For an aspiring boxer, mixed martial artist or fighter in training, there’s no piece of equipment more vital than the punching bag. These durable bags act as practice targets for helping you perfect your punching and kicking techniques, even when you don’t have a real-life opponent on hand. But just like the rest of your sports equipment, your punching bag should be tailored to your particular athletic goals, so understanding which style, size and material you need is important to training, especially if your goal is to push yourself further in a way that’s both safe and efficient. Continue reading
Tired of getting your butt kicked? Or maybe you’re just looking for a great workout and a fun way to stay in shape? Whatever the case may be, boxing is an incredible sport that helps propel athletes to the next level. Boxers can get a much better workout than most traditional gym workouts. I like to think this is because a treadmill or elliptical cannot punch you in the face. You will work much harder when your partner is actively pushing you and flailing punches in your direction.
When your opponent squares off to you and is attempting to take jabs at your head with every blow, you have no time to lose. You have to be able to move, and move quickly! An effective movement starts from the ground up—with your shoes, specifically. You are the strongest when you are well-grounded, and a fighter who cannot get his footing would be annihilated in a match. Footwork and footwear become crucial when the competition heats up. One false step can lead to dis-balance, which can expose you and turn the tide of the fight. Continue reading
For pro and amateur fighters, getting clocked is a way of life. You simply can’t engage in the sport of boxing without accepting one simple fact: you will get hit. Thankfully, there are relatively simple ways to minimize injury, so you can focus on more important things, like perfecting your uppercut or bob and weave.
At a glance, boxing gloves all look pretty much the same, whether they’re made for men, women, kids, amateurs or professionals. Traditionally, a boxing glove’s anatomy is as follows: it has a ballooned, curled-top portion to protect hands and absorb impact, plus a hook and loop cuff for a tight, precise fit.
Whether you’re an aspiring boxer or a mixed martial artist, you’re going to need a quality pair of bag gloves. In order to work a heavy bag or focus mitts and ramp up the intensity, your hands and wrists will need to be protected. Mixed martial artists use grappling gloves during MMA competitions and grappling training; however, like boxers, they prefer to use bag gloves while doing boxing training specifically. Continue reading
Mixed martial arts is not for the faint of heart. The sports can be tough, and brutal at times. If you’re keen on training and potentially competing in these sports, you should be properly prepared. With the right equipment, you can minimize some of the wear and tear you will experience while training.