Bodybuilders are focused on getting as muscular and lean as possible. Boxers want to hit more than they get hit, constantly figuring out how to punch their opponent and simultaneously defend themselves. In the boxing
A boxer wants to be as
There are multiple bodybuilding organizations that have different weight classes set up. According to National Physique Committee (NPC) there can be up to six male weight classes and four for women.
They are similar to boxing in that the weight ranges are around 10 to 15 pounds until you get over the heavyweight class weight limit, which is over for 225 for men and 140 for women. Once you pass that weight limit, you are a super heavyweight and the sky is the limit.
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Aesthetics Vs. Athletics
While boxers want to be lean when they fight, their appearance does not matter at the end of the day. The only goal of a boxer is to win their boxing match. To do that, they want to be strong but, more importantly, fast and technically sound. Hours of practice will go into honing their skill, perfecting their punches and rehearsing defensive techniques to avoid getting hit.
With all of that skills
Endurance is key to the sport because they need to be able to keep up with their opponent for anywhere from three to 12 three-minute rounds. Once a boxer is fatigued, they are in trouble — it makes them a sitting duck for their
Bodybuilders are all about strength-training and muscle-building. They have to get as muscular as possible with very low
Heavy weights and high reps will be used to strain the muscle and make it grow. This type of training would beat a boxer up to the point where they couldn't continue.
Leading up to the competition, both boxers and bodybuilders need to be meticulous about their training. Both of them will compete on a single day and set their sights for peak performance on that date. Because they both need to watch their weight, proper nutrition is crucial.
Neither boxers nor bodybuilders want to be overweight when they show up to compete. Both will eat meals with lean protein like chicken, plenty of vegetables for vitamins and fibers and easily digestible carbohydrates such as rice.
The biggest difference between bodybuilders and boxers is that a bodybuilder goes through a bulking phase in the off-season, purposefully gaining weight to increase muscle mass as fast as possible. It's easier to build muscle when your body is in a caloric surplus, which means you have to eat more calories than you burn. Boxers never have to go through this phase because they don't need to build muscle, so they stay at roughly the same weight year-round until they have to cut for a fight.
Boxers show up on their fight night with months of training that lead to this moment of max effort. The hardest night is fight night because they have to perform their best. It takes a lot of mental and physical effort in the ring to win a match — not to mention that boxing can be very dangerous. There are a lot of concussions in boxing, as well as cuts on the face. Broken fists are also fairly common.
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