What to Expect From a Boxing Gym

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My name is John, and I’m one of the contributors for Cannon Fights. I have some experience in mixed martial arts, but my passion is boxing. As someone who has moved around all over the country for work, I have had the opportunity to join many different boxing gyms and see a wide variety of what they all had to offer. In this article, I will answer some of the more commonly asked questions about boxing gyms, specifically about getting started.

Whether you’re completely new to MMA and boxing, or you’re an MMA fighter who hasn’t spent much time in a boxing club that focuses only on boxing, there are some things that can be helpful to know before signing up and spending money on a membership.

Probably the most common question I get asked is “Do I need to buy any equipment?” The answer is it depends on the gym. All boxing gyms will have the bags that you need to use, but personal items like boxing gloves and sparring gear may or may not be communal. If you are unsure, call ahead or visit the gym first and chat with a trainer, they’re often more than happy to help out. If you prefer to just keep your own gloves for sanitary and comfort reasons, they won’t have a problem with this at all, just make sure they’re good boxing gloves. Most gyms will prefer 16oz gloves for bag work (most common size anyway) and the majority of gyms require your gloves to have an attached thumb, especially if you’re sparring. If you want more information about boxing gloves, we find the site KO Boxing Gloves to be pretty useful. Other than that, cheaper items like a mouth guard, hand wraps, running shoes, and gym clothes are not usually supplied by the gyms, but this is easy enough to take care of yourself.

Another question I get asked a lot is what is the atmosphere like in a boxing gym and are you required to spar? Usually (but not always), trainers will be very hesitant to throw you into a program, and often times they won’t let you spar until you are both sure that it’s an appropriate step. Sometimes the first few training sessions will only include a warm up and no bag work at all (warm ups in boxing are often a workout in themselves). Then, you may work on shadow boxing with a trainer to learn some of the punching form and technique. It’s not until you have become comfortable with technique and the demands of the training that you will progress to bag work. This usually starts with the heavy bag, then progresses to the speed bags, and then a double-ended reflex bag. All gyms will have different training preferences; so again, it’s always a good idea to check out the gym in person before singing up.

Lastly, I sometimes get asked if boxing is dangerous. At the elite level, it could be considered more dangerous than some other sports for obvious reasons (the head is a target), but in regards to training and sparring, it’s actually very safe. Trainers don’t want their fighters to get hurt, and no one benefits from a royal rumble in training. Often times, if you think you’re ready for sparring and are excited to try, they will make you wait a little bit just to be sure. Even then, sparring sessions are heavily supervised and often interrupted for coaching reasons. In my experience, I’ve sustained worse injuries from hockey and football than I ever have during a boxing training session. AS long as you’re careful and practice good judgment, you will be ok.

At the end of the day, what it mainly comes down to is checking out a few different gyms in your area, talking with some of the trainers, and deciding for yourself which gym seems to be the best fit for you. As long as you don’t just jump into things without thinking, you will be well on your way to throwing some nice combos!

What kind of supplements should kickboxers take?

Kickboxing is a pretty demanding sports discipline.  Almost every bone in your body is put to work when you are training for this sports activity.  Workout sessions for this sports can be extremely taxing and exhausting.  In order for a successful training and development, some supplements are required.

Usually, a kickboxing class lasts 90 minutes.  It has a high energy demand and a strong muscle output.  Normally, you would get the necessary nutrients in foods.  However, given that sessions are normally very intense, a good supplement will help you better replenish your body with nutrients.

Particularly in kickboxing, it is important to find a supplement that will not make you build excess muscle or bloat.  If you notice, kickboxing is an anaerobic activity.  You have short sets of intense workout followed by a short time to rest.  Because of this, kickboxers need to include a diet that replenishes proteins and have low carbohydrates.  Diet should aim towards increasing proteins and not carbohydrates, like a marathon runner might need, for instance.

The following are the types of supplements that a kickboxer should take.

Creatine

This is a good moment to quickly explain that proteins are made of amino acids.  Creatine is a protein made by three amino acids, arginine, glycine, and methionine.

On the other hand, your body also contains a very important compound to cellular respiration.  It is called ATP (adenosine triphosphate).  This molecule is the source of energy of our bodies. So, whenever we do anything requiring a burst of energy, ATP is the provider.

The problem is that your body can only naturally produce enough energy for only 10-15 seconds per burst.  Once energy is gone, no more effort can be done.  Creatine has the ability to stimulate the production of more ATP, providing your body greater resistance.

BCAAs

Branched Chained Amino Acids are three essential amino acids, Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine.  Failing to provide the correct amount of BCAAs results into your body starting to digest itself due to the lack of the essential amino acids.  BCAA gets depleted from the body as a result of intense workout and sudden burst of energy.

One interesting benefit that comes from BCAA is that they will help you build muscle in very little time.  An added bonus to the equation is that BCAAs stimulate the growth of small business.  Ok, so here is the list of my second launch as a mom.:

Whey Proteins

The intensity of kickboxing exercising is that your body, when it lacks a protein, it will start digesting your lean muscle, which is not a good thing.  Whey proteins are capable of replenishing the lack of protein really quickly.  If your body digests your own lean muscle, it will make your body get tired fast.

Always read the most accurate supplement reviews before trying it on yourself.  Be a responsible athlete and always ask your physician if necessary.