Boxing as a game involves mostly punching and defense. It may not sound very complicated, but training to knock an opponent out requires a lot of complications and sweating off those muscles to a big extent. Boxing is one of the most effective ways to workout, socialize, and maintaining the well-being of your health. However, you need the right type of fitness equipment for boxing.
One integral part of boxing is the boxing equipment such as boxing gloves and a fighter may incur many injuries to their knuckles if they don’t use the right kind of boxing gloves when they get in the ring to spar or if they just need to trade blows with a punching bag. In order to purchase a decent pair of gloves for boxing, here are few points you have to keep in mind.
First of all, do you know the fact that boxing gloves are available in different materials? Amid all these variety of materials, leather boxing gloves are the trendiest and used by a large quantity of professional boxers and they are considered to be the best for fighting and training purposes. Whether you are a professional boxer or simply just an amateur beginner, it’s always better to purchase gloves with laces. On the other hand, when you are buying boxing gloves, you need to carefully consider the size of the gloves that you are going to put your hands in. There are small, medium and large sizes. Most men generally go for a medium size but it will be better to ponder on whether the gloves will be stretched during their use or not; so it’s good to buy them according to your hand size.
More importantly, the weight of boxing gloves should also be considered before purchasing it, as you may need to weigh in the regulations under which you may be fighting. Boxing instructors will be the most helpful person in suggesting you about the right weight and material of your gloves. The weight generally ranges from 10 to 20 ounces, however, for teenagers, it ranges from 4 to 8 ounces. Assuming you are an amateur fighter like me you should go for 12 to 16 ounces, whereas 10 ounce gloves are usually more appropriate for professional fighters like Mohamed Ali. Specialized gloves have been introduced lately by different brands for women and children to meet the growing demands.
Other accessories needed include attire: boxing shorts and boxing apparel like shirts, vests, boxing suits, hoodies, tracksuits and trousers. Some are mostly used during boxing training sessions depending on the climate around your workout place. Also training pads, punch bags and protective gears. Do not also be afraid to accessories and look good while boxing.
The next step is training and here are a few tips to help in training, and to improve your punch and develop your defense in boxing which I learned from my instructor.
- While training the most important thing to remember is to drink lots of water and fluids. All that sweat from your body makes you dehydrated and you will not have the energy to continue workout. So, never get dehydrated.
- Punch light and sharp! Make your workout more valuable by following these two simple rules. This will allow more bag time and you will also have the energy to do so. Putting on a show by breaking a sweat and huffing and puffing will get you nowhere.
- Breathe! Many people end up holding their breath! Remember to breathe out while punching. Looking at your opponent can be motivating at most times. Do not look at the floor but watch how your opponent crumbles before your very own eyes.
- Just keep hitting and punching no matter what. It signifies to your opponent that you are no quitter. A boxing speed bag can help while training to punch in this continuous manner. Use your whole body to your own advantage. Throw your body at every punch, in this way you do not sacrifice any form of power.
- Always keep calm and throw combo punches of both light and hard order. Keep your opponent guessing and wondering what your next move would be. Practice 3 to 5 combos for each opponent. Trying out every combo can be a waste of time and energy.
- Do not forget hands high, elbows low and head movement. You will find a lot of boxers moving all around the ring for no reason. Just focus on your opponent and attack at every given chance while avoiding your opponent’s blows. You can also use short hooks, short rights and short uppercuts combined with long jabs as it helps you earn more time and strength.
- Utilize the opportunity to land your punches in every part of the body. Keeping his head at bay work on how to encounter the rest of his body.
Above all, have fun always. You can make boxing a fun sport and make the most out of it while training. Be serious while training but do not make it boring for you not to lose interest. Why don’t you put on those gloves today and box for fun, fitness and strength.
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