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 …

VIDEO: Leigh Wood – World Level Physiological Assessment

Boxer Leigh Wood is training hard at the Ingle gym in Sheffield and on their warm-weather training camps in Feutra Ventura. The featherweight prospect visited Sheffield Hallam University to be complete our World Level Physiological Assessment. The Nottingham born switch-hitter was put through a battery of tests that outline his physiological profile so he knows what type of training he should be focussing on. This will …

It takes more than a mask – Part 1: Introduction to Altitude Training

Altitude training is gaining popularity within the boxing community. Some boxers use hypoxic chambers and some wear ‘altitude training’ masks. Training masks even take centre stage in a Rocky training montage (picture from the ‘Creed’ trailer above). But what is altitude training? What does it do to your body? How is it beneficial for boxing performance? If you are a …

How long should my boxing training camp be?

When training for a fight, a boxer needs time to for optimal preparation of his skills, sharpness and fitness to perform on fight night. “The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses – behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights” – Muhammad Ali Even the biggest names …

Yorkshire Boxing: Conditioning

High intensity interval training and conditioning circuits used in the Combat Conditioning program have improved the aerobic capacity of amateur and professional boxers by up to 20%. Boxing Science take a look at conditioning methods that are being used in the Yorkshire Boxing sport science program. First steps Yorkshire boxing have had a great start to their strength and conditioning …