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Highhorse Little is self-defense and fitness trainer and firearms instructor. Highhorse is a former USMC Drill Instructor, close-combat instructor and 2nd Degree Black-Belt in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP). Highhorse has over 30 years in boxing and martial-arts experience and over 20 years of teaching. Highhorse obtained various military, government and private certifications.

Best Boxing Gloves for Beginners

Are you looking for the right kind boxing gloves for your workouts?  Here are the 3 things you should know…

boxing gym at homeSo, let’s cut to the chase.  You are in the market for boxing gloves, but you want to make a good decision on your purchase that you won’t regret, right?

The other day, I was at my local sports store.  While I was there, I saw a couple standing in front of the boxing glove section.  I watched them pick up a set of gloves, look at the package, talk with each other and put them back.  I watched them repeat that over and over.  Finally, I overheard the girl say, “Just pick one, they are all the same.”  [Cringe!]  So, the guy grabbed a pair of gloves which were cheaply-made gloves that only supported one thing, the store’s bottom line.  I ran into a dilemma.  Do I stick my nose in their business and give unsolicited advice (like that “one guy” at the gym) or just let them make a poor purchase?  So, what did I do?  I gave them my advice (I know)…  So, that’s why I am writing this article to give you some expert advice so you don’t make the same mistake. 

So, let’s talk brass tacks…  What are the 3 things that make quality boxing gloves for you?

First, you got to ask yourself, “What am I going to use my gloves for?”  The answer to that is, “Training.”  Training consists of classes using circuit courses, such as rotating stations doing shadow boxing (or cardio boxing), heavy bag hitting, mitt work or some sparring.  Also, you might start working out at home where there is no one to help you lace up.  With the exception of the shadow boxing, everything else will involve lots of high-impact force.  So, with that being said, your boxing gloves will need these three important characteristics:

  1.  Your gloves will need to have plenty of dense shock-absorbing padding at the knuckles and wrist support.  This will help distribute and dissipate the impact of your punches away from the points of your knuckles to rest of your hand.  This will not only help prevent hand and wrist sprains and breaks, but save your joints, like your elbows and shoulders!
  2.  Your gloves should allow you to take them on and off easily by yourself.  Ever tried to tie your shoes with just one hand and your mouth?  That’s what it’s like with the lace-up style gloves, you will need what is called “Hook and Loop” style gloves so you can put them on or take them off by yourself quickly and easily.
  3.  The gloves should fit properly.  Boxing gloves are generally sized by weight, BUT nothing replaces how it feels on your hands (like shoes).  They should feel snug, but not squeezing tight.  Please note, you most likely will be wearing handwraps with your gloves, which will fill the space inside your gloves and provide more support for your hands and wrists. 

One last thing you should also consider:  When looking for a quality boxing glove, you should consider a reputable manufacture (such as Cleto Reyes, Everlast or Title).  Just remember though, even the best of manufactures have the lower end products, which you should avoid.  Here are some gloves you can check out, which meet my criteria and I would recommend:

Lose Weight for 2018

Want a New Body for the New Year?

New Year Fitness

Are you like me and gained a little too much during the Holiday Season and want to shed the “winter coat?”  Or, are did you finally set your mind to change your lifestyle to lose weight for medical or personal reasons? Great! Follow my plan and you will be on your way to success! This is how you do it:

Get a plan to get that body you always wanted! Your plan should consist of long and short term goals, such as how much weight do I ultimately want to lose? How much weight do I want to start with as a mile stone? Do I just want to lose weight or do I want to get toned or muscular? Keep the plan simple! Remember the K.I.S.S rule, “Keep It Simple Silly!”

Get your Fat Busting Fire Power ready! Pull your resources. Find yourself a good calorie counter app (there are some for free, such as myfitnesspal, that are FREE!) and use it. Get yourself some simple, inexpensive home gym items, such as a jump rope, a kettle bell, a pair of dumbbells and/ or a medicine ball. Most importantly, Get your mind right and ready to get serious!

Make the time to Treat Yourself with Fitness! Look at your schedule. Busy, right? How much is that stuff that gives you fluff? Time for substitution. What is more important to you? Nice abs or sitting in front of the TV eating ice cream? You and I both get the picture, right? Make yourself more physically active throughout the day, but if you only can get an hour a day, that works!

Bonus Fitness Tip! I have a silly reward system that works for me. I do ten jumping jacks every time I feel like I should be patting myself on the back (I get some, lol!). Try it! It so changes the way you think, act and feel!

Put your Plan into ACTION! Put all your planning into play. Start by easing into a good cardio routine for the first week then start working a awesome weight training regiment into your cardio in the second week. Build from there and ALWAYS have fun doing what you do!

Today is the First day of the New Year! What a better time than NOW to get that awesome body you want? What is holding you back? Get out there and Get some!