How heavy is amateur boxing
Combat weight in boxing: Finding the right weight as a boxer
So that the boxing match ends as fair as possible, there are different weight classes such as featherweight, middleweight or heavyweight.
If the opponents box in the same weight class, then the body size is usually very identical. But it can also happen that the body size differs significantly with the same body weight.
Boxing enthusiasts in particular, have to first see what the optimal fighting weight would be for them personally.
That is not that easy to answer in general, because each one for himself find the optimal fighting weight got to. However, there are a few simple rules that you can use as a guide.
Find your personal fighting weight
Let's start with how to find your personal fighting weight. The ideal fighting weight is not what someone suggests or what you imagine. It is the weight class in which YOU feel most comfortable. What do we mean by feeling most comfortable?
Quite simply, if you like it more that you can box quickly and lively, then the lower area in the weight classes is particularly interesting for you.
If you are more of a comfortable boxer and like to hand out power punches, then you are exactly right from the heavy middleweight division.
Furthermore, you should note that you are not boxing under your ideal fighting weight. If you are 2m tall and only weigh 65kg, then you are indeed superior to your smaller opponents at the fighting distance, but you lack sufficient stability and clout.
This is just an extreme example so that I can clarify better.
It is exactly the other way around if you are too small and weigh the weight of a well-trained heavyweight. You may have a stronger punch, but you will certainly lack speed very much.
With a normal diet, your own body will regulate the ideal body weight and therefore it is common for most boxers not to go down a lot with the weight.
An optimal boxer is well trained, has little body fat and looks proportionally harmonious.
Obesity in boxing
If you are overweight and would like to box, then it will be necessary to lead a diet so that the body becomes more efficient again. The fat percentage has to be reduced so that muscle mass can be built up. However, an ordinary diet will mostly not be enough.
Intensive cardio training such as jumping rope, jogging etc. will also be necessary. However, I do not want to focus too much on weight loss or gain in this article and describe it in more detail in a separate article. The point here is just to find the ideal fighting weight.
A decent boxing club will surely have a set of scales somewhere and you should look for them before and after every workout.
This will help you keep track of how much weight you can lose after each workout. Most of the weight you lose is the amount of water in your body.
It may well be possible for a boxer to sweat out up to 3kg of water after a hard training session. But carbohydrates are also burned and these have to be taken again after training.
Unless you want to lose a lot of weight for a competition, you should avoid a diet high in carbohydrates.
Young boxers and their fighting weight
For the young boxers in the school and youth classes, there should be no food restriction in order to get into a weight class. As long as the diet is natural and healthy, that is, when there is no obesity.
A child can grow up to 10cm in six months and needs all the energy to develop his body further. In competitions, good training for boxers without great weight loss should be relied on.
The question always has to be asked whether it would not make much more sense to start a class higher with maximum performance than to bag in the tournament totally exhausted and powerless at the end.
The sparring will further help you find your weight class
Internal sparring not only helps you improve your boxing skills. It is also very useful that you get a feel for whether you are comfortable with your current body weight.
You only feel comfortable in sparring when you notice that you have a good level of stamina and that your weight is not restricting your movement too much.
No matter how heavy you are, you should always be quick and agile. The blows should have a certain force and your muscles shouldn't tire too quickly.
If you notice that you are inferior to an equal opponent, then it is worth considering maybe going down a little with the weight.
Write us your height in the comments and in which weight class you feel most comfortable. As always, questions and answers will be answered there.
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