Boxing is a great way to get in shape and have fun while working out, with the added benefit of learning a few moves should you ever have to defend yourself (fingers crossed you don’t!). Like any workout, having the right gear can make or break your boxing experience, which is why choosing gloves that fit properly and protect your hands is imperative to getting your sweat on safely. Having a broken wrist and blaming ‘the other guy’ loses a lot of cool points when the other guy is a punching bag.
Finding the right size for your hand requires three measurements. Experts say these measurements should include your height, weight, and the circumference of your dominant hand (use a tape measure and wrap it around your hand and under your knuckles).
There are various levels of boxing gloves, but for a boxing class, the best option is either Bag Gloves, which have less padding and make it easier to feel the training bag and determine whether your form is correct, or Training Gloves, which can be used for a bag or sparring.
Now that you know how to measure your hands and what types of gloves to look for, let’s check out some great options.
1. Trideer Pro Grade Boxing Gloves
The Trideer Pro Grade Boxing Gloves are a great option for anyone looking to step up their game in boxing class. Our team loves that the affordable glove features a high-end faux leather finish that is durable and easy to clean, with a widened design that stabilizes the wrist and protects the hand. Breatheable mesh inside the glove keeps your hands cool, while multi-density foam absorbs shock, protecting you and your partner. Or the bag. We don’t want to be mean to the punching bag.
2. SUTEN MMA, Muay Thai and Boxing Training Gloves
The SUTEN MMA, Muay Thai and Boxing Training Gloves are a half-glove that are great for anyone training in boxing or martial arts. The gloves come with a wrist strap that allows for a snug fit and extra support, with an anatomical thumb pad that provides protection without limiting mobility. The glove is a great intro option for anyone starting out with boxing classes, with a low price and a one-size fits all design.
3. Sanabul Essential Gel Boxing and Kickboxing Gloves
The Sanabul Essential Gel Boxing and Kickboxing Training Gloves have a huge following online and for good reason. The gloves have gel impact protection foam and a longitudinal arch design that keeps the hand safe when striking. The hook and loop closure system makes the gloves easy to take on and off and Sanabul provides a variety of sizes that will fit any fighter in training.