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 !!!

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 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
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!

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


The Sugar Ray’s Elfs

Huge Fights This Weekend!

Two big fights this weekend! Kell Brook vs Matthew Hatton and then Sergio Martinez vs Matthew Macklin. We think Brook will box his way to points victory and although we would love to see Macklin come back with the belt his come forward style seems made for the hard hitting southpaw Martinez, so we predict a stoppage victory for Martinez.

Weekend Boxing Preview

A big weekend for British boxing as Matthew Macklin challenges For Felix Sturm’s W.B.A. World middleweight title. Its a tough ask for the brummie banger as he faces a highley experienced fighter who has been involved in 17 world title fights and has only ever lost twice, one of those a controversial decision loss to the legendary Oscar De La Hoya. Macklins best chance of winning the fight is to go for the knockout early, he has the power as we saw when he knocked out Amin Asikainen for the European title in 2009. Over 12 rounds Sturms experience will come into play and being the home fighter in his native Germany will be a massive advantage.

Sugar Rays Prediction:

Heart says Macklin knockout in rounds 1-6
Head says Strum via decision

Also in action is Sheffields ultra talented welterweight Kell Brook, as he looks to become the first man to stop the super tough Lovermore N’Dou for the W.B.A. Intercontinentel title.
Its a step up in class for Brook, N’Dou has fought the likes of Miguel Cotto, Paulie Mallignaggi and Saul Alvarez. British fans will remember him fighting to a draw with Matthew Hatton in 2009. Brook has the speed to win and at 39 N’Dou’s best years are probably behind him, but it will be very intersting to see how the fight unfolds should it go to into the later rounds as Kell Brook has never been past 7 rounds in his career.

Sugar Rays Prediciton:

Brook to be too fast and slick for N’Dou and to win by decision over 12 rounds.