Whether fitness enthusiasts are looking for a new way to get in shape or fight fans want to feel like they’re chasing their dream of getting in the ring or the cage, boxing training is becoming more popular than ever. In fact, our own Frank Sepe had partnered with Derek Panza, three-time kickboxing world champion cover various aspects of training for this sport.
However, visions of going after it and experiencing a Rocky edit in your mind can be very different from what actually happens, Sepe and Panza addressed this in a recent M&F DM video, as seen on the page Muscle & Fitness Instagram. Panza is aimed primarily at coaches who might be watching, offering advice that could help their careers down the line.
“I think all trainers should train their clients as if they were fighters, but not actually fight,” Panza said. “Train them all seriously with proper technique. I don’t train anyone who doesn’t want to learn how to fight properly.
As for the clients themselves, Panza mentioned that aside from technique and good form, being flexible and mobile is key to improvement. So expect to spend a lot of time stretching and working on being more flexible.
“I don’t think I can train if I don’t stretch every day,” he shared. “That’s what helps me keep my hips and back useful. You should stretch hard, but thoroughly.
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Panza also offered some great advice for those who might be concerned about the difficulty. After Sepe shared how difficult it was for him to step into the ring as a bodybuilder, Panza shared that he could make the same statement about training in the weight room with a man of the caliber. de Sepe in his world. This is because novelty is the hardest thing for all athletes. So, don’t be afraid of this challenge. Kiss him.
“I did biceps with Frank. I get disabled very quickly because I do my biceps every week, two exercises. Frank was a career bodybuilder. He will do this throughout the day. I can not do that.
In summary, Panza shared that there is more to boxing training than just focusing on one aspect of fitness. You have to focus on everything to improve.
“As a fighter, you have to do it all – core cardio, anaerobic-style cardio, real-threshold high-intensity training,” he said. “When I say HIIT, I mean you’re actually dreading the workout every week. When you do it, you should feel like you’re going to vomit. It’s a weekly thing.
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