With high-intensity sports gaining popularity perhaps it is time for you to step into the ring. Before you do, here is a beginners guide to choosing the right equipment for MMA and Boxing. If you are new to the world of mixed martial arts, keep reading to find out what you need to get started.
Let’s jump in.
MMA. Even the word sounds hardcore and its no wonder. These intense and bloody matches put the best of the best in head-to-toe competition. Here is a list of things I recommend you get so you are ready for this intense sport.
Fitness matters in all sports and MMA are no exception. Endurance, speed, fast-thinking, and strategy come through focused training. One of the more attractive qualities about MMA is the equipment required is minimal compared to other sports. Still, there are other US combat sports that require various types of protective equipment to use while training, coaching, and fighting.
You can review the top pick for MMA gloves here. Boxing gloves vary from person to person so always do your due diligence deciding what is right and safest for you. US Combat Sports offers a training glove for those just getting started. They feature:
- 2” of folded foam padding
- Hinged knuckles for a full range of motion
- Ergonomic fit for comfort and safety
- Lockdown support for your wrists
- Open palm so you do have skin contact
It also highly advised to invest in other items that will keep your limbs and joints protected and safe from injury. For Thai Boxing, for example, you can get shin guards, knee pads, and even body protectors. According to US Combat Sports it is best to choose a body protector that offers the following benefits:
- Shock absorbing dense padding
- Padding with Gel Shock
- Adjustable straps
- Force is dispersed evenly
When it comes to training for specialised sports everyday gym equipment won’t cut it. Instead, choose specific performance-enhancing equipment that will improve your strength, agility, and speed.
Here is some gear to consider when training for boxing style sports:
Boxing Heavy Bags
You may have seen a boxing bag or two at your local gym but many people don’t know that a heavy bag can also cause injury. That is why it is so important to choose the right one for your sport and ability.
You can find a variety of heavy bags are either soft filled or water-filled. This creates a comfortable hitting surface. This also means you don’t need to fill your own bag which is convenient as well.
The next issue of safety is the chain and swivel - always check that these are made for heavy-duty and durable. Look for a bag that offers layers of foam to prevent injury to knuckles and wrists.
The water-filled back is truly revolutionary. Similar to actual body contact, this bag provides a great simulated boxing experience. It is also easy to fill and lightweight.
When it comes to US combat sports make sure you have the best gear available for your sport and body type. Each piece of equipment should be durable, reliable, and prevent injury.