Nothing motivates you like a punch in the face — fight training explained.
Fight training has to be the hardest thing I've ever done — but the most rewarding.
I went from someone who hated cardio, struggling to breathe after a few seconds to being able to physically see my progress in a short space of time. For me, there's nothing more satisfying or motivating.
I took it up along side my general training because my long term aim is to fight in the ring (and win). I didn't start training with the belts as my aim; for me they're an amazing accomplishment that comes with the hard work. I started training to gain the skills and stamina I need to get in the ring and skilfully beat the shit out of someone.
I'm on the path to achieving my goal but know that there's so much more effort and hard work to put in before I'm ready... But that's all part of the fun.
My coach (Owen McGill) has taken me through it perfectly — starting off slowly and building up as I gradually get better. Seeing the look on his face when I nail something for the first time is pretty fucking awesome.
I usually do fight specific training once a week on top of my other routines, but would do it so much more if I had the time. Like I said, the speed of progression just gets you addicted straight away, which then makes you want to eat better, sleep better, train better and become a beast in the ring.