A Boxers Diet – Advice On Nutrition And Then Some…

by Fran on January 19, 2011

A Boxer’s Diet – Some Simple Advice

I came across this newsletter, produced by the coaching team at the Pan Am boxing Gym in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  The gym is led by Harry Black, a man who clearly knows his boxing and the required fitness and conditioning of a boxer.  He also obviously has a team of very knowledgeable coaches around him, all of whom seem to contribute greatly to the successful running of the gym.

In the newsletter, I wanted to point you to two articles.  The first is a short article on weight loss produced by Susan Scott and can be found on Page 4.  So often a boxer’s diet is a central, controlling fact of life, so it’s well worth checking out if you want to get a handle on your weight control.  The second article, on Page 6, is by Harry and provides an insight into what it takes to be a great fighter, again the strength of the article is the insightful advice and it’s clear presentation.  Both articles are short, clear, easy to read and very helpful.

Click on the link below and download the Fall 2010 newsletter (no sign up needed.)




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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Shaun May 24, 2016 at 1:33 pm

Hi Fran,
Unfortunately, it looks as if Pan-Am have changed their website and the article is no longer there. Am I right?
Thanks for all your work, btw.


Fran May 26, 2016 at 7:24 pm

Cheers Shaun, and yes, looks like Pan Am have altered stuff.


Mike April 5, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Hey Fran, was wondering if I could get some training for weight loss advice. I am returning to box after 2 years. The weight I want to box at is 66kg but my current weight is 80kg and I am finding it very difficult to lose those extra kilos. Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Mike


Fran April 9, 2013 at 9:18 pm

Hey Mike

I’m assuming here that you are training (hard) at least 3 times per week and are doing some good running 2-3 times per week. I’m also assuming that you are eating sensibly; basically sticking with protein and ‘good’ carbs and avoiding the obvious stuff we all know should be avoided (including alcohol). If my assumptions are right, and you are struggling to lose your weight 14kg out from your fighting weight then you need to think about whether 66kg is a reasonable target (you’d be surprised how you can fill out even in the space of a couple of years). Whilst it’s not unusual to have a much bigger “walking around” weight than fighting weight, you should find that the first kilos are the easiest. It’s the final couple of kilos (literally 1 or 2 and down to ounces) that really present the struggle. Overdoing the weight-making can be a bad business. Maybe think Middleweight at least?

Hope this helps Mike


Brent March 8, 2013 at 6:13 pm

I cant see the ‘Fall 2010’ link?


Peter August 28, 2012 at 12:51 am

It would seem I’ve arrived a bit late for these articles, as it doesn’t seem to be there anymore!


Fran August 29, 2012 at 9:55 am

It’s still there Peter, under the ‘Fall 2010’ link.


Andy September 15, 2011 at 11:02 am

Good point, i hate catching other peoples illnesses because they come to work instead of staying at home.

Thanks for the advice


Andy September 15, 2011 at 10:24 am

Hi Fran,

I have a question about training when you’re ill, such as a cold, bad chest etc.

Do you think it is better to push through it and train as best you can, or take a day or two away from training to recover fully?

I feel guilty about missing a session, but i dont wanna burn myself out and become more sick which might take me out of more sessions in the future

am i been a big girl?


Fran September 15, 2011 at 10:55 am

Miss the session, without question. Firstly because trying to train through it is simply more likely to prolong it. Use all of your body’s resources to get rid of the illness, then train again. Secondly, you don’t want to be passing your germs around the gym. So as a coach I would fully expect you to stay away until your feeling better.


Karl February 15, 2011 at 12:32 am

Hi Fran,

As you may know from our website, Pan Am is going through a training camp we like to call ‘Fight Club’. Eight weeks of intense fitness\boxing training. One of the participants is a film maker who will be doing a documentary about one of our projects for Youth at Risk. He’s writing a blog about fight club and I thought I’d pass along the link in case you or your readers were interested.


Pan Am Place – What is it about?…



Fran February 16, 2011 at 8:19 pm


Thanks very much for this mate. Certainly looks interesting and I’m certainly going to put an hour aside this week to have a good look. Thanks for the heads up Karl.


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