2. Body Performance Checks

Weight checks are important throughout the camp. However they do not give the full picture.

We need to ensure that the ‘weight’ that is being lost by the boxer is body fat, rather than lean muscle tissue or excess water.

Testing of the boxer using calliper readings can help identify the volume of fat lost, but more importantly can give indications of the health of the fighter. Higher readings of body fat at certain sites can indicate hormonal unsettlement or that the body is under unhealthy stress. An example of this is when a boxer appears slim in general appearance, yet has a ‘spare tyre’ of fat around their lower abdomen, an indicator that inflammation is high in their body. A body that is highly inflamed is known to store fat, and hold onto water, therefore making weight becomes more difficult.

Other checks such as the volume of ketones in the urine of a boxer, tell us that the body is breaking down muscle tissue rather than fat. These tests are crucial as the strength and conditioning coach can monitor the results, then make the necessary adjustments to keep the boxer on track to make the weight, whilst being fit, healthy and strong, rather than weak and unhealthy.

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