What Every Fighter Needs at Home

4 Mistakes People Make Setting Up Their Home Gym

Fighters need to have a different diet and exercise tools around the house than non-fighters would. The right foods can help fighters keep their metabolism up. Using the right exercise routine can help to build muscles and keep the body in fighting shape.

Caffeinated Beverages

While fighters don’t need to use caffeine to get the energy needed to power through a workout or a fight, it sure can help. Drinking caffeinated drinks before a workout or fight can help a fighter to be more alert. There are a few ways to take in caffeine in a healthy way. Drinking coffee or tea is the best option. Soda and energy drinks should be avoided when possible. If someone doesn’t know what kinds of tea or coffee he or she likes, then he or she can try out a tea or coffee tasting to find his or her new favorite.

Training Equipment

According to My MMM News, a fighter’s home gym doesn’t need to look like the average home gym with weights and a treadmill. Instead, it needs to be tailored to a fighter’s specific needs. 

Some of the most important pieces of equipment a fighter can have include a heavy bag, speed bag, body opponent bag, and gloves to use with them. Let’s take a look at each of these tools.

Firstly, a good pair of gloves is necessary to protect a fighter’s hands. Most fighters should use 14-16oz gloves for the best protection while still being easy to wield.

Out of all of the bags listed above, a heavy bag is the most useful piece of equipment a fighter can have. These bags, more than any other type, will be the best for practicing common fighting techniques. Most fighters tend to prefer hanging bags to free-standing bags, as they tend to move more like an opponent, as they swing. Swinging bags usually last longer than free-standing bags.

Speed bags can benefit all fighters, but they work best for boxers. Using them can help to improve hand-eye coordination. These bags can also provide a great generalized workout.

A body opponent bag is very similar to a swinging heavy bag. The main difference is that it looks like a person, rather than a cylinder. Using these bags is great for people who want to aim for specific body parts without needing to use their imagination, which would be required for using a normal heavy bag.

Carbohydrates and Protein

Some diets may try to cut carbs, but they are essential for a fighter. Carbohydrates help to fuel the body. Without carbs, the body will be weak and sluggish. Fighters would do well to start their day out with a carb-filled breakfast. Of course, this doesn’t mean fighters should fuel up on donuts. Instead, they should stick to whole grains, like cereal or toast.

It is best to add some protein to the diet later in the day, for a snack or around lunchtime. The body needs protein to build muscles. There are a large variety of foods that are high in protein. Meats are usually the highest in protein. Vegetarian fighters can choose to instead eat eggs, nuts, seeds, and beans. While these foods do not contain as much protein as meat, they contain enough protein to keep the body going and build muscles.

Fighters should keep all of these things in mind the next time they plan a day full of dieting and workouts. The right diet can help to supplement a workout. The right workout can help to build muscle and endurance, both of which are necessary for a fighter if he or she wants to win their next fight.

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