Choosing the Best Boxing Gloves for Your Needs

There are several types of boxing gloves you may need when training to box. Each type of glove varies by its use. Choosing the best boxing gloves for your needs can save you money and help you make the most out of each boxing training session. Although padding and weight may fluctuate from glove to glove, many boxers prefer gloves with Velcro fasteners to make putting them on and taking them off easier.                                

Heavy bag training gloves
Heavy bag gloves have padding to protect your hands when you're training with the heavy bag. Heavy bag gloves protect your knuckles, hands and wrists from injury. It's important to buy high-quality heavy bag gloves since they'll be exposed to a lot of wear and tear. The weight of the glove you choose will depend on what you want to get out of the glove. Lighter gloves, around 12 ounces, are a little bit faster but offer less protection. 14 ounces have a combination of both speed and adequate padding, while 16 ounce gloves will do a great job of protecting your hands but may not be quite as quick as the others.

Speed Bag Gloves
Speed bag gloves are lighter than heavy bag training gloves, giving your hands the ability to move more quickly while still offering some protection from the bag. Some boxers choose to use one type of glove for both heavy bag and speed bag training. If you decide to do this, opt for lighter heavy bag gloves.

Sparring Gloves
Sparring gloves are used when you're in the ring with a competitor or sparring during training. Sparring gloves are designed to minimize the damage done to both your hands and your opponent when sparring. They have more padding than either the heavy bag gloves or the speed bag gloves. This makes them heavier, with most sparring gloves weighing approximately 16 ounces.

No matter what type of boxing you're doing and which gloves you are using, you must always use hand wraps. Hand wraps come in different lengths and can be worn in various ways, depending on your preference. Learn how to apply your hand wraps correctly, both for comfort and protection.

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