Sunday, April 20, 2014


It’s a Fine Line

by Doug Ward on March 14, 2012

There is something to be said for giving it an all out effort in the gym, but once your form begins to falter and your endurance has hit it’s breaking point, you’d might as well hang ‘em up.  Most injuries in the gym happen when fighters are out of gas and technique has gone out […]

Jabs from Blydell – Balance is Key

by Blydell Martin on February 9, 2012

Balance is key in fighting. You want to stay on the balls of your feet, not on your heels. This way you will always be in punching position and able to respond quickly and move easier. It also allows you to rotate your feet generating punching power. Blydell Martin is currently a boxing trainer with […]

Crush Them Like Paper

by Doug Ward on February 6, 2012

To build grip strength, lay a large piece of paper, wrapping paper or a newspaper on a table (the heavier stock the better).  With one hand, begin crumbling it into a wad until you have compacted it into a tightly wound ball.  Repeat and recycle. Doug Ward is the President and Trainer for the Underground […]

The Weakest Link

by Doug Ward on February 2, 2012

Train your weaknesses.  It’s everyone’s natural tendency to gravitate towards what comes naturally, what they like the most and what they excel at.  Focus on your weaknesses.  It may be harder and a little more unpleasant, but if you don’t pay attention to what you’re lacking…someone else might. Doug Ward is the President and Trainer […]

Rest and Recharge

by Doug Ward on February 2, 2012

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 […]

No Burnout Zone

by Doug Ward on January 31, 2012

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 […]

Step and Throw

by Doug Ward on January 29, 2012

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 […]

It’s Gotta Be the Shoes

by Doug Ward on January 28, 2012

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.

Jabs from Blydell – Dance with your Shadow

by Blydell Martin on January 19, 2012

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 […]

For many coaches, the punch mitts serve as the nucleus of a well-rounded boxing routine. They use their time on the mitts to fine-tune their prodigy, revisit the basics with their beginners and get the most up-close-and-personal look they can get of their fighter.  This puts the coach right in front of his boxer where […]