A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A MCGUIGAN GYM BOXER:
A training camp for one of our professional boxers can last anywhere from 6-12 weeks + depending on the level of the fighter, how many rounds are being fought and the magnitude of the fight. For example, a 12 round title or championship fight requires at least 10-12 weeks (sometimes more) due to the time needed to thoroughly prepare and build the conditioning to potentially fight a hard and gruelling 12 rounds. On the other hand a novice pro fighting 4-6 rounds will not need to be in camp as long though will still train every bit as hard with no stone left unturned in their preparation! Good habits MUST be engrained early on that serve them as their careers progress. Good food and proper hydration is one of these habits with the boxers eating a diet of high quality proteins, vegetables, fruits and quality carbohydrates as needed. A good breakfast is eaten comprising of foods such as oats, eggs and high quality fruits such as berries.
A typical days training consists of two sessions in which one will be a morning session circa 11am, and one in the afternoon/early evening around 4-6pm. Everyday consists of one boxing session of technical pad work or sparring depending on the day. This session is often performed first in the training day though can switch to later in the day as the camp progresses toward fight night. The second session will usually be one of either a metabolic circuit session, a strength training session or a track/sprint session depending on which day of the weekly training cycle it is. It is worth knowing that our fighters train twice a day 5 days per week, and once on a Saturday so the schedule is tough and requires dedication, proper nutrition and of course necessary recovery time. Fascial stretching sessions are available on site to the boxers as needed and most will have 1-2 sessions each week during camps.
The sessions starting late morning allows for a good nights sleep and the gap between sessions also means a nap can be taken during the day as needed for recovery. A high quality lunch is also eaten in this period containing more high quality proteins such as chicken or turkey, vegetables and often a high quality carb source such as brown rice or sweet potato to refuel for the second session. At least once a week we have a physical therapist on site to work with the fighters assisting with any niggles and keeping their bodies tuned for the tough training and sparring. We also have several different therapists with specific skill sets that our fighters use during a camp if and when they need it which is often necessary due to both the high calibre of fighters we are working with and the importance of their health. When the training day is done dinner is much the same as lunch though sometimes the carbohydrates might be limited depending on the phase of the camp. After that it’s much needed downtime, rest, sleep and ready for the next day!