What Makes a Good Puzzle Mat for Martial Arts Training?

What Makes a Good Puzzle Mat for Martial Arts Training?

Puzzle mats are not just for playrooms and daycares. They are a serious, affordable, flooring option for many gyms and martial arts training centers. However, there’s a big difference between the quality of the puzzle mats you’ll get from a professional company and...
Best Training Mats for Striking and Standup Martial Arts

Best Training Mats for Striking and Standup Martial Arts

Despite the absence of grappling and heavy groundwork, choosing the right training surface is critical for the performance and effective training involved in standup martial arts. Striking may involve your hands, elbows, and legs, but every punch and kick involves the...
Boxing vs. Muay Thai Gloves: Subtle Differences

Boxing vs. Muay Thai Gloves: Subtle Differences

Padded gloves were first introduced to boxing in 1867 following the acceptance of a boxing code of rules. Ever since, boxing gloves have been used in almost all striking martial arts. In the 1920s, Muay Thai adopted boxing gloves into the art, adapting the gloves to...
The Difference Foam Tiles Can Make in Your Martial Arts Gym

The Difference Foam Tiles Can Make in Your Martial Arts Gym

No matter which martial art you practice, you’ll always end up on the ground. Whether you’re taking a fall while practicing a kick or spin, grappling and working on your groundwork, or being thrown by a sparring partner, you’re going to hit the ground sooner or later...
The Best Mats for Grappling and Groundwork

The Best Mats for Grappling and Groundwork

Grappling and groundwork are the basis of many martial arts and mixed martial arts practices. They also can be painful if you’re not practicing on the right surface. While basic foam tiles (like puzzle mats) may provide some protection, they are not the ideal mats for...
The Difference Between Heavy Bags and Muay Thai Bags

The Difference Between Heavy Bags and Muay Thai Bags

While both can be considered types of heavy bags, there are many differences between muay thai bags and traditional heavy bags. From their design to their construction, these bags differ in the type of training they are ideal for.  What’s the difference between heavy...
4 Things You Need for a Soothing Home Yoga Studio

4 Things You Need for a Soothing Home Yoga Studio

Designing a home yoga studio is an incredibly rewarding experience. Not only do you get a great place to train right in your own home, but you also get to make it your own!  When designing a home space for your yoga practice, first ask yourself what you are trying to...
Is Foam a Good Flooring Choice for Yoga and Fitness?

Is Foam a Good Flooring Choice for Yoga and Fitness?

The flooring you choose to practice on has a huge impact on your yoga studio or home gym space. It determines how the space looks and feels. It also impacts the type of “yoga experience” you have in terms of comfort, stability, and the complexity of the poses you can...
Inner Gloves or Hand Wraps: Which One is Right for You?

Inner Gloves or Hand Wraps: Which One is Right for You?

Using hand protection while training is important whether you’re a serious competitor, an amateur fighter, or someone who casually trains in boxing, cardio kickboxing, or MMA. Hand protection generally comes in two different types: inner gloves and hand wraps. Both...
The 4 Bags Any Professional or Home Gym Should Have

The 4 Bags Any Professional or Home Gym Should Have

Bag training is essential for boxing, MMA, and many different styles of martial arts; it’s also a great form of cardio for those looking to get in shape. That’s why it’s essential for any home gym or fitness facility to have a collection of training bags. Depending on...