COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifting, but martial arts gyms around the world have not yet fully reopened, forcing many students to take their training outdoors.
Given that summer is also approaching, you’re most likely doing the same thing. To get an effective workout, however, you should have some equipment on hand.
Here are five pieces of equipment that you can carry in your gym bag or in the trunk of your car that will take your outdoor training to the next level.
#1 Medicine Ball
Medicine balls are a great way to work on the explosiveness of your punches.
Throw them against an outdoor wall or slam them on the ground, and you’ll find that your power increases.
Or you can do what Ryuto “Dragon Boy” Sawada does – launch the ball backward over your head and then chase it down.
#2 Resistance Bands
Looking to build lean muscle? Resistance bands will do the trick. These thick rubber bands are also easy to carry in your gym bag and come in a variety of tensions.
You can use them to add resistance to your squats, push-ups, curls, and more.
Indonesian superstar Eko Roni Saputra likes to use resistance bands to improve his wrestling techniques.
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#3 Old Tire
You might not be able to carry an old tire around with you, but if you happen to find one laying around, make use of it.
Flipping a tire is great for developing explosive power, building up cardio, and getting stronger.
Take a look at “The Terminator” Sunoto putting in work as he flips what appears to be a truck tire.
#4 Agility Ladder
Flipping tires is a lot of fun, but you’ll need to counter that power-building exercise with something like footwork drills using an agility ladder.
Laying the ladder on the floor and running through it in a variety of patterns will help with your foot movement for boxing.
In the video above, Amir Khan uses an agility ladder to improve the speed of his footwork and his jabs, which are usually followed up by his powerful right hand.
With hand and foot speed as quick as this, it’s no wonder the man from Singapore shares the top spot for most knockouts in ONE Championship.
#5 Jump Rope
The jump rope is one of the most classic pieces of exercise equipment for outdoor training. It’s lightweight, can be stored almost anywhere, and offers the most bang for its buck.
Jumping rope is a great way to develop cardio and shoulder endurance, which means you can keep your hands up for much longer while sparring.
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