What do career fighters do all day?

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  1. Pugilistic

    Pugilistic Red Belt

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    This question has been bugging me a bit ever since I started training camp for my fight. While I have other stuff to do like studying, I am currently unemployed so I have quite a bit of time and leeway to structure my days around training.

    My usual days look like this:
    Road work and conditioning workout in the morning (about 1 hour)
    Training in the afternoon (about 2.5-3hours)
    Weight lifting in the evening (30min-1hour) depending on the day

    So I train about four hours a day, or 4.5-5 hours on days I lift. This shit tires me the fuck out and at the end of the day I am sapped of energy. I worry that I might be over-training at times but at the same time have this nagging feeling I'm not doing enough. I'm constantly asking myself, should I jog a few more kilos? Do a set of situps before bed? Should I eat that extra donut?

    I imagine most top fighters train even more. Which boggles my mind to think about because they must have so much energy. So I'm left wondering how most fighters structure their days and what they do between training sessions. Do they do stretching exercises? Various activities for recovery? Or do they just chill and do whatever?

    I've been stretching between my workouts and trying to drink lots of water as far as recovery goes. But I mostly study for school, watch and study fights online, or just fuck around posting on sherdog or playing video games.

    What do you guys think? I guess if you're Pacquiao, you'd attend congress and whatnot.
     
  2. whougonnacall

    whougonnacall Silver Belt

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    Prob the same stuff you're doing only they can rest more and train more later during the day if they feel like it due to having no job to go to.
     
  3. TheBruteFist

    TheBruteFist Orange Belt

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    They don't train as much, its quality over quantity for them, you see their open workouts last for 30 minutes or something, yet they go matches and last 12 rounds. Some of them spends family times, Work, discuss tactics with coaches, or do whatever, I'm sure there is always something to be done :D
     
  4. atecubanos

    atecubanos Orange Belt

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    You need a thing that I'm looking at for a long while. I know how to train, but I don't know how to make a macro-cicle with trainings divided in between the 2 months before the fight.
    I think that if you build one and thrust your coaches, you'll be fine.
    Yeah, maybe pros have massages, physiotherapy, yoga and other things that help a lot.
     
  5. Nuclearlandmine

    Nuclearlandmine Shreddin' Double Yellow Card

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    That's their OPEN workout. Which is more of a show-off rather than actual workout. As if the press like to hang around for 3 hours of grueling routines. I'm sure pretty sure they spend more than just 30 minutes everyday preparing for their opponent.

    As for TS, i think you should take more consideration into resting time between each sessions. Recovery is just as important as workout, so within a day you should probably allocate those training time and resting time adequately so that you don't burn yourself out at the end of the day. Although, resting time isn't just sleep or sit around, pro fighters probably do some stretching or get massage or some light routines as a sort of active "rest".
     
  6. IgnorantBloke

    IgnorantBloke ¡En nombre de la patria!

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    All and all if you're putting in four hours of focused and high intensity work I'd say you're doing quite well for yourself.

    With that said I know a few weekend tournament bjj guys who are putting in more time. *shrugs*
     
  7. yodsaenkla**

    yodsaenkla** Blue Belt

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    Strippers and alcohol for a lot of them.

    GSP says he likes to go to the Museum and read about Paleontology a lot of them are in to video games.
     
  8. sub_thug

    sub_thug Silver Belt

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    There's also interviews and such to be done. You have a bunch of media and sponsorship obligations, so between training and that, it's easy to put in an 8-hour day. The rest of the time, they are off to rest, eat, and do whatever they want. Cerrone likes to go wake-boarding and bull-riding, Mir likes video games, and others just do whatever it is that makes them happy.
     
  9. SummerStriker

    SummerStriker Black Belt

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    The girl that won boxing gold said she ran for an hour in the morning, then napped all day, and then trained for two hours at night on boxing.
     
  10. SAAMAG

    SAAMAG San Antonio Applied Martial Arts Group

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    Lol

    A THAI boxer's routine is pretty well known, which can serve as a possible blueprint. Two a days for 6 days a week that consist of this basic set up (it can vary from day to day and one camp to the next).

    AM:

    Running or skipping (typically 30 min)
    Heavy bag 3-4 rounds
    Thai pads 3-4 rounds
    Technique drills
    Clinch sparring 30-45 min

    PM:

    Running or skipping (typically 30 min)
    Heavy bag 3-4 rounds
    Thai pads and/or focus mitts 3-4 rounds
    Technique drills
    Sparring 3-5 rounds
     
  11. Polarity

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    PEDs mean people can train harder.

    You don't need drugs though. At least I hope you believe you don't. No pride in winning with assistance.
     
  12. Yodsanan

    Yodsanan K'FESTA.1

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    good post. running in the morning is mostly longer about 10-15km.
     
  13. Chris Beeby

    Chris Beeby Brown Belt Professional Fighter

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    Been wondering this myself lately...

    Interesting tip a training partner shared was that "if you want to train hard, you have to rest hard". I try and do that as much as possible, and if I have a hard morning session, and do too many things in the afternoon like get groceries, do errands, and don't have time to come home and nap, my night session is usually either nonexistent, or shit.
     
  14. Midnighter

    Midnighter Silver Belt

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    Break dance parties.
     
  15. IFightUFC100

    IFightUFC100 Banned Banned

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    hit that bong
     
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    Train, run gyms, coach others?
     
  17. Pugilistic

    Pugilistic Red Belt

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    That's kind of nuts. Even though they're not doing extra conditioning or lifting, but that seems like an insane amount work to be doing 6 times a week. Even more nuts if they run 15km like Yodsanan says. I run like half that. Thais are hardcore.

    I honestly wish I could. Getting massages sound like a good idea too but they would dry up my wallet pretty fast. But I guess overall, I'm doing alright. Think I should sleep more and invest in a roller.
     
  18. SippycupPIMP

    SippycupPIMP Training w/ Lamnamars

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    Career fighters do just about anything other than creating a false identity and threatening other posters.
     
  19. Sinister

    Sinister Doctor of Doom Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    Actually, you'd be surprised the shit verified Pro fighters have pulled on internet forums.
     
  20. SummerStriker

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    Yeah, I wonder if that is all the time?

    I guess there could be social pressures keeping them at that, but most people would fail from burnout after a little while. Maybe that is just the camp schedule? If I had the endurance, I could do that for like a week and be ok, but I couldn't live that way.
     

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