Very few races and goals were ever won without the right gear. That’s why having proper equipment and gear is essential to any type of training, and that includes boxing. Here are a few things to make sure you have before beginning your own boxing fitness.
Like most other all-body intensive sports, having the right footwear can make or break your workouts. Boxing, even fitness boxing, requires a unique type of shoe that can move the way you do. Typical sneakers or basketball shoes won’t cut it when it comes to boxing. That’s because boxers have different needs. The shoes need to be grippy, boxing gyms can be very slippery, but they also need to allow for fast pivoting and rotating. That being said, if you’re not wearing boxing specific shoes, you could be doing yourself a disservice. You may be thinking, “I’ll never use them” but you’ll be surprised how different you’ll feel after working out with proper shoes. They can also help prevent injuries that are common to boxing with all the jumping around (hence the ankle support.) Most brands offer great return policies, so it may be worth the extra cash to try it out and see what’s best for you.
Boxing is a full-body workout; even your sweat will sweat. So you’ll want something that is breathable and will move with you and not hinder your quick steps. Some people prefer tighter clothing and others like looser clothing, just make sure you won’t get hurt from it. You can find many great options at sports retailers and top-rated options in boxing gym stores. Find what works for you and roll with it.
Even fitness boxing will take turns on bags and other boxing specific equipment, so it’s important to have the right gloves and other protection to make sure your fitness day doesn’t turn into a hospital trip. Depending on the type of boxing you’re doing, you can get lighter gloves and wraps, or go with the more traditional heavy and protective set. Be sure to speak with your trainer to figure out which would be best for you.
As you may know, boxing is a sport that relies on contact. And if you’re going to get hit, you want it to be as safe as possible. Boxing gyms will often offer various types of protection such as headgear, mouth guards, wraps, etc. but you can find brands with products that fit your needs almost anywhere. There are several you’ll want to have on hand at all times: headgear, mouth guards, groin guards, and hand wraps. Never leave home without them or you’re better off not boxing at all.
Last but not least, you’ll need some accessories for all of your sporting goods. There are over the shoulder bags, backpacks, duffle bags, rolling bags and more. You’ll probably want sweat rags, water bottles, protein mixers, bag deodorizer and the works. Boxing gyms have all sorts of cool accessories that you didn’t even know you wanted.
Whatever you choose for your brands and gear, have fun with your workout and remember to always stay safe. Happy boxing!