There’s less than two weeks before the first bell rings at the 2012 Ringside World Championships. On August 1st, competition in the largest amateur boxing tournament in the world will get underway and with it, the celebration of all your hard work, determination and sacrifice.
You’ve been in camp for two months, and the prize is within sight. The key now, in the
days leading-up to the big show, is fine-tuning and rest. The objective of this part of camp is to maintain your conditioning and recover from the taxing workouts that constituted previous weeks of training.
Although a specific training regimen should be tailored to the individual athlete, there are several general items that should be incorporated into Week 9 of your training camp.
Eat smart. Eat Healthy. You’re going to need all the energy you can muster for the upcoming competition, so don’t get off track now. Continue to fuel your body properly. At this point, you should be on or very near your competition weight. This will give your body plenty of time to acclimate, and you won’t have to worry about making weight at the event. This will allow you to concentrate on your opponent, not the scale.
Continue your routine by jogging four miles, five to six days per week, at a nice, steady pace. Feel free to throw in a few sprints here and there, but not as hard or consistently as you were in previous weeks. Remember, the goal of this part of camp is to maintain and recover.
Just like you did at the beginning of camp, insure that your fundamentals are solid in these weeks leading-up to the tournament. Continue to work your obligatory four rounds at each station (heavy bag, shadow boxing, jump rope, mitts, etc.) at a consistent pace. Incorporate your final two to three sessions of sparring into these remaining weeks to insure that your timing, distance and reflexes all primed for competition.
The difficult part of camp is over. You’ve done it, but training isn’t over just yet. Take this time to insure your fundamentals are solid, your technique is on point and your mindset is positive. Maintain and recover.