You’ve done it. You’ve decided to do your first real fight. The judges, the watchers, everything. Good for you! But where on earth do you start?
It may seem obvious that training is going to be a large part of your time now, but did you know about all the other things that go into it? You have to eat right, train, rest, know your strengths and weaknesses, learn about your mysterious opponent and their tricks, and even what to do after the fight. Right now it seems a little dauntless and time consuming, yet soon it will all be worth it.
Each regimen will be different for all of the areas previously listed. Your trainer may want you to focus more on some areas and less on others. Even so, the more prepared you are, the better you will fare. Nutrition is an important aspect of any athletic sport and training. Arguably, the most important for a full and healthy lifestyle. Cut the junk food and bad habits for several months before your fight and you’ll notice a difference in your energy levels and stamina. Incorporate a variety of fresh foods into your diet to give yourself a well-rounded edge.
Training will be tough. They say it’s 10% effort 90% mental. The trick to proper training is having a great coach and an even greater support base. Make sure both your groups know how you’re doing, what you feel like you need to work on and what you feel comfortable with. The more communication, the better your training will be. Also, don’t be afraid to mix it up! Cross-training is the number one choice for athletes of all sports. And, if there is something you particularly hate during your training, try and find ways to make it better or reward yourself for doing. A positive attitude can turn even a 10 mile run into a breeze.
Training is great, but knowing when to rest is the key. Physical and mental injuries can be avoided with the right amount of rest. If you feel like you’re going too far, you probably are. Your body is the best indicator of when enough is enough, so make sure you listen to it every now and again.
To know going into the fight
You want your opponent to think you’re over-eager. That they have an edge on you, no matter what it is. However, there is a fine line from leading them to that thought to actually doing it. Small tips like these can make or break a fight, and you will want to know all of them going in. Especially if your opponent is a little more experienced than you are. Above all, remember why you started this in the first place. It’s normal to be apprehensive or scared but don’t let it get to you. Have fun and learn from your mistakes.
After the fight
It doesn’t matter if you’ve won or lost but rather if you’ve gained something. You’ve finished your first fight so at the very least you’ve gained some experience. Perhaps you’ve learned about a weakness you never knew about or an awesome new jab to try. In any case, recovery will be the key for the next few weeks. And even if you decide that fighting is best saved for sparring in the gym this fight will stay with you for the rest of your life; It’s something most people would never dream of doing, so good job and happy resting!