Boxing Trainer: It’s not me, it’s you.

When I was still assisting in the gym and teaching boxing fitness classes, I was always bothered by people who can’t punch or move the way I instructed.  I tried many different ways to convey what I wanted the boxer or student to do, but their moves would never improve no matter how long they trained with me.

For the longest time, I blamed myself.  Heck, up until a month ago I was still thinking it was the fault of my coaching.  Perhaps I just wasn’t good at getting through to the would-be boxer.  Then Andrew Schweitzer (BOXING 4 FREE podcaster) pointed me to the following video.  Fair warning, it’s very politically incorrect, full of profanity, mean, but it is funny (I’m a bit of a jerk so I saw a lot of myself in Eric).

Although a part of me believed that maybe it was the student who was at fault, that they just didn’t possess the athleticism to do what I was asking, trainer Eric Kelly finally put my paranoia to rest.  In the video, he clearly explains that no matter how much some people train, no matter how hard, some just cannot move in a graceful manner.  I now agree.

The days of blaming myself for a boxer’s poor technique are over.

About the Author

Justin M. Salvato
Justin M. Salvato is the creator & owner of BOXING 4 FREE. He's a former amateur boxer, former USA Boxing coach, and former boxing fitness instructor. These days he enjoys vintage computing, retro video games, and talking tech. He also writes a blog about the Coleco ADAM computer and Life with Microsoft.

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