Training intensity is crucial to success, but so it rest and recuperation. Too little sleep, 4-6 hours, can be detrimental to your stamina and endurance. Getting 8-10 hours of shut-eye accelerates the release of the hormones that improve recovery time. It also improves your reflexes and the ability to give it your all in the [...]
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Although it goes against traditional thought, when it comes to training, more is not always better. Actual training duration (not including a warm-up) shouldn’t last longer than an hour. Testosterone levels begin decreasing after 45 minutes of intense exercise and begin being catabolic instead of anabolic. Doug Ward is the President and Trainer for the [...]
Stretching cold muscles is damaging. Using sport-specific movements to warm-up, like shadowboxing, which fighters have done for decades, is a better way to get the muscles loose and ready for action. Save the stretching for after the workout, when the muscles are warm and more pliable. Doug Ward is the President and Trainer for the [...]
It is not a temple. In boxing, your body is a business. And every successful business; applies basic principles, has a plan and works hard to minimize its’ losses. Doug Ward is the President and Trainer for the Underground Boxing Company.
For elusive, but effective offense constantly step and throw, step and throw, step and throw. Don’t try to do both at the same time, because if you get countered while you are stepping and throwing at the same time, you have no foundation to stand on. Doug Ward is the President and Trainer for the [...]
To avoid foot problems, be sure to wear new shoes in training before actual competition and thoroughly break them in. Also be sure to wear thick socks to avoid blisters and rubbing from all of the movement you do in the ring. Doug Ward is the President and Trainer for the Underground Boxing Company.
Keep your chin down and eyes up. This will protect you from getting hit in the soft spot which is the nose, eyes, and mouth. You want your opponent to hit you in the forehead region which is the hardest part of the head. More importantly keeping your chin tucked and hands up will protect [...]
Shadow boxing is one of the most important exercises to sharpen and perfect your skills. When shadow boxing stay focused, practice movement in all directions. Imagine that you are fighting your opponent. Practice throwing punches as well as slipping, ducking, rolling, parrying and countering your opponent. Blydell Martin is currently a boxing trainer with TITLE [...]
Jumping rope has enormous conditioning benefits, but always jump on a forgiving surface. Do not skip rope on concrete or hard wood floors. They have little or no “give”. Use a rubber mat, carpet or padded surface of some type to help absorb impact. You will also get more benefit from a surface that requires [...]
If you believe that the largest part of athletics is mental, then you’d be right. So, if that’s the case, then how much time do you spend on the mental part of the game, studying your sport, watching world champions perform and visualizing yourself at your very best? You should be spending at least as [...]