Inside the Boxing Gym: A Primer on Gear, Equipment, and Classes
Boxing has long remained one of the most popular sports in the world. Legendary fighters like Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson, Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, Manny Pacquiao, and Floyd Mayweather, along with many other stars, have brought worldwide fame and recognition to the sport. It has even spawned multiple award-winning movies like Rocky and Million Dollar Baby, that encompassed the emotion of what it is like being a fighter inside the ring.
Sometimes referred to as “the sweet science,” boxing is a combination of skills, techniques, and conditioning that comes from hours and hours of training. And that conditioning is what makes it a killer workout. At the same time, walking into your first boxing class can be intimidating: What should you bring with you? Which kind of class is the best choice? Should you even wear shoes? And then, what about gloves??
Fear not. For you to get started with a boxing workout, here’s what you need and what you can expect:
You’ll need to get the proper boxing gear before you training. Most gyms (including UFC GYM) will have extra gear for you to use when you’re first starting out, but you’ll want to get your own as soon as possible. This ensures a proper fit and better quality.
- Gloves – Probably the most important piece of gear you need to get is a pair of gloves. There are different glove types, each with their own purpose, size, and weight.
- Buy thick padded gloves if you are hitting heavy bags and mitts only.
- Buy heavier gloves (14 oz and up) if you are training to get in the ring.
- Buy lighter gloves (10 oz and below) if you are competing in the ring.
- Buy all-purpose training gloves if you are not yet sure what to get. They are highly recommended as starter gloves
- Wraps – Alongside your gloves you’ll want to get handwraps. Handwraps are used as extra padding and stabilization for the hands and wrists. Wrapping the hands isn’t as difficult as it may seem. Most wraps come with a strap that goes over the thumb for stabilization. From there you bring the hand wrap down across your palm and wrap it a minimum of 3 times completely around your knuckles. Follow up with a secure wrap around the wrist, then intersect the wrap in-between the fingers and secure the velcro strap at the connection point. For your first wrapping attempt you may need to ask for help or watch someone else wrap their own hands for a visual.
- Shoes – When you first start out you can wear any shoes you’re comfortable training in. Make sure your shoes are made from lightweight material, have a non-slip sole, and offer proper support and mobility.
If you’re unsure of what type of gear would be the best option you can ask any of the trainers, or even the other members of the facility you train at, their recommendations. Do your research and you’ll be ready to suit up with the best of them.
When choosing a boxing gym, you’ll want to make sure they have all the equipment you need to get proper training such as a diverse array of bags to work on your power and technique. This includes heavy bags, speed bags, teardrop bags, double-end bags and more. This variety of equipment is what really sets the stage for the serious conditioning you’ll experience when you take on boxing as a workout.
Ideally, your gym will also provide equipment for additional conditioning such as free weights and traditional machines for strength training. This makes it a whole lot easier for you to work out, because you never have to make more than one stop on your way home from work.
Having a variety of classes is another component you should look for when choosing a boxing gym. Most gyms these days include classes to supplement your boxing training such as classes that focus on technique, cardio conditioning, and even classes that focus on youth or women only. Even if you’re not looking to step inside a ring, training as a boxer is a great way to lose weight, increase your stamina, and improve your health. UFC Gym offers two great options to try including:
- Boxing Conditioning: A combination of cardio drills, basic boxing techniques, and core exercises this conditioning class burns calories and develops endurance. It is recommended to have boxing shoes or bare feet, athletic wear, hand wraps, 16oz boxing gloves for males, 14-16oz gloves for females
- Boxing Skills and Techniques: This class is designed for the more advanced participant and builds on the skills already learned from a basic class. It includes partner, offensive and defensive drills. Equipment required (headgear and 16 oz gloves)
Get started with either one of these classes today by getting a 5-Day Free Pass to UFC GYM.