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TainoBox | The Sweet Scientist: John Schaeffer, A Pioneer in Sports Conditioning
The man in charge of developing and prescribing that hard work is John Schaeffer, the real subject at hand here.
I spoke recently with Schaeffer
on several topics.Certainly we discussed Cintron and his potential, but more than anything, I found John Schaeffer
and the International Sports Sciences Association
to be voices crying in the wilderness of boxing conditioning.
spoke passionately on issues related to training for the sweet science, which he
describes as being in the "Dark Ages."His
mission, To bring boxing, one of the oldest and certainly one of the most taxing sports, out of the old training methods and concepts and into a glorious new era.
Schaeffer's extensive resume and list of accomplishments is a by-product of a passion for excellence.He holds a Masters Degree in Fitness Sciences from the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA) in Santa Barbara, a leading institution in sports certification, where he has also been a professor for the past 14 years.
In addition to his
holds 14 other separate sports certifications, and is only 18 credits shy of his
doctorate in nutrition from Kensington University.
Not only does Schaeffer
develop champions: he
is one.As a kick fighter, he's
currently the Martial Arts Council?s Masters Division Super Heavyweight World Champ. Schaeffer brings all that knowledge and experience to bear in the conditioning and development of Kermit Cintron, whose success will undoubtedly draw attention.
believes that the time is ripe for a change.
?When you do anything wrong, there are negative effects,? says Schaeffer. ?But training correctly with weights only enhances flexibility and speed.For crying out loud, if you swim wrong, you drown, right?It?s the same concept.If you don't understand the science behind it, how could you possibly do it correctly??
In speaking with Schaeffer
, it becomes obvious that sports and science are in union, and there can be no separation of the two.
To overlook the remarkable results of this sports-specific training, warns Schaeffer
, would be a mistake.
Schaeffer?s anaerobic-focused, ballistic approach answers those questions, but Schaeffer
would actually prefer if fans never got to know.
?Pound for pound,? he
says, ?he's probably one of the strongest Welters you've ever seen.And he's
got tremendous endurance.He
can fight twelve rounds at a high level, and continue to punch like the hardest puncher.But the whole nature of the way we train is to destroy the opponent.We train to be ballistic; we train to hit and hit hard; we train for endurance, quickness, strength, speed, and he
has all the attributes that it takes to be a great fighter.
The goal of Kermit?s training, as Schaeffer
explains it, is to first minimize body fat and maximize lean muscle mass, then to train that muscle mass to perform action.
calls this ?maximizing his
weight class.? ?He's maximizing his
weight class with muscle, and recruiting as much of that muscle as possible into his
actions.That's why he
hits so hard for his
utilizing a higher percentage of muscle than 99% of the people he'll fight.We do specific training to make that happen.? Schaeffer and Joe Pastore, Kermit?s Head trainer, ensure that what they set out to do gets done.
They are pioneers in the world of boxing, but Schaeffer
is insistent that people look to the science of the training ? not to him personally ? as the reason for the success.In teaching and mentoring other trainers, Schaeffer
is quick to point out that training scientifically will consistently bring about results.If an athlete enters each competition in the same condition as their last, and is able to perform only to the same level previously attained, something is wrong with their training.Applied science brings about results.
?It isn't me,?Schaeffer
is on a mission, and it may just change the way your job is done.
It?s just another case of applied science taking us to a place we wouldn?t have been otherwise.