Pre-Fight SupplementBy Ross Enamait - Published in 2004
One of the most common questions that I receive reads something like this...
"Ross, what is the best pre-fight supplement for energy?"
Based on the frequency of this question, I've decided to unveil the most amazing pre-fight supplement ever created. This supplement can be taken at any time throughout the year. Mega-doses are encouraged. It is free and available anywhere. A few common suppliers include your local gym, your basement, an outdoor park, and even your backyard. This supplement is commonly referred to as hard work.
This free supplement is superior to the most elaborate energy supplement. Most users notice results within a few weeks of dedicated supplementation. The success rate of this supplement is an amazing 100%.
All joking aside, it is unfortunate that so many young fighters are searching for the magic pill that promises endurance in the late rounds. No supplement can replace a few hours of hard work.
It was inevitable that society's quest for the easy way would spread to the modern combat athlete. Technology has come a long way, but it is still (and always will be) impossible to automate the human body.
The only way to prepare for combat is by training hard in the gym. You can (and should) take this pre-fight supplement for many months before fighting. This supplement should become a way of life. A competitive fighter must literally eat, sleep, and dream about training.
With all of the recent talk about over-training, it appears that we have all overlooked the dangers of under-training. Check out the fights on HBO, ESPN, and Pay-Per-View. Fighters are losing bouts due to poor conditioning. Losing because of fatigue is a dire mistake that should not exist.
Have you ever seen past and present champions such as Bernard Hopkins lose due to poor conditioning?
Bernard is from the old-school. He isn't worried about working too hard. His training camps are enough to break down the above-average man. There is a reason why Bernard Hopkins is so successful at age 39. He works for it. He does not have a magic routine, or a magic pill that he takes each night. He doesn't use a secret training device.
Rather, he wakes up each day, prepared to train his ass off at the gym. He doesn't search for the easy way. He follows the hard path and his work has been rewarded.
Remember the famous words from General George Patton,
"A pint of sweat, saves a gallon of blood."
George Patton never mentioned anything about taking an energy pill.
Many of today's athletes and trainers are searching for new-school solutions. I too remain open to new ideas. Any trainer who ignores science will become limited by his ignorance. Yet, despite our quest for knowledge, many trainers fail to acknowledge the work ethic of yesteryear's athletes. Rocky Marciano did not study the non-oxidative energy systems, but he knew the value of hard work. Many of today's athletes are quick to cry "over-training" just because a workout is difficult.
The human body is capable of much more than most people will ever realize. Hard work, perseverance, and a consistent effort are three attributes that you cannot buy at the supplement store. I've never seen anyone package "character" into a pill.
Certain athletes are willing to work harder than others. It is easy to quit, but it is not easy to push yourself to new levels. It is not easy to keep fighting when fatigue sets in. As a combat athlete, you must be prepared to push your body to the extreme. Make no mistake about it, combat is not a game. It is a sport that can leave you injured for life.
You owe it to yourself to give 100% when training. Rely on your hard work at the gym, not on a magic pill or fad diet. Use supplementation and proper nutrition to assist with recovery. Do not rely on a pill for energy in the late rounds. It does not work. It never has, and it never will... no matter what the supplement companies may tell you.
About the Author - Ross Enamait is an innovative athlete and trainer, whose training style is among the most intense that you will find. Ross is committed to excellence and advancements in high performance conditioning and strength development. He has a sincere interest in helping today's athlete in their quest for greatness.
Ross has authored several training manuals, and operates a training business in the New England area. Feel free to contact him at [email protected], and follow his regular updates at www.rosstraining.com/blog.