What It Takes To Be a Fighter

Article by: Finn Coleman

Many people who have been training Muay Thai or boxing for a while (or even those who haven’t trained before) may be interested in competing. As daunting as the idea of jumping over those ropes and into the ring can be for some, trust us, the personal reward and sense of accomplishment is worth it no matter the result.

At The Ironfist Gym Brisbane, we pride ourselves on our strong and supportive community of fighters. There is a common idiom that fighting is as much mental as it is physical, and that is certainly true; the mental and physical developments that you make in the gym day-to-day will pay dividends come fight night.

The term ‘fight camp’ is used to refer to a period of intense physical regimen in the weeks leading up to your fight. Fight camps can be tough, because you will have to put in those extra yards outside your normal classes, including road work and strength training. What’s more, you will have to make sure that you are giving your body the best chance at recovery day in, day out.

Here are three crucial aspects of fighting that you will have to fulfill in order to be a fighter.




First things first, to be a fighter, you have to be committed to your craft. This means that you have to be willing to stick to the task in front of you and make sure that you are as prepared as you possibly can be for your fight.

At the end of the day, fighting is not something that you can haphazardly decide to do. You have to be committed to yourself and your willingness to persevere.




Becoming ‘fighting fit’ is not an easy task. This is where discipline becomes a critical element to your success as a fighter, and where many people wanting to compete can fall short. Discipline means not only sticking to your training regime, but making sure that you are taking care of your body outside of the gym.


This means ensuring you are eating healthy, sleeping well, and staying away from alcohol or other substances that will impact your body’s ability to recover from your training. Because you will be training hard as your fight approaches, you must be giving your body the best opportunity to recover in between training sessions.




While Ironfist can certainly help you stay on top of your fight camp in and out of the gym, what we can’t do is make you want to fight. 


The result of a fight can often boil down to who wants it more. If you are not willing to push yourself through those physical and mental barriers before and during the match, fighting might not be for you. Determination will see you succeed in your fighting journey, no matter if you win, lose or draw. 


At the end of the day, if you step back over those ropes after your fight knowing that your commitment, discipline and determination allowed you to give it your all in the ring, that is all anyone could ever ask of you.



So, if you are thinking about fighting, make sure to have a chat with us at reception.


The Ironfist Gym Brisbane runs Muay Thai, BJJ and Boxing classes throughout the week, overseen by our expert coaches.


Thinking about bringing a friend in to try out with you? If you have a friend interested in giving any of our classes a go, after they sign up at Ironfist, both of you will get a week’s free training!


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Address: 2/4 Devlan St, Mansfield QLD 4122

Phone: (+07) 0431 685 085

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