What Are Water Training Bags, and Why Should You Use Them?

What Are Water Training Bags, and Why Should You Use Them?

Zebra’s new line of water training bags are the perfect fit for athletes looking for a way to train hard without putting too much strain on their bodies. Most heavy bags are filled with sand, clothing, and other materials, allowing the bag to retain its shape and...
Adaptation with Respect to Jiu Jitsu

Adaptation with Respect to Jiu Jitsu

By Elisabeth Clay The ability to flex and change with the demands or needs of the current condition (or upcoming competition) is by nature the only way to stay relevant. If we do not adapt — only wait for what fits the current condition — to train or prepare, then we...
The Best Way to Clean and Sanitize Your Home Gym

The Best Way to Clean and Sanitize Your Home Gym

As the COVID-19 pandemic numbers rise and fall, athletes are increasingly looking to add space in their homes where they can train. However, certain responsibilities come along with the benefits of having a home gym, and one of those is keeping up with a regular...
What Will the Future of Martial Arts Competitions Look Like?

What Will the Future of Martial Arts Competitions Look Like?

It’s hard to imagine that martial arts events as we once knew them may be forever different. The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly altered the way we train; will it also alter the way we compete? Let’s take a look at the different aspects of martial...
Simple Steps Gym Owners Can Take to Keep Their Members Safe

Simple Steps Gym Owners Can Take to Keep Their Members Safe

As MMA and martial arts gyms reopen, facility owners are looking forward to a return to normalcy. But normalcy won’t look the same as it did before. Owners will be focused on keeping their students safe and healthy. That will take some changes and new strategies. Here...
Being Female in Jiu Jitsu Has Inherent Challenges

Being Female in Jiu Jitsu Has Inherent Challenges

By Elisabeth Clay  While for the most part, I am super comfortable being the different one in the gym, many women struggle with the issues that come with it. People often ask:  Do we treat the female soft and tender or push/challenge her?  Is she one of the...
Dating in the Gym

Dating in the Gym

By Kaitlin Young I‘ve spent the majority of my time in various gyms over the past 20 years. There wasn’t a single gym that didn’t have people dating, even if it was “prohibited”. Private relationships are far too difficult to control. We have a room full of people...
What I’ve learned During the COVID-19 Pandemic

What I’ve learned During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Elisabeth Clay  Note: the opinions shared within this pieces are those of Elisabeth Clay and do not necessarily reflect those of Zebra Athletics.  As we deal with all of the craziness around us during the last month, it seems that we are daily having to re-evaluate...
The Traits That Make Ideal Training Partners

The Traits That Make Ideal Training Partners

By Elisabeth Clay  When you first start training, everyone is better than you, for the most part. The aspect to training that should receive the largest focus is having an exceptional professor to teach you correct technique. As you learn and grow in the sport, the...
Showing Appreciation for Our Dedicated Team

Showing Appreciation for Our Dedicated Team

By Kyle Fisher As the President of Zebra Athletics, one of the best parts of my job is working with my team. I can openly admit that throughout my management career I have struggled to adequately show my appreciation for my staff, but as we take time out this month to...
Martial Arts Mat Layout Options for Any Facility

Martial Arts Mat Layout Options for Any Facility

When it comes to designing your MMA or martial arts facility, the fun part is realizing that you get to decide where everything goes, and how it all looks. The space you make for your martial arts mats is a key part of the design of your entire facility. Each gym...
Instruments, Not Ornaments: Body Image and Sport

Instruments, Not Ornaments: Body Image and Sport

By Kaitlin Young My first job out of college was working as a strength and conditioning coach at a volleyball club. I trained 272 girls from ages 11-18. Being so close in age to them was both a help and a hinderance, but there were many lessons to be taken from my...