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Psychology in Boxing, Training the Mind.

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Psychology in Boxing, Training the Mind By Danny Mitchell No matter how skilful or gifted someone may be physically, in boxing this can count for nothing if he or she is not correctly attuned mentally. A lack of preparation , worries over performance, a loss of confidence - all these can be poison to a boxer's performance. The world of boxing is littered with individuals who never gained the success that their talent suggested they should have had. The following points have been written in order to help you understand and manage the mental aspect of boxing. (1) Give It Your All When training, train as though you are training for the heavyweight championship of the world. Give it your all. Remember that there is someone out there that you are going to have to fight. Ask yourself if you are giving all that you can give. Are you training harder than your opponent is? The person that works the hardest is going to win. I always wondered what my opponent was doing. How many miles does he run a day? How many rounds does he do on the punching bag? Is he sitting playing video games right now, or is he training? If you are a boxer, a fight is unavoidable. Are you going to be prepared for that day? REMEMBER, THE PERSON THAT WORKS THE HARDEST IS GOING TO WIN! (2) Avoid Letting Your Opponent Psyche You Out Sometimes it's best to not look at your opponent while your waiting around for your fight. Your opponent may appear to be stronger than you are. He/she may look meaner or tougher than you. If your opponent seems to you to be more confident, then your going to start wondering what he has that makes him so confident. All these things can intimidate you and psyche you out, especially if you're a beginner boxer who is not sure of your abilities yet. ...read more.


Imagine the bag being someone you can't stand. You can bang away at it and not them. That way you relieve stress and not go to jail for taking your frustrations out on them. It gives you time to yourself away from the everyday hassles you may encounter. You feel more in control when you have a good workout. Boxing builds self-esteem and lowers self-doubt. Thus creating a feeling of being in control with more power over the stressful things in your life. (12) Prioritize Your Goals Deciding what is important for you to achieve, and what is irrelevant is crucial to developing yourself mentally for the fight. You need only worry yourself with what matters in your fight. The less you place on your list of things to do, the more you can concentrate on those things you have on it (i.e. training, nutrition, etc.). (13) Everyday Goals Build your self-confidence based on measured achievement of goals. Everyday set a particular goal and try to achieve it. Maybe you'll try to hit the bag 200 times in two minutes or go maybe go 5 rounds instead of 4. The little things you set out to achieve and then actually do achieve will build your self-confidence. And self-confidence is one of the most important things a boxer can have. (14) Types of Goals to Consider There are four types of goals to consider. These are: Internal - Something about your personality that should be changed for greater competitive success (e.g. Become more... aggressive... relaxed... dedicated... organized...etc.) Short Term - A series of goals to be accomplished in the near future(e.g. start training harder, get another fight out of the way, create a plan etc.) Long Term - something you want to strive for in the distant future (e.g. fight for a big prize, large purse, title shot) Dream Goal - A task that seems almost unimaginable but not quite impossible e.g. ...read more.


(24) Positive Self Talks Positive self talks are a vital tool for giving yourself confidence and also help keep you in the right frame of mind. Use your own key words to remind yourself how you want to behave. Think of words to control you in specific situations. Such as: When you are tired - wake up, bright, alert, sunshine When you are hurt/injured - I love the pain! I can work through it! When you are too anxious - Relax, calm down, easy, breathe When you are too relaxed - pick it up!, step it up a level When you get knocked down - watch for the count, take a deep breath, get up (25) Have a Fight Plan During training your main focus should be on winning...training to win!!! During the actual competition focus on the task at hand in the present and near future, NOT the win. Do not allow yourself to get distracted. If you give 100% at the present moment, throughout the fight, you should be victorious. If not then there was nothing more you could do, you gave 100% and stayed focused. You have to allow yourself to adapt to your opponent but prior to the competition create a general fight plan, for the duration of the fight, each individual round and key words to use inside the rounds. Then following plan is a good general plan to work from. Fight Plan (Based on a 3 round fight) 1st - basics, see what he's about, counter punch his attack or use feints to draw 2nd - attack strong the whole round, dominate without a doubt 3rd - give 110% (this is what you've been training for and impress the judges) Individual Rounds Beginning: - hands up, head down, sit down - move using smart footwork - stay balanced - work behind the jab and feints - (movement, balance, jab) Middle: - for every punch he lands give back two - throw at least three big combinations and move - keep breathing, focused - (work, relax, work, relax) End: - finish strong, impress the judges - (Dominate! Dominate!) ...read more.

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