Little Has Changed

Ross Enamait - Pull-ups

Regrettably, it’s been a long time since I’ve updated the blog. My work as a boxing coach has kept me quite busy, so I’ve struggled to maintain the site. Thus, while I apologize for the recent inactivity, I’m also grateful to be in a position where I am busy. With that said, I hope to do a better job at updating the site with fresh material.

Still Grinding

As for what I’ve been up to in recent months, my own training remains largely the same. Little has changed. I’m still as old school as ever and have no plans (or reason) to change. As the old saying suggests, if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. With that in mind, I’m not about to change.

In fact, I’m shocked to say that there are exercises that I’ve now performed for over 30 years. It feels strange for me to even type that. Where did the time go? It’s amazing how fast it flies. Yet, while I might not be a spring chicken, I always think back to Satchel Paige’s old quote.

“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?”

Physically, I don’t feel any different than I did 10 or 20 years ago. And my reason for that is quite simple. When you wake up and train each day, you never feel that much different than you did the day before. It (the work) becomes a part of who you are and what you do.

Hard Work + Consistency

As for my old school approach, the short video below shows a few exercises that you can perform almost anywhere. There’s nothing fancy about the movements, and I have no secrets to share. Anything I’ve ever developed is nothing but a product of hard work and consistency.

Same Old Questions

Yet, since sharing the clip above last week, my inbox has been filled with a plethora of questions. Ironically, many of the questions are no different from those that I saw 15+ years ago when I started the site. People are still asking about what exercises to perform, how many reps, how many sets, how many days per week, etc.

Unfortunately, none of those questions have single or universal answers that can be applied to the masses. Regardless of what you read and learn, the time will come when you must figure certain things out for yourself. And I don’t say this to suggest that it isn’t useful to ask questions and seek knowledge. I’m simply reminding everyone that one of the best ways to learn is by rolling up your sleeves and getting your hands dirty.

In other words, experiment with different ideas and learn by doing. There’s no reason to be bogged down by unnecessary complexity. Yes, the work is hard, but the specifics can be quite simple. Effective training is not nearly as complicated as many of today’s gurus would like you to believe.

Shifting Gears…

With that said, I will now shift gears for a moment…

Since I haven’t posted in a while and I’ve got your attention, here’s a shameless boxing plug for everyone to tune in to Sky Sports or the new DAZN network to watch us in action on October 20th when Katie Taylor defends her world titles against Cindy Serrano.

And if you’re wondering what to expect, here’s a few highlights from our recent fight in July.

Be Back Soon!

Although I’ll be busy in training camp for the next 2 months, my goal is to update the site at least once per week during that time. So, apologies again for the recent inactivity, but I look forward to bringing the site back to life in the weeks and months ahead.

And if I don’t, feel free to email me and curse me out! I always check my messages even when I’m not actively updating the site.

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“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.” – Robert Collier

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13 comments:

  1. So you goal is to maintain your fitness rather than to increase it?Don`t you plateu if you dont strive for more reps, more difficult variations etc? Especially when you
    work with the same exercises for years.

    1. Sure, you might plateau if you don’t push yourself to new heights. However you can only push yourself so far before gains become almost impossible to measure. And Ross has been pushing himself for 30 years. It’s not unfathomable to think that he’s hit every major goal he’s ever had and just needs to maintain it. Also, maintaining your athleticism past 30 IS progress. You’ve delayed the clock 20 years. That’s huge. I would love to get up at 40 and still be as strong as I was at 20, even if it came with some aches and pains.

    2. “So you goal is to maintain your fitness rather than to increase it?” — Where in the article was this mentioned?
      Plateau, by the way you did misspelled the word, depends on effort not exercises. In the end, you get out of it, how much you put into it. This idea is something that I have discovered on my own, but I believe this is a message that Ross preaches as well. I don’t worship anybody, there is no reason to, but the truth is that this dude is real to the core. It would be wonderful if Ross’ message was promoted more, but I guess hard work is not well liked. Yet, its the most glorious thing one can do, to give your all to something. It’s unfortunate that society glorifies fakeness, and the real thing is portrayed as ordinary. There is a reason why Hollywood is so popular. In the end though, the real thing is what gets stuff done.
      Most likely this reply is going to be seen as a threat and lead to arguments, for this reason I have not used me real email address. I am not interested in arguments, working on improving oneself is much more important. I wish Ross and his family long life and happiness. And, I wish Naveen much love and respect.

  2. I don’t think you need to sorry. Thanks for your sharing and hope one more new book will coming in the near future.

    Much respect.

  3. Always good stuff on the site. One question for Ross – what does a weeks training look like for you? Lots of good examples of workouts, but fascinating to see the volume over a week or two. Keep up the good work

    1. There’s loads of sample programs in books I’ve written, but I don’t personally have a “typical” week as a coach. My own training isn’t my primary focus. I fit my training in and around my athletes, so it’s always changing based on what we are doing (and where I’m traveling). For example, I had a stretch last year where I was overseas in a hotel for a month. I didn’t do anything but calisthenics for a month. When I returned to the US, I hit the weights as I was missing moving some iron. Each month was entirely different, but the end result wasn’t much different at all.

      The specifics matter less than the effort behind the work (whatever the work ends up being).

  4. Good to hear from you Ross. Time really flies when you’re having fun. I’ve been a regular visit of this site and rossboxing since 2005 and I can say without a doubt it has had a profound positive effect on my training/life. Keep up the grind

  5. well it has been a solid 11 years since I found you Ross, it is one of those moments one reflects on as they peruse the past and reflect on how things change yet something remain the same,

    just wanted to extend a H U G E thank you for showing us the way when we were lost in the fitness landscape of fads and being trendy,

    may continued success bless you and your athletes along with many good vibes and thoughts of good will towards you and your amazing family,

    bless up as I give thanks for the gift that is each day,

    til then brother’s and sister’s…

    …keep training HARD & training SMART!®

    ~kindest regards,
    Buddha Sadu Gains

  6. Hi Ross, good to see a recent post, but no apology needed mate. Glad you are getting plenty of work.I really believe if you keep doing what you have always done, you will continue being able to do it. Moving toward seventy i feel strong and healthy and have bags of energy. Exercise is as much a part of my daily life as eating,sleeping and cleaning my teeth. Not slowing up yet and i am sure neither will you be when you are my age. Thanks for your honest,reasonable and practical approach amid a quagmire of false and misleading information.
    Regards,Peter.

  7. I’ve been following this site since about 2005 and I have about 4 of your books. I try to follow your advice and that has really helped me, even though I’m now 60. So, I’m really glad to hear from you again. Best wishes to you and Katie – she has a great trainer.

  8. I’ve been checking your site from time to time. Glad to see you post Ross. I always enjoy reading what you take the time to write. I got up and did a quick little workout after reading this article even though I’ve been feeling a little under the weather. Thanks as always for the info and motivation.

  9. thanks for this website.
    truly changed my life years ago.
    i am 44yo, strong, conditioned, injury free, and kicking ass.
    your books and website were a major boost at critical times in life.
    keep crushing it.

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