Hey there fellow beginner! Are you looking to get into the sport of boxing? Well if losing weight, getting into shape, and learning to defend yourself interest you, then you will come to find that boxing is one of the best sports for this.
If you are anything like me, then my best guess is that you are surely to fall in love with the sport and you’ll likely want to take things to the next level and maybe even start getting involved in amateur competitions as I did.
This is a good idea but you need to prepare extensively. You need to make sure that your fitness level is up to the challenge. You’ll also need to make sure that you have the right gear. What does a new boxer need? Within this guide, you’ll find out.
Beginners Boxing Guide – Gear You Will Need
Getting started in boxing? Listed below is the boxing gear you will need to get started
Having a punching bag is going to make a big difference. You need to learn how to punch and you won’t be able to do that without a punching bag. With a good bag, you’ll be able to perfect your punching technique, improve your skills, and so much more. On top of that, you’re going to enhance your endurance. Punch the bag a thousand times a day and you’ll be ready to do it in the gym too.
Just remember that finding a punching bag can be tough. To help you out here are the two main types of punching bags that are most popular
Free Standing Punching Bags
These punching bags are self standing in nature and are the most popular type of punching bag for those who are interested in boxing workouts and using their punching bag more for fitness rather than competitive martial arts or boxing training. Free standing punching bags are also the most popular choice among beginners. The benefits of a free standing punching:
- Easy to set up – Does not require drilling holes in the wall or buying a heavy bag stand.
- Best for Small spaces – Best for apartments or small living spaces
- Portable – Free standing punching bags can be moved around and pushed out of the way
- Best for Beginners – Free standing punching bags are excellent for beginners who want to buy a punching bag and get started right away.
You can hang it from a strut in your garage or from a tree outside. Or, you can buy a freestanding punching bag and avoid the hassle. It is important to decide which punching bag is going to work best for you. Do that and you won’t have any trouble finding a punching bag that helps you take your game to a new level.
Hanging Punching Bags (Heavy Bags)
A hanging punching bag, aka heavy bag, are bags that look like this and are designed to be set up to hang either from a heavy bag stand or from the ceiling. These punching bags are more for those interested in competitive training rather than cardio and fitness training, or for those that want a punching bag that can handle a bit more power than a free standing punching bag. The benefits of hanging punching bags:
- Handle more power – these bags are designed to handle way more power than a free standing punching
- Best for competitive training – the sought after option for those training for competitive sport
- Comparatively cheaper – hanging punching bags when compared to free standing bags tend to be slightly cheaper in cost
Since you’re going to be punching a bag all day, there is a good chance that your hands are going to hurt. You’ll need to protect yourself and make the experience as authentic as possible. This is why you’ll want to buy a pair of boxing gloves. Doing so will help you simulate a real competition.
When choosing a pair of boxing gloves you will need to make sure that you choose the right weight for what you plan to use them for. The weight of the gloves makes a huge difference in how they feel.
The weight of the gloves can make things odd so you’ll want to get used to wearing them right away. Otherwise, you’re going to feel like a fish out of water when you get into the ring for the first time. Remember that boxing gloves come in a variety of weights.
This can make things a little more difficult for you. It is pertinent to do your research so you can find out which gloves are going to work best for you. If you’re going to be competing, you’ll need to get the extra weight that is required by the commission. Do that or you won’t be able to get into the ring and fight your opponent. Most of the time, you’ll need to use two pairs of gloves. You’ll want a pair of boxing gloves for training and a pair for competition. The ones with the Velcro straps on the end are usually suitable for training but not competition.
Be sure to figure out precisely what is going to work for you before buying your gloves.
Getting hit in the face is not fun. You’ll eventually learn to protect yourself and prevent this from happening so often. You’ll also want to make sure that you can protect your teeth. Suffice to say, you’re going to need a mouthpiece and you’ll want the best one money can buy. It won’t be hard to get a mouthpiece as long as you go through the correct channels. For instance, you’ll want to make sure that you buy a mouthpiece that is customized to match your teeth and gums.
To do this, you will need to get a mold first. You can do this at a doctor’s office or you can order a kit online. Then, you’ll need to send the mold into a professional so they can customize your mouthpiece. If you think you’re going to buy a mouthpiece from Walmart, you’re wrong. Those mouthpieces are not going to be comfortable and they may not provide adequate protection. Do your due diligence and make sure you get a great mouthpiece that is going to match your mouth perfectly.
As a boxer, you’re going to get hit everywhere. You’ll take punches to the head, stomach, and side. You’ll learn how to dodge and block these punches but you’re still going to get hit often. With that being said, you need to make sure that certain body parts are protected to the fullest. One of the best ways to do that is by purchasing a groin protector. After all, you don’t want to get hit in this sensitive area. While you could use a cup, you’ll want to look for something different. A groin protector is going to provide a lot more protection than an ordinary cup.
A cup will slide around in your boxing shorts and it might not cover all of your assets so you’ll likely want to avoid using a cup at all costs. A boxing groin protector will go around your legs and back. It’ll provide you with better protection so you won’t have to worry so much about getting hit below the belt. Just remember that you’ll need to account for the groin protector when buying boxing trunks.
The trunks need to be big enough to fit over your body and the groin protector. However, if they’re too big, they’re going to slide down. If you have access to sporting goods shop, a representative will help you find exactly what you are looking for.
Boxing shoes are dime-a-dozen on the market. However, not all brands are created equal. There are several factors to consider when shopping for boxing shoes. These factors include the outsole and insole designs, construction, breathability, flexibility, support, and comfort. Boxing shoes are not only worn during live matches but during sparring and training sessions. So, they must be able to endure long-time exposure to the elements and damage caused by normal wear-and-tear.
Most brands utilize a mixture of textile and synthetic materials for their boxing shoes. These materials are lightweight, flexible, and durable. An additional layer of mesh is utilized to ensure breathability. The insole should have enough padding to deliver a high level of comfort and support. The outsole, on the other hand, should be constructed of rubber to minimize the impact of jumping, walking, and running.
There is much more to a boxing shoe than just its appearance. There is the toe box, outsole, insole, tongue, collar (cuff or topline), heel counter, midsole, and lace guard. All of these components must be resistant to shock, the elements, and damage caused by normal wear-and-tear. Unfortunately, boxing shoes sustain a lot of damage every time they are worn into the ring. Luckily, most manufacturers take this into consideration when designing their boxing shoes.
To prepare for being an amateur boxer, you will need to start with the right gear. Boxers endure a lot of punishment almost every time they step in the ring. The idea is to protect your brain and hands from potential injuries during sparring matches. Unfortunately, most organizations do not allow fighters to wear headgear during live matches. But, you will still need the safety gear for sparring during training sessions. Get the right boxing gear and you will be ready to get started boxing in no time!