Our friend Ross Enamait over at Ross Training offers some sound advice for fighters, martial artists, and fitness freaks across the board in a recent interview on Expandercrank. When Ross speaks, we should all listen. Here is an excerpt:
How do you progress your fighters? Do you approach a beginner in
the same fashion you approach a champion contender? Or is there
something that you do differently with beginners and champions
respectively, except of course for scaling weights and training
"Fighters progress through fighting more so than anything that ever
occurs inside the gym. Speaking as a boxing trainer, when I consider a
prospective opponent for one of my fighters, I look at what he has
accomplished inside the ring. For instance, I look at his amateur
background, who he has fought as a pro, and how active he has been in
No one cares how much weight a fighter lifts or how many pull-ups he
can perform. We want to know what the fighter can do inside the ring.
The best way to gauge progress is by observing the fighter’s sparring as
well as his actual bouts. A fighter should improve with each bout.
Nothing is as important to a fighter as actual ring time and competitive
As for the novice vs. champion contender, beginners naturally require
more work in the mental department. It is not uncommon for beginners to
be quite nervous when sparring or fighting. They are dealing with
anxiety and fear that the more seasoned fighters have learned to
control. And it is these mental aspects which make real experience so
critical. The gym will never prepare a novice fighter for the emotions
that are experienced when fighting a stranger in front of a large crowd.
True experience is earned one fight at a time. There are no shortcuts."
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