If you're looking to get in shape like a boxer or you're just looking for some boxing workouts to add to your own routine then you're at the right place. You can also find plenty of drills, techniques and tips to help you exercise like a champ.

After his recent unanimous decision win over Mikkel Kessler, Carl Froch’s boxing career has never looked in better than shape and although he is thirty-five years old he looks like he is at his peak. This is a resurgence that started when he beat Lucian Bute in May last year, but Froch has always kept in great shape.

Froch’s sometimes-brawling fight style means that he can get in a lot of brutal wars, and these can take a hell of a toll on the body. If you’re going to withstand them and keep fighting then you need to be in phenomenal shape. This, coupled with the fact that he has always maintained a busy fight schedule, mean that body fitness is just as important to Carl as technical ability.

Froch has shown throughout his career that he has the mental and physical fitness to compete at the top level of the sport, but you don’t need to be a world class boxer to take advantage of Froch’s training regime. Here are some of things The Cobra does to keep himself in tip-top condition.

The Exercises 

Froch uses a lot of bodyweight exercises that are good for improving and maintaining the muscle strength you already have, but he doesn’t do much work with weights. The reason for this is that while he is training for a fight he always needs to have one eye on the weigh in – coming into a fight overweight can mean a hefty fine and even a stripping of titles for a boxer. A lot of weight-based exercises can add bulk.

Adding on too much bulk, as we know, is a dangerous thing for a boxer, because it is often a struggle to make weight on the weigh-in day. This is especially true for older boxers, and at 35 Froch is going to find it tougher and tougher to keep within his division's limits. This is why he needs to watch what eats as well as making sure he doesn't do too many exercises that are meant to add on extra muscle.

Strength (these are done in circuits)
Press-ups – variations are important, e.g. incline, decline, wide and diamond.
Crunches – variations are crucial so that the body does not get used to them.

Hill climbing
Running – four / five times a week including sprints and long-distance

Shadow boxing


You may have read our article on the secrets of Bernard Hopkins’ success (LINK) and why diet is so important to him staying in shape. Carl Froch is the complete opposite. Whilst Bernard watches every gram of food that he puts into his body, Carl can eat things like pizza and fast-food and still not run into weight issues.This is often a matter of genetics - some people have a lot more leeway when it comes to bad food than others. To apply this to your own life you just need to have a good idea of how and when you put on weight. Froch is just lucky in this regard.

This isn’t to say that Froch’s diet is bad. In the run up to a fight he will mainly eat things like porridge, fruit, eggs, wholemeal foods and protein-rich meats like chicken. He eats as well as most athletes do, just without the dictatorial nutrient control of Bernard Hopkins. He probably eats a hell of a lot better than you and me, anyway!

Good luck in your fitness endeavors and I hope this helped you take some inspiration from one of the best British boxers fighting today.

Men's Fitness
Ask Men

For something different take a look at how Amir Khan trains for a fight.