It Keeps You Young

By BitcoDavid

A muay thai fighter "working his hands&qu...

A Muay Thai fighter “working his hands” on a heavy bag. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Several years ago, I was in the gym – hammering away on the bag. I saw this old guy, maybe 70-ish, punching at a bag, as well. By punching, I don’t mean standing there poking at the thing, I mean working the bag. After the round, he walked over and asked me if I liked boxing. “I love it,” was of course, my reply.

Well, it turns out, he was an ex-pro. Apparently he used to fight for purses, back in the early ’50s. When I asked him how old he was, he just laughed and said, “Well, I won’t see 80 ever again.” Like I said, this guy was old, but he didn’t look 80 to me. And he handled that heavy bag pretty good. We kept talking for a minute, and he said something that stuck with me. “Boxing keeps you young.”

He didn’t say exercise. He said boxing.

English: Hard right Uppercut body blow to abou...

Hard right Uppercut body blow to a 100 lb. heavy bag, which bends the bag upon impact. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here’s my theory. Besides all the advantages of a great cardio workout, a great strength training workout and – unlike anything else in the gym – a great speed training workout, the act of fighting causes the release of certain hormones that can offset the effects of aging. Now, that’s just a theory, but I’m sticking to it.

I knew a guy, growing up, whom everybody called the Hog. I’m sure his mother actually gave him a name, but nobody seemed to know what it was. Anyway, the Hog at 70, could still fill a doorway, and could still clear out a bar. He used to strap balls and chains – that’s right, bald headed women – to his ankles, every morning, and wear them up until about noon. I once saw him lift a V-8 engine block with his bare hands. The hog was an ex-Marine, but during his time in the Corps, what did he do? He boxed. I can’t help but feel sorry for the guys he went up against.

BitcoDavid is a blogger and a blog site consultant. In former lives, he was an audio engineer, a videographer, a teacher – even a cab driver. He is an avid health and fitness enthusiast and a Pro/Am boxer. He has spent years working with diet and exercise to combat obesity and obesity related illness.

Just Born! Welcome to BitcoDavid’s BoxingBlog

By BitcoDavid

Fight hard and protect yourself at all times. That’s our tag-line, and we promise to write even harder than we fight. Whether you’re a pro, an amateur or just somebody who likes bashing it around once in a while, we aim to bring you the most comprehensive and up to date information in the world of boxing and combat sports.

We plan on covering training, diet, sports psychology, gear, garb and methodology. We will be bringing you interviews with fighters and coaches, rating gyms, talking to doctors and psychologists and embedding tons of entertaining and instructional videos. In short, if it pertains to climbing in the ring with a bone crusher – and holding your own – we’re gonna cover it for you. So now, when you’re not actually fighting or training to fight, you can be reading about fighting.

Pictograms of Olympic sports - Boxing

Pictograms of Olympic sports – Boxing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As with our sister site,, we’ll be extending the invitation to write for us – either as a regular author or by a single supporter contribution article. Similarly, we aim to set up an events page that will list important fights and other boxing related events.

If you’re new to the sport, we plan on offering aid in getting registered with a boxing club, obtaining insurance, hooking up with coaches and trainers, and locating massage and other types of physical therapists. We will be listing charitable efforts by boxing gyms, such as clothing and food drives, and all the other stuff that pretty much every boxing gym does to give something back to the community.

BitcoDavid’s BoxingBlog will be a staunch advocate for parents who want their children to learn the pugilistic arts. Boxing teaches kids a lot more than just how to defend themselves. It teaches them self respect, dedication, the benefits of working towards a goal and provides them with a sense of identity. Nobody does it for you when you’re in the ring. You learn self reliance and confidence.

Likewise, over years of fight training, I’ve learned to have a great respect for female fighters. I’ve seen a lot of fighters, but few were as tenacious, hard working and outright dauntless as some of the women fighters I’ve known. We will try our best to feature articles that can provide insight and succor to youthful and female fighters.

Nobody really understands what it takes, to do what we do. Our friends and families fret and worry about us. Our doctors cluck their tongues and gently remind us of the dangers of head injury and dementia. Our coaches push us to our limit, and then tell us we’re not ready. We exercise to the point where we can’t move – every day – and then treat our injuries with heating pads and ice packs. We punch in our sleep. We think we’ve mastered a technique, only to have an opponent show us we haven’t. We work harder in a 3 minute round than most gym rats do in a full workout – but all that time our brains are working too. We’re reminding ourselves to keep our hands up, to stand obliquely and not face our opponent straight on, to tuck our chins, to keep our heads down, when to duck, when to block, when to move inside and when to get the hell outta there. We’re trying to do the impossible – to not get hit, in a sport where people hit each other.

Well, my friend – BitcoDavid’s BoxingBlog gets it. We understand, because we’re in that ring too. It is my hope that you will find this site both a resource and a comfort – a support group, if you will. Whether your a veteran ring fighter, or merely an interested bystander, we want your support. And we very much want to give you ours.

BitcoDavid is a blogger and a blog site consultant. In former lives, he was an audio engineer, a videographer, a teacher – even a cab driver. He is an avid health and fitness enthusiast and a Pro/Am boxer. He has spent years working with diet and exercise to combat obesity and obesity related illness.



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