Facing the Champ Workout – Real Anime Training

Facing the Champ Workout

To face Date Eiji, the Japanese Champ, Ippo must’ve trained relentlessly. The anime doesn’t show much of his training to fight the Champion, but it must have included his training up to this point. So, this is an extrapolation, but I think it’s fair.

Facing the Champ Workout


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  • 3 Mile Run, 7 Sprints Throughout (Shadowbox 15 seconds at the end of each sprint)

4-6 Hours Later

  • 20 Push-ups
  • 20 Sit-ups
  • 20 Squats

10 Rounds, then

  • 200 Jumping Hindu Squats
  • 3 Minute Neck Bridge
  • 3 Minutes Headstand Work
  • 10 x 800 Meter Sprints
  • 3 x 3 Minutes Heavy Bagwork
  • 3 Minutes Close Hitting
  • 3 Minutes Jump Rope
  • 3 Minutes Close Hitting
  • 3 Minutes Mitt Hitting
  • 3 Minutes Double-End Bagwork or Heavy Bagwork
  • 3 Minutes Mitt Hitting
  • 3 Minutes Non-stop Mitt/Bag Hitting


  • Run 3 Miles (Shadowbox 15 seconds after every 3 minutes of running)


  • You’ll notice a lot of the Ippo workouts build on one another. Each one is an upgrade of the last. However, that shouldn’t stop you from attempting one of the later workouts.
  • 10 Rounds of Calisthenics. 10 Rounds of Sprints. 10 Rounds of of Boxing work. 6 Miles AND 200 Jumping Hindu Squats. This is not easy. It’s a workout made to build a fighter worthy to face the Japanese Boxing Champion, Date Eiji.
  • Close Hitting means you are extremely close to the Heavy Bag or the Focus Mitts. The point is to build power from a very short distance. Really focus on that acceleration in a short distance. The key will be explosiveness of the muscles and proper shifting of your weight using your feet.
  • A Double-End Bag is a little ball, attached on the top and bottom. It is used for hitting and dodging. You can see Ippo working on one of these in the first opening of the anime. You hit and dodge the ball. Hit lightly at first. Eventually, you’ll be able to hit harder and hit multiple times while dodging.

Hopefully, you enjoy this one. Don’t kill yourselves with it if you’re not ready for it. It’s high-level athlete worthy, for certain, so give the workout its respect. This is a tough workout, built for a tough fight.

Until next time, good luck and train hard!

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