The Boxing Coach’s Equipment Checklist

As a coach, it’s your responsibility to properly lead your athlete into competition. He should be both physically and mentally fit, posses the necessary boxing skill, and have the tools necessary to perform his best.

There are many supplies a coach must have to make this possible. As a result, we have developed a checklist of coaching essentials.

Ringside Coaching Equipment

No-Swell – a must have when your boxer sustains bumps and bruises. It’s important to keep it immersed in ice so that it is as cold as possible.

Spare Mouthpiece – it’s always good to have an extra mouthpiece on hand for any unforeseen occurrences. It should be form fitted to your mouth so that it will be more comfortable and won’t come out as easily.

Vaseline – used to rub on a boxer’s face to keep the skin moist.

Ice Bag – helps keep any swelling down and cool the boxer off.

Cornerman’s Towel – to wipe the boxer clean of any sweat or blood.

Gauze – Should securely support the hand. Length, width, and material should conform to event regulations.

Trainer’s Tape – used to secure shoe and glove laces, as well as add further security to the handwrap.

Scissors – to cut wraps, tape, etc.

Punch Mitts – used to help warm-up the boxer prior to competition.

Water Bottle – used to easily administer water in the corner.

Ring Bucket – used when a boxer rinses his mouth and to catch the water used in the corner.

With this list, you can be sure that you and your boxer are both prepared to fight!

Boxing Equipment 101: What To Know Before You Buy

Whether you’re a first time buyer or a seasoned vet there are a couple things you may need to know before you make your purchase.

Handwraps

Ringside Handwraps

One of the most vital tools in a boxer’s arsenal are his hands. They must be protected at all costs. Handwraps are the most efficient method to holding all of the small bones of the hand in place and protecting them properly.

Traditional Handwraps consist of a cotton-weave fabric that breathes, yet provides a snug fit. Longer wraps, approximately 170″ – 180″ are best because they provide enough wrap to cover the hands, knuckles, and wrists without feeling cumbersome.

A Mexican-Style Handwrap is also available. It has a slight elasticity to it and usually runs in the 180″ range. Almost all wraps are made with a convenient Hook & Loop closure system to make self-wrapping easier. There are also smaller wraps available for junior boxers or women. Take a look here for instructions on wrapping your hands.

Gloves

Ringside Boxing GlovesThere are basically four types of gloves to choose from when you’re considering your purchase, and they are Fitness Gloves, Bag Gloves, Sparring Gloves and Competition Gloves.  Each has a distinct purpose and is designed for specialized performance.

Fitness Gloves are used by fitness enthusiasts and competitive boxers alike.  They are designed for use on the heavy bag, punch mitts, double-end bag, and they are perfect for shadowboxing.  They usually have a synthetic leather shell that makes them very easy to clean.  Molded foam padding provides comprehensive protection for the entire hand.  They can range in weight from 8 to 10 ounces.

Bag Gloves are used when training on a heavy bag, punch mitts, double-end bag and even when shadowboxing. They are generally constructed for advanced and competitive level users and built to withstand continual day-to-day use. A good bag glove provides a high degree of protection for a boxer’s hands and shields them from the constant pounding received during training. They can range in weight from 8 to 16 ounces.

Many boxers default to the heavier side of the weight spectrum so that cardiovascular endurance is increased and strength is gained in the arms. This, in turn, makes the gloves worn in competition seem lighter, enabling the boxer to throw quick, effective punches. Specially formulated molded foam padding provides better protection for the hands and more impact resistance for the joints, while maintaining a consistent feel throughout the life of the glove. Most bag gloves feature a hook & loop closure system for convenience and easy on/off capabilities.

Sparring Gloves include molded foam padding that is specifically formulated to absorb and disperse shock, so that the boxer can experience safe, productive sparring. Standard sparring gloves weigh 14, 16 or 18 ounces. The bigger the boxers, the heavier the gloves. Sparring gloves are available with hook & loop or lace-up closure.

The hook & loop design is popular for its convenience, but some of the more seasoned boxers like the snug, secure, custom fit of a lace-up closure. Preference and comfort are the determining factors. Although a sparring glove can be used for bag work, it is recommended that a boxer doesn’t use the same gloves to hit the bags and spar. A sparring glove has its own, unique purpose and using it for other facets of training undermines the integrity of the glove and it’s safety capabilities.

Competition Gloves are gloves used for sanctioned amateur and professional bouts. Amateur competition gloves have mandatory construction and material requirements. They consist of specially-formulated molded foam padding that provides optimum safety standards, and they are regulated by weight. Most professional boxing matches utilize 8 or 10 ounce gloves. Ringside’s variety of pro fight gloves protect the hand while allowing the boxer to deliver the most powerful punches possible.

Heavy Bags/Punching Bags

Ringside Heavy Punching Bag

There are several factors to consider when choosing a heavy bag. Is it going to be used for fitness purposes or competitive boxing? Where will the bag be used? How many people will be hitting it and how often? These are just a few of the questions that must be answered.
A Powerhide Heavy Bag is more than suitable for the general boxing practitioner. It’s very durable and will stand-up to consistent use. However, there is no substitute for the all leather heavy bag. The resilient leather shell is up to virtually any challenge and will withstand round after round of intensive punching.

In addition to the shell material, internal foam liners must also be taken into consideration. Regular filled bags consist of a 1” closed-cell foam liner. These bags are solid to the punch and hold their shape well. Soft filled heavy bags feature a thicker, 2” foam liner that is easier on the hands and joints, providing more give than a regular filled heavy bag.

Free-Standing Heavy Bags are another option and an ideal alternative to mounting a bag from rafters or ceiling joints. They provide the mass of a traditional, hanging bag but react differently when hit, which can add variety to a routine. They are also mobile, which provides the opportunity for a completely customizable workout area.

The size/weight of the heavy bag should be chosen that is closest to the boxer or group of boxers that will be using it. Although some boxers like their heavy bag to move while being hit, others don’t, so personal preference plays a significant role in the type of heavy bag preferred.

Speed Bags

Ringside Speed Punching Bag PlatformThe smaller the Speed Bag the faster the boxers hands and the more skilled he or she must be. Typically it’s good to start out with a larger bag and practice, practice, practice working down to the smallest size. The Speed Bag can be intimidating but is lots of fun and looks impressive when it’s finally mastered.

Double End Bags are similar to Speed Bags and follow the same rules (as far as sizes). The Double End Bag is a great, all-around bag for developing quick reflexes and elusive defensive skills. Speed Bags and Double End Bags are great for developing hand/eye coordination.

Punch Mitts

Ringside Punch MittsA coach’s best tool in teaching his protégé the art of self-defense can be the Punch Mitts. They’re the closest that a coach can get to providing his student with an opponent, without having to put on a headgear and gloves.

With Punch Mitts a coach can teach his boxer specific combinations, play out virtual ring scenarios, concentrate on his boxer’s strengths and work on his weaknesses.

The Punch Mitts are to a coach, what gloves are to a boxer so they have to be perfect. There are many distinctions between Punch Mitts. Choosing the right pair depends on a coach’s style and the boxer he’s working with. Lighter, more compact mitts are best to use with lighter weight boxers who have fast hands and throw multi punch combinations. Larger, thicker, more impact resistant mitts are easier on a coach who works with heavyweights. A lot of mitt work can be damaging to a coach’s joints if he doesn’t choose mitts that fit well and feel good to use.

The most important aspect to look for in a mitt is that it’s not only designed to be punched but is made with the coach in mind. Make sure that it’s been designed to reduce impact, provide a natural fit and protect the coach. Those are the main ingredients to a good punch mitt.

Last Word On Boxing Equipment

Choosing good boxing equipment is not based on any scientific equations or great insight into the sport. It’s not unlike purchasing running shoes, for instance. Looks, price, manufacturer, materials, durability are all factors, but ultimately what matters most is how it fits, feels and performs. Which is why we, at Ringside offer a 120-day return policy.

If you have any questions about specific items or would just like some feedback about what equipment you’re considering, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Ringside’s Boxing Equipment Checklist

Leading up to competition, it’s important to have a calm, focused mindset. Being sure that you have all your equipment before you leave for the event will give you one less thing to worry about.

As a result, we have developed a checklist of competition essentials:

Ringside Boxing

Headgear (amateurs only) – Your Headgear should be competition approved and properly fitted before you arrive at the event location.

Mouth Guard – It should be form fitted to your mouth so that it will be more comfortable and won’t come out as easily.

Hand Wraps – Should securely support the hand. Length, width, and material should conform to event regulations.

Bag Gloves – A necessity for pre-event workouts.

No-Foul Protector – It should be fitted properly and not hinder movement.

Boxing Jersey (amateurs only) - Should fit properly and adhere to event regulations.

Boxing Trunks – Should fit properly and adhere to event regulations.

Boxing Shoes – Should be broken in and comfortable.

Gym Bag – Should be large enough to fit all your equipment and allow easy access.

Using this checklist, you can double check that you have everything you need before you leave for your big match.

Boxing Tips: How To Wrap Your Hands The Right Way

Hand injuries side line more boxers than any other injury. Because there are so many small bones in your hand, it is absolutely imperative that you take every precaution available to protect them. Proper hand wrapping is the best method of preventing an injury that could keep you out of this great sport. We recognize the importance of protecting your hands and have provided the following instructions to teach you the proper method.

Please keep in mind that this is a general guide and other methods do exist. We feel that the method below is a good starting point and covers all the basic points of proper hand protection.

 Step 1

Your hand should be held open in a relaxed position, with your fingers spread apart. Begin by placing the hand wrap thumb loop around your thumb and be sure that the ‘This Side Down’ text on the hand wrap is against your skin. Bring the wrap across the back of your hand and wrap around your wrist 2 or 3 times.Be sure to wrap high enough (2″ to 3″ up from your wrist joint) on the wrist to maximize support. You want to keep the hand wrap snug throughout this process, but not so tight that it will cut off your circulation.

Step 2

From the wrist, bring the wrap across the back of your hand and around your palm, then across the top of your knuckles.

Step 3

Wrap around the knuckle area 2 to 3 times. From the top of your knuckles, wrap across the back of your hand toward your wrist and around. This will create an ‘x’ pattern across the back of the hand.Repeat the ‘x’ pattern 2 or 3 times.

Step 4

Continue around the palm of your hand to the base of your thumb. Wrap completely around your thumb and back toward your wrist on the palm side of your hand.It is important to keep the wrap from twisting while wrapping the thumb.

Step 5

Continue wrapping around the back of your hand to the thumb and once again wrap around your thumb, this time from the opposite direction.

Step 6

Wrap from the thumb over the back of your hand and around your wrist.

Step 7

Continue around your wrist, over the back of your hand and through the space between your pinky and ring fingers. Wrap around your palm back toward your wrist and repeat the steps for each finger.Be sure to keep the wrap as flat as possible and twist free.

Step 8

With the last finger completed, bring the wrap across the palm back toward your wrist.

Step 9

Continue wrapping across the back of your hand toward your knuckles.

Step 10

Wrap once more around the top of the knuckles and across the back of your hand toward your wrist.

Step 11

Secure your wrist with the remaining hand wrap. Be sure to wrap it snugly to provide support for your wrist.

Step 12

Fasten the Hook & Loop closure and you’re done.

Step 13

The finished product should be a secure and protected tightly wrapped hand.

INFOGRAPHIC: The Anatomy of a Glove

That’s right – the Ringside Blog is back!  Starting right now, we’re going to be bringing you some great resources and posts about everything in boxing.  We’re even looking to work with other big boxing bloggers from across the internet, so keep your eye on this space!

Among the many things we take very seriously here at Ringside is educating the public on the variety of choices they face when purchasing boxing equipment.  No matter what your boxing goal is, the right gear is waiting for you.  We start with boxing gloves.  Just take a look at this handy infographic and get to shopping!

The Anatomy of a Glove

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