I recently came across the following article and successfully bought my iPhone under control. A excellent guide to… Continue Reading
TRAINING WITH MIXED IMPLEMENTS
Sandbags, deadballs, power ropes, aqua bags, Bulgarian bags, India clubs and power bands are just a few of the implements to be found lying harmlessly around the modern gym.
It can be hard to figure out how to use them, and harder still to work them into an effective training program. Used correctly, these implements put another facet on your fitness, while keeping you constantly engaged with developing your skills.
In many ways, dumbbells and barbells educate you on the territory of resistance training, allowing you to learn basic lifts and their variations with balanced, predictable implements.
Mixed implements are chararacterized by unstable or imbalanced loads that will challenge your balance, strength, co-ordination and core strength, as well as your technique and intelligence.
Weight training defines the territory. Mixed implements are the adventure.
WHY WE TRAIN
WITH MIXED IMPLEMENTS
The term ‘mixed implements’ covers a range of different equipment, some common, some not. They can put a very specific edge on sports conditioning but will also give greater breadth to your general conditioning, as well as being fun and challenging.
Sand bags are more forgiving than dumbbells and barbells, but because they contain an unstable, constantly moving load, require greater core stability and neural activation. A moving load also demands focus and adaptability.
Medicine balls open the door to a range of ballistic weight training and allow you to load up with an easy-to-hold object.
Dead balls are essentially a lead-filled ball that, unlike a traditional medicine ball, doesn’t bounce. It can be added to any exercise that you can use a medicine ball for, although it will be more stubborn and resistant.
Power ropes are a great source of upper body cardio, given that almost all forms of cardio are performed with the lower body. They also train core stability.
India clubs are an ancient form of resistance training, used by Indian wrestlers for thousands of years. They were even an Olympic event during the early twentieth century. Excellent for developing shoulder and wrist strength, they are also useful for rehab.
Bulgarian Bags are the invention of Bulgarian wrestler and strength coach, Ivan Ivanov. Ivanov discovered that the strongest people in his native country were shepherds, who carried injured sheep and goats whilst tending their flocks. It also happened that sheep and goats were used in strength contests at Bulgarian fairs and carnivals.
The Bulgarian Bag is designed to be swung in an elliptical manner. It is also soft, so you can hold it in ways you can’t hold a dumbbell or barbell. Lastly, it allows movement patterns that aren’t possible with any other form of equipment.
Power Bands are bands made from latex rubber. They offer a kind of ‘live’ resistance which is constantly working against you, and can be used to add a greater degree of challenge to any exercise. Their application for rehab is broad and sophisticated.
HOW WE TRAIN
By addressing the different aspects of fitness with a comprehensive range of implements and skill-oriented disciplines, we seek to fully engage the master muscle of the imagination. In this respect, the body is both the hammer and the anvil.
At Tyger Tyger, we focus on the following: weight training (to help build a healthy, durable body from the inside out); boxing and fight training (because it requires every aspect of fitness – strength, speed, stamina, flexibility and co-ordination); kettlebells (great tool for building functional strength) and mixed implements (which give breadth to your general conditioning, as well as being fun and challenging).
“As well as being an exceptional fitness trainer, Jarrod’s kickboxing skills are what set him apart from the rest. Having been a fighter himself, his attention to detail is exceptional. I can honestly say that I’ve learnt more from ten sessions with Jarrod than I did from five years of kickboxing classes.”
Dr. Daniel Gaitz, East St. Kilda Spinal Clinic
“With Jarrod, the physical realities of martial arts are complimented by his intelligence, and clear ideas about well-being. He is adept at challenging a person of any fitness level to focus and improve. He’ll be patient, but also tell you when it’s time to get better. That’s exactly what you need in a trainer.”
Tim Boyle, AFL Football Player
“The pad sessions at my gym in Sydney [with Jarrod] were some of the best pad-holding sessions I’ve had in twenty years of over one-hundred fights across the disciplines of boxing, kick boxing and mixed martial arts.”
Peter Graham, World Boxing Foundation World Heavyweight Championship
Latest Blog Articles
Charles Poliquin, respected strength coach, has passed away at 57 years of age from a heart attack.
If you’re looking for a trainer, the shirtless selfie is a sure sign that the individual in question… Continue Reading
“Discomfort is the price of admission to a meaningful life.” Susan David, During her TED talk entitled, ‘The… Continue Reading
Three minutes of pain Sitting in icy water Shrinkage down below – ‘Ice Bath Haiku’ Dr. Daniel Gaitz… Continue Reading
Pavel Tsatsouline says that ‘strength is a skill.’ According to Nick Littlehales, English sleep coach to elite sportsmen… Continue Reading
Chris Bradford meets one of the world’s best cruiserweight kickboxers on Saturday, May 12 of next year. He… Continue Reading
The following was the basis for a discussion on the ABC FM Radio National ‘Life Matters’ segment. If… Continue Reading
Ben Edwards is a beast. After making a significant impression on international heavyweight boxing and kickboxing, he… Continue Reading
You wouldn’t just walk up and hit one of your friends in the face, would you?
To say Errol Zimmerman made an impression on me is a profound understatement. I met him in… Continue Reading
Today’s discussion on ABC FM ‘Life Matters’ about how to mitigate the effects of long-haul travel and whether or… Continue Reading
This is a question many of my new students want to ask. It might not hit the air,… Continue Reading
Switching is not for changing your stance. Switching is for generating power.
Many people would argue, myself included, that Thai boxing is a tall person’s sport.
Published in ‘Mayweather VS. McGregor: Money Fight’. “The public has been hoodwinked. It’s the biggest farce in boxing… Continue Reading
Exercising in your own lounge room is an excellent idea, for a host of reasons.
The professional fighter knows how to hit the body. Being hit in the head is debilitating; being… Continue Reading
A lot of what is referred to as the ‘Dutch method’ is about contact.
Learning to check a leg kick is an essential skill for any style of striking which involves… Continue Reading
Judd Reid says, “At the end of the day, your best kick is the leg kick. It’s… Continue Reading
When all is said and done, kickboxing comes down to two things: punch and kick.
When your feet are on the floor, you can transmit force. When they’re off the ground, you… Continue Reading
What’s the essential difference between a jab, a hook and an uppercut? It’s the same difference between a… Continue Reading
There are a few reasons for this. Your hands are part of your guard. If your hands aren’t… Continue Reading
Question: Why are fighting sports split into weight classes? Answer: Because your weight is the engine of your… Continue Reading
Striking is the art of generating as much power as is humanly possible to incapacitate an opponent. This… Continue Reading
International Kickboxer Magazine, Volume 16, Number 2 Melbourne Heavyweight Jarrod Boyle jumped on a plane at the… Continue Reading
ABC Radio National ‘Life Matters’: The Exercise Room What is a runner’s high? Can you explain what’s… Continue Reading
International Kickboxer Magazine, Volume 16, Number 3 Australian Heavyweight Jarrod Boyle lives in Breda, Holland, where he… Continue Reading
Boxing is one of few sports that delivers a truly comprehensive workout. The thing I like best about… Continue Reading
Radio National ‘Life Matters’ segment, ‘The Exercise Room’ broadcast on April 24, 2017. In life, bad news… Continue Reading
You’ve been quiet. What have you been up to since you lost the Oz Heavyweight boxing title… Continue Reading
This article is the source for ABC FM Life Matters Segment, The Exercise Room. What is Weight Training?… Continue Reading
Part one of a five-part series on injuries in exercise and how to deal with them. http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/exercise-and-injuries-part-1/8290382
ABC FM Radio national program, ‘Life Matters’. Broadcast is here:
FightLive Magazine, Sept/Oct 2016 “Don’t you cry; don’t you dare cry,’ I say. “And I’ll always reprimand her… Continue Reading
FightLive Magazine, October/November 2016 Tai Tuivasa is one of the rising stars of Australian fight sports, defining himself… Continue Reading
Fightlive Magazine, August/September, 2016 Lucas Browne is one of the biggest names in Australian combat sports. He… Continue Reading
FightLive Magazine, June/July 2016 “Life after fighting is more scary to me than dying.” -‘John’ Wayne Parr. I… Continue Reading
FightLive Magazine, June/July, 2016 Pavlos Kaponis is ready, hungry and looking for blood. “John Wayne Parr is famous… Continue Reading
FightLive Magazine, June/July 2016 “Life is easier when I’m boxing,” says Omari Kimweri, once Tanzanian, now Australian flyweight… Continue Reading
International Kickboxer Magazine, May/June 2016 “You have one career and one only – you have to go out… Continue Reading
International Kickboxer Magazine, May/June 2016 Roy Wills and Toby Smith have been the best of friends most of… Continue Reading
The Age Executive Style section, May 13, 2016 A friend of mine applied for a job at the… Continue Reading
International Kickboxer Magazine, March/April 2016 Kurt Staiti has the advantage of coming from a close-knit family of Muay… Continue Reading
International Kickboxer Magazine, March/April 2016 Glory 26 was held on December the fourth of last year in Amsterdam,… Continue Reading
Fight! Magazine, Feb/March 2016 Ben Cartlidge understands judging. That assertion is backed up by the largest MMA organizations… Continue Reading
International Kickboxer magazine, Vol.18, No.4 The last time this magazine visited Nathan ‘Carnage’ Corbett, he was a month… Continue Reading
The entire SSE Arena seems poised above us; an immense sphere of mythological darkness, something dreamed, something imagined.
Fight! Magazine, July 2015 Peter Graham has had more than one hundred fights – full-contact karate, kickboxing, boxing… Continue Reading
International Kickboxer Magazine, Jan/Feb 2016 Joe ‘Stitch ‘Em Up’ Schilling is a significant figure amongst the new breed… Continue Reading