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Speedball Counting The Beat

Jim Bradley Speedball Company are members of Speed bag forums online (speedbag is what speedballs are called in USA – they always have to be different)

The speedbaggers (and that’s what they are called) are always posting great video. Google and you will see how different it is to our style of hitting. They are a lot slower but can do amazing cool workouts using elbows, rifting the ball back and forwards at different angles (we are more mono directional)

The trend in the US is to workout to music using the rhythm of the speedball to sync with their playlist.

Over the last few years I have adopted this combination of workout and lifestyle hitting and for me it works. Most songs on my playlist are around 3 minutes so I have the same structure as when I use the counter but I find it more enjoyable and relaxing which has inturn improved my performance.

I play my Spotify playlist up loud on random select and its only songs like Don McLeans American Pie that goes for 7 minutes that gets me unstuck.

Each song makes me perform differently on my speedball, some don’t quite work out but mostly Im hitting faster and longer. Currently half way through the Jim Bradley 12 week program (download free online) and its all been to music, so for me it’s worked out and I cant wait to get home each night and do the workout, well mostly.

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The reason why I wanted to write this is because we cant get out hands on those terrific counters anymore and unfortunately will be the case until some app is developed.

Im enjoying banging along to Rolling Stones right now (showing my age) but also enjoy British India and love doing the odd slow beat song single handed. Ha, its probably like coming out, admitting to all this,  but all I can say is try it and see if it adds a new dimension to your speedball workout.

In saying that;

If you are more a traditionalist and want me to let you know when we have a counter option please email me sales@jimbradley.com.au

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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.

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!

 

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'.

Looking to get fit for Spring? Join 12W2F

12 Weeks to Fitness (#12W2F) is a tried and tested weight reduction program by Jim Bradley. For over 55 years it has been used around the world by professional athletes, personal trainers and as part of weight reduction programs.

 

This 12 week daily program is perfect for cardiovascular training that utilises your own body’s weight. This training not only reduces soft tissue injuries but also means that no expensive or large equipment is required. When people used this training what they saw was incredible reductions in waist, hip and thighs.

The workout will always commences with Speedball, which helps relax the mind and body. This will be followed by a circuit of

  1. Push-ups
  2. Sit-ups
  3. Dips
  4. Squats
  5. Pull-ups

When training it is important to be as relaxed as possible. Straining is of no value. Training should be a form of relaxation- a chosen form of enjoyment, not a sacrifice of any sort. Think of the gains to be had by being physically fit and healthy, and being able to enjoy life to the full.

By joining the Jim Bradley Fitness program we will:

  • supply you with all information on how to do the program through our FREE training book
  • supply you with progress forms to record your performance and improvements
  • provide advice and critique on your performance, when asked
  • provide you with a support team through facebook where you can communicate with others also doing the program

 

Want to get started? Find out more here or watch our video below

 

Join the conversation #12W2F

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