your boxing equipment clean and in top condition is just as
important as keeping your body in top condition. In this issue we
give some tips on keeping your gear clean and ready to use. In the
Fitness Tip, we discuss powerful nutrition for optimal
performance. Lastly, in "Ask the Trainer", Andy and
Jamie work with a reader who is looking for some help to solve a
hard to fix problem area. Good Luck!
The Balazs Team - Knock Yourself Out!
#33: Proper Care of Your Boxing Equipment
|When you do a boxing
workout you will perspire. Your hands are wrapped tight and are
stuffed inside thick, padded gloves; they will sweat a lot. The
moisture, salts and bacteria from your sweat contribute to the
degradation of the foam, leather and fabrics in your boxing
equipment. Moisture is the major culprit in this degradation.
Moisture causes the foam to rot and break down more quickly. The
presence of moisture provides a great growth media for the bacteria
that are present. The bacteria will increase the rot process and
contribute to the foul smell boxers are used to. Eliminating the
moisture will go a long way to making sure your gloves stay in good
Be sure to dry your gloves, headgear and groin
protectors after each use. By using a small fan or glove dryer
between workouts, you can keep your equipment dry and odor free.
There are other tools such as Glove Dogs that help absorb moisture,
provide odor absorption and some antimicrobial action to limit the
degradation of the inside of your gear. You can clean the surface
(outside) of your gloves with a little warm water and gentle soap or
use a leather/vinyl conditioner to keep your leather supple and
clean. Avoid leaving your equipment in direct sunlight, or in
extremely hot conditions- and don't leave it in your gym bag until
your next workout or else it won't be your left hook knocking people
out, but the odor emanating from your gear!
Your hand wraps should be washed after every
workout. Clean dry wraps will absorb moisture and keep your gloves
odor free. The dry wraps are easier to put on too!
Check your gloves and headgear regularly for tears
and cracks or other signs of wear. For boxing gloves including bag
gloves, check to make sure the foam padding material inside the
gloves isn't getting soft or has void areas. As for sparing gloves,
since padding is key not just to you fist but your sparring partner,
don't take risks and replace them often to keep the padding fresh
|Andy & Jamie's Health
& Fitness Tip: Nutrition for Optimal Performance
|Carbohydrates for Quick, Long
For peak performance, an athlete's diet should
include a sufficient amount of carbohydrates on a daily basis.
Carbohydrates provide the body with the main energy source,
glycogen, and this is stored in the body tissue. Good, high
carbohydrate foods include cereals, pasta, rice, vegetables such as
corn, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes and fruits, and bread.
Eating properly, including sufficient sources of
good carbohydrates will both increase and maintain glycogen stores
in the cells, ready for use during physical activity. Other
carbohydrates like candy, sweets and processed foods will negatively
affect your performance, as sufficient minerals and vitamins are not
provided in these foods. Fatigue occurs when the muscle cells run
out of glycogen and are unable to provide this energy source to the
working muscles, resulting in reduced stamina and endurance workout.
|Ask the Trainer:
|"I was out of training for
about a year due to an injury. I compete in boxing and martial arts.
Since I've started training again over the past few months, I find
that I can't get rid of the weight around my midsection. I know it's
more difficult to lose weight and get definition after age 35 (I'm
45), and I'm a female, which can add to the difficulty. But I wanted
to know why the other areas of my body are coming along great, but
the stomach isn't? I also want to know what exercises I can do that
may target my problem area? (I also try to eat clean to aid in my
As your training continues, the extra fatty tissue will come off
the mid section. Everyone has an area where they carry more fatty
tissue and it will be the last place you notice a difference, (and
you are correct, women over the age of 40 years find it even more
difficult to reduce their fat percent). Being off training for a
year has changed your muscle to fat ratio. Since the more muscle
tissue you have is directly related to the rate at which you burn
calories, it is important to include a weight-training program in
Lifting weights two to three days per week, 2 - 3 sets of 10 - 15
repetitions at lower weights will increase the amount of muscle
tissue and also increase your metabolic rate, (the rate at which you
burn and use calories). Keep up your cardio training and vary the
intensity and type from day to day. Jumping rope is a basic aerobic
exercise and could be incorporated into your weight program in
between exercises. Your heart rate will be elevated, thereby burning
more calories. Some basic advice is to never eat late at night,
reduce the basic sugar and simple carbs in your diet and take a day
- Andy Dumas
Send your questions for Andy to info@BalazsBoxing.com
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