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Benefits of training with Focus Pads

Focus pads are flat, hand-held pads made of dense foam and covered in either leather or vinyl. They are great workout addition for anyone training in boxing, kick-boxing or martial arts.

Focus pads have become very popular due to their lower price, convenience and easy to use. Plus they can also make a fun and competitive workout for you and your friend or trainer. The idea is simple: your friend holds the pads while you punch into the centre of the pad. Together you can build offensive and defensive skills, sharpen reflexes and condition your body.

Using a focus pad can also help you to develop hitting skills fast, improve and refine your hitting skills as well as provide a less impact option to a punching bag. In fact, it is ideal to train with focus pads before jumping in and training on a punching bag, as it allows your tendons and ligaments to adapt and become more resilient. This allows you to work your way up to more demanding heavy bag training which will be harder on the body.

When using a focus pad you can either use boxing gloves or even the multi-function mitts or wrist wraps for a lighter touch. It is ideal to use something that supports your wrists as you are still creating an impact.

Different Types of Focus Pads

Let’s get down to what focus pads are on offer so you can work out which one is best for you. The following focus pads are all available from Jim Bradley and can be bought online.

Air Focus Pads
An Air Focus pad is a very popular pad for trainers as the air pocket in the centre provides a cushion for the person punching. A great pad to use for beginners.

Club Focus Pad
The Club Focus Pad has a curved face that provides high density padding for control and safety. With extra support between the face of the pad and the wrist there is minimal movement for the person holding the pad. It’s a very safe pad for anyone that is inexperienced using focus pads and providing resistance for the person punching.

Leather Focus Pad
As the name suggests the difference between this focus pad and others is that it is made from high quality genuine leather, with double stitching. It also has a curved face for control and safety, but the leather is much more fitted to the person holding it and provides longer wear and tear. Ideal for those who intend on using this on a regular basis.

Cuban Focus Pad
A Cuban Pad is a much smaller pad that serves two purposes. The first is that you can use it as a pad but then also use it to grab onto your opponent, such as in MMA. It therefore can provide a more interactive and engaged workout between the puncher and the holder. The second is that when you are working out with someone less experienced the smaller pad means they are virtually hitting dead centre, making it a lot easier on their hands.

Still not sure? Perhaps you should try the Focus Pad and Boxing Gloves pack as it is an affordable option to see if it’s for you. We sell the combo packs in both Mens and Womens options (1 size fits all).

 

How fast can you hit a speedball?

 How fast can you hit a speedball? Find out in the Jim Bradley Online Speedball Competition

You may think youre fast on the speedball, but have you ever wondered how your speed compares to others? Well, now you can find out! Register now for our brand new Jim Bradley Speedball competition. To do this, go to the competition website and sign up here:

bit.ly/SpeedballComp

Once you sign up, the competition will automatically put you in a category according to your age and gender. It will then determine your handicap, ensuring that both females, males, kids and adults of all ages can compete in the competition on an equal playing field.

 HOW TO GET IT STARTED…

It’s simple. All you need is a Jim Bradley Digital Speedball counter, which is on sale right now

http://jimbradley.com.au/collections/speedball-accessories/products/copy-of-digital-speedball-counter

To check this out, along with our range of speedballs, visit our website here

http://jimbradley.com.au/

For our competition, we recommend the speedball counter, as it is the best way to time your speed accurately.

 HOW DO I INSTALL IT?

Watch this video to find out how to install our digital speedball counter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrrSiHSFHkw

As you can see, this easy to install equipment, comes with a digital timer, which sets when you hit the ball. It then counts how many hits you make per minute. Our speedball competition has both a one-minute division as well as a three-minute division, for those who really want to push themselves. All you have to do is submit your scores and we’ll tally them for you. You can then see how you rate on the competition website. To do this, click ‘ladderboard’ to see the scores. If you score super high, we ask you to send in a photo of your speedball counter with your score visible as proof. You will then experience the glory of soaring to the top of the ladder! Until someone faster comes along that is. The key is to stay on top of your game! By practising for only a couple of minutes a day, we guarantee you’ll see an improvement no matter how fast you are to begin with. Currently, our top of the ladder score in the open league is 200 hits in one minute. If you think you can beat that, join the comp and get punching.

 HOW TO SPEEDBALL

Watch this demonstration on how to use a speedball correctly. Handy hint: remember to set the speedball at the correct height – in line with your mouth and nose. This will ensure proper punching technique.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwcPvnxhd0g

WHY SPEEDBALL?

Speedball is a great exercise, and being an exercise with a minimal risk of injury, it is highly suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels to try their hand at any time. Practicing speedball is a great foray into boxing, and is also a great way to get fit and improve your focus and coordination in general. Aside from these benefits, using a speedball will also:

  • improve your strength and endurance
  • add definition to your shoulders and arms
  • increase your reaction time
  • improve your hand-eye coordination
  • improve your rhythm, timing and accurac
  • give you a great cardiovascular workout

 Not to mention, it’s a great way to let off some steam after a long day at work or school. You’ll also have fun doing it, and as an added bonus, you will end up with a knockout set of arms along the way. Not only that, the skills you will develop by practicing with a speedball regularly, are transferable to other sports, not just boxing. The benefits of this type of training as endless. Just remember, stay focused on the ball and build up your speed over time. You will watch your reaction times increase, and soon you’ll be hitting the rebound like a pro.

 AT THE GYM

You can also register for our speedball competition as a group. If you don’t have a speedball counter at home, but there’s one at your gym, you can start up your own league for your gym. Just click ‘Private League’ on the website bit.ly/SpeedballComp and you can compete against other speedball fanatics online. If you own a gym, setting up a speedball competition is a great way motivate members by creating a sense of community, and adding an element of excitement and most of all, healthy competition to your gym. Members can see their own scores online and watch themselves improve over time. There is no greater incentive than improvement, and with the speedball competition, a visible improvement is a guarantee.

Floor to Ceiling Balls. All you need to know.

For those unfamiliar with a Floor to Ceiling ball it is a round leather inflatable ball suspended between the floor and the ceiling by elastic cords. A regular workout including a floor to ceiling ball will give you a great cardiovascular workout, while also toning upper and lower body muscles and improving punching speed, defensive reflexes and overall agility.

The elastic cords that attach the ball to the floor and ceiling is what creates an instant rebound, making quick and precise reflexes essential.  The key to using the floor to ceiling ball is to relax and focus throwing punches where the ball will be, not where it is.

For beginners, start by standing in front of the ball and throwing one punch at a time using a jab-cross combo to build a rhythm as the bag rebounds back and forth between the punches. While working the floor to ceiling ball maintain a good stance and guard, keeping your hands up and retracting to cover the chin at the end of every punch.


Once you get the one-two perfected, start throwing a third technique like a hook or uppercut, allowing the floor to ceiling ball to hit your guard now and then as it begins to move in left and right arcs or up and down depending on your punches. This will help improve defence moves as well as add variety to your workout.
Once you can hit the ball with singles you can try one-two jab combos followed quickly with a cross. This will really make the ball fly back at you especially if you are beginning to hit it straight (which should be your aim).

Next, pick up the speed and power of your punches, and move about more, being mindful to maintain a good guard as the ball will rebound back at you with similar increases in speed and power.

How do I set up a Floor to Ceiling Ball?

You have two options. Either you can bolt the equipment  into the floor or you can attach the straps to a portable floor weight (20kg minimum needed).

Want to know more about how to set up your Floor to Ceiling Ball? Watch our video below.

Want to give it a go? Jim Bradley offer Floor to Ceiling Balls in Leather or Vinyl.

#JimBradley and you could WIN!

Share your love of Jim Bradley and working out, by sharing your photos of any Jim Bradley equipment that you use. When you #JimBradley on Instagram in the month of February you automatically enter our Instagram competition to WIN a pair of Club Focus Pads (valued at $70). 


Want to know more about Club Focus Pads? Watch our video and find out why these are the best focus pads to own.


So, next time you work out using Jim Bradley, take a photo on Instagram and #JimBradley

Competition Terms and Conditions
Competition is only open to Australian residents. Multiple entries will be accepted. Winner will be randomly selected and announced at 12pm (EST) on Thursday, February 26 on the
Jim Bradley Speedball Instagram Page: http://instagram.com/jimbradleyspeedball

This January get involved in our Summer giveaways on Facebook!

Whether you made a resolution to get fit for 2015, or you just like FREE Jim Bradley gear, then make sure you join our Facebook page for your chance to WIN a weekly Summer giveaway.

For the whole month of January we will be giving away Jim Bradley gear EVERY week. All you have to do is LIKE us on Facebook and TAG A FRIEND on our 'Summer Giveaway' post. We will then draw a winner randomly and if you WIN, both you AND your friend will receive a prize.

Sound like something you would like to get involved in? Like us on FACEBOOK!

 

Punching bags. Expert advice on punching bag materials.

 

In our last blog we discussed the key differences are between a small and large punching bag. If you haven’t read this one, make sure you read it here.

Now you have decided which bag size is appropriate for you, the next question is what material to use. Jim Bradley offer both leather and tarpaulin punching bags which have a few large differentiating features you should consider.

The biggest question you should ask is ‘how do you plan on using your punching bag and how often’? A leather bag softens around 6 months which can make the bag more comfortable if you aren't accustomed to tarpaulin, which is much more rigid and tougher.

Tarpaulin is a type of water resistant canvas fabric which is perfect for those intense workouts. These bags are best for heavy use and have a three year guarantee, which is why this type of bag is popular for football clubs or gymnasiums.

Another durable option is our domestic bags. These are ideal for home use and is made out of a highly durable vinyl material. The re-enforced circle strap disperses impact forces equally around the circumference of the bag. We recommend that you use punching bag gloves when working out on a domestic punching bag. This bag also has a 2 year warranty.

Both leather and tarpaulin bags have the option of coming with foam lining. If you're just beginning, or have joint-problems, we recommend foam lining to soften the hit and reduce any chance of increased strain on your wrists.  

So, in summary if you're looking for more comfort with your punching bag we recommend a leather bag. But, if you're a real fanatic and want a bag that will maintain its exterior for much longer then give the tarpaulin a go!

No matter what you decide you can rest assured that all of our Jim Bradley punching bags are made right here in Australia. Not only will you get a quality product, BUT you are also supporting the Australian work force.

 

See the range of Punching Bags Jim Bradley offer, here.

 

You can also watch our video on Leather vs Tarpaulin below

 

Punching bags. Expert advice on punching bag sizes.

 A punching bag is no longer JUST a ‘stock standard’ punching bag. From the material of the punching bag to the bag length, the choices in punching bags are becoming endless. But don’t worry, we have outlined some of the big ticket items that you should consider when purchasing a Jim Bradley punching bag.

 

Why use a small punching bag?

Our small foam lined punching bags are popular for beginners because the foam lining makes the punching bags softer than other options. The foam takes the impact of the punch and means that your hands are less likely to fatigue or become sore after your workout. That is the last thing you want when you are beginning!  

Smaller punching bags also tend to move around a lot more than their larger kicking and punching bags. This is actually a good thing for beginners because the motion of the moving bag can assist with their rhythm. To achieve this movement of the bag, you would ideally have 30cm of chain. This way the bag can swing in a nice pendulum, rather than in erratic motions.

The other benefit of the smaller bag is that you can feel and see the impact of your workout. With the small punching bag you can see the force of every punch, making it more popular and also a good way to track your progress.

 

Why use a large punching bag?

Large punching bags differ from our smaller ones most obviously in their size. The larger surface area means you have more space to work with for punching AND kicking! You could try visualising the bag as a body, and imagine punching or kicking certain areas that aren't available for you to access with the smaller bag.

Also, the large punching bag has a reduced swing rate after impact. Unlike the smaller bag which is prone to swaying, when using a large bag, its heavier weight reduces the amount of movement. This can be helpful if you prefer a stationary target.

 

Click here to see the range of punching bags Jim Bradley offer

 

You can also watch our short video on the benefits of a small punching bag below.

Speedball Beginner Classes.

Jim Bradley NOW offer Beginner Classes.

Using a Speedball is a cardiovascular and muscular endurance work out, perfect for all ages and all levels of fitness. Once learnt, Speedball becomes an addictive workout and when used with a speedball counter also makes it fun and competitive.To help you get started, Jim Bradley now offer beginner classes at their showroom in East Keilor (VIC).

In the class we will teach you the basics. You will learn how to set the speedball up to suit your height as well as learn how to hit the speedball for maximum results and enjoyment.

Most beginners learning speedball get a lot out of it, however if speedball is not for you then you will be refunded 50%.

Already know how to speedball? That is okay too. If you buy a Speedball Beginner Class Voucher we will train you on the next level so you continue to advance your skills and technique.

Speedball Beginner Classes run every Saturday and bookings are essential.

Once your beginner class is purchased online you will receive a unique voucher, which you must bring with you for your class. If you know how to speedball, then buy this as a gift for Christmas!

 

Buy a beginner class voucher here.

 

 

What Boxing Glove Should I Use?

With over 10 different types of gloves, mitts and focus pads one of the questions we get asked the most is 'What Glove should i be using for boxing?'. This is a good questions because each glove, mitt or focus pads is best suited to different activities.

For general boxing, both in the ring and on a bag, one of the biggest mistakes a lot of people make is that they will purchase the cheapest pair of gloves. However, it is important that you are using a quality glove that protects your joints to not only minimal injury but also produce maximum results.

For this reason, Jim Bradley recommend two choices in boxing gloves.

The first is the Leather Bag Glove. This gloves curls around your fingers and provides plenty of padding for your hand. It also has strong wrist support to ensure your wrist remains straight with each punch for more power and less risk of injury.

The second option is even more supportive and is the Ounce Glove, also called the Leather Boxing Glove. This glove has even more padding and ensures that your thumb is locked into place. If choosing a Boxing Glove they come is different ‘ounces’ or weights. Gloves range from 8 ounce which is the lightest, right through to 16 ounces. For men we suggest a 12 or 14 ounce glove and for women we suggest an 8 or 10 ounce glove.

See the range of Jim Bradley Gloves.

 Or, do you have a question? Leave a comment or send us an enquiry.

You can also watch the full video of Peter, the owner of Jim Bradley, talking through and showing the different gloves options.

Learn How to Hit a Speedball.

 

1. OPEN YOUR HANDS
While learning it is important not to make a fist or hit the speedball with your knuckles. Beginners who hit with their knuckles will quickly lose control and end up hitting the bag too hard or too fast. Hitting with the fingers will help you slow down the pace and get use to the rhythm. This is probably the best discovery for helping others learn how to hit the speedball.

 

2. HOLD BOTH HANDS CLOSE TO THE BALL
Keeping your hands close will allow you to hit the ball without having to race your hands to it. If you let your hands get too far from the ball you’ll end up hitting it too hard and fast. So, try to remember that when one hand is hitting,  the other hand should be waiting right under the ball.

 

3. HIT IN SMALL CIRCLES
Your hand should travel in make small circles in the air when you hit the speedball. You’re not swinging your fists back and forth, you are making small circles in the air. You can even practice making small circles in the air to get use to the motion before trying it on the speed bag.

 

4. GET INTO A RIGHT - RIGHT - LEFT - LEFT RHYTHM
The best rhythm for beginners is to go right-right-left-left. This means hitting twice with your right hand, then twice with your left hand, and repeat. On the first hit, you use the front of your fist. On the second hit, you use the bottom of your fist. It should feel like a natural setup for when you switch to the other hand.

Some trainers will recommend going 3 times for each hand. It’s up to you.

 

5. STAND SQUARE
You should not be in a boxing stance. Instead you should be standing square in front of the ball with both feet at equal distance from the speedball. Stand a little closer than arm’s length from the ball and move closer or further until it feels comfortable. Your eyes should also be level with the bottom of the speedball, but a little lower or higher is also okay.

 

Want to give it a go? See our range of speedballs here.

Still want more speedball advice? Watch our video on 'How to Speedball'.