Getting Ripped: What Boxers Can Teach Us about Getting Shredded

| by Truth Seeker |

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“How much do you weigh?” is a popular question in commercial gyms. During the cold season, people boost the number, but as soon as the summer kicks in, the firmness in the tone disappears.

Why? Because the fat gut popping under the XXL shirt immediately devalues the number. Does it matter that you weigh 220 pounds when you look pregnant with an alien?

The hot season is simply kinder to lean people because it allows them to showcase their leanness. The fat fucks usually keep quiet, although comments such as: “Abs on a skinny guy are like big tits on a fat girl – it doesn’t count.” are still possible. Envy has no off-season.

I used to be one of those people. One time a brah was checking out his abs in the gym mirror, and I said in my mind: “This moron is abs possessed. He doesn’t know that you can’t build big muscles and keep your abs at the same time.”

One of the things that helped me during my recovery from self-induced fatness were athletes who are incredibly light for their heights according to the gym standards, and yet look much better than most naturals. The boxers from lightweight divisions and soccer players are a good example.

People like Manny Pacquiao, Antonio Margarito, Shane Mosley, Christiano Ronaldo and many others are relatively light for their heights, but their superior conditioning makes them look aesthetic.

Most people would choose the physique of Antonio Margarito (5’11” @ 155 lbs @ 7% BF) than the mess showcased by natty permabulkers with 40-inch waists.

Boxers don’t train for maximum strength. Many of them don’t even know what a one rep max is. The sport combines a marathon and a sprint. There are times when the tempo is very fast, but you also need exceptional endurance to remain on your feet for 12 rounds (it used to be 15).

As a result, boxers invest a lot in improving their conditioning. The results are low body fat levels and ultra-shredded physiques. Are they strong? No, especially by powerlifting standards. Some of the massive guys like Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield may have been able to lift decent numbers, but it’s nothing spectacular compared to strength athletes. The sport relies on endurance, speed, skill…etc. Strength helps but is not the main goal.

Why does this matter?

Too many naturals have been fighting a losing battle. Natties are often trying to reach bodyweight numbers that are possible only if you are on steroids or plan to become a sumo wrestler. The actual natural potential is closer to the physiques presented by soccer players and boxers from light divisions. You want to look like Laron Landry naturally? Me too, but it is close to impossible.

Before accusing me of supporting manorexia or something like that, calm down. I don’t want natties to mutate into 125lbs transvestites from a fashion commercial. I just don’t see the point of being fat while kidding yourself that it is all muscle mass when you probably have to lose over 40 pounds to feel athletic again.

Having said that, you should do whatever you want as long as it keeps you at peace with yourself and nature. Just make sure it is your voice talking. Don’t let anybody steal the right of self-determination from you.

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    1. Andrew

      I box three times a week and attend a gym once a week to do relatively light exercises that compliment the boxing (back and legs). I’m in the best shape of my life, though I was basically already here after a few years doing a four day split in the gym before transitioning to boxing (thai boxing). I don’t think I could go back to weight training like I used to do, I find it boring now quite frankly and I doubt I could muster the same enthusiasm that I used to have. Boxing is social and the class format keeps you focused for the entire session, no slacking. I’m 5’10 at roughly 83KG and I have my veins and abs and triceps and quad muscles popping. I think I’ve found my home. I honestly don’t think I was ever fully taken in by the dream of “getting big”, honestly I think many people aren’t so gullible and have reasonable expectations. I’m 27 and hope to continue my very healthy lifestyle at least into my late 30s. Only time will tell. Thanks TS

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