The Curve Evolution – How we helped boxers run faster!!

Strength and Conditioning coach Danny Wilson explains how he improved boxers maximum sprint speed by 16% in under TWO years. As a sport, Boxing is evolving! The long road runs of yesterday are getting less popular as boxers and coaches start to embrace high-intensity interval training. The reason why is because, more often than not, a successful boxer will need to …

The Future Of Boxing Conditioning

Tired of the long, boring road runs? What about if we told you that pounding the pavement can be a thing of the past? And can be replaced with just 2 minutes of running? Elite performance physiologist Alan Ruddock explains the future of boxing conditioning, and why we use 30 second max out sprints to condition our athletes at Boxing …

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 …

WATCH: Fitness Testing for Boxing

The video above shows the highlights from our recent Physiological Testing Battery for Boxing with our large group training cluster. Our testing highlights individual strengths and areas for improvement, as well as setting goals and evaluating effectiveness of training. However, it’s more than just fitness testing for boxing. The assessments set an elitist mentality as we are improving the knowledge and …

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 …

Science Behind The Ageing Boxer

In the past 2 weeks, we’ve seen older boxers become unstuck in mega fights. The 35 year old Miguel Cotto lost on points to Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, then new Heavyweight king Tyson Fury took out Wladimir Klitschko, 13 years his senior. Did age catch up with the older boxers? Age didn’t seem to affect Floyd Mayweather against Manny Pacquiao or Andre Berto,  he finished …

WATCH: Jordan Gill Interview and Testing

Science behind the Thrill   Featherweight prospect Jordan Gill has been training with the Boxing Science team at Sheffield Hallam University for the past 5 months. ‘The Thrill’ has taken part in a full sport science program with strength and conditioning and repeated sprints at the University twice per week, as well as a full running, mobility and training monitoring …

VIDEO: Kell Brook Sport Science Testing

World Class Sport Science Testing During his recent training camp, IBF world champion Kell Brook took part in our World Class Physiological Assessment at Sheffield Hallam University. Danny Wilson and Alan Ruddock took the undefeated welterweight boxer through a series of sport science tests, assessing his strength, movement, speed, punch force and endurance Why is this important? Testing is one …

It takes more than a mask: Part 3 – Altitude Masks

Across various social media platforms, ‘Altitude masks’ are becoming a regular feature in shots of athletes training in different sports. Samoa’s national rugby union team have used them during their world cup preparations, the mask is featured in the upcoming Rocky movie “Creed” and is commonly used by boxers and combat athletes. But what are the benefits? What does the research …

WATCH: Altitude Training for Boxing

As boxers and coaches become more familiar with altitude training, we have launched our ‘It takes more than a mask’. Over a number of articles, a team of experts will be reviewing the benefits and preferred methods to improve a boxers fitness. We’ll be answering questions such as: What effect does exercising at altitude have on the body? Why do athletes train at …