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Are Weight Lifting Gloves Necessary and What Size?

Weight lift gloves

You’ve decided to start going to the gym. You need to build some muscles so you’re thinking about weightlifting. But you need to get some gym gear first. What’s on your shopping list?

  • Sneakers
  • T-shirts
  • Shorts
  • Duffle bag

 Do you think anything is missing?

It is amazing how often weight lifting gloves get left off this list. Persons believe it is unnecessary. Wearing weight lifting gloves is a personal choice, but when you know that you’ll be lifting weights, it’s imperative that you have it.

Weight lifting gloves are beneficial for a number of reasons.

Weight lifting gloves are beneficial for a number of reasons. The gloves provide support to your wrists, assist in gripping weights, relieve the pressure placed on your hands while lifting weights and prevent the appearance of corns and calluses.

Most weight lifting gloves are made with a band that wraps around your wrists to provide extra support. The support is necessary to prevent injuries to your wrists as the band snugly fits to support the weights being lifted. When exercising, your body produces sweat and your palms sweat too.  The weight lifting gloves are made with a special material that grips the weights and allows you to do your workouts safely. Having constant pressure on your hands can cause you to have blisters of calluses. The weight lifting gloves prevents this from happening, as they act as a support for your palms.

 

Now that you’ve learned the benefits of weight lifting gloves, you’ve added it to your shopping list. However, there are some things you should consider when purchasing them:

  •  You must firstly determine your glove size. It is therefore important to walk with a tape measure.
  1. Measure your hand by wrapping the tape measure around your knuckles of your main hand (the one you use dominantly).
  2. Place your hand on a flat surface, with the tape measure still in place, so that your knuckles are spread.
  3. Finally, tighten the tape measure around your knuckles to get the correct measurement and note the measurement.
  • The gloves should fit comfortably on your hands. In order to increase the grip and prevent sweating, the weight lifting gloves should never be too tight or too slack. There should be a little amount of space – enough to flex your arms – between the gloves and your hands.
  • Weight lifting gloves come in leather and neoprene material. The leather material types are typically more expensive but will give better durability and longevity. Neoprene material is usually worn by persons whose aim is to prevent sweaty palms, and thus get a better grip of the weights.
  • Are the gloves “slip on” or “Velcro strapped”? This is usually done by preference, but if weights are heavier, it is best to purchase weight lifting gloves that have Velcro straps. These provide more support and it is certain that the gloves will stay on while you’re lifting weights.

You can now go to the gym with all your gym gear; knowing that you’ve got your weight lifting gloves for support and grip while building those muscles using a Power Rack.

Happy lifting!

The Benefits Of Upside Down Inversion Exercises

Upside down Exercises

Inversion exercises are done while being hung fully upside down with the support of inversion boots on a horizontal bar. Sounds tricky? It is and can be quite a challenge, but the benefits gained from doing inversion exercises might encourage you to try it yourself.

Inversion Boots

When doing inversion exercises, inversion boots – otherwise called “gravity boots” – are worn to support your body. Inversion boots are made with straps to hold on to your ankles and attach to the horizontal bar. This is the only thing that is used to support you and keeps you safe while allowing you to do the various exercises that act as therapy for your body.

Types of Exercises

Inverted Squats

Squats are done the same way as standing. The only difference is that you are fully inverted instead of standing before starting each bend. In order to complete the proper form of each squat, start at a 180 degree angle then bend your knees while raising your body toward the bar. This exercise works on your hamstring and glutes.

Inverted Sit-ups

You are better able to stretch your body through inverted sit-ups. Fully invert your body and stretch through 180 degrees, brining your chest toward your thighs. This exercise works on your lower back and abs. 

Full Inversion

Full inversion means that you hang yourself completely; toward the floor. This exercise is one that takes very little work and allows you to take the time out and meditate. It releases stress and back pain, improves circulation and gives you mental alertness. The gravity also realigns your spine.

Three Points Hang

As a beginner, you can try the three points hang. This means that three different points of your body are supported by the horizontal bar at all times; your feet and one of your hands at a time.

Therapeutic Benefits

Inversion exercise falls under the category of core training. It works your legs (hamstring and glutes), abdominals, chest and back. Apart from inversion exercises physically molding your body, they are therapeutic. Inversion exercises help to realign your spine, improve blood circulation, reduce stress, increase flexibility, improve posture and rehydrates the vertebral discs (allows for flexibility of the spine) and it is necessary to use some gym mats.

Precautions

Although inversion exercises help your physical and mental health, there are certain precautions that must be considered before attempting the maneuvers. If you have hernia, glaucoma, high blood pressure or heart disease, it is not advisable for you to do the exercises. Also, pregnant women and persons suffering from obesity should not participate in inversion exercises.

MMA Training and Sandbag Equipment

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If you’re looking for a challenging and exciting physical activity, you should definitely consider what is recognized as the fastest growing sport: mixed martial arts training (MMA training).  But it’s not an easy sport to learn, and it’s arguably dangerous; this is why certain precautions have to be observed, such as wearing MMA gloves all the time. You will have to endure the grueling physical training, usually involving several MMA equipment for sand bag training and circuit training.

Sand bag training

Sand bag training is a staple start for mixed martial artists, as it develops strength, power, and muscle endurance Compared to weight lifting, sand bags are inexpensive and relatively safer to use. What makes sand bags a fitting MMA equipment is its material: because the sand moves inside the bag, they are harder to wrestle with and control. You will also have to grapple with and control the sandbag—which makes it more fitting for MMA, where grip strength is essential when fighting against one’s opponent. Just make sure you have MMA gloves on.

Sand bag training exercises

Another advantage of sand bag training, which makes it perfect for mixed martial arts training, is the several exercises you can try out. One is the sandbag shouldering, where you will have to lift the sandbag over your shoulder and throw it over like what you would do to an opponent. Sandbag loading, another exercise, involves picking up the sandbag from the floor and lifting it above the waist level. Bear-hug walking is an exercise that requires holding the sandbag close to the chest and walking with it as far as you can.

Circuit training

A great complement or follow-up to sand bag training is circuit training. Because MMA bouts can get quite extreme, the MMA training that goes with it comprises exercises that are very taxing and will develop muscular strength as well as endurance. They also allow very little rest between each set. All throughout, the fighter must be in proper MMA equipment, including MMA gloves.

Circuit training exercises

Ground and pound is a type of attack in mixed martial arts training that involves throwing one’s opponent to the ground and dealing a series of punches to the upper body.  To simulate this, the fighter can use a punch bag, and deal the same number of punches and strikes within the time allotted.

Duck walks are next in line. These involve squatting and walking across the plane. This activity may sound comical, but it will develop leg strength, which is important for dealing leg sweeps and kicks.

Wheel barrow is the third activity. This requires a partner. First, assume a push-up position, with the partner standing in between the feet. The partner will then grab your legs and move forward in the opposite direction. You will then have to keep up with his pace using your arms.

The fourth exercise, burpees, are essentially pushups, except that you will start by standing with your feet together, and bending down immediately, right before placing your legs backwards to assume a push-up position. After a single push-up, move your legs back up and stand straight.

Last are V sits. Sit on your back, with your legs and arms extended. Raise your arms and legs up as your body forms a letter V position. Balance your body, and let your abs contract. This completes a standard MMA training.