Wanting to kickstart your boxing journey but not sure where to begin? Read on as we list 4 MUST HAVES FOR BOXING NEWCOMERS. It can be a daunting time starting a new hobby. What equipment? Where from? And so on, but do not let the unknown stop you from starting something as rewarding as boxing. A full body workout leaving no muscle un-worked, including the brain. To help you out, we have compiled a list of the top 4 must haves to have you swinging away in NO time.
The first and most obvious item you will need to kickstart everything is a good pair of boxing gloves. With so many types of boxing gloves and so many different brands, it can be confusing to know which is best; so let us break it down for you. First of all, the activity you plan to undertake will determine what gloves you need. For example, there are different gloves for; training, competitions, sparring, etc. If you are just starting out, the best type of boxing gloves would be a pair of boxing training gloves. These gloves are heavily padded and made for training on pads or a punching bag. The big difference between training gloves and competition gloves is mainly the design itself. Training gloves are designed to be punched against pads or bags whereas competition or fighting gloves are made to be used in a match scenario (usually against another person). A so-called accessory of boxing gloves are hand wraps and tape. Although not essential for beginners, it is important to know what is on offer. Wraps and tape are sometimes worn underneath boxing gloves to further support the wrists, knuckles, hands, and joints. Hand wraps secure the joints in the hand and help the shock after a punch distributes through the hand. In addition to this, hand wraps also add extra protection for the thumb. If any of these areas are injured or weak, using hand wraps and/or tape is highly recommended to prevent injuries.
#2 Thai Pads + Punching Balls
Now that you have your gloves, you will need something to practice on. Focus pads are a padded target attached to a glove that a person will hold whilst the other punches against it. Commonly used in training and fitness, focus pads are the ideal tool for training fast punch-kick and elbow-knee combinations used in Muay Thai. Focus pads are the perfect tool to learn different punches, combinations, and overall technique. Similar to boxing gloves, focus pads have an adjusted multi-layer padding for perfect shock-absorption of blows. An indispensable item for a newcomer and their training buddy. After getting acquainted with your focus pad, you can decide to continue training like this or move onto other options such as punching bags, punching balls and for the more experienced perhaps sparring. Punching balls are essentially a weighted target used in training to improve punching accuracy, hand speed, reaction time and hand-eye coordination, however they also contribute to improving upper body endurance, agility, and overall cardio.
#3 Skipping Rope
Boxing is ALL about agility, endurance, and accuracy. To develop these characteristics, it goes beyond throwing punches. Skipping is a popular and effective exercise that conditions the necessary characteristics needed in boxing. Not only does it assist in warming up and general fitness, but it also helps to develop agility, endurance, and accuracy. In fact, it has been proven that skipping for 10 minutes is about equivalent to an 8-minute run, although much more effective (and enjoyable). The great thing about skipping is that there are so many ways you can jump, combinations you can create and so on. Due to this variation, not only will it give you a varied workout, but it also helps to maintain enjoyment and minimise boredom and repetition.
#4 Mouth Guard
Boxing does not have to ruin your pearly whites. Regardless if you are training or competing, your teeth should always be protected in order to avoid any sport-related impacts to the teeth. If you receive a blow to the mouth, not only could it result in knocked out or damaged teeth, but it could also result in trauma to the gum, lip, and overall mouth. There are a range of different sporting mouthguards on the market , but the best option would be a custom mouthguard that fits your mouth and teeth perfectly. In boxing and any other highly physical sport, prevention rather than reaction is always the way to go.
There you have it. Proof that to start your boxing journey you do not need your own gym or even a gym membership. You can kickstart your boxing journey from the comfort of your own home. Whether you decide to invest in all of these products or only a few, regardless, know that you are on the right track. Boxing is a rewarding sport both physically and mentally and once you commence, the only way is truly up. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your training buddy and get training.