An open letter: You don’t play boxing

  In the serious injuries sustained by Nick Blackwell we are publicly reminded of the dangers of boxing. This is an open letter to all the brave athletes that compete in combat sports.   This article is not related to how Nick Blackwell’s sustained his injuries or indeed his preparation but I thought it poignant to send a message on how we, as …

Cold Water Immersion Recovery for Boxing

Danny Wilson and Alan Ruddock looks at whether cold-immersion recovery strategies are effective for boxers Boxing is one of the hardest sports in competition, going 12 rounds at high intensities whilst trying to not get hit by your opponent. However, many boxers say that fighting is the easiest part of the job! It’s the training camp and making weight in …

6 Sauna Suit Myths Knocked Out

Sauna suits have been used for years but we get the feeling they’re being used for the wrong reasons. Our message for most things regarding training and preparing athletes is this: There’s a time and a place for most things. But do you know the optimal time and place?  So we’re here to clear up a few  misconceptions. What follows are 6 …

It takes more than a mask – Part 2: Altitude tents

As boxers and coaches become more familiar with altitude training, we review the benefits and preferred methods to improve a boxers fitness. Following Gareth Turner’s introductory article, Sport physiologist Alan Ruddock further explores the altitude training hype. As Gareth presented in our first article on this series; on top of a mountain  barometric pressure is reduced but the fraction of inspired oxygen …

6 sauna suit myths knocked out – number 4

You can’t use a heart rate monitor to assess energy expenditure when wearing a sauna suit If you’re one of those people that points to an increased heart rate whilst wearing a sauna suit as evidence for an increase in energy expenditure, stop it.  When body temperature increases, blood is sent to the skin surface to help you cool down. That …

6 sauna suit myths knocked out – number 5

Wearing a sauna suit does not act as a detox Let’s get this straight. There’s no such thing as a detox. Yes, there are toxins and these are produced in our body, but we deal with these things pretty well. We certainly do not detox via sweat.  Sweat is used to control body temperature via evaporative heat loss. It’s comprised of: …

6 Sauna suit myths knocked out – number 2

Sauna suits cause an increase in body temperature but don’t increase intensity Humans waste a lot of energy. Most of the energy we create to move our limbs is wasted as heat. We need to remove that heat from our body to maintain our body temperature around 37 C. To do this (as adults) we sweat.  When we sweat, we transfer heat …

6 sauna suit myths knocked out – number 3

Sauna suits don’t cause you to burn more fat When you get hot – you’ll prefer to use carbohydrate as a fuel. Fat oxidation is likely to decrease because of this; plus you’ll be exercising at a lower intensity. So no, when you wear a sauna suit you won’t burn any more fat than without it- at best. At worst you’ll burn …

6 sauna suit myths knocked out – number 6

Wearing a sauna suit does not increase injury healing To recap, a sauna suit will increase blood flow to the skin as you get hot. You get hot by exercising. So if you’re injured you probably can’t exercise. But if you can exercise then you’ll get hot. So where’s the blood directed towards? You guessed right, the skin, it is …

Running for Boxing Fitness

Nearly every boxer dreams of having world level fitness.  To be able to work at high-intensities, last the distance and perform to your full boxing potential. This makes running conditioning a vital part in a boxers physical preparation leading to to competition. Boxing Science’s performance physiologist Alan Ruddock breaks down the what’s, why’s and when’s of running conditioning. Click here to …