You might be asking yourself “what equipment do I need if I’m new to boxing, or if I just don’t plan on sparring with anyone?” Let’s get one thing straight: even though Boxing is part of the combat sports family, not everyone practising boxing will step into a ring anytime soon. Boxing is being used as a form of workout for several years (and a very effective one at that).
“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction”
Here’s the thing: boxing still is a high impact physical activity. When you punch a boxing bag with full force, the impact is transferred back to your knuckles, wrists, arms, shoulder… That makes choosing quality boxing equipment as important as if you were training for a fight.
Good boxing gloves will give you the proper wrist protection. A quality punching bag won’t get deformed or get ripped apart mid training, which can lead to injuries to your joints and shoulder.
With the right boxing gear, you won’t have to worry about your equipment’s ability to withstand abuse, letting you train harder, in turn, improving your boxing skills and physical conditioning.
“What boxing equipment do I need at home?”
Even if you already joined a boxing club, you can still practice at home, in your own time, at our own pace. You’ll see your boxing skills skyrocket in no time. And even if you have structural limitations, liked not being able to hang a boxing bag on the ceiling, there are still some useful solutions in boxing equipment for apartments or small spaces. You can choose from different free standing punch bags or even use a boxing bag stand.
"What gloves size do I need?"
A lot of beginners don’t know why boxing gloves come in different weights, and the answer might surprise you: it’s the amount of padding inside boxing gloves makes them heavier or lighter. The more padding a glove has, the harder you can punch. That’s why heavyweight boxers usually use 16oz gloves during a sparring session. But heavier boxing gloves will also make you get tired faster. So, a good rule of thumb is: if you’re not planning on exchanging punches with anyone, a 10oz or 12oz boxing glove is enough.