Thursday, April 17, 2014

Training

Demystifying Wrapping Hands

by Doug Ward on October 14, 2013

There are many tricks of the trade in the boxing industry.  Some are well-guarded secrets, while others are common knowledge within the business; one that everyone knows the importance of, is having a good hand wrapping technique.  However, this is one area that many of the ideals and beliefs of how to go about it and […]

Getting the Upper Hand

by Doug Ward on September 30, 2013

It’s been said by many boxing experts that it’s the punch you don’t see coming that can do the most damage and one of the most effective punches to surprise your opponent with is the uppercut. Marciano, Tyson, Foreman and many of the game’s biggest, best punchers owned devastating uppercuts that rounded out their heavy-hitting […]

Balance Isn’t Just About Coordination (Part Two)

by Doug Ward on September 23, 2013

There is always something to be learned, or at least considered, when looking at other sports and particularly successful athletes who have excelled in their field.  Various techniques and training approaches sometimes have some cross-over benefits and, even if you’re not looking to sprint like Usain Bolt or rock a pair of huge pythons like […]

Balance Isn’t Just About Coordination (Part One)

by Doug Ward on September 16, 2013

Exceptional athletes learn to look at other sports, see what works and adapt that to their own training approaches.  One instance of this could be in relation to the sport of bodybuilding.  Bodybuilders employ a style of weight training called supersets.  During super-setting, lifters work opposing muscle groups.  For instance, they will do one set of […]

The Anatomy of a Boxer

by Doug Ward on August 26, 2013

Water makes up a large percentage of the human body.  When you break it down and examine each part individually, you can quickly see how important hydration is to proper athletic function and sports performance. So let’s look at each body part and how their “water-health” correlates with what you do in the ring.

A Little R&R has Big Benefits

by Doug Ward on August 7, 2013

Any elite athlete or fighter understands the importance of hard work, consistency and discipline.  They fully recognize that your level of success is heavily dependent on the hours spent in the gym, training and preparing both, mind and body for competition.  What they also realize, that many athletes don’t, is how important getting adequate rest […]

It Starts in the Heart

by Doug Ward on July 9, 2013

One of the biggest compliments a boxer can be paid is when someone says that he “has heart.”   Inside the boxing ring, that means you can take a punch, you show an undeniable will to win, you relentlessly fight to the finish or are just plain unstoppable.  As much as any fighter would take […]

Resolve Yourself

by Doug Ward on July 1, 2013

If you happen to be one of the millions of “Resolutionaries” to make a fresh fitness goal at the start of a New Year, then you might also be taking the time, right about now, to do some soul-searching.  You either never made fitness goals, you made them and failed to reach them or you […]

Decisive Point

by Doug Ward on June 24, 2013

There is a term used in battle and in business that also applies to boxing.  It’s called Decisive Point.  Whether it’s on the battlefield or across the boardroom table, it refers to the moment during negotiations, conflict or war when victory is certain.

Scaling New Heights… and Weights

by Doug Ward on June 12, 2013

While many fighters continually struggle to compete in the lowest weight class possible-they diet, use sauna suits, sweat it out and will go to great lengths to make weight-there are still others who are only kidding themselves into thinking that they are competing at their optimal weight.  These fighters typically eat poorly, get beat when […]