Andre Ward back in the gym

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Andre Ward back in the gym

Andre Ward back in the gym

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Andre Ward back in the gym

Andre Ward back in the gymSuper middleweight champion Andre Ward hit an important milestone in his recovery from shoulder surgery yesterday, making his return to his boxing gym. Ward has been doing intensive physical therapy three times a week to get his shoulder back in to fighting shape, and he is happy with his progress and thrilled to get back in to the gym. “It was amazing to be able to say that I was going to a boxing gym and not physical therapy. I just have to respect the markers I’ve been given from the doctor; I couldn’t go crazy. That’s where I have to be careful,” Ward said. “I felt great, I felt fast, and my wind felt great. It was an amazing feeling to be able to work out in my gym.”

Ward received clearance from his physical therapist and his doctor to return to the boxing gym and start shadowboxing and cardio exercise on Thursday. “I definitely had to hold myself back. I could throw my right arm but I can’t over do it. Each week I can do more and more, but I have to respect the markers that my doctor set. In next couple months, I’ll be cleared to do everything, but for now I have to respect the boundaries that are in place.”

Ward’s promoter, Dan Goossen is extremely pleased with the pace of his recovery progress. “It’s unbelievable the progress Andre has made in the period of time since the surgery,” Goossen said. “Seeing him working out in the boxing gym is just the next step toward the recovery process.”

Staying away from the boxing gym has certainly been a challenge for Ward, a 2004 Olympic gold medalist known for his intense work ethic. “For somebody like me that competes at a world-class level, it can be frustrating at times to not be able to do what I love to do, which is to box. But all of these things that you go through make you who you are,” Ward said. “This is just something else that I have to persevere through and it will help me become the person I’m supposed to be. These injuries and setbacks are something that every top athlete has to overcome.”

Ward recently celebrated his 29th birthday, and he is determined to return to the ring better than ever. “A lot of times people just focus on the high times, I want to take this low time and make it work for me. I want to show my fans that I’m focused and that I’m still working,” said Ward. “Whenever we get the opportunity to step in to the ring for the first time, they’re going to see what I’ve been doing on my down time. I’m still focused and I’m still grinding.”

The reigning WBA, WBC and Ring Magazine Super Middleweight champion, Ward had successful surgery to repair an injury to his right shoulder capsule on January 4.


Andre Ward regresa al gimnasio

El campeón Super Mediano, Andre Ward, superó otro escalón importante en su recuperación de cirugia de hombro, regresando al gimnasio el dia de ayer.  Ward ha estado en físioterapia intensiva tres veces por semana para que su hombro este en forma para pelear, y dice estar feliz con su progreso y de haber regresado al gimnasio. “Fue increible poder decir que iba al gimnasio y a físioterapia.  Solo tengo que respetar los marcadores que me indicó el médico. No me puedo volver loco. Es ahi donde debo ser cuidadoso” Dijo Ward.  “ Me sentí muy bien, rápido y buen aire.  Se sentìa genial volvelr a entrenar en mi gimnasio”.

El fisioterapeuta le dio a Ward luz verde pera regresar al gimnasio y hacer sombras y cardio el jueves. “Sin duda que tuve que aguantarme. Puedo lanzar la derecha pero no abusar. Cada semana haré un poco más, pero debo respetar los marcadores puestos por el médico. En los proximos meses, podré entrenar completo. Solo debo aguantar un poco.”

Dan Goosen, promotor de Ward dice estar complacido por el progreso en la recuperación. “Es increible el progreso de Ward en tan poco tiempo desde la cirugía”, dijo, “verlo entrenar en el gimnasio es un paso más hacia progreso final”.

Mantenerse alejado del gimnasio ha sido sin duda un reto para Ward, un medallista de oro olímpico del 2004 conocido por su ética de trabajo intenso. “Para alguien como yo que compite a nivel mundial, puede ser frustrante a veces a no ser capaces de hacer lo que amo hacer, el boxeo. “Pero todas estas cosas que pasan por ser quién eres, dijo Ward. “Esto es sólo algo más en los que tengo que perseverar y me ayudará a convertirme en la persona que se supone que tengo que ser. Estas lesiones y contratiempos son algo que cada atleta superior tiene que superar”.
Ward recientemente celebró su cumpleaños numero 29, y está decidido a volver al ring mejor que nunca. “Muchas veces la gente sólo se enfoca los numeros, y yo quiero tomar esta baja y hacer que funcione para mí. Quiero mostrar a mis fans que estoy centrado y que sigo trabajando,”, dijo Ward. “Cuando tenga la oportunidad de entrar de nuevo al ring, veran lo que he hecho en mi tiempo de inactividad. Todavía estoy concentrado y trabajando.”

El super campeón super mediano de la AMB, CMB y Ring Magazine, Ward tuvo una exitosa cirugía de su hombro derecho el 4 de enero.


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