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