Category: Real Talk With Coach AJ

Preparing for your first bout (Part 2)

Preparing for your first bout (Part 2)

Two weeks ago I gave you part 1 of my guide to preparing for your first bout. If you haven’t had a chance to read that yet, you can find the post here. Otherwise, read on for the rest of my advice on making that leap from training room warrior […]

Progression Through Boxing

Progression Through Boxing

Succinctly defining the progression of boxer is not a straightforward process. Boxing falls into the realm of combat sports where belts are only given for victories in the ring, rather than meeting laid-out proficiency criteria. We know we get better through practice and application but much of the assessment is […]

How Much Carbs You Actually Need

How Much Carbs You Actually Need

The secret is out of the bag; getting the body you want comes as much (if not more) from what you put in your mouth, as it does hours in the gym. Diet modification is recognized as a key component of building a better you and the Internet is teeming […]

Becoming a student of the game

Becoming a student of the game

Boxing is the oldest form of combat yet many people never fully understand why we call boxing the sweet science. To the untrained eye boxing is merely about being fastest or strongest puncher and someone with overwhelming physical ability in either is the one destined for championships, wealth and greatness. […]

Nutrition and what about it

Nutrition and what about it

Often times I’m asked what to eat or what types of food to consume and how much. No doubt macro manipulation and adherence is sometimes needed but for the vast majority of people who are simply looking to make better choices and tighten but their dietary habits, I find a […]

Making Weight for Competitions

Making Weight for Competitions

We’ve all seen it. Heavily muscled men who step on the scales only for the number called out to be far less than some of our pudgier counterparts whilst thinking to ourselves “How does he weigh that little with all that muscle?” In most fight sports weight classes are the […]

Mental Fortitude

Mental Fortitude

“Under pressure, you don’t rise to the occasion, you sink to the level of your training” This quote has been cited and reinterpreted many times but the key point has always been the same. You will not heroically draw upon some hidden strength; there will be no sudden surge of […]

3 Metabolic Conditioners To Torch Fat

3 Metabolic Conditioners To Torch Fat

Cardio, a word dreaded by many. We all know some form of aerobic exercise to is required to prime us for optimal performance, but just the thought of running on a treadmill puts one off even stepping into the gym. Running sprints and intervals are great but they can’t be […]

Getting Hit And Training To Box – Sparring

Getting Hit And Training To Box – Sparring

You’re going to move your feet, to jab then slip and counter punch. You’re going to stay out of range and not get touched. You’re going to……then you get hit with the first jab. “Abort Mission” the body says. “Move, get out of the way!” Another punch comes flying in […]

Sample Amateur Training Routine

Sample Amateur Training Routine

Recently, many people in the gym have been asking me how I train or other elite amateurs train for the competitions, as well as during the off-season. The first thing that one must understand is that there is rarely an off-season for amateur boxers. There will be periods when we’re […]