Archive for August, 2009

Introduction to White Collar Boxing

By John E. Oden

John E. Oden founded a program at the Archimedes Academy in Bronx, New York (grades 5-8), entitled “John E. Oden Boxing Scholars.”  Combining boxing and academics, John E. Oden Boxing Scholars is the first-ever boxing program in the curriculum of the New York Public School System.  He is the author of White Collar Boxing—One Man’s Journey From the Office to the Ring, Random House, 2005.


Today, boxing has three distinct categories of participation.  The first is professional boxing, represented by the Oscar de la Hoya’s and the Lennox Lewis’s of the world—pros who fight for money.  Fights can be staged for up to 12 three-minute rounds, with one minute in between rounds.  Eight ounce gloves are used. 

The second category is amateur boxing.  There are two major formal organizations that exist at the amateur level, the Olympics and the Golden Gloves.  Both professional and amateur boxing matches are always fought on a competitive level, with a winner and loser declared at the end of each fight.

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Boxing Workouts for Conditioning

By Ross Enamait

Ross “The Real Deal Enamait is a world class trainer whose training methods have been used by thousands of men and women, from countries across the globe. His training philosophy emphasizes all-around physical development. His multidiscipline systems are geared to a diversity of sports and athletes, including the combat athlete, soldier, weekend warrior, or novice.


The Heavy Bag

The heavy bag is perhaps the ultimate conditioning tool.  Punching the bag provides an intense full body workout.  A few rounds will improve stamina, hand speed, core strength, coordination, and power. Punching the bag also provides a primal release.  Where else can you unleash the fury of a stressful day?  The heavy bag therefore packs its own one-two punch, the ultimate conditioner and the ultimate stress reliever. 

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RICK COLLINS FEATURED IN “BEHIND-THE-SCENES” INTERVIEW

Click here to read the entire interview (with Matt Weik for Bodybuilding.com)!

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ALPHA EXTREME: SKYDIVING AT 13,500 FEET

James and Rick in freefall!Rick and James hurtled at free-fall speeds over 120 mph in their first-time skydives on August 23, 2009.  Both men landed safely after the intense and exhilarating experience, and give great credit to Ray, Rich, Marko and the whole team at Skydive Long Island for their professionalism.  Rick also raised over $13,000 for the American Cancer Society through the event website at www.leapforlife.org.

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Jump Rope Training for the True Alpha Male!

By Buddy Lee (US Olympian Wrestler and Jump Rope Training Expert)

Buddy Lee is considered the worlds leading jump rope Training expert. He is an official Olympian, a 10 time World Medalist, a twice US Marine Athlete of the Year, and a trainer to 25 Olympic sports.


Since the beginning of time, man has instinctively jumped from one object to the next and into open space in the need to functionally adapt to a constantly changing environment. As a reflex, it is one of the most natural movements of the human body, triggered inherently from the need to attack, gain advantage in combat, escape dangerous animals, dance in rituals, gather food from trees, in celebration or for friendly competition. More importantly, jumping is a natural reflex that can be developed into a skill for competitive advantages and will always be essential to man’s survival. 

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Alpha Male Challenge Covered in Fitness RX Magazine

The August 2009 issue of FITNESS RxWe were excited to learn we were covered in the August 2009 issue of FitnessRx for Men magazine. In the article authors James and Rick talk about the impetus for developing this program and how men all over the country have been responding to it so far.

Click here to visit the Fitness RX website.

Click here to download and read the original article.

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Crush Your Mental Myostatin, Unleash Your Confidence

By Rick Collins, JD, CSCS and Jack Darkes, PhD

Confidence is a dose of testosterone without the injections.  It’s a defining characteristic of society’s most successful men.  Without it, there are no heroes.  Confidence is the belief in yourself that enables you to lift a weight that seems impossible.  It’s what gets you in the game.  It scores you the job or the girl.  Confidence often separates the winners from the losers.

If you’re like most guys, you’re confident most of the time.  But there are times when you don’t feel you’re at your best; times when nagging little doubts and insecurities hold you back.  These thoughts, beliefs, perceptions and uncertainties limit your self-confidence, and in turn stop you from attaining your true potential. 

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