a well of self-discipline and self-control. Pretty soon, you’ll start to see this knowledge informing other aspects of your life.
Of course, boxing can be fun. Training, however, is rarely what anyone can call fun. But if you keep your main goal in mind - just like Ali did - you will get through this and reap the rewards in terms of physical and mental improvement, as well as the lessons you’ve learned.
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