View Full Version : Do you know when to take a break?


Equilibrium
09-14-2009, 10:45 PM
I had been taking the summer of, last week i started going to the gym again and i didn't waste any time. I have been training very hard, sparred 4 times in 7 days and intense training. I have been cutting down my calories intake, i try to stay under 2000 calories a day, and i'm a pretty big guy.


Anyway, i usually take every saturday off and it's enough for me to recuperate and be able to go through another 6 days of training without any problem.

But yesterday i felt tired and sore even though i had taken saturday off. I still went to the gym and had an intense 6 rounds sparring session. I took some hard body shots, last night it was fine but when i woke up this morning i felt like i had been in a car wreck.

I still went to the gym tonight, warmed up, wrapped my hands and started hitting the bag. After a round i just went "**** this, i'm going home". Took my **** and here i am.

It was just an accumulation of physical fatigue and mental fatigue, i'm also pretty stressed out because my father is undergoing surgery tommorow.


So am i the only one who knows when he needs to take some time off? I know some of you keyboard warriors will say that you train 8 hours a day without ever resting but i live in the real world and i think that resting for a day or two only means that i will be able to train at 100% when i get back at it.

What do you guys think?

sukhenkoy
09-14-2009, 10:58 PM
Just more of a psychological thing than anything, TS. You feel like **** when you take a break because you're used to training hard all the time and feel that a sport like boxing is only for the mentally-strong, and that such people will fight through any type of adversity.

I used to be the same way, but I've gotten to know my body better and I know when to listen to it. Rest is key and if you feel like you need an extra day of rest, take it.

If you're serious about the sport you know when you truly need the rest or when you are simply using an extra day as an excuse for not going through the rigors of training.

I think you're serious about the sport and are doing the right thing. Don't listen to the ensuing comments of "man the **** up".

Equilibrium
09-14-2009, 11:03 PM
Just more of a psychological thing than anything, TS. You feel like **** when you take a break because you're used to training hard all the time and feel that a sport like boxing is only for the mentally-strong, and that such people will fight through any type of adversity.

I used to be the same way, but I've gotten to know my body better and I know when to listen to it. Rest is key and if you feel like you need an extra day of rest, take it.

If you're serious about the sport you know when you truly need the rest or when you are simply using an extra day as an excuse for not going through the rigors of training.

I think you're serious about the sport and are doing the right thing. Don't listen to the ensuing comments of "man the **** up".

I think you misinterpreted my post. I'm actually in favor of taking a break when my body is telling me to. I dont feel like **** because i'm not training, i'm feeling like **** because i trained too hard. :lol1:

sukhenkoy
09-15-2009, 12:42 AM
I think you misinterpreted my post. I'm actually in favor of taking a break when my body is telling me to. I dont feel like **** because i'm not training, i'm feeling like **** because i trained too hard. :lol1:

I understand. What I'm saying is that it seems like your reason for starting the thread in the first place is to have people tell you it's OK to take a break, or at the very least see that other boxers are fine with taking breaks, thus giving you further reason to take yours.

Spartacus Sully
09-15-2009, 12:55 AM
I take 2 breaks a week and one light day where i just bike.

every week week tues, wed, and thurs i train. friday i break. saturday this week ill be runing 20 miles, sunday ill bike 20 taking it very easy, monday i rest, and tuesday i start again.

most the time i take my days easy during the week. though i use rest days so that i can really push my self to the limit on my long runs.

DeymarPR
09-15-2009, 01:24 AM
20 miles????

Spartacus Sully
09-15-2009, 03:15 AM
yeah did 18 last week working on the scranton marathon in pa oct 11th. ill do 5 today, 10 tomorrow, 5 thurs. then 20 miles saturday.

peewee1460
09-15-2009, 06:30 AM
i run about 3 times a week, train 3 or 4 days. i can't punch with my left so i'm kind of taking it easy right now, don't really need any breaks. :dunno:

RightCross94
09-15-2009, 06:53 AM
I train 6 days a week, twice a day most days. I rest on Sundays.

IcedBlood
09-15-2009, 08:59 AM
I normally only train 4 days a week, sometimes maybe 5

mrboxer
09-15-2009, 09:40 AM
boxing is not for you,i think you are not training properly,you are getting tired because when you spar you are probably throwing wild punches which in turn will make you tired,after reading your comments i believe that you are not training right,when you hit the heavy bag you are probably just hitting it like a chicken without a head, just try and pace your shots when you spar and hit the bag and throw well coordinated punch combos:boxing:

Equilibrium
09-15-2009, 06:19 PM
boxing is not for you,i think you are not training properly,you are getting tired because when you spar you are probably throwing wild punches which in turn will make you tired,after reading your comments i believe that you are not training right,when you hit the heavy bag you are probably just hitting it like a chicken without a head, just try and pace your shots when you spar and hit the bag and throw well coordinated punch combos:boxing:

I'm in better shape than your keyboard warrior ass will ever be, get the **** outta my thread troll.

mrboxer
09-15-2009, 06:39 PM
who are you sparring against the refection in the mirror,give yourself a break and get a trainer this way you can get on the right track:boxing:

mannyman
09-24-2009, 04:44 PM
I had been taking the summer of, last week i started going to the gym again and i didn't waste any time. I have been training very hard, sparred 4 times in 7 days and intense training. I have been cutting down my calories intake, i try to stay under 2000 calories a day, and i'm a pretty big guy.


Anyway, i usually take every saturday off and it's enough for me to recuperate and be able to go through another 6 days of training without any problem.

But yesterday i felt tired and sore even though i had taken saturday off. I still went to the gym and had an intense 6 rounds sparring session. I took some hard body shots, last night it was fine but when i woke up this morning i felt like i had been in a car wreck.

I still went to the gym tonight, warmed up, wrapped my hands and started hitting the bag. After a round i just went "**** this, i'm going home". Took my **** and here i am.

It was just an accumulation of physical fatigue and mental fatigue, i'm also pretty stressed out because my father is undergoing surgery tommorow.


So am i the only one who knows when he needs to take some time off? I know some of you keyboard warriors will say that you train 8 hours a day without ever resting but i live in the real world and i think that resting for a day or two only means that i will be able to train at 100% when i get back at it.

What do you guys think?

I'm the same I train pretty much every night (sparring, pads, bags, strengh) and when I should rest at weekends I end up running. I'm generally ok for a couple of weeks but then it catches up with me and I'll be ****ed for a week and I cant put 100% into training. I'm training two days on one day off now and it seems to be working - try and get plenty of sleep too.

Richie-G
09-24-2009, 06:03 PM
boxing is not for you,i think you are not training properly,you are getting tired because when you spar you are probably throwing wild punches which in turn will make you tired,after reading your comments i believe that you are not training right,when you hit the heavy bag you are probably just hitting it like a chicken without a head, just try and pace your shots when you spar and hit the bag and throw well coordinated punch combos:boxing:

hahaha did make me laugh lol

but anyway i train 6 days a week and always have sundays off, sometimes i might be forced to take a day or two off, you might feel bad at first but you definetely benefit especially when youv'e been training hard. im in a similar position to you as i had loads of time off in the summer, put on about 5 or 6 kilos and when you first come back you do ache alot and feel like ****, but ease yourself in and you'll be up to full speed in no time....

arraamis
09-24-2009, 06:05 PM
I had been taking the summer of, last week i started going to the gym again and i didn't waste any time. I have been training very hard, sparred 4 times in 7 days and intense training. I have been cutting down my calories intake, i try to stay under 2000 calories a day, and i'm a pretty big guy.


Anyway, i usually take every saturday off and it's enough for me to recuperate and be able to go through another 6 days of training without any problem.

But yesterday i felt tired and sore even though i had taken saturday off. I still went to the gym and had an intense 6 rounds sparring session. I took some hard body shots, last night it was fine but when i woke up this morning i felt like i had been in a car wreck.

I still went to the gym tonight, warmed up, wrapped my hands and started hitting the bag. After a round i just went "**** this, i'm going home". Took my **** and here i am.

It was just an accumulation of physical fatigue and mental fatigue, i'm also pretty stressed out because my father is undergoing surgery tommorow.


So am i the only one who knows when he needs to take some time off? I know some of you keyboard warriors will say that you train 8 hours a day without ever resting but i live in the real world and i think that resting for a day or two only means that i will be able to train at 100% when i get back at it.

What do you guys think?

Sounds like you have a good training program. But the one thing that can and will derail any training regimen is stress. All, if not all of us are accustomed to the usual life's complications. But group an increase in stress, complications, along with your normal physical training demands ..... and that becomes a major overload ...... which can equal a crash.

In most cases, don't over analyse the result ...... just realize the causes and take a little break, until you can reduce the additional stress and complications you're experiencing. After that ... get back ontrack.

Regards