World Championships preparation: working up a sweat at altitude training in Sölden

With a high altitude training camp in the Tyrol Ötz Valley, six boxers from the ten-man German team have started the intensive preparation phase for the World Championships in Hamburg.

Individual Preparation for the World Championships in Hamburg

The focal point of the three-week camp: mountain bike training at high altitudes between 1300 and 2600 metres. This altitude triggers a large number of positive adaptations in the organism, leading to improvements in performance above all in the area of endurance. The sports management team of the German Boxing Association has evaluated the initial situation of the individual athletes in detail and tailored the preparation for the World Championships individually to the athletes. For example, for the other part of the team, the route to the World Championships in Hamburg runs via the European Championships in Ukraine, which is also preceded by various training courses.

Sölden: a good omen

Artem Harutyunyan (Hamburg/Schwerin) still had vivid memories of the mountainous Austrian region in and around Sölden: after all, the German hopeful in the light welterweight class successfully completed his basic training here before going on to win the bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. With the focus on the World Championships title in his home town of Hamburg, Harutyunyan returned this time for altitude training in the mountains together with the following national team colleagues: Hamza Touba (flyweight, Heidelberg/Neuss), Murat Yildirim (lightweight, Berlin), Ibrahim Bazuev (middleweight, Cologne), Igor Teziev (heavyweight, Heidelberg/Esslingen) and Max Keller (super heavyweight, Cologne/Aachen).

Alongside bike training, the athletes worked up a sweat with athletics training under the guidance of Olympic team physician Dr. Mark Dorfmüller and the physiotherapists Norbert Sekey and Martin Bugge. Responsible for boxing technique were Eddie Bolger of the federal training and performance centre in Heidelberg and Gregory Tolkovets of the federal training and performance centre in Cologne. After the training, the exclusive Hotel Aquadome, as the co-operation partner of the training camp, provided facilities for numerous relaxing hot baths and saunas as ways to regenerate – and the boxers were glad to make use of them.

Harutyunyan: “It’s our aim to become world champions in Hamburg”

“The training camp was a complete success,” says Harutyunyan. He said the entire team was fully motivated. “No bad weather was able to stop us. It’s our aim to become world champions in Hamburg,” says Harutyunyan, fully focussed on the highlight of the year. For the lightweight from Berlin, Murat Yildirim, who also won gold at the latest CPT, the training camp was also “the best thing I’ve taken part in so far”. Max Keller, who studies psychology in Cologne and boxes for PTSV Aachen, also “profited immensely from this training camp”. The two-time German super heavyweight champion said: “We did basic training and built on that with special endurance training and then started with fight-specific training.”

Alongside ideal training conditions, René Göhler from Rostock, a professional triathlete, was available to the boxers as a specialist in endurance. “On bikes, we covered a total of a several thousand metres of altitude,” reports Keller, who won silver at the 2015 CPT and bronze in 2017. All the athletes were full of praise for the facilities for regeneration in the “Aquadome”.

In picture “mammoth task” of the German Boxing Association can be seen:

Back row from the left: Aquadome Hotel Director Barbara Krabath, team physician Dr. Mark Dorfmüller, physiotherapist Norbert Sekey, coach Eddie Bolger, athletics coach Rene Göhler, Max Keller und markting director of the hotel Sascha Rössel.

Front row from left: Igor Teziev, Ibrahim Bazuev, Murat Yildirim, Artem Harutyunyan, Christos Cherakis and Hamza Touba.

© Peter Jaschke

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