You’ve been training for months, years, maybe a decade, and you’ve picked up a ton of knowledge along the way. As you go it’s easy to forget the little things you used to do and the optimal mindset, especially if you’ve taken some time off or got stuck in a rut. It’s not until you get clocked, land a sweet shot or suffer from absolute boredom in the gym that you remember some of the things that made you a better boxer along the way.
Do ya remember the way you used to skip furiously for the last 30 seconds of every round
Do you remember…
…the way you used to jab to the opponents glove or shoulder before stepping in with a second jab?
…the way you used to slip to the right and lean slightly back when you threw that big uppercut.
…the way you used to duck out and step to the right after landing that right hand to the body
…the way you used to get up in the morning with a calm and serious mindset, focused on training.
…the way you used to hit the bag at high intensity pace, like it was your opponent.
…the way you used to keep your chin tight to your chest.
…the way you used to launch an attack on your opponent, and then launch a second immediate attack.
…the way you used to roll off of every left hook you threw.
…how you used to love doing ab work.
…how you used to work with your stable mates and leave your ego to the wayside.
…that you used to do sprints and intervals as part of your roadwork.
…how clean your diet was.
…when your woman used to ask you what you were pensively thinking about, and all you could say was ‘boxing’.
…how much you used to welcome the pain of training.
…how you used to slip, duck and move after every combo.
…when you used to spend two rounds just working on the jab.
…when 3 rounds on the bag was just a warm-up.
…telling yourself that you were NOT gonna lose this fight.
…the thrill of fighting your best with either a win, loss, or draw.
…when the speed bag was fun and just icing on the cake in your workout.
…when the music you listened to and boxing were synonymous.
…when you would rip combos like a machine gun.
…when you didn’t care how big or small your sparring partner was.
…not being able to go another round and doing it anyway.
…the way you used to attack to the head, then body, then back up to the head.
…how loose and fast your left hook used to be.
…how you used to spend 15-20 minutes just working on footwork.
…when you could train and hang out in the gym for hours.
Do ya remember how much you love boxing!?