Boxing Training with Olympic Hopeful Juan Pablo Romero | Faster Higher Stronger
I began boxing when I was 12 years old I started in high school but then was just doing it as a physical activity I also used to swim at the same sports centre where I boxed but enjoyed boxing more. The reason I got into boxing was because it is a discipline where you are one against one you train to beat another person who you are fighting face to face. A normal day for me involves getting up at 5:45am The first training session starts at 7:00am at the Mexican Olympic sports centre we start by warming up and then work on our fitness levels from 7:00am to 9:00am. We then go to the gym, to do stretches or sit-ups or whatever the coach tells us to do. From 9:00am to 10:00am I have my breakfast, here in the Olympic sports centre. At 1:00pm we start the second session of the day which lasts until 3:00pm or until 3.30pm, depending on what stage of our training we are at. We then have the afternoon free and I go to bed around 10:00pm, ready for the next day to do the same routine. I think Mexico is known for having boxers with good fitness levels. When we’re fighting we always give our maximum in each bout. There are times when even for us its difficult to follow this routine. You can get tired of running or you find your legs aren’t responding. This is when you need to show your strength, your mental strength. You start thinking about your family, or your personal goals and you remember what you have left behind to be here. To not give up, I think that is the difference between a fighter who finishes second and the one who is going to win the gold medal. All top performance athletes have to leave their family behind – you miss the reunions and holidays. They might go somewhere while you have to stay behind and train. That can sometimes hit you really hard, but its what makes a person. You need to know how to mentally overcome those situations, I think that also helps you during the fights when you think, I left all this behind and need to win, so all the sacrifice is worthwhile.