Wednesday, January 30, 2008

More Training Tips for Floyd Mayweather

Mayweather-Mosley fight
Before we looked at how Floyd Mayweather prepared for his knockout of Ricky Hatton, and now we've got tips on to train for knocking out overhyped bums in our own neighborhoods. Seriously, speaking in a Men's Health interview, Mayweather gives us some serious workout advice here are some cliff notes of the article:

Hard Hitting Advice from Mayweather

1. On Sharing Your Wealth--And Health

I don't drink or smoke, but I do buy a lot of champagne for my friends when it's a special occasion. We've gotta keep them healthy, so only when it's a special occasion.

2. On Carving Million-Dollar Abs
I take pride in staying healthy and eating right. I don't care how much money you have if you wake up every morning and can't see your [penis]. You need to get that weight off.

3. On Outhustling Your Competiton
I do my homework on every opponent that I fight. I know that if my opponents run 5 miles every day, I have to run 7 miles. And when they up it to 7, I'm going to take it to 9.

4. On Surrounding Yourself With Talent
Oscar [De La Hoya] has a lot more paper than I've got, but he's cheap. I pay my sparring partners well. It costs to have a good team, and every time I've fought, I've gotten good results. You pay for what you get.

5. On Learning From Losses
As an amateur, I was 84 and 6. I lost six fights by one point. But that was just a learning experience. Once I got to the professional level, I wasn't going to take an "L."

"Mayweather explodes into a jump-rope routine, tap-dancing as he whips the leather so fast the temperature drops. He swings the rope between his legs, still jumping, like Iverson unleashing a crossover dribble. After a few minutes, he pauses for a sip of hot chocolate--as if to say, This is too easy--and then launches into his next tirade."

"As a result, your body increases energy production and muscle recruitment, says Matthew Rhea, Ph.D., the director of human movement at A.T. Still University, in Arizona. "So when someone else is watching, you push yourself harder than you usually would."

In fact, in a study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, Rhea and his colleagues discovered that men are able to bench-press an average of 41 pounds more in front of spectators than when they lift alone. "Both audience and competition improve performance," he says. "If the audience in our study would have been allowed to encourage the lifter, the effect would have been even greater.""

"He hovers within 3 or 4 pounds of his fighting weight at all times by jumping rope, playing basketball, and doing body-weight exercises twice a week. Make no mistake: He trains as hard as any athlete on the planet for 6 weeks before every fight, but the rest of the time, he simply enjoys staying active, a strategy that's kept him within a few hard workouts of his peak condition year-round."

[ Men's Health ]

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