5 Major Benefits of Joining a Gym – Albert Guardado

5 Major Benefits of Joining a Gym - Albert Guardado

The following article was submitted to Fight Quality by Albert Guardado from Combat Brands, LLC and ringside.com.

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Six Explosive Exercises To Add To Your Strength And Conditioning Routine

Six Explosive Exercises To Add To Your Strength And Conditioning Routine

Fighting is all about applying explosive strength and power to your opponent’s chin, but how do you maximise that power? Here are six exercises you can incorporate into your strength and conditioning program to help maximise your explosive power.

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Common Training Injuries and How To Treat Them – ACL Tear

Common Training Injuries and How To Treat Them - ACL Tear

You’re sparring the the ring or cage, just moving round, and you quickly change direction to create an angle on your opponent. That’s when you feel a sudden and severe pain from your knee. Or you’re in a fight and your opponent lands a heavy leg kick against the side of your knee, and the pain sends you down to the canvas. Unfortunately you’ve just found out what it’s like to tear your ACL.

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Common Training Injuries and How to Treat Them – Boxer’s Fracture

Common Training Injuries and How to Treat Them - Boxer's Fracture

You’ve been boxing for a while, you’re really enjoying it and you feel like you know what you’re doing in the gym. Everything’s starting to flow and as your techniques getting better you start ramping up the power. One day you’re dropping bombs on that crazy heavy punch bag and bang, pain shoots through your hand and by the time you take your glove off it’s starting to swell and change colour. Say hello to your new boxer’s fracture.

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What Types of Punch Bags Are There?

What Types of Punch Bags Are There?

We recently wrote about Why Heavy Bags Are Useful for Boxing, MMA, Muay Thai and other combat sports, so we decided it would be a good time to cover the many different types of punch bag which exist, and why most of them have slightly different purposes.

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Why Are Heavy Bags Useful for Boxing, MMA, Muay Thai and other combat sports?

Why Are Heavy Bags Useful for Boxing, MMA, Muay Thai and other combat sports?

If you’ve ever found yourself in a Boxing, Kickboxing, MMA or Muay Thai gym, then there’s a strong chance you’ll have seen the imposing line of heavy bags hanging along the edge of the room. Often worn on the outside, but still standing up to the regular punishment, waiting for you to give it your hardest shot.

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The Ultimate Guide To Boxing Gloves (Updated 2018)

The Ultimate Guide To Boxing Gloves (Updated 2018)

Welcome to the Fight Quality ultimate guide to everything you need to know about boxing gloves, updated for 2018. This guide aims to be the only resource you’ll ever need when it comes to boxing gloves. We’ve broken down just about everything you need to know, from the specialisations of the different styles of glove, to the different brands available.

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5 Fighter Gifts Under £20 – What To Buy For Boxers, MMA Fighters, Kickboxers And Muay Thai Fighters

What on earth do you buy for someone who only ever thinks about training? You could buy them some new equipment, but unless they know exactly what they want then that could be a risky decision – especially if you’re someone who doesn’t train at all! It’s probably best to avoid buying gear unless your budget is a bit higher and you know what you’re looking for, so then what should you buy?

Well we’ve decided to help out a bit, by sticking together a list of some pretty cool things which most fighters would appreciate.

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4 Tips For Your First Time Sparring

4 Tips For Your First Time Sparring

Sparring is the time when you put all of your training, skills and technique into practise against another moving person. It’s not a fight, but rather a controlled chance to fill in the gaps which can’t be taught with pads or a heavy bag – reading your opponent and controlling the situation.

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How Beneficial is an Altitude Training Mask?

How Beneficial is an Altitude Training Mask?

You see them all over the place at the moment, there’s someone in every gym with one, they’re all over instagram and you can even spot them in hollywood blockbusters like Southpaw. I’m talking about altitude training masks. That guy in the gym who looks like Bane and sounds like Darth Vader swears it’s the same as training in the Himalayas, but what’s the obsession with training at altitude? And what’re the benefits to using an altitude mask?

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Headgear safety and the sexism debate

Headgear safety and the sexism debate

The importance of headgear in boxing has been a bit of a debate over the last few years, with the Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) and the Olympics both seeming to favour the removal of headgear. But why? Surely protection is there for a reason, right?

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Common Training Injuries and How to Treat Them – Tendonitis

Common Training Injuries and How to Treat Them - Tendonitis

Tendonitis is the common name for a range of different injuries that can be caused to the tendons of the bodies various muscles – the strong cords of tissue that connect the muscle and the skeleton, and are needed to move the bones and joints when the muscles contract and relax.

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7 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Fight Training

Top 7 tips to get the Most out of Your Fight Training

Whether you train in boxing, MMA or any other martial art, it’s an ongoing process of improvement, learning new skills and improving your instincts and fitness. Whether you train as a hobby every now and then or it’s your full time career, there are a number of steps you can take to make sure you’re getting the most out of your training.

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The Benefits of Shadow Boxing in Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai and MMA

The benefits of shadow boxing in Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai and MMA

Shadow boxing is probably one of the easiest forms of training. You don’t need gloves or other gear, you don’t need a partner to hold pads, you don’t need a bag and you don’t even need to be at a gym. Shadow boxing is one of the few forms of training you could practise almost anywhere at any time. You don’t have to just focus on boxing either, it’s easy to throw in kicks, elbows and knees if you’re more of a kickboxer, or even practice stepping in for takedowns or add in a few sprawls if you’re training in MMA.

While it may initially feel a bit silly attacking air, shadow boxing actually has a whole load of benefits which can drastically improve the rest of your training.

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Common Training Injuries and How to Treat Them – Shin Splints

Common Training Injuries and How to Treat Them - Shin Splints

Maybe you’ve just starting training, you’ve been to a few classes and decided to start running to up your cardio. Maybe you’re a fighter and you’ve ramped up your running to get ready for a fight. Either way, you’ve been running for a while and you get this pain shooting down the front of your lower leg, and it turns your run from what could have been a personal best into a painful hobble.

Welcome to the world of shin splints.

 
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Guest Review – Reece Mcallister

Guest Review - Reece Mcallister

To those in the UK Muay Thai scene, Reece Mcallister needs no introduction. Throughout his fighting career he’s won a number of titles including previously becoming the Topking World Series champion 2014. He’s taken on some big names, having fought in both Muay Thai and Kickboxing events, and will be taking on current Yokkao World Title holder Jordan Watson later in 2016.

We spoke to Reece to find out a little bit about his favourite gear and training advice.

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The Difference Between Fast and Slow Twitch Muscle Fibres in Combat Sports

The Difference Between Fast and Slow Twitch Muscle Fibres in Combat Sports

I’m sure you’ve heard at various different times in your training about muscle fibres, and more specifically ‘fast twitch’ and ‘slow twitch’ muscle fibres, and the importance of training specifically to develop each type. But what the hell are the different types of muscle fibre? This article is going to run through the two different types, what they do and how to develop them and most importantly what ones you want to develop to help improve your martial arts.

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Guest Review – Ben Schneider

Ben Schneider Professional MMA Fighter RDX Boxing Gloves Guest Review

Ben Schneider is a south wales based Professional MMA fighter, fighting out of Arcadia Fighter Manager (Find them on Facebook or Twitter) & Xandao Kickboxing Academy/MMA (Also on Facebook and Twitter). He fights in London, UK, in the longest running and most established show in Europe, UCMMA (Cage Rage).

We spoke to Ben to find out a little bit about his favourite gear and training advice.

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