“Wow. You have so much energy…” One of the ladies in my boxing classes said to me when I sat down to take a breather.
30 minutes of stretching and warming up, 2 rounds of padding (practicing moves with trainers) and 1 round of kicking the sandbag.
That’s one session of my boxing class.
People normally start huffing and puffing around 12 minutes into the warm up. At 20 minutes, people start to pause every few warm-up exercises.
Same goes with the padding where the trainer will wear hand pads and the students will hit the pads, either with their fists or with their legs.
Half of first round, you hear this deafening smacking sound of fists or legs connecting with the pads. The other half?
Weak thumping sounds of limbs tapping the pads.
You can almost see the lights slowly draining out of the students.
Rinse and repeat with the second round of padding and the kicking.
Which is why some of the people in the class had their minds boggled when they saw me:
- follow instruction to the letter during warmup (I do not stop unless I’m being told I’m done or when I’m not in my best condition).
- I stayed consistent throughout the whole session (it’s loud smacking sound throughout, unless I miss my mark).
After a few sessions of training, I started to see a pattern.
Why do others tire easier in the ring?
One of the things I realized was that people who tire easily moved when they should have been still.
When you’re in the ring, punching and kicking, you need every ounce of energy you can spare.
And by every ounce, I mean every single drop of strength in your body.
Even if you’re one of those people pumped with endless energy, it’s still a smarter move to know when to conserve energy and when to expend.
“How can you move so fast and still have so much energy packed in your punches? I don’t even move that fast and my energy is depleted so quickly.” Another problem I often hear.
It’ s not just about how fast you move.
Just because I move faster, doesn’t mean I’ll use up more energy.
It’s about a split of second.
That split of second in between punches and kicks. That one single breath,
Even the slightest movement is a waste of energy.
That’s one of my secrets in having more energy to expend in my punches and kicks and staying consistent throughout.
That’s why I smack and not tap in every padding session.
By being very still.
Not only in a boxing ring, I try to apply this in every facet of my life.
Be very very still.
Train yourself to be quick in being still and be quick in moving. To make that split of a second decision.
In the end, you gotta think two, three, four steps ahead.
Save your energy, enough to last however long you need to last, consistently. Be smart about your movement and the energy reserve you possess.
Don’t move. Unless you really have to.