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Last Minute Fight Preparation Tips July 12, Preparing for your first fight can be the most stressful moment of your life. People are texting you for the time and directions and parking information.
You feel like some kind of wedding planner. Here is my list of final fight preparation tips so you can focus on your fight! Some people will be on Youtube looking for last-minute tips. Some people are hanging out with friends to relax. Some people are at home in front of the TV.
Others are shadowboxing all night. I would recommend just shadowboxing and stretching in front of the TV. Put on a movie or TV show you like to watch and just relax. Then get to bed. All the hard work and training is behind you. Put all your gear in one place so you can grab it the next morning and go.
Who needs a ride? Where are your family and friends sitting? Etc, etc, etc.
Wear sweats so your body can heat up quicker. And keep drinking water if you find yourself sweating a lot.
If you feel uncomfortably hot, GOOD! This can be more of a psychological thing than physical but it does make a difference especially for beginners. Start warming up when you have about hours before your fight.
Move around Look up dynamic stretching on Google and do it. Move your limbs around, stretch everything. Start throwing punches. Shadowbox, hit the mitts, hit the bag, whatever you want.
Skipping rope or taking a quick jog around the block is not a bad idea. Drink water Drink all the water you need hours before the fight and keep urinating. Once your fight is coming up within the next hour, only sip water.
Same goes with eating. You can use the regular hand wrap method or use the pro method with all the extra padding and tape, etc.
A pro taught me this. Gear up Check your equipment. Make sure everything works. Or that you brought the wrong headgear, etc. Find out who has your mouth guard, or better yet, keep it in your pocket. The usual places are on the outside of your headgear, a thin layer over your forehead, eyebrows, cheeks, and chin.
Have your coach put it on you.
Shadowbox with a partner Have your trainer or a friend shadowbox with you. He should be throwing slow punches and let you slip and duck or counter in whatever way you like. If you know your opponent is going to be southpaw, then have your partner stand southpaw as well.
If you know your opponent is going to be tall, have your partner stick his jab arm out and keep it in front of your face so you can get used to moving around it. This is not warm-up shadowboxing. You are conditioning yourself to fight.
NO Strategy Avoid talking about new strategy before the fight. The more you talk to yourself, the more you psyche yourself out. This is just another session in the ring, you might win and you might lose.
All you can do is try your best and enjoy the replay footage later.
Treat it the same way you would before a sparring session or before you hit the heavy bag. Be excited to fight. Be ready to have fun. Have any of your own great fight preparation tips to share?
Share them below in the comments! Did you learn something?