The video below includes over an hour of training footage from Russia’s 2000 Olympic boxing team. During that year, the Russian team won the most total medals in boxing (seven), including two gold medals. Yet despite the success of the Russian team, you will notice that their training style remains low-tech from an equipment and facility standpoint.
Many of the exercises involve nothing but bodyweight or medicine balls. The training style remains similar to another Russian video that I’ve posted previously which featured footage from over 30 years ago. In each case, you will see successful athletes who have thrived on the basics without getting lost in unnecessary complexity.
As has been mentioned countless times before, successful training does not depend on the equipment that is used. The old school approach may be knocked by many modern trainers, but the criticism is typically limited to verbal debates, rather than real world examples. Countless fighters continue to thrive in low-tech environments. Hard and consistent work with the basics has always produced champions.
Don’t expect that trend to change any time soon…
“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.” – Bruce Lee