Hey rosstraining boxers, I just acquired a new piece of boxing literature that I feel is THE BEST, hands down, instructional manual for boxing. It may surprise you how old this manual is. The book I am talking about is the naval aviation manual entitled "Boxing". This manual was commissioned to officers in the navy during ww2 to teach their cadets the valuable skills obtained from the sport of boxing. I saw this book on eBay and decided to snatch it up. To my surprise this book is LIGHT-YEARS, I really mean LIGHT-YEARS, ahead of its time. This manual, from 1945 no-less, talks about HIIT training! In the portion about roadwork it goes on to talk about using intervals instead of steady state.
"One method of roadwork is that of "wind sprints". Sprint for a hundred yards and then walk a hundred yards. Start with a quarter mile and gradually increase until a mile can be covered. When sprinting, run with all possible speed."
Wait it gets better:
"Another method is to run the same length of time as is to be boxed, resting one minute between runs. For instance, if preparing for three, two minute rounds, run at top speed for two minutes, then walk a minute. Repeat three times."
WHAT?!? This book from the 40's is talking about the use of interval training vs steady state. It might use more rudimentary language but essentially say do HIIT cardio. I'm only a quarter of the way through but am already impressed by the book. It is geared more towards helping a coach teach his athletes, but it can easily be modified to help train yourself. I bought the original book off of eBay but there is actually a reproduction on Amazon available for purchase. It is exactly the same as the original manual. If you have an interest in boxing or want to learn how to box, this is hands down the best guide I have yet to see. I suggest all boxers, and fitness enthusiasts a-like, add this piece to their collection, it is outstanding!