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SCIENCE VS. FICTION

HOLLYWOOD’S GREATEST TRAINING REGIMES WERE DESIGNED TO LOOK GOOD ON THE SILVER SCREEN, BUT COULD THEY REALLY COMPETE WITH A MODERN, SCIENTIFIC APPROACH TO SPORTS COMBAT? FILM WRITER DAN COOPER GOES BEHIND THE SCENES TO FIND OUT

Glycogen-loading protocols. Effective mass generation. Energy systems development. The ‘sweat science’ of boxing – along with other combat sports – leans heavily towards research these days, with every calorie consumed and milligram of sweat expelled converting into data: a ceaseless stream of information that forms a cold, calculative algorithm, determining a fighter’s chances of success before they’ve even gloved up.

But there is, in film at least, another dimension to the fight game. One that can’t be measured in ones and zeroes. Because while hooking a fighter up to an arm crank ergometer and analysing their metrics may be a f ne way to assess power, it doesn’t have the same degree of romance as running up some steps, or enlisting the help of a local butcher and punching some carcasses…

When he wasn't hitting dead animals or bodybuilding, Rocky found time for some more conventional training methods
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