How many times have you been leaving the boxing gym and said, “Oh man, I forgot my himantes,” as you head out of the gym? Hopefully, never.
Himantes were the equivalent of gloves in Ancient Greek boxing. Fighters wore leather straps over their hands, wrapping strips of oxhide across the knuckles while leaving fingers free. These crude hand wraps protected one’s knuckles from abrasion and increased the effectiveness of strikes. That’s all well and good, but they provided practically no protection from impact force. Thankfully they bear next to zero resemblance to today’s high-tech products.
Fast forward to today, where gloves are engineered primarily as protective equipment, and it’s evident just how much boxing gear of all kinds has evolved. Before you hit the heavy bag or step in the ring, take a moment to understand the technology behind our products. Continue reading “Understanding the Technology Behind Ringside’s Products”
Details matter. How many times have you heard a parent, teacher, boss, or coach utter some variation of that during your formative years? How many times have you found it to be true? “A Lot” is probably the answer to both questions, and elite athletes often have to be super focused on the details to succeed.
Former NBA star Bill Bradley offers one of the best examples of this phenomenon. While home training in Missouri one summer, Bradley noticed many of his jump shots were sailing just a tad long. He eventually insisted the basket he was practicing on was not the regulation ten-feet tall. Turns out, he was right. It was shorter by an inch.
The lesson here is that for athletes of all ages and ability levels, you need to have and practice with the right size equipment to get better. With a particular emphasis on getting properly sized gloves, here’s a look at why sizing matters when it comes to boxing equipment. Continue reading “Sizing Matters: Getting the Right Size for your Boxing Equipment”
Your child’s first boxing competition is always an exciting time. Kids from all over the country congregate in one city to put their skills to the test inside the ring. After logging hours of training, your children will get their chance to shine and become true champions. However, before they can step into the ring, it’s critical that they have the right boxing gear. Making sure that your children are equipped with the right gear is essential. Not only is it required by every well-known youth boxing organization, but it’s also vital to their safety. Continue reading “What Boxing Gear Is Essential for a Child’s First Competition?”
So, you’ve finally made the decision to add a punching bag to your home gym. Smart choice! Now you can reap the many benefits of boxing fitness in the comfort of your own home. Before you run out and buy the first punching bag you see, there are a few things you should consider first. For instance, how large is your space? What do you want to achieve from your boxing workouts? If you don’t do your research, you’re likely to end up with a punching bag that doesn’t meet your specific needs. To save yourself both time and money, keep the following in mind: Continue reading “Finding the Right Punching Bag for Your In-Home Gym”
When you watch any professional boxing bout, you will notice that a boxers hands are rarely down to the side. For most of the fight, the hands are either up in a guard position, protecting the boxer’s head, or out in front throwing punches. And when it comes to punches, boxers fists are moving a lot: 40 to 80 punches thrown per round (depending on fighting style and weight class). Training with weighted gloves is one way to develop the stamina you need to keep your hands moving for 10 rounds. Weighted gloves are a valuable training tool that can also help you develop the quick hands you need to set up your most powerful punches. So, what makes them so special?
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Children at a young age are filled with energy. Boxing provides a fun and healthy outlet for them to express themselves, be active and be challenged. Participation in physical training and sports can teach them lessons they may never learn in a traditional classroom setting. With that being said, taking up any kind of sport, like football, basketball etc, involves physical risks. And boxers are no strangers to hand injuries — so it’s important to find the perfect pair of boxing gloves for your child. Quality boxing equipment can go a long way in keeping the experience fun and safe for everyone. Continue reading “Kids Boxing Gloves: Tips on Finding the Perfect Pair”
Tired of getting your butt kicked? Or maybe you’re just looking for a great workout and a fun way to stay in shape? Whatever the case may be, boxing is an incredible sport that helps propel athletes to the next level. Boxers can get a much better workout than most traditional gym workouts. I like to think this is because a treadmill or elliptical cannot punch you in the face. You will work much harder when your partner is actively pushing you and flailing punches in your direction.
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When your opponent squares off to you and is attempting to take jabs at your head with every blow, you have no time to lose. You have to be able to move, and move quickly! An effective movement starts from the ground up—with your shoes, specifically. You are the strongest when you are well-grounded, and a fighter who cannot get his footing would be annihilated in a match. Footwork and footwear become crucial when the competition heats up. One false step can lead to dis-balance, which can expose you and turn the tide of the fight. Continue reading “5 Crucial Features of High-Quality Boxing Shoes”
For pro and amateur fighters, getting clocked is a way of life. You simply can’t engage in the sport of boxing without accepting one simple fact: you will get hit. Thankfully, there are relatively simple ways to minimize injury, so you can focus on more important things, like perfecting your uppercut or bob and weave.
Continue reading “Boxing Essentials: Why Proper Headgear Matters”
Whether you’re an aspiring boxer or a mixed martial artist, you’re going to need a quality pair of bag gloves. In order to work a heavy bag or focus mitts and ramp up the intensity, your hands and wrists will need to be protected. Mixed martial artists use grappling gloves during MMA competitions and grappling training; however, like boxers, they prefer to use bag gloves while doing boxing training specifically. Continue reading “Product Spotlight: Why We Love Apex Gloves”