In preparation for the bigger and stronger opponent, Garcia has had to kick his strength training into overdrive. He has been spending his time at Victor Conte’s SNAC facility in California to prep in the short amount of time he has for the duel with the welterweight champ.
He was been going thru a religious strength & conditioning regimen to increase his strength and size to match up with Errol Spence Jr. in time for the fight. Against an opponent of this magnitude, Garcia and his team are pulling out all the tricks in his training program.
Garcia has all his measurements taken constantly to track his progress to ensure he is moving in the right direction. While going thru a series of boxing drills, he can be seen donning an oxygen mask to measure his peak oxygen levels. By measuring his oxygen levels while he is exerting max effort, the SNAC team can gauge his endurance level. Tracking Garcia’s oxygen levels and other performance factors can show how fast he is progressing to be at his intended mark to face Spence Jr. His endurance level must be at its peak performance level to prevent sluggishness in the later rounds of the bout.
One of the missions of the relatively short, but ultra-intense training program is to increase his explosiveness as a fighter. His aim is to increase his explosive power behind every punch and the only way to achieve that is to push the muscles to the point of exhaustion. Garcia is being pushed to the max on every drill to target his fast-twitch muscles. This will give him a boost in explosive power against a stronger fighter.
The end goal of the intensive training regimen is to improve his conditioning to greater heights and help him bulk up. It will be certainly be a tall task since Spence Jr. is bigger, stronger, and younger than Garcia. In addition to the already seemingly insurmountable odds, Garcia virtually began his program at the SNAC facility yesterday.
It takes a significant amount of time to bulk up and build the sort of muscle that Garcia is looking to attain. Being in an intensive power training type of program will likely not push him to where he wants to be in a few short months.
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However, that is not stopping the 31-year old from giving it everything he has in the tank to boost his strength, size, and stamina ahead of the fight. He is confident that his speed in the ring and explosiveness with every punch have already taken a turn for the better.
Garcia hit the ground running on day one of the program and he is not looking back to gear up for the March 16th showdown. To get further insight on what kind of program he is putting himself thru for several months ahead of the fight, Victor Conte described the first days of Garcia’s program as a mixture of hypoxic sprint training and hills at the beach.
The undefeated four-division champ has been pushing his program to the max the last several months, but the world will see if he has the power and endurance to shock the world.