Cross-Fit

Cross-Fit is a core strength and conditioning program developed by Coach Greg Glassman over several decades. The idea is that general physical preparedness (GPP) is the ‘best fit’ training model for the majority of the people and is true to the real demands of life, to prepare the body for the unexpected.

Exercses used are ones that advance athletic development quickly think sprint’s, push, pull, lunge, jump, throw mixed in with interval style training. As a sport Crossfit combines strongman, track and field, powerlifting, core training, gymnastics, endurance events and Oympic weight lifting.

Because Cross Fit is so varied a CrossFitter will likely never do the same routine twice in one week and each workout will usually last between 45 minutes to an hour. Although crossfit is an individual sport about bettering ones results or competing against others in crossfit style games, the crossfit community is a big part of the training, people that go love the communal environment of this workout regimen.

Crossfit is as popular with Women as Men becuase of the feminine shape it give’s you, while still building muscle and strength. A squatters bum has become a sign of hard work and dedication in the gym. All this and more makes Cross fit one of the most varied workouts around that gives you value for money, improved training results and a varied workout.

Having the right crossfit shoes is essential for the sport. Many people use to wear weightlifting shoes such as adidas adipower or adidas Powerperfect . These are particularly good for the heavy lifting aspect of Crossfit and any one that spends time in the gym lifting free weights and doing exercises such as squats, Dead Lifts, Shrugs etc will benefit from the solid flat stable sole that weight lifting shoes offer. Weightlifting shoes are also essential for powerlifting event’s such as the Snatch and the Clean and Jerk. You would normally find people training in these shoes and then using a Cross Fit Shoe such as the adidas powerlift 2.0 these are perfect for crossfit with their lower height heel platform’s, that still offer stability while being easier to maneuver than higher platform training shoes.

Brands such as Inov-8 have developed shoes that are perfect for all round cross fit training and competing as they have very flat and stable sole unit’s. Not the big cushioned sole units used by many running and training shoes. These shoes rely on the runner’s feet and legs being strong and doing the work not the motion of the shoe. New Balance also have a range of Minimus footwear with low and stable sole units, designed with cross fit and gym training in mind.

Clothing used to compete will vary from Weightlifting suits or Compression clothing to help support you, keep you warm and dry, preventing injuries.

At Sugar Ray’s we stock large range of womens base layers ,weightlifting clothing, Men’s training clothing, running clothing , weightlifting accessories such as liquid chalk , weightlifting gloves and belts , supplements like protein , Supports, Running Shoes and Training equipment. Every thing you need to train your way to health and fitness.

Sugar Ray’s Commercial Equipment

Sugar Ray’s are proud to offer a bespoke service for business to business on commercial equipment. We offer your business an account manger to help plan and grow your business , supporting you every step of the way. Our tailored service allows you a one stop option to make the most from your space, interior design and equipment to get the most from your money and the best return on investment. We even offer a product installation service using trained, experienced staff for a professional fitting.

We can offer you many services including commercial gym equipment in bespoke colours for your company, help maximise the space in your sports centre by sourcing specific items that best suit your needs and match your exact specifications. We can find you the right equipment whether it is a Bowling Alley, Track and Field Equipment, Olympic Trampolines, Wrestling Matts and Much Much more. Much of the boxing and fitness equipment is in stock where our large bulk buying power offer you truly the best prices on high specification products and because we manufacture the majority of the commercial equipment and other sporting goods in our own factories we can offer you prices without reflecting a handling fee or middle man charge.

Many products and brands we stock are Exclusive to Sugar Ray’s such as Ampro and Tuf-Wear with us also being major suppliers of York Fitness , SKLZ , Yoga-Mad and Fit-Equip among others

Recent projects include a Sports Centre refitting of MMA Cages, Matting, Boxing Ring and Fitness Machines such as Treadmills , Rowing Machines , Cycles Etc. We also undertook the newly formed Angola Boxing Of Excellence, working along side Chris Eubank and the Angola Government to supply them the equipment to open up a boxing academy for their Olympic Squad and future development of amteur boxers. A new training camp facility in Lanzarote that included an Olympic Trampoline, FILA approved wrestling area and Taekwondo Matt’s as well as all the boxing Equipment and Fitness equipment to house the Swedish Olympic Team. Both these contracts involved us having to ship the equipment in containers using our in house shipping company.

We have also been an in-house supplier for the Army, RAF, Navy, Council and Police, as well as dealing with many sporting organistaions including Sport England, The English Olympic Boxing Squad and Ireland’s Olympic Boxing Team and large organisations like Fitness First and Cannon’s Gym.

Because we don’t just stock Boxing , MMA , Martial Arts , Weightlifting , Wrestling , and Fitness . Sugar Ray’s are major suppliers in All sports and you will find sports such as Athletics , Hockey , Rugby stocked online, with the larger field equipment and products such as Football Goals and Rugby posts available to order specific to your needs.

For your free quote or advice, call our Commercial team today on 01277 204888 Our B2B Sales Manager Ian Hennan will be happy to help discuss your sporting needs to help you deliver on time at the best price with the right equipment for you. He has over 30 years experience in the sports trade and if he can’t find you the equipment you are after for your sport or sporting needs then it probably doesn’t exist!

No Boxing Headguards at 2016 Olympics

The decision has been made that headguards will not be worn in the 2016 Olympics. Also the International Boxing Association (AIBA), state that from June 1st, amateur, elite male boxers who compete internationally will not be wearing aiba approved head guards, just like in professional boxing. Their will be no change for women in International or Olympic competitions or for youths in International competitions. Adult ABA and Club bouts will still require headguards for the forceable future.

Amateur boxers have been required to wear headgear since the 1980s after concerns about KO’s. At its last meeting, the AIBA Medical Commission voted unanimously to support the removal of headguards as a safety measure for Elite Men Boxers. This decision was made after the AIBA Medical Commission studied over 2,000 bouts and a study published by an independent physician-researcher in a recent publication in the British Journal of Sports Medicine (almost 30,000 bouts reviewed over the past 59 years). The AIBA data was presented at a joint meeting of International Federation Medical Commission Chairmen and the IOC Medical Commission. All available data indicated to the board that the removal of headguards in Elite Men would result in a decreased number of concussions.

After collecting data on some 15,000 boxer rounds, Dr. Butler found that in the 7,352 rounds that took place with boxers wearing headgear, the rate of concussion was 0.38%, compared with 0.17% per boxer per round in the 7,545 rounds without headgear’.

But what about cuts?, now Charles Butler, chairman of the AIBA medical commission, told the Wall Street Journal Although cuts will still be a risk, these will heal, as will bones – ‘but if you can’t recognise your grandchildren, it’s a disaster,’. He has worked on research which formed the basis of the recommendations.

Tony Jeffries as an amateur boxer had 96 fights and over 60 against champions of different countries, yet only received one cut. When he turned pro he had 10 fights, received six cuts and had over 75 stitches to his face. While hand injuries forced him to retire before even facing a champion as a pro. He is left with scars on my face that will be there for the rest of his life. When you are punching a head rather than a headguard your hands take twice as much punishment. An ever growing problem among amateur and professional boxers. We recently highlighted the problem in our wrapping hands blog here but Tony Jeffries stated on his website that, had he fought without headguards in the amateurs he would never have made the Olympics because of hand injuries.

The data looks pretty close and while the use of Aiba Gloves are designed to soften the blow of punches to reduce injuries. You have got to also take in the risk of hand injuries and cuts. The main reason that parents don’t allow their children to box at the moment is the concern of injury and seeing Amateur boxers not not wearing a head guard will send out alarm bells. The increase level of Cut’s and hand injuries sustained will also be off putting. Now I am not advocating that a hand injury is anything compared to a serious injury to a boxer but we have to remember that is safety terms boxing is a safe sport. A 1996 National Safety Council accident report, ranked amateur boxing 23rd on its list of injury-producing sports and rated it the safest of all contact sports. Even safer than football, wrestling, gymnastics and in-line skating. Now Charles Butler is worried about dangers of boxing, but most serious injuries associated with boxing are weight related and the lack of fluids taken onboard to make weight affecting the brain. Not wearing a head guard won’t change this and the real reason this decision has been made is to reduce concussions, these are not normally associated with long term serious damage as implied by the AIBA medical commission.

Now boxing gloves technology used has increased dramatically in the last few years. I wonder if the material used in boxing equipment have been researched enough for instance. Top Ten Olympia head guards used at the olympic reduced ko’s to 1% with the use of this head guard and that was at an elite competition. Many companies use scientific technology like Ampro with it’s Impact Gel range, Rival Boxing with it’s D30 technology and Fighting Sports with their Tri-Tech equipment maybe it would of been better to look at the current range of AIBA approved equipment to see if safety can be improved that way. top Ten use a Bayern PU in they’re Olympic Style Aiba Gloves for protection but the Bayern PU head guard was removed for the Top Ten Leather AIBA Head Guard maybe improvements could of been found working with Top Ten and adidas

Many critics of Sparring Head Guards complain that they impair the boxers view, restrict head movement and allow a boxer to get over confident and absorb blows, drop their hands and box less/fight more all of this can be true, but by the same reflection, not very boxer will make it to elite level or posses the defensive skills of a Floyd Mayweather, wearing headgear gives a boxer confidence to throw his own shot’s. Wearing a headguard to me help’s absorb the blows and the main problem is boxers being over confident to trade, increasing their chance of a knockout, instead of relying on defensive skills. There is evidence to suggest that a clean knockout is better than sustained impact anyway. I do hope this isn’t the start of head guards being removed from amateur boxing as I am sure we would see the stats changing and increased KO’s as we moved down from the elite standard of boxers that process greater boxing skills.

I for one think that Amateur and professional boxing are two separate sports and I would like them to stay that way, one is a sport and the other is a business, I enjoy both but with the launch of a new scoring system in amateur boxing, based on the ‘Ten Point Must-System’. This is where you have five judges around the ring. Out of these five judges, only the scores of three of them, which will be randomly drawn by a computer, will be taken into account. Nobody will know until the end of the bout which judges’ scores will have been considered. In addition, scores will only be revealed at the end of each bout. It seems with the new International rule changes the two sports lines are starting to blur.

Bank Holiday Weekend

This upcomming Bank Holiday Monday we will be closed but open all this week up to Saturday as normal. We are open Saturday 4th May from 9.30am – 5pm, Closed Sunday 5th May and Bank Holiday Monday 6th May, back open Tuesday 7th May 9.30-5.30pm as Normal Monday-Friday and Saturday 9.30am – 5.00pm. Outside these times the online store is open 24-7 as normal. Every one at Sugar Ray’s hopes you have a great long weekend, lets hope for a bit of sun! if not Jumpers, Hooded Top’s, Coats and Jumpers can be found here !!!

Boxing On TV

With the Decision last year to award Matchroom sport all the available Sky dates, there has been a natural influx of fighters leaving promotional firms for Matchroom. leaving existing Sky TV promoters Hatton, Hennesey and Frank Maloney with no mainstream or established TV platform and battling to get their boxers fights with no TV money. Frank Warren’s deal with Sky has also ended and he left to set up Boxnation TV. Frank Warren stated that the money being offered by sky was going down and down, with a lack of competition this naturally happens, so decide to go and set up a channel that will try and give boxing fans the fight the fights they want.

So channel 5 had been a breath of fresh air. Hennessy sports, which represents boxers including Tyson Fury, James Degale and Chris Eubank Jr, struck a deal with C5 in 2011 after ITV pulled out of boxing on ITV4. Giving Hennessy sports a national TV station so that his boxers could gain mainstream publicity and us the fan’s had another outlet, other than pay for channels in the form of Sky and Boxnation, to watch boxing on TV. Worrying rumors have been flying that channel 5 had pulled out of boxing, which would be bad for the sport. For mainstream success then Boxing needs to be shown on mainstream TV to reach a wider audience. At the moment next Tyson Fury Vs Steve Cunningham April 20th IBF Heavyweight Title Eliminator for the No2 Spot is being shown on Channel 5. This is great, but hopefully not the end and the rumors are just that and C5 is in this for the long hall.

Day’s of Eubank, Benn, Collins and Watson on ITV got great viewing figures and gave the fighters mainstream success. The more people that watch boxing, the more likely there will be an increase in people following and participating, growing the sport. Look at these old viewing figures I know that there are more channels now and viewing figures are down on national TV channels, but if you take it the large audiences from then, that would still translate to a big audience now.

From The People newspaper in 2006

Ali v Frazier 1971 BBC 27.3
McGuigan v Cabrera 1986 BBC 18.3
McGuigan v Pedroza 1985 BBC 18.0
Eubank v Benn 1993 ITV 16.3
Malinga v Eubank 1992 ITV 13.3
Benn v McClellan 1995 ITV 13.1
Rocchigiani v Eubank 1994 ITV 12.3
Eubank v Close 1993 ITV 11.5
Eubank v Thornton 1992 ITV 10.3
Eubank v Holmes 1993 ITV 10.1
Bruno v Marin 1995 ITV 10.1

Amir Khan’s last fight before becoming professional against Mario Kindelan. Achieved a peak audience of 6.3 million viewers on ITV, encouraging ITV to reach a long-term agreement to show future Sports Network boxing promotions shows for a while.

Tyson Fury’s fight against Kevin Johnson in Belfast in December drew 1.4m viewers (5.74%), well above the channel’s 12 month slot average of 1.05m (4.93%). Fury vs Chisora did a peak audience of 3million.

Carl Froch and Jean Pascal the figures were roughy 2.9m and that was a World title Fight on ITV. All good viewing figures. The albatross around boxing neck in some ways is the BBC previous return to professional boxing after a 15 year absence with a 10 fight Audley Harrison deal. We all know how that turned sour but viewing figures were good at first, peaking at approximately 6 million, a respectable figure.

Boxnation had 240,000 subscribers for the Haye-Chisora fight last summer. Then, during the quiet period for boxing in December, January and early February dropped to 120,000. But Frank Warren say’s it’s rising again and will climb back above 200,000 fairly shortly, thats for a pay per view tv station.

I understand that Sky wanted bigger shows and was getting worried about the small hall boxing shows being showed every week with dropping viewing figures. But then why keep Prizefighter who’s viewing figures have been as low as 126,000. Surely promoters such as Dennis Hobson, David Coldwell, Carl Greeves, Steve Goodwin, Micky Helliet etc can put on a better show than these with great 50/50 match up’s. If you don’t want boxing show’s getting stale then, having one promoter is not the way to go about it. If you can pick from a selection of promoters they will have to offer exciting cards to get the slot. Guaranteeing someone show dates does not guarantee show quality. If there is good competition, the fan’s will get good match up’s and this will relate to viewing figures.

If Sky Proceed with one promotion company that will leave Eddie Hearn unable to sign more boxers as he will not have enough Sky dates to keep them active. Other boxers will suffer as without TV deal’s, promoters will struggle to put on shows. The figures how boxing get’s good viewing figures, I have heard that it can be difficult to film, but I would have though a studio for the commentators and ringside cameras would be fairly easy. When you look at say F1 viewing figures for the UK Australia, BBC 2011, 3.2m, SKY 2012 1.02m. Down 68% Malaysia BBC 2011 4.4m, SKY 2012 1.5m. Down 66%. Not massive audiences and how much does it cost to put on these shows???

As a license payer to the BBC and considering some of the minority sports they cover, how can it be right that the BBC finds no room in it’s budget for a sport that does so much for so many peoples lives. Boxing has long been associated with having the ability to get the young of the streets where they can cause trouble, into a gym, fit and disciplined. Quite simply peoples lifes can be turned around by this wonderful sport, it deserves better coverage doesn’t it?.

Without competition, we won’t get the fights the fan’s want, the boxers won’t get paid the money they deserve and promoters will continue to struggle. Let’s hope that Channel 5 commit again, ITV re-enters and Sky Sport splits the deal for the good of boxing. We need long term stability with boxing on these platforms continuously not 10 shows then off again. Their have been rumors that Eddie Hearn was easier to deal with for Sky and he fit’s in with their new school team, but I can’t see that Mick Hennessy would be any harder to deal with or a Dave Coldwell, Ricky Hatton etc. If the reason for TV getting involved and then pulling out again then promoters will need to change tactics and go for long term reward as opposed to short term gain with a hard fought negotiation, as a again stability is needed now to allow boxing to be the national sport it deserves to be and us the fan’s to get the fights we want to see. The figures are there, production cost’s can’t blamed and the fighters are doing their job. Somewhere between the respected heads of each TV channels and the promoters it’s going wrong.

Easter Opening Times

For all those looking to get out of DIY jobs and no-one planning to garden in this weather pop down and see us at Sugar Ray’s this Easter weekend. We are Open:

Good Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 30th 9.30am -5pm
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday back to normal 9.30-5.30 Opening Times

Outside these times the store is open the normal times and as always the www.sugarrays.co.uk website is available to order from 24-7. Any one want to ring for advise can call the sales team during the opening hours on 01277 204888.

Our address for those sat Nav’s is

Sugar Ray’s
6 Great Eastern Road
Brentwood
Essex
CM14 5EH

We are easy to find just off the M25, A127 or A12 by Road and on the London Liverpool Street, London Stratford, Ipswich, Southend Victoria and Norwich train lines.

With our super showroom packed full of stock from exclusive brands like Ampro , Tuf-Wear , exclusive product lines from Fighting Sports , Top-Ten and favourite boxing brands like Cleto Reyes and adidas Sugar Ray’s is your one stop boxing super store with the largest stock holding’s and selection available.

Have a good Easter and we will See You Soon!

Wrapping Hands

I read an article in a well know daily newspaper by Frank Warren about the need to wrap hands properly. While in the column it stated amateur boxers are allowed to wear hand wraps that are 2 meters long, this is incorrect and when you fight as an amateur you are only allowed to wear 2.5m adidas aba handwraps and as the article say’s with just two inches of zinc oxide tape to secure your wraps at your wrists. This is the rules and why it does seem inefficient the protection afforded to an amateur boxers hands with aiba gloves is immense, especially when compared to a professional boxers with pro style contest gloves like the punchers style cleto reyes which favour punch power over protection is immense. The fact that an amateur boxer is hitting a nicely padded aiba headguard and not a head also helps no end.

When an amateur boxer trains they should be looking after the tools of the trade to a much greater extent, I understand that you will have a more padded sparring glove on, but you will often work for a longer period of time than you will in a fight and throw many more punches on pad’s , punchbags and during sparring, than you will during you’re boxing bout. Why the boxing Board of Control advice on wrapping hands procedures and rules, amateur boxing needs to do more to help protect hands.

As Frank Warren said and you can read the full column here “The fists essentially serve as the tools of the trade to the prizefighter and every precaution must be taken to safeguard them. Too often, the damage can be traced to the formative stages of the boxer’s amateur career where the youngsters hands are wrapped either by willing but untutored volunteer coaches or, more commonly, by the young boxer themselves.”

Hopefully this is something that the ABA will pick up on, not every one can afford the sort of hand repair procedures that stars such as David Price, Tony Bellew, Tony Jeffries, all three Smith brothers (Paul, Stephen and Liam), Joey Selkirk, Kal Yafai and Bradley Saunders have had done. So preventing and limiting hand damage is vital. We always recommend boxer’s wrap there hands well and seeking advice from expert boxing hand wrappers. Using Zinc oxide tape and gauze bandages is essential.

At www.sugarrays.co.uk we sell the largest range of tape and gauze available from any boxing store and sell a BBBoC approved hand wrap kit and BBBoC Pro Wrap Gauze that Dean Powell helped to design and endorse. Dean is an expert at wrapping hands and will often will take up to half an hour to meticulously wrap a fighter’s hands. He went to First Aid 4Sport with an idea of a wrap that does not stretch length way’s but does in width, this is great in sports like that require padding to be applied to the hands, this allows a fairly rigid bandage to hold the hand bones in place but allows the fingers to move up and down.

If the hands are the tool to your trade as a professional boxer, then I dare say you are following the old adage to look after them, but remember if you are an amateur boxer with aspirations of turning professional or a long amateur career, start wrapping your hands now. Undergloves should only be used for light work, beginners and casual trainers. If your serious about boxing use handwraps and tape or better still gauze, padding and tape.

Sugar Ray’s January Sale

At Sugar Ray’s we are on sale 365 days a year 24-7, but this year we have put up a On Special section to show some of our already great deals and we have also added some new heavily reduced boxing equipment and clothing to it.

We have put on sale the best selling adidas Box Rival II, Tuf-Wear Gym Spar Glove, adidas Training Glove the adidas Ultima Sparring Glove and many more products all found here

We don’t buy poor quality equipment and we only deal with the most premium brands and innovative companies. We don’t get large quantities of stock left, that won’t sell and people wont buy unless reduced, because we only sell the best. So what we did was picked some of our best sellers to give you the best products at the best prices. Bottom line is any company can offer the best club prices and sell say a skipping rope at a pound, but as they say “cheap is, what cheap does”. A pound skipping rope will not last and you will have to buy many to last as long as our say very robust, club quality Ampro Adjustable Speed Rope

So because Sugar Ray’s do things a little different like bringing you the best exclusive brands and products from boxing companies like Ampro, Tuf-Wear, Title, Top-Ten and Fighting Sports. As well as major boxing brands like Adidas. We have put the items that you really want on sale to give you a better deal, while still selling you high quality and value boxing equipment. Sugar Ray’s giving you more than just cheap boxing equipment, reducing prices without reducing service..

Christmas Opening and Delivery Times

The Sugar Ray’s shop is open 9.30 – 5pm Monday – Saturday up to  Saturday December 22nd for your last minute boxing Christmas presents. We are back open after Christmas on Thursday December 27th, Friday December 28th and Saturday December 29th 10 – 5pm. We are then closed until the New Year Wednesday 2nd January 2013 where normal opening times will continue.

Last Christmas Delivery date for Internet orders from our website on Stock Items is Monday 18th after this time many will still be delivered on time but for guaranteed delivery please ring 01277 20488 to speak to sales to place your order on stock items for Christmas delivery. Last day for this service is Thursday 20th December.

Big Sellers this Year on Santa’s list for those stuck on what to buy someone have been the Ampro Gel Range, available here , Tuf-Wear and Top Ten

If you want any advice on any product then just give us a ring where we will be ready to help you out.  Sugar Ray’s offer a 30 Day refund and exchange policy for peace of mind over any present bought from our store

Regards

The Sugar Ray’s Elfs

Sugar Ray’s New Website

We launched our new website this week just in time to enable you to buy all your Xmas gifts for friends and family. Featuring a new enhanced search system, product categorisation, server infrastructure and streamlined ordering process now shopping with Sugar Rays should be quicker, faster and more efficient than ever before.

We’ve broken the site down not only into the types of gear available but using our core subheadings of sports so you can now quickly drill down to find exactly what you need in any of our main sports boxing, fitness, martial arts, mma, weightlifting and wrestling as well as a whole bunch of equipment, clothing and accessories for other sports that you just didn’t know we did including baseball, running, basketball, hockey, rounders and softball, rugby, snooker, swimming, Table Tennis and many more.