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Sugar Rush

by Spencer Ward on March 26, 2012

Yes, they’re easy to grab on the run and seem to temporarily curb your hunger, but lay off the sweets. They do more harm than you realize and make it extremely hard to cut weight.  They are also severely bad for you health. According to Nancy Appleton, PhD, Some of the negative side effects of […]

The Weighting Game

by Spencer Ward on March 13, 2012

In the sport of boxing, diet and nutrition are a critical component to a fighters success. His body is his weapon and keeping it in top physical condition is essential. However, when most people talk about nutrition and boxing in the same discussion, more often than not, it tends to center around the subject of […]

Wheat over White

by Spencer Ward on March 7, 2012

When eating bread, always opt for the Whole Grain variety. It contains fiber, vitamins, nutrients, and won’t cause a spike in your blood sugar like white bread does. White bread seems more readily available, but going whole wheat will prevent energy fluctuations and weight gain. It’s a small change that can pay big dividends. Spencer […]

Juicing for Fast Results

by Spencer Ward on February 28, 2012

At one point or another, most fighters and athletes find themselves staring at that large supplement shelf in the vitamin store, feeling confused and unsure about their knowledge of health. Because of the wear and tear boxing can have on an individual, it’s important to stay healthy and nutritionally sound. We all understand that we […]

The Building Blocks of Muscle

by Spencer Ward on February 27, 2012

Boxing is a highly demanding sport for all of the major muscle groups and what you do after you put them to the test is almost as important as how you test them.  Protein is crucial for muscle recovery. It promotes growth and healing after the muscle has been broken down through intense, heavy exercise. […]

Health Isn’t Prepackaged

by Spencer Ward on February 15, 2012

Steer clear of prepackaged, processed snacks when preparing for a fight. They are easy, but are full of sodium and preservatives that impede weight management.  Opt instead for whole fresh fruits, a handful of nuts and seeds, or a couple slices of lean turkey. Boxers are not ordinary people, so don’t eat like the majority of […]

A Hunger Within – Part 2

by Spencer Ward on February 7, 2012

In a previous article we discussed the basic mechanics our body uses to properly utilize the food we eat and the nutrients that food provides. Knowing how this system works and how to use it to your advantage will help you design your own pre-fight meal.  The goal would be to develop a pre-fight routine […]

A Hunger Within – Part 1

by Spencer Ward on January 26, 2012

It’s the day of the fight. You’ve already weighed-in, eaten a large meal the previous day and now you’re rested up.  Its hours before the fight, you’re a little hungry and beginning to wonder what you should eat. You may be thinking, “Should I eat meat? Should I load up on carbs? Should I just […]

Are Carbs in Your Corner?

by Spencer Ward on January 18, 2012

  Whether it’s through TV ads, fitness publications, the news or even the most popular weight loss reality show, we are bombarded with all sorts of “do’s and don’ts” when it comes health. The media is over-saturated with advice and opinions on what constitutes a healthy diet. The problem with this is that all of these viewpoints […]

The Skinny on Fat

by Spencer Ward on January 3, 2012

With all the “Fad Diets” out there today, it’s tough to know what is right approach is for you, as a fighter. There’s the Atkins Diet, South Beach Diet, the Caveman diet, No Carb, No Fat, all-Vegan, Vegetarian and an endless variety of programs you can follow. It is true that there isn’t one diet […]