Training – Fighter v Jockey

With Royal Ascot fast approaching many Jockey’s will be training hard to not only get in peak condition but in many cases to get to their required weight for some rides. This can be a gruelling process for some such as the now retired trainer Joseph O’Brien who rode several Group 1 winners for his father Aiden before retiring due to the continued difficulty to make riding weight. This is similar to his brother Donnacha who is also having similar problems. You can bet on Royal Ascot with the previously mentioned Aiden O’Brien looking to land another Gold Cup with the ultra tough Order of St George.

This is very similar to the process fighters go through in many training camps with a difficult weight cut. This subject is certainly one of controversy with fighters cutting a vast amount of weight in a short space of time. This can lead to health issues, which has certainly been shown in the past. This process leads to a big advantage as once hydrated some fighters are far bigger than the weight class which has led to calls for change and to make people fight at their natural weight. Darren Till was yet another winner in the UFC who failed to make weight but went on to win the contest. A clear issue to the integrity of the sport and a need for change?

To be a professional sportsman in virtually all aspects takes a lot of dedication and hard work with training being possibility the most important of all. So what is the usual training regime for a professional fighter in order for them to keep their weight down and fitness up? Of course a strict diet is paramount so fighters will be on a high carb diet to enable them to get through there multiple training sessions with fatty foods such as crisps and chocolate not allowed.

Now retired former World Champion Carl Froch gave a little indication into his usual weekly training program in what life is really like for a professional fighter. His usual program would include 10 workouts in total over the week. On a Monday morning he would start with a fast five mile run followed by circuit training in the evening, which would start off the week looking to enhance his fitness. The circuits would include the likes of press-ups and pull-ups to increase his overall strength.

Following this a Tuesday morning routine would start with hill sprints again looking to enhance cardiovascular fitness before moving on to boxing circuits in the evening. This would include the likes of pad work and a little sparring. Froch would then move on to another tough training day on Wednesday that started with a punching session in the morning such as pad and bag work. His evening session would then focus on track sprints again showing that high level fitness is required as the sport is one of the most taxing of all. Thursday would then be his first rest day of the week and of huge importance to rejuvenate both physically and mentally for the rest of the week.

Friday morning would start with the most taxing session of all in a punching workout until completely spent. This would be of great importance and would help in those last few rounds on fight night when really needed. Following a rest in the afternoon Froch would then end with a run in the evening, which would normally be on a treadmill. His final training day would be Saturday as Sunday would be all about relaxing before getting ready to do it all again the following week.

Saturday would start with a strength and conditioning session such as shadow boxing and footwork drills. This would again be followed by an evening run to end his training week. This plan is a short indication of a usual training regime for a World class boxer which indicates the work that goes in behind closed doors to enable them to perform at the height of there powers come fight night.

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