Category: Real Talk With Coach AJ

Boxing Styles

Boxing Styles

“Styles make fights.” An old boxing adage that we hear often. Inevitably the question of who has the best fighting style and what constitutes a recognized style, will be debated. Here are some of the most common fighting styles that we see in boxing. Which do you think best suits […]

3 Ultimate Metabolic Finishers

3 Ultimate Metabolic Finishers

Metabolic finisher – an intense exercise, or exercise series, undertaken at the climax of a workout to ensure you have burnt every last drop of energy available during the session. We all love the occasional burpee. Who am I kidding, there’s nothing worse than having your coach or trainer call […]

3 Common Dieting Mistakes

3 Common Dieting Mistakes

As the saying goes “you are what you eat” so we all know that we’re only going to get the most out of our training by eating (and drinking) what’s best for us. There is a lot of advice out there and it can be difficult to wade through all […]

Working the Heavy Bag : AJ’s Blog

Working the Heavy Bag : AJ’s Blog

You’ll be hard pressed to find a boxing gym without the requisite heavy bag. Some gyms have brand spanking new leather types, whilst others sport bags that look like they seen one too many years. It’s often the old, beat-up looking bags that feel the best. Ask any boxer in […]

3 Simple & Delicious Protein Powder Recipes

3 Simple & Delicious Protein Powder Recipes

In today’s busy world, protein powders are a convenient supplement for any amateur boxer that wants to maximise recovery and growth between sessions. As flavour and quality has improved, their use in cooking, and particularly baking, has surged. They should always be considered a supplement to, rather than a cornerstone […]

Improving – Real Talk With Coach AJ

Improving – Real Talk With Coach AJ

No boxer trains to lose, it’s not in our nature. There will be times of self-doubt and what ifs that plague every fighter’s mind, be they experienced veterans or a newbie stepping into the ring for the first time, but no one trains for a fight with the purpose of […]

A look at the Basics: Jab

A look at the Basics: Jab

Every aspiring boxer looks at boxing and martial arts films and marvels at the complex moves, the thundering haymakers and ungodly reaction times. Most if not all come into the gym looking to learn that very move right away, many oft times single-mindedly focused on achieving that film perfect punch […]

Training around injuries

Training around injuries

Injuries happen. Despite our best efforts, our dedication to perfect technique and sound movement patterns, injuries through fatigue, overuse or plain ol’ acts of god still happen. Any fitness enthusiast worth his salt has gone through some form of injury and finding a way to train around it (mind you […]

Fight Day Preparation (Part 1)

Fight Day Preparation (Part 1)

12 weeks, 8 weeks. For some perhaps just 4. At first the day seems like a distant date, something you can mentally put off thinking about and carry on with training and daily life. Then suddenly you’re 1 week away. First the uncertainty sets in. Did I do enough? Am […]

Strength Based Circuit Training For Combat Athletes

Strength Based Circuit Training For Combat Athletes

Circuit Training is one of the most effective methods for getting a fighter lean, strong with increased work capacity. Its time efficient and sure beats jogging for hours on end (anyone ask for some lingering joint pain for years on end?), and whole lot more fun too. Ok fun is […]