Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Demystifying Wrapping Hands

by Doug Ward 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 […]

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Getting the Upper Hand

by Doug Ward 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 […]

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Balance Isn’t Just About Coordination (Part Two)

by Doug Ward 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 […]

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Balance Isn’t Just About Coordination (Part One)

by Doug Ward 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 […]

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Protect Yourself at All Times

by Doug Ward September 9, 2013

The referee says it every time he finishes his pre-fight instructions.  It is SO important to a fighter’s safety and success that it has become a standard phrase in boxing.  It says exactly what it means and, yet is too often ignored.  Unfortunately, it seems like many fighters have grown deaf to this common phrase, so […]

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The Anatomy of a Boxer

by Doug Ward 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.

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Water – It Does a Body Good

by Doug Ward August 19, 2013

Ready for some big, eye-opening, earth-shattering workout advice for this summer season?  Be sure to drink plenty of water.  Bet you’ve never heard that before, but before you dismiss it as the same ‘ole rhetoric, consider this…If you don’t drink enough fluids, not only will you become dehydrated, but you will also experience from some significant, […]

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A Little R&R has Big Benefits

by Doug Ward 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 […]

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Dollars and Sense

by Brian Doerfler July 11, 2013

If you polled every employee in the United States and asked them the one thing they’d like to change about their job, I’m guessing that the words “salary”, “pay” and “wage” would come up repeatedly. It’s no different for MMA fighters who frequently complain about the difficulty of making ends meet on their fight revenue. […]

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It Starts in the Heart

by Doug Ward 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 […]

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