Educate donít be at risk
by Bonnie Canino /
WBAN Resource Team Member
Education will make you smarter. It will give you
the knowledge and the answer. Then itís up to you to put it in play and get the
experience you need. In this case I am speaking about being a smart boxer,
fighter, coach, and trainer. Sharing my knowledge, my explanation about it with
the experiences I have seen in my 32 year career.
Subject weight loss. ABC
I have seen and see boxers walking 10 pounds above their weight division that
they box at and they think it is okay to do so. Then one week before they
are to weigh in, they are needing to drop the weight quickly to make the weight
When you are a professional fighter, it is necessary that you receive plenty of
notice. The average notice should be six weeks to diet and drop the weight for
that division. They start conditioning not just by exercising but dieting to
make the weight division. It should never be over two pounds the day before the
If you are an amateur, you know in advance what weight division that you
will be boxing in. Start early and maintained your weight steady to that
division not pulling up 8-10 pounds since competition matches are more than the
A common sense rule about losing weight and boxing has been proven. The wrong
thing to do and mostly everyone the week before the fight start to do is lose
the extra 10 pounds that they walk around at, minus or plus a couple from the 10
A. They start to starve themselves, not eating so much and by cutting water
intake. Now depleting the body of gasoline (energy) from food and by not
drinking, In the first place, taking the water out your skin. The loss is
around three pounds---but that is not enough---so they begin to dry out more
since the day is near. Now with the loss of another three pounds.
B. They dry out more, but this time around the water loss is in the muscles. Now
the muscles are all dried up and shriveled, tight and hungry, but now you think
to yourself, I just need a little more to step on that scale to make weight.
C. You dry out even more depriving everything, sweating, spitting, peeing what
ever you can. Now with all sacrifice you are at weight.
The Question is though: Where was the weight loss from?
c. The muscle in the head. It is the water in your brain, in your skull.
Remember your brain is a muscle too. Now it is all dried up now .This is the
only last place where it comes out.
d. All above
The weight was made. Food and fluid consumed. The car is filled up with
gasoline, fuel to go, water back in, but the water first went to the skin, then
the water trickle to the body muscle, and the last place it will reach is in the
Boxing has saved many people, but just like anything, in any sport, if you
do not take the proper steps in whatever you can do, you can and will probably
be putting yourself in danger. Drying out for body building or posing is okay,
if there is not contact---but boxing is a contact sport. Here is the ABC
A. Now stepping into the ring with the body. The body is eating that gasoline
fast because it had been on empty. By this, the performance with the body will
not be the fullest, so the body feels lazy by the body being too busy working
and chewing up all that good food.
B. Whatever water in the muscle now has to perform, coolant by spitting whatever
water out by sweating, drying the muscles out more. Now they cannot
react/response right, they are slower and feeling weak. Noting like they did
C. The head is light headed because the water never went back in to its fullest
where they cannot react/response and think quick or as well since it is the last
place where the water gets back in the head. Taking a good hit can knock the
brain to the side of the skull rupturing a vessel (vain) because it is still
lacking water and it is brittle.
Many boxers get hurt alone on this.
Start early to be at the top of your game. Be a smart boxer and have everybody
together. Prepare your body in the right condition for your weight division.
Coaches/Trainers donít let your boxer or fighter lose so much before a match.
Donít hurt them; you are putting them at risk. Educate them. Yes it can happen
close to you. You have a chance to help prevent Risk.
Skin, Muscles, and Head,
By Bonnie Canino
Canino has been training and teaching
since 1979 as a professional athlete in Martial Arts, Kickboxing and Boxing in
Broward County, Florida. Canino is a retired world champion, and has been
a coach and trainer to athletes who have dreams and do not let any obstacles or
hurtles stand in their way. Canino is certified in various organizations in the
fitness field and hold many titles and certifications, including the highest
certification level qualifying her as an Olympic-Level Coach/Trainer.
Canino is the owner of the Canino's Boxing & Karate Studio [Link