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What does a Boxing Trainer do?

By D. Jeffress
Updated Mar 02, 2024
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A boxing trainer is essential to the health and success of a professional or amateur boxer. Boxing trainers design and implement intense physical training regimens and diet plans to ensure that their boxers stay in peak physical condition. In addition, many boxing trainers act as managers and promoters, which involves acquiring the appropriate training equipment, setting up boxing matches, and managing finances and schedules.

Amateur and professional boxers rely on their trainers to prepare them, physically and mentally, for strenuous boxing careers. A boxing trainer must be a good communicator and teacher, able to demonstrate techniques as well as verbally explain strategies. Trainers usually design specific training programs for their boxers, which often include long distance running, weightlifting, and sparring in a ring. It is also common for a trainer to study nutrition information in order to implement healthy diet plans for their trainees.

Boxing trainers frequently assume managerial duties. Managers usually obtain liability insurance and create written contracts between themselves and their trainees. They reserve time at local boxing gyms and obtain quality training equipment for their boxers. A manager will often organize boxing matches for his or her fighter, carefully considering the ability levels of the boxer and the opponent to ensure a safe, fair fight.

Boxing trainers are typically required to become certified by their local boxing club or organization. Certification requirements vary by location, though most involve submitting an application and demonstrating knowledge of boxing rules, equipment, and training techniques to a board of directors. By becoming certified, a boxing trainer gains credibility and becomes a more attractive prospect to a boxer looking for a good coach.

There are generally five different levels of certification that a boxing trainer may achieve. Level one certification qualifies a trainer to work at a local boxing gym. A boxing trainer with level one certification typically works with beginning amateur boxers or people who wish to improve their physical fitness through boxing classes. Subsequent certification levels require a trainer to gain extensive practical experience and demonstrate a strong understanding of boxing theory. Level five certified boxing trainers are qualified to work with Olympic-level boxers.

Job prospects are generally good for experienced, certified boxing trainers, especially in big cities or areas where the sport is especially popular. As with most businesses, advancement is possible with dedication, perseverance, and proven compassion for the job. With several years of experience, some respected boxing trainers are able to obtain long, fulfilling careers working with professionals or Olympic-class fighters.

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Discussion Comments
By GreenWeaver — On Sep 18, 2011

@Indemnifyme- I think that a lot more people are getting interested in this sport because it is such great exercise. If you can’t take a boxing class with a boxing trainer you can always do video boxing.

I have a video game that offers boxing and after ten minutes my upper and lower body is sore because you really use your whole body. I have considered doing more boxing than running because I am starting to get bored with running and this seems like so much more fun.

I also read that many boxing trainers do incorporate the use of jump ropes in their conditioning routines. I try to do this as well and it is a great workout because it works your whole body.

I tried to copy a workout that I saw in a fitness magazine from a boxing trainer and basically you do one set of weight lifting either the arm curls or leg curls for example, and then immediately do 50 jumps with a jump rope in between each set.

You do this until you have completed your strength training workout and this way you can get your strength training along with your cardio workout together in one sitting.

By indemnifyme — On Sep 17, 2011

@strawCake - Your post actually brings up a pretty good point. Sometimes people have the skills to actually do something like box. But, they don't have the organizational ability to become successful! That's where a good boxing trainer comes in, I suppose.

I actually had no idea that a boxing trainer would have to know so much information. I don't really know much about the sport, but it sounds like being a boxing trainer is actually really hard work!

I think this might also be a good field for someone who is already certified as a personal trainer. They already have some of the same kind of training and knowledge, so I don't think it would be too difficult to make the crossover.

By strawCake — On Sep 17, 2011

I used to work with a guy who was a low level, local boxer. He also worked nights at the bar I was bartending at as a bouncer. It was definitely a fitting night job for him!

Anyway, from what he told me, his trainer was pretty much a jack of all trades, like the article says. His trainer directed his fitness regimen, diet, and set up boxing matches for him!

I'm sorry to say that this particular boxer wasn't the most intelligent person I've ever met. I don't think he would have had any hope of being successful without someone there to tell him what he was supposed to be doing!

By Sara007 — On Sep 16, 2011

There is a kids boxing class at my local community center and I make sure to take my children out to the sessions two or three times a week. I think besides it being great exercise, working with a boxing trainer also teaches them some basic self-defense.

My daughter and son now feel more confident about their ability to fend off attackers and getting in shape has really helped their self-esteem. The boxing trainer at the community center is great because he really tries to act as a coach to the kids and gives them lots of tips on life and working out.

By popcorn — On Sep 16, 2011

There is a boxing trainer at my gym that gives lessons to beginners and teaches classes. Boxing is an amazing cardio workout and if you can also find a kick boxing trainer you can rest assured that you'll be in shape in not time.

If you can't get into the boxing scene, there is nothing wrong with just getting a boxing DVD and trying it out at home.

While I like working with a boxing trainer at my gym, my friend prefers to watch the videos and emulate them in the privacy of her home. I suppose she feels less embarrassed about just starting out that way.

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