Training log: Week 2 – slightly better

My second week started off badly; I had a cold.  I started feeling odd last Sunday afternoon, then it started kicking in on Monday.  Nose running, chest congested, overall feeling lousy.

Last Sunday I shadowboxed several rounds, one round with hand weights.  The day after I got up early, went for a jog.  After  I came home from work, I trained lightly in the garage; skipping rope, shadowboxing, some ab work.  Tuesday I went to the gym.  Coach Toledo said we were going to do some pad work.  It had been a while since I had done pad work with a coach so I was looking forward to this.  After I loosened up, shadowboxed, coach had me do a few rounds on the heavybags.  Then he had me do a few rounds of pad work.  My shoulders were burning, but I pushed myself to get it done.  Coach Toledo uses a number system which was a problem at first since I never used such a system before.  I picked it up fast, but then he had me throwing combinations where I would have to throw a hook with the rear hand.  That screwed my combinations up, badly.  I looked like a true amateur.  The problem was that I always taught my boxers and students to never throw a hook with the rear hand.  However, I’m not the coach here, so I gotta do what the coach says.  It will take time, but I’ll get there.  I was breathing pretty hard, coach knew I was sick, so he ended my workout with a couple rounds on the punch ball (kind of like a double end bag but with a tennis ball).


Because of family life, I can’t be at the gym everyday.  I’m not complaining; I love my family and I needed to rest because my cold had kicked into overdrive.  Thursday I went for my early morning jog and later, the gym. I did a very similar work out as Tuesday, because coach was taking it easy on me, again, because of the cold.  However, I was feeling a lot better Thursday, but I didn’t want to get carried away.  Friday I jogged again.  Sunday I did some light work in my garage; weights, skipping rope, and ab work.


Sometime after my work out on Sunday, I found some information on a NY Metro USA Boxing site that may prevent me from getting anymore amateur fights.  Remember, the plan is to have one or two more amateur fights before attempting a professional match.  I’m still waiting on some answers, I’ll fill you in later.

* When I get to know folks at the gym, I’ll get photos there too.

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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