Fitness | Technique | Oct 12 2018

Tapering strategies for boxing

Boxing Science's Danny Wilson on tapering in boxing
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“THE hard work is done” is often a phrase used in boxing as a fighter gets closer to stepping through the ropes – however, gains from a training camp can unravel through a mismanaged taper…

So…. what is a taper?

The taper is a reduction in the training load of athletes in the final days and weeks before a fight, with the aim of optimising performance. An old school training method would be to train hard, have one last hard spar one week before and then rest up when making weight.