Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself
“Everybody that competes in boxing, whether they’re professionals or amateurs, have fear. If someone tells you that it doesn’t bother them, that they’re never afraid, they’re not telling you the truth. It’s a physiological phenomenon. Everybody has fear when they go into this kind of a situation. It saps your energy. There’s also a tremendous adrenaline rush. The adrenaline saps your energy. Everything that you’re involved with takes energy away from you. You have to be so super fit, that you can overcome your normal anxiety, your normal workout, but also the fear and the anxiety that goes with the sport.”
Think Outside of the Box
“Boxing is more mental than it is physical. You have to be in great physical condition, but you have to be a smart fighter inside and outside of the ring. We teach you to overcome the fear so that you can protect yourself. This way, fear helps instead of hinders you. We teach you to concentrate as if you’re performing at Madison Square Garden in front of 18,000 people, and you don’t hear any of them. You only listen to your cornerman. You have to be concentrated and focus on what you’re doing,” Silverglade explained.
“We train you to do this as something that you can do in everyday life. Even if you’re not going to be a fighter, the men and women that come in to get into condition, we train your mind. If they become an attorney in front of a jury, or they’re a school teacher in front of a class, if they’re a garbage man or a housewife, whoever they are, they’re going to be doing much better than they would if they weren’t trained mentally and physically to be in such top condition.”
How long does it take to get in shape? “It doesn’t take long, but it’s up to each individual,” Silverglade advises. “I can’t say that everybody within a few weeks is going to be at the same point. Everybody picks up and learns at their own pace. What happens in boxing is that if you try it out, and you like it, you’re addicted to it, and you keep coming back all the time. There’s a camaraderie with the people here. There’s a big group of people that are supporting one another, as well as learning the sport, so it helps things get done much faster.”