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This blog is a way to give back to a wonderful sport, which made me the person that I am today. It is for all athletes who want to go beyond, for all those passionate coaches who believe in their boxers, and for all the parents who truly want to give their children the means to achieve their goals. There are several schools of thought and, sometimes, there are different ways of doing things well. I present mine here, without pretention, hoping to help you achieve your goals!

« What is a sport psychologist for? »

I get asked this question a lot, but what we should really be asking is "What is he not for?" He or she won’t throw punches for you, that’s about it! I’ve been working with my sport psychologist for almost 10 years now. I can’t tell you how much she has helped me,...

Your image on social media

I’ve recently been invited by Alex Serano to participate in a Facebook camp by Barista, a training session offered to small businesses and athletes on optimizing the use of social networks. Here is some information that caught my attention, because it is very useful...

How well do you know the Olympic boxing scoring system?

Technical regulations of AIBA 3.13. Each Judge will independently judge the merits of the two (2) Boxers using the Scoring System based on the following criteria:  1-Number of quality blows on target area 2-Domination of the Bout by technical and tactical superiority...

3 Essential Qualities of a Good Professional

To perform at a high level, you need to surround yourself with people who are competent and experienced in their field: boxing coach strength and conditioning coach sport psychologist nutritionist physiotherapist etc. Their support will be essential during highs and...

3 Golden Rules for Family and Friends During a Competition

When your uncle comes to watch you box, is he a little too enthusiastic? Does your mother constantly interrupt your warm-up to take pictures of you and your coach? As much as you love your family members, do they sometimes get on your nerves a little? If one of these...

Dealing with Injustice or the Art of Letting Go

In a judged sport like ours, at some point you’ll inevitably come across a referee that penalizes you more than you think you deserve or a judge that favours your opponent unfairly. Sometimes a bout is so close that it’s strictly a matter of point of view. Other...

Family and Friends Pressure Management for Dummies

Strike the Right Balance* Athletes quite often need to be given independence (space and time), but they need hugs too. Creating the right mix of support versus encouragement is an important and delicate issue. Well-meaning and loving family members can...

The Importance of Developing your Strengths

To excel in boxing, you have to be versatile, but that doesn’t mean being a jack-of-all trades. Several boxers have become champions because they mastered certain aspects of the game (e.g., boxing on the outside, footwork, counter-attacks), while their level of skill...

Managing Stress

Get grounded! The greater the stakes of the competition, the more you will be thinking about the medals and the result. To perform well, rather than focusing on the outcome, you must focus on what you need to do to get there, which is to apply your...

The Story of the Pink Elephant

Did you know that the brain doesn’t instantly understand the difference between yes and no? In fact, when we think or hear a sentence that contains a negative (e.g. don’t, not), our brain always starts by visualizing the idea before dismissing it. If I say, for...

The Many Faces of Negative Thinking

When things don’t go as planned in training or in the ring, we can tend to be negative and put ourselves down by thinking things like: I'm a coward. I'm afraid that my coach will be ashamed of me. I always fight badly against this guy. I'm not technical. I looked like...

How to Track your Performance with a Training Log

Each bout is an opportunity for you to learn. Whether it's a local bout or a Canadian championship, it is important to think back on each performance to make the most of it in order to always progress. The training log is a very valuable tool to do this analysis....

Climbing to the top one step at the time

Becoming a champion is one thing. Remaining so is another. When you have gold around your neck, everyone watches you and tries to figure out how to beat you. That's why, when you're at the top, you should not only want to stay on top but continue to find ways to...

Money Management 101 for Amateur Athletes

To start, be aware that the government has the right to audit your tax returns going back 6 years. If the government realizes that you have not declared certain amounts received, they are entitled to claim the tax on these sums plus interest, for the last 6 years!...

The Top 4 Qualities of the Ideal Partner

I, like many women, have been searching for the ideal partner for a long time. My ideal man, however, was different - he didn’t have green eyes, he wasn't romantic, and didn't always smell good... these things didn’t really matter to me. I was looking for...

Symptoms

While waiting to see the doctor The first 48 hours after a blow are critical. The watchword? Rest, both physically and mentally. If you do the right things during this period, you’ll recover considerably faster. During the 48 hours following a blow to the...

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