Professional Nutrition Advice for Boxers
Recipe for a world champion:
discipline & self-respect
Mental self-control used in
directing or changing behavior, learning something, or training for
Training expected to produce a
specific character or pattern of behavior.
It is amazing to me when I see these young,
up-and-coming boxers with some good talent and not enough discipline to
carry them through.
They seem to be only looking for the “good
life” without a clue how to get there -- and, even more, how to keep
I’ve been in the boxing world for 10 years
now and there are two things, besides talent, you need to be a world
One is discipline and the other is
you want to be successful, you MUST have discipline.
Being involved in this sport for this long
has given me the opportunity to meet some of the nicest boxers I’ve ever
BUT, I’ve also seen some characteristics
in several of them that lead me to write about the importance of
Many boxers don’t have a lot of education.
They come with a lot of street experience,
but sometimes that street stuff doesn’t fly in a professional sport like
Let me be more specific.
On the street, you say whatever it takes
to get what you want.
In the world of boxing, someone at some
point will hold your feet to the fire.
If you’re suppose to run 10 miles and you
stop after 3 or 4 miles because no one is watching, you are not just
cheating yourself, you’re cheating your team.
They depend on you to do what you’re told.
That’s also showing no self-respect.
You have a job and it’s up to you to do
the very best you can every single day.
I think you learn that kind of
discipline/behavior as a child.
If you don’t do what you’re supposed to
do, it’s only a matter of time before it’s going to show in the ring.
Self-discipline is a very mature quality.
Everybody on the team wins when the boxer
does what he’s supposed to.
As a boxer, you should believe in your
trainer/coach, therefore following his instructions.
He shouldn’t have to be on your case all
the time to do the expected.
If you don’t have that faith in your
trainer/coach, you should find someone you believe in.
It’s that simple.
Discipline carries over to how you should be
CANNOT gain a lot of weight between fights and expect to be at your
best. When you come down to your fighting weight, you may lose some
muscle, strength, and stamina.
No one ever said boxing is an easy sport.
It takes a lifestyle, a team, a lot of
support and self-respect.
You never want to get in the ring with
less than 100% effort in your training.
You want to get in there and give it your
Now, I get to brag a little.
The one thing I love about being a member
of Garcia Boxing is that we are the “whole package.”
We’ve got the best training and support in
Max Garcia, Dean Familton, and Sam Garcia,
trainers; Kathy Garcia, manager; and Linda Rodriguez, Nutritionist.
What a team this is!
We’re all looking
ahead to January 30 at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas to watch our boy “Eloy
(the Prince) Perez” get his 16th win and impress the hell out
of all you boxing fans.
He’s recently been ranked number 7 within
Watch out for this kid!
You’ll be hearing a lot more about him
Linda's previous blogs:
judgment, planning crucial for boxers
Truths about your
body and your diet
Live like a champ if you plan to become one