Since Floyd shared that brief clip to Instagram, my inbox was flooded with queries concerning wood chopping and its significance to boxing. Before I elaborate on the topic, it is possible to first hear Floyd talk about this old school coaching exercise in the video below. Floyd Mayweather Chopping Wood – Floyd starts by describing how he began chopping wood. Hearing he chopped wood as a young fighter wasn’t any surprise to me. A lot of the fighters in the sport history swung a sledgehammer or have chopped wood. Both exercises will develop endurance and power. In the end of the video, I liked hearing Floyd say the next: I got to where I obtained to by adhering to the principles.
In several ways, this single line solidifies a lot of what Ive preached through this website. No matter if you’re a lover Of Mayweather or not, it’s not possible to deny his talent and capacity. Floyd has always been a talented and exceptionally conditioned fighter. He’s excelled with a relatively straightforward approach to instruction. Anyone who has been in camp using Mayweather will testify to his enormous work ethic. Theres more to his coaching than a flashy mitt routine. He strikes the bag hard, spars difficult, skips rope in a furious pace, lifts weights, plays calisthenics, etc. Theres nothing fancy, just a sizable amount of difficult work thats applied to the fundamentals.
Wood Chopping Origins – As for Floyds returning for wood chopping, hes not the first fighter for make their way to greater strength and endurance. One of my favored quotes about wood chopping comes from legendary boxer Earnie Shavers. In a previous interview, Earnie said the following: Archie Moore showed all of his old tricks to me when he trained me. He got me chopping trees to enhance my explosive power in my legs, back, shoulders and arms that are all places where punching power comes from. Shavers wasnt the only heavyweight for chop wood however. An abbreviated list of additional fighters can be seen below.
George Foreman – Former heavyweight champion George Foreman spent lots of time chopping wood. He definitely knew a couple of things about punching power. Max Baer – Max Baer was also known for chop wood at coaching camp. He can be seen above prepare for his fight with Joe Louis. Sadly for Baer, Joe Louis was also a big lover of chopping wood. He went on for defeat Baer by knockout. Jack Johnson – Jack Johnson was yet another legendary heavyweight from the past who spent lots of time chopping wood. All that wood chopping definitely helped his conditioning through a lengthy championship reign. Muhammad Ali – Muhammad Ali also chopped wood and even cut down trees. Hes yet another all time great who thrived on the fundamentals.