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The emergence of the coronavirus meant fitness centers across America had to close under the quarantine and “stay at home” orders. As a result, home gyms stepped into the spotlight. Once the lockdown loosened up again, the time and effort many people put into creating their home gyms made their convenience worth hanging on to in place of an expensive health club membership.
While activities like yoga and bodyweight exercises work in a living room as well as anywhere else, many more elaborate activities seem out of the reach of some home gym champions. For lovers of boxing, Everlast comes through with some simple and affordable options to turn a home space into a proper boxing hall.
This reporter was a competitive amateur boxer for more than 10 years, and I can testify that boxing is easily one of the most intense cardio and strength-building activities available in gyms and studios coast to coast. An hour of combined boxing activities or sparring can burn up to 1,000 calories, all while teaching essential self-defense skills. Everlast is a storied name in the fight world, and these affordable equipment options will get you started in the Sweet Science.
Everlast Nevatear Heavy Bag
Available in 100, 80 and 40-pound sizes, these bags are designed to hang freely from the ceiling and swing to allow a fighter to practice punching and footwork in one session. The blended mix of sanitized synthetic and natural fibers provide a shock-absorbent that holds up well. It’ll hold up even better with the traditional duct tape wrapped around its midsection. Thick nylon straps and double-end loops hold it up there with metal rings waiting for a simple chain to seal the deal.
Everlast Pro Style Training Boxing Gloves
Solid for beginners and home warriors, these Everlast gloves arrive in the common 8, 12, 14 and 16-ounce sizes. They use synthetic leather and a hook and loop fastener for essential wrist stability. (The most common boxing gym injury for beginners involve the wrists.) While not appropriate for competition and not the best choice for sparring, these training gloves a very secure option for bag and mitt work at home or back in the gym when the virus threat lifts.
Everlast Powercore Medicine Ball
Great for ab training and shoulder work, a medicine ball is a boxing gym essential. Filled with center-placed sand with a textured, synthetic leather exterior, this Everlast edition is available in 9 and 12-pound versions. It’s best used for contact work against the midsection and as a sort of splat ball in place of sledgehammer striking.
Everlast EverGel Mantis Punch Mitts
If you’re lucky enough to have an experienced workout partner join you in your home boxing gym, using punching mitts as targets is one of the best ways to develop accuracy and hand speed. The Everlast Mantis Punch Mitts attach securely to the wrist with hook and loop straps and are loaded up with EverGel layers within the padding to take the sting out of every punch for the trainer catching the shots.