Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, comes from a family of professional boxers and being the youngest of eight gave him the intense work ethic to become arguably the best pound for pound boxer on the planet according to many publications.
This is no doubt the result of a rigorous workout plan he follows to train and get his body in the best shape for fight night. This training has allowed him to fight 58 times in his professional career (55-2-1) and all before the age of 30, his only loss coming via Majority Decision to Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather in 2013.
His attention to detail not only in his training but also in the fuel that his body needs is a framework for how to maintain your body and keep it working while training intensely. The nutrition part is essential for professional boxers and gym goers looking to make a difference. Many people don’t have a team of people around them making sure they are eating the right macros for their bodies, however using a macro tracker like MyFitness Pal, goes a long way to knowing what is going into your body.
Alvarez, typically after a fight and being strict with his diet indulges in his native Guadalajuaran Tacos, much like a ‘refeed’ or ‘cheat meal’ (when done properly and not recklessly). This resets the body and improves your hormone levels, to promote weight loss plateaus or adaptive thermogenesis.
After your nutrition is in check you can take on some of the “Canelo Challenges” and become a champion yourself. His workouts contain (in no order):
- Running in the morning to get his body going (Cardio before a workout is always a great way to start)
- Training in the Gym Monday, Wednesdays, Fridays (If your gym has a heavy punching bag, great workout both for cardio endurance and power)
- Abdomen Work (This is where the core is strengthened and where power comes from)
- Bicycle Crunches (5 sets, 20 seconds)
- Jackknife situps (5 sets, 20 reps)
- Heel Touches (5 sets, 20 seconds)
- Crunch (5 sets, 20 reps)
- Plank (5 sets, 30 seconds)
- Leg Raises (5 sets, 20 reps)
- Kettlebell Squats (5 sets, 15 reps), use a kettlebell that is easy to keep a solid grip with
Incorporate these into your routines and notice the gains you will achieve, along with keeping up the nutrition.