Ippo’s First Two Title Defenses – Real Anime Training

Ippo’s First Two Title Defenses

Ippo defeated Sendo for a second time to become the Japanese Featherweight Champion. However, that is not the end of the journey. At this point, Ippo has a target on his back and every Featherweight in the country has his sights set on him. There isn’t really anything new shown for Ippo’s training during this time, so this will kind of just be a modification of the last workout. Ippo did a little bit more running and bag work on screen, so that has been adjusted for.

Ippo’s First Two Title Defenses


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  • 3 Mile Run, 7 Sprints Throughout (Shadowbox 15 seconds at the end of each sprint)
  • 3 x 3 Minutes Heavy Bagwork (Focus on Full-Power Punching)

4-6 Hours Later

  • 20 Push-ups
  • 20 Sit-ups
  • 20 Squats
–10 Rounds OR


  • MAX One Arm Push-ups (Each Side)
  • MAX Decline Sit-ups
  • MAX Jumping Hindu Squats
–5 Rounds, then
  • 3 Mile Run, (Sets of 3 Minutes of Running, Followed by All-Out Sprint, repeated throughout the course)
  • 3 x 3 Minutes Heavy Bagwork
  • 3 x 3 Minutes Mitt Work
  • 3 x 3 Minutes Heavy Bagwork
  • 3 x 3 Sparring or Sledgehammer to Tire
  • Neck Bridging- 3 Minutes
  • Headstand Work- 3 Minutes
  • 1 Mile Run, as fast as possible


  • If you are going to attempt this training (or any of the other upper-level Ippo workouts… or other upper-level Real Anime Training workouts, for that matter!), please have a well-built foundation of the lower-level workouts. If your fitness is not adequate, not only will you not get as much out of the workout, but you may actually end up injuring yourself. 
  • If you don’t have someone to time you on the run, it may be in your best interest to have some kind of stopwatch or timer to determine when it’s been three minutes. Alternatively, I suppose this run could be completed on a treadmill. 

That’s all for today. I’m glad to be getting back into some Ippo, although I would certainly appreciate just a tad bit more variety in it. It is coming, we just need to get a little further into the series.

Until next time, good luck and train hard!

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