The following article was submitted by Freelance writer Jennifer Maxwell.
Eddie Hall, a Former World’s Strongest Man is eating a massive 7,000 calories every day in preparation for his boxing match with strongman Hafthor Bjornsson. At a weight of over 360lbs, his body needs three times the number of calories than an average adult male. Whatever your weight, as a fighter you too will need extra calories in order to provide your body with the energy it needs for such a demanding sport. However, more important than simply consuming a larger number of calories is the variety of your diet during training and particularly before a fight. Eating an appropriate mix of the three macronutrients, carbohydrate, protein and fat, before a match not only provides you with plenty of fuel, but can enhance your performance in the ring.
Training at a gym is always ideal, but sometimes it’s far more convenient to get those hours of training in at home. If you’ve got the space, you might be considering setting up a home gym. We wanted to help you out with some tips on home boxing equipment.
You’re going hard in sparring, working with someone bigger than you to get ready for an upcoming fight. Or maybe you’re having the fight, with small gloves being swung hard back and forth. Suddenly your guard drops lower than it should as you throw a punch and you catch a counter hook right on the edge of your eye socket. There’s a lot of pain and some quick swelling, you might get double vision or your eye might bulge right out. Welcome to your new orbital fracture.
Gyms may still be shut and the country locked down (at least here in the UK) but with the vaccine rollout underway there’s some light starting to show at the end of the tunnel. We know many of you might have found ways to keep training throughout the pandemic, you might have started working on improving other aspects of your training or, like us, you might have spent a bit too much time sitting on the sofa watching movies.
The following article was submitted to Fight Quality by Tyler Read from ptpioneer.com.
Muay Thai which is commonly referred to as the “art of eight limbs” is best learned from a training coach. The martial art is best known for its tremendous power, maximum efficiency, and raw simplicity.
You throw a leg kick, it connects beautifully as always, but when you return to your stance you land awkwardly and roll over you ankle. It hurts, a lot. Welcome to your new ankle sprain! Ankle sprains are pretty common in everyday life, not just sports, but sudden changes of direction and turning to throw punches and kicks definitely increases the likelihood that you might end up twisting your ankle.
The following article was submitted to Fight Quality by Albert Guardado from Combat Brands, LLC and ringside.com.
Are your clothes fitting a little bit too tight nowadays? Maybe stress has you down and out? How about people who are just looking for a new hobby? If you’ve been considering joining a gym for some time now, we are here to tell you that you should stop thinking about it and take action.
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.
You’re sparring in 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.
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.
Attending a Muay Thai camp is a great way to sharpen your Thai boxing skills, and is also an exciting and challenging all-round experience. Over days (or even weeks) you will be pushed to you physical and mental limits as you train every aspect of Muay Thai alongside seasoned Thai fighters and coaches.
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.
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.
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?