While the 19 restrictions are gradually being lifted, martial arts gyms around the world have yet to completely reopen, forcing many students to practise outside.
You’re probably doing the same thing now that summer is coming. However, you should have some equipment on hand to get a good workout.
Here are five things you can keep in your gym bag or in the trunk of your car to help you take your outdoor workout to the next level.
Ball of Medicine
Medicine balls are a perfect way to boost the punches’ explosiveness. Your strength will increase if you smash them against an outdoor wall or slam them on the ground. Alternatively, you can do as Ryuto “Dragon Boy” Sawada does and throw the ball backwards over your head before chasing it down.
Bands of Resistance
Do you want to gain lean muscle mass? Bands of resistance would suffice. These heavy rubber bands come in a number of pressures and are simple to bring in your gym bag. They can be used to add resistance to squats, push-ups, curls, and other exercises. Eko Roni Saputra, an Indonesian wrestler, likes to use resistance bands to develop his technique.
Tire that has seen better days
While you might not be able to take an old tyre around with you, if you happen to come across one lying around, make use of it. Flipping a tyre is an excellent way to improve explosive capacity, cardio, and strength. Take a look at “The Terminator” Sunoto hard at work, presumably flipping a truck tyre.
Ladder of Agility
Tire flipping is a lot of fun, but you’ll need to balance out the power-building activity with something like agility ladder footwork exercises. Boxing foot movement can be improved by laying the ladder on the floor and moving around it in a number of patterns. Amir Khan uses an agility ladder to increase the pace of his footwork and jabs, which are normally accompanied by his strong right hand, as seen in the video above.
With this level of hand and foot pace, it’s no surprise that the man from Singapore is tied for the most knockouts in the ONE Championship.
The jump rope is one of the most well-known pieces of outdoor fitness equipment. It’s tiny, fits almost anywhere, and gives you the most bang for your buck.
Jumping rope is an excellent way to build cardio and shoulder stamina, allowing you to hold your hands up for longer when sparring. Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson, the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Champion, can be seen jumping rope with the lady who knows him best.