While there is a little bit more to boxing than you’ll see in the intense fight scenes in the movies or in the ring, it’s a sport that is still simple enough to be suitable and stress-relieving for anybody. It doesn’t take too much to get started and believe me, once you start you won’t be able to stop! Boxing is one of my ultimate favorite workouts because it’s strengthening, engaging, and honestly, pretty easy on my credit card. Here’s a list of what you need to get started with boxing!
- The Bag: Boxing bags are heavy stuff. Typically, people start with 70 pound bags, and use a swivel mount and / or stand to hang up the bag for punching. Both soft and hard fill bags provide about the same intensity workout and should endure the same amount of punches.
- Hand Wraps: Putting on and unwinding these long strips of cloth can be a little tedious at times, but these are very important to own and use! Like your foot, your hand is made of so many little bones, muscles, and nerves that could easily become injured without proper support. Besides protecting your hands, hand wraps are also useful in keeping your gloves stink-free, since they will help absorb sweat. Google “how to put on hand wraps” if you’re unsure.
- Workout clothes: Since you wouldn’t bench press in dressy clothes (or would you?), you should probably consider your outfit when getting ready to box. Boxing doesn’t require any specialized clothing, but you should be wearing overall workout clothes like shorts and a comfortable t-shirt – you WILL be working out a sweat.
- Gloves (Bag / Training): Real gloves that you might wear in competition aren’t quite the same as those we train with because the ones we train with require less padding. Like hand wraps, gloves help protect your hands and the bag while you’re really going for it! Definitely a needed piece of boxing equipment.
- Shoes: During your own workouts, any non-slip athletic shoes will do (but definitely wear shoes!). Should you desire to engage in real boxing matches, the recommended boxing boot is typically from the brand, Londsdale.
- Speed bag: These funny little apparatuses help you work on the agility of your punches and turnover. They’re easy to hook basically behind any door in your house, and will definitely give your triceps a workout as they also increase your stamina and skill.
- Headgear: For the sparrer, make sure you invest in good headgear to protect your brain and head! There are many styles, so pick what fits you — whether you prefer something that’s less restrictive, also covers your face, provides more padding, etc. it’s up to you! Just also remember that wearing headgear isn’t a fail-proof way to stay safe, so still be cautious in your boxing.
- Mouthguard: When you ask yourself “what do I need for boxing?”, perhaps you remember that you need to protect your noggin but not your teeth! Like headgear, if you value your teeth at all and participate in sparring or competitions, you’re really going to need this. Mouthguards are only around $20, but protect your teeth and mouth. You don’t want to walk away from your match as the winner, but having lost your front teeth!
- Round timer: Boxing isn’t quite like running, when you expect to perform 20+ minutes of the activity nonstop. Instead, boxing is more of an high intensity interval training type of workout, and a round timer will help you with that. Any stopwatch or phone app will do, but specific round timers or interval timers help you set all your intervals in the beginning, and these autorepeat the number of times you require.
As with any activity, to prepare well is to set yourself up for a safe, exciting, and fun time — we think the same of preparing your necessary equipment for boxing.