2019 Ringside Holiday Gift Guide

If you know someone who is training as a fighter (for competition or fitness), it can sometimes be tough to know how to support them in meeting their goals. Short of training along side them and showing up to their matches, there’s not a whole lot you can do.

The start of a holiday wish list with "Dear Santa" written at the top.
Get started on your holiday wishlist by checking out our recommendations below.

Help your fighter take a step toward the next level, by picking up something from the list below. Of course, if you are a fighter yourself, you can still take a peek. Maybe there’s something you should add to your wishlist.

We’ve pulled these products from a list of our staff favorites. All of these are either new items that we launched over the last year, or perennial fan favorites that every fighter should have in their bag.

And if you want to skip the reading and go straight to the window shopping, we put all of these products into a single 2019 Holiday Gift Guide page for you to check out. Enjoy.

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Picking the Best Shin Guards for MMA and Muay Thai

shin strike against thai pads with shin guards on

After gloves and hand-wraps, shin guards are the most important piece of protective gear for MMA and Muay Thai fighters.

You use these to protect your shins, ankles, and feet during training. In sparring you’ll also be using them to protect your partner. So it’s important to pick a pair that are right for your needs. Continue reading “Picking the Best Shin Guards for MMA and Muay Thai”

Boxing Mitts, Thai Pads, and Shields: The Best in Partner Training Tools

Boxing Mitts, Thai Pads, and other strike training tools form the cornerstone of partner training. In the hands of a skilled coach, these devices help a fighter hone their technique. 

The type of strike training tool you choose will depend a lot on your experience level, your sport, and your training goals. A curved punch mitt is critical for a training boxer, but may not be as useful to a Muay Thai fighter. A kick shield can help train a variety of attacks, but doesn’t offer the accuracy training of a focus mitt. 

holding the boxing mitts for a fighter in the ring

We’ll break down the different striking targets and which one is best for your needs.

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Best Boxing Headgear: How to Choose the Right One

Two fighters wearing sparring headgear square off in the ring.

If you intend to spar or compete in the world of boxing, you’ll need some headgear to protect your noggin.

At first glance, it doesn’t seem like a very complicated decision. You pick out one that looks good and you go about your day. 

But then you get to thinking, this is something that’s supposed to protect my face and my brain. Maybe I should put some more thought into this. 

If you’ve ever had questions about how to choose the best boxing headgear for your needs, then read on. 

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Best Boxing Gloves For You: 7 Things to Look For

Best boxing gloves: black quick-tie training gloves hanging from the ring ropes.

You might not be surprised to learn that we are commonly asked about how to choose the best boxing gloves. With so many options, narrowing it down can feel overwhelming.

Do I need a bag glove or a sparring glove? Leather or synthetic? What’s IMF Tech? There are so many things to consider.

And then you have to figure out what size you need to get.

With all these choices facing you, how can you make sure that you’re picking out the right pair of boxing gloves for you?

We’ve put together a guide that will walk you through the seven things you need to understand when choosing your first (or your next) set of boxing gloves.

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A Guide to Jump Rope Workouts for Boxing

 

If you’ve been around boxing for some time, then you’ve seen fighters jumping rope in the gym. And if you’re just getting started, someone’s probably told you to jump rope as a part of your training. Many of the boxing greats, Ali, Marciano, Tyson, Mayweather, all used the jump rope to get ready for their fights. It’s clear that the jump rope is a fundamental part of the boxing workout. But why?

Obviously, spending 5-10 minutes jumping rope is a great cardio workout, but it’s more than that. Jumping rope can be a great tool for improving your footwork and focusing your mind.Jumping rope before boxing workout

In today’s blog, we’re going to lay out a few reasons that jumping rope is a critical part of your boxing training program. We’ll also help you decide on the right rope for your needs. Finally, we’ll lay out a few jump rope techniques that will challenge and add variety to your routine. Continue reading “A Guide to Jump Rope Workouts for Boxing”

A Guide to Maintaining Your Boxing Gear

All your ringside boxing gear stored in a locker at the gym

“The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses—behind the lines, in the gym and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights.” – Muhammad Ali

It never hurts to consult a guy called “The Greatest” for advice in his area of expertise. Of course, in the quote above, Ali was referring to the work he did training his body day in and day out, training his mind to be able to out-think his opponents in the ring, and developing tactics and strategies suited to each opponent he faced.  But there’s another aspect of behind the scenes preparation that should be top-of-mind for boxers of all skill levels: your boxing gear.

Don’t let countless hours of work and the money you spent on great boxing gear go to waste because you failed to take care of said gear. By following our guide to maintaining your equipment, you can place most of your focus on the the journey from boxing training, that behind the lines work, to dancing under the lights on fight night. Continue reading “A Guide to Maintaining Your Boxing Gear”

What Are the Best Resistance Bands for Boxing Training?

To succeed in the ring, a boxer must possess technique, strength, speed, and power. Boxers use a lot of different tools to build these attributes. One of the most common implements you’ll find in a boxer’s toolbox is a set of resistance bands. Proper training with resistance bands are scientifically proven to help boxers develop quick hands, a strong upper body, and endurance in their shoulders.

man using resistance band

While it’s no secret that resistance bands are a vital tool in training, the question we’re asked all the time is how to pick the best resistance bands for boxing? If you search for resistance bands online, you will likely be overwhelmed by the sheer number of results. Sifting through everything to find the best product seems cumbersome, so we’ve decided to take our experience to make it simple for you. Here’s what you want to look for when you’re purchasing the best resistance bands. Continue reading “What Are the Best Resistance Bands for Boxing Training?”

A Buyer’s Guide to Punching Bags: What Style Is Right for You?

what punching bag is right for meFor an aspiring boxer, mixed martial artist or fighter in training, there’s no piece of equipment more vital than the punching bag. Punching bags act as practice targets for helping you develop and perfect your punching and kicking techniques.

Just like the rest of your sports equipment, your punching bag should mesh with your particular athletic goals. Understanding which style, size and material you need is essential to your training. Continue reading “A Buyer’s Guide to Punching Bags: What Style Is Right for You?”

Expert’s Guide to Choosing the Best MMA Gear

Overhead view of the MMA ring known as the Octagon

Looking to maximize your mixed martial arts potential? A great coach, superior training, and the the best MMA gear are your tickets to the top of the ladder.

We’ve helped you find a coach. And we’ve shown you some of the top training techniques. Now we’ll help you pick the best MMA gear for training and competition.
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