Friday, April 18, 2014

training

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Taking the Routine Out of Your Routine

by Doug Ward on December 18, 2012

Boxing workouts are rooted in repetition.  By repeating a movement over and over, it becomes more natural, more instinctual and reactions start to become second nature. Creating the nuero-pathways in your brain, that let your subconscious take over so that you simply react, can be monotonous at times…even downright boring.  So why not throw an […]

The Attributes of a Fighter

by Doug Ward on August 29, 2012

Being a fighter takes a special combination of skill and will, power and finesse and an unmatched physical and mental toughness.  Boxing requires a resolve to not only survive, but thrive in any situation you’re faced with.  From technique to tenacity, these are the most important characteristics of any great fighter.

Are You Ready…?

by Doug Ward on August 15, 2012

There are several things you can do to better prepare yourself for actual competition.   A few simple adjustments can be made in your training routine and approach so you will feel more ready for the conditions you will face in the ring. Change the size of your training gloves leading up to the fight. […]

Learning to Take Your Lumps

by Doug Ward on May 22, 2012

Not all fighters start out with the ability to, figuratively, stare down the barrel of a gun without blinking.  They don’t have that unwavering fearlessness to take whatever incoming fire is raining down on them, while remaining cool, calm and collected.   Instead, they flinch, blink or shy away when the pressure hits.  Some in […]

We’re Only Growing Boxers Here

by Doug Ward on April 4, 2012

Let your gear completely and thoroughly dry out after each use. Don’t stuff your gloves, wraps or shoes in a closed gym bag. Body oils, sweat, salt…all create an environment for mold and bacteria to breed. This breaks down the leather, foam and materials used in quality equipment and can reduce the life of your […]

Use the Tools You Were Born With

by Doug Ward on March 20, 2012

You can’t beat Mother Nature when it comes to building natural strength. The best exercises a fighter can do only require body weight and determination.  Sit-ups, push-ups, pull-ups, dips and variations on each movement can give a fighter all the raw power he needs to gain the physical edge. Doug Ward is the President and […]

Take a Seat

by Doug Ward on March 16, 2012

Boxing is an individual sport. A coach will never bench you, but if you don’t work hard and fight at your best, you may still find yourself on your seat.   Doug Ward is the President and Trainer for the Underground Boxing Company.