Determining boxing gloves size whether you are a pro or an amateur

Determining boxing gloves size whether you are a pro or an amateur

Determining boxing gloves size whether you are a pro or an amateur

One of the most common questions I get asked is picking the right size boxing gloves. Boxing gloves size is not an overly complicated topic but it does require a bit of research. The last thing you want is to invest in an expensive pair of boxing gloves that are overly big or overly tight. I put together a quick guideline that breaks down boxing glove types and sizing.

 

Training Boxing Gloves VS Competition Boxing Gloves

The first thing you must ask yourself is what you will be using the gloves for. Boxing gloves for training are meant to be used for training such as heavy bag work, pad/mitt work and sparring. Competition grade boxing gloves are designed to be used inside the ring for the sole purpose of competition. Gloves used for training and gloves used for competition are built very differently with a fairly big price gap between the two. Decide what the gloves will be used for before you get into actual boxing gloves sizing.

 

The different types of boxing gloves

Boxing gloves are not all made the same. A boxer will not be using a pair of muay thai gloves in his training and an MMA fighter will not be using training gloves meant for pad work in his or hers actual match. Here is a quick list of the different boxing gloves and their intended purpose:

Training Gloves: Training Gloves are meant to be used for pad/mitt work and heavy bag work and in appropriate cases, sparring.

Competition/Amateur Boxing Gloves: These gloves are used in amateur or pro boxing matches. It is recommended you contact your states guideline on glove size before researching what gloves to go with.

Mexican Style Boxing Gloves: These gloves have bubble a straight base with a large bubble shape in the knuckle region. These gloves are primarily designed for boxers and the sport of boxing but are sometimes found in MMA and Muay Thai gyms.

Muay Thai Gloves: These gloves are designed for muay thai fighters and kickboxers. They are also commonly found being used among MMA fighters and MMA training. Thai gloves are built much larger then traditional boxing gloves and are also padded very differently than traditional boxing gloves as well.

MMA Gloves: MMA gloves have a designed that is vastly different than a tradional boxing glove. These gloves are designed specifically for Mixed Martial Arts

Bag Gloves: Bag gloves are designed specifically for the heavy bag/punching bag. Due to the gloves minimum padding design, they are offer minimum hand and wrist protection.

Contact Gloves: These gloves are commonly found in the taekwondo, karate and the various other traditional martial arts scene.

 

Boxing Glove Size in OZ Measurement and What To Go with

The most common measurement for boxing gloves is in OZ. Boxing gloves are broken down into an 8oz, 10oz, 12oz, 14oz, 16oz, 18oz and 20oz. Let’s take a quick look at each one and determine what size will work for you:

8 oz gloves: Recommended for Competition Use. Not recommended for pad work, heavy bag work and sparring.

10 oz gloves: Most Common Glove Size for Competition Use. It can also be used for light pad work and heavy bag work. Not recommended for Sparring.

12 oz gloves: Used in some amateur competitions. It can also be used for medium intensity pad work and heavy bag work. Recommended glove size for women and is not recommended for Sparring.

14 oz gloves: All around glove that can be used at medium intensity bag work and pad work. The gloves are recommended for sparring if you’re in a lighter weight class. Not common in competition use.

16 oz gloves: Designed for power and strength which can be used at a high intensity for heavy bag work and pad work. The gloves are recommended for sparring for light, medium and heavy weight classes. Not common in competition use.

18 oz gloves – Designed for power and strength which can be used at a high intensity for heavy bag work and pad work the gloves are recommended for sparring if you’re in a very heavy weight class. Not common in competition use.

20 oz gloves – Designed for power and strength which can be used at a high intensity for heavy bag work and pad work. The gloves are recommended for sparring if you’re in a a very heavy weight class and are prone to hand breaks. Not common in competition use.

 

When The Manufacturer Does not List Boxing Glove OZ size

When your shopping for boxing gloves, you will notice that some manufacturers will not display the boxing gloves in OZ but rather a small, medium and large size. Let’s take a quick look at each one:

Small Boxing Gloves: The average size of small boxing gloves is roughly 12 oz

Medium Boxing Gloves: The average size of medium boxing gloves is roughly 14 oz

Large Boxing Gloves: The average size of large boxing gloves is roughly 16 oz

 

Wrapping It Up

I hope this guide answered a few questions you guys might have had. With that being said, this guide should be used as a reference and not a holy grail to finding the perfect size. For example, some light weight fighters have very heavy hands that are prone to hand breaks. In that case I would recommend a 16oz+ boxing glove size despite being in a higher weight class. Lastly, if you are planning on picking up a pair of boxing gloves for competition, be sure to contact your state’s athletic commission and ask what glove size you will be using in your match. The last thing you want is to drop a couple hundred dollars on some pro gloves that cannot be used in your actual match.

How To properly Clean a Rash Guard

How To properly Clean a Rash Guard

 

Much like BJJ Gis, a bjj rash guard can be a pain in the bum when it comes cleaning and washing. I’ve had a few rashguards get ruined on me thanks to improperly washing them. Wearing a rash guard for BJJ, MMA or any combat sport related training has a ton of benefits such as keeping you dry whenever your sparring and rolling with your training partner. That said, a rash guard that is improperly washed can lose many of the key qualities that make rash guards so great.  If the manufacturer of your rash guard has not provided any instructions for cleaning, here’s a quick rundown that works for most rashguards:

1. Rinse First

Hand-rinse your guard with cool water as soon as you take it off. This helps to remove sand, ocean particles, salt water or chlorine from the rash guard.

2. Shampoo

After you rinse the rash guard, lather it up with shampoo. Be sure to use a shampoo is that specifically designed for rash guards. It’s best to select a shampoo that is biodegradable so that it won’t damage the fabric of the guard.

Massage the shampoo into the rash guard. Wash the inside and outside of the rash guard, and turn it inside out to make sure that you’re cleaning it thoroughly. Then, rinse the rash guard with warm or cool water to remove all the shampoo residue. If the guard is not rinsed completely, you’ll notice that an odor will start to develop due to bacteria.

If you find that you need to remove any odors from the rash guard, use a combination of baking soda and water to get rid of bacteria. Soak the rash guard in the baking soda and water for about 10 minutes for best results.

2.Hang Dry

After rinsing and washing the rash guard, hang it up to dry. Use a hanger made of plastic or wood to hang our guard. This way, there won’t be any indentations in the guard. If you’re not able to hang the rash guard up, lay it flat in a drawer. Laying the guard flat to dry will help it maintain its shape. Be sure that the room where you lay the guard to dry is cool and dry.

As you can see, with some basic care techniques, you can keep your guard intact for future uses and protect your skin from redness and rashes due to training.

How To Mount a Heavy Bag/ Punching Bag

How To Mount a Heavy Bag/ Punching Bag

One of the most common questions I always get asked is how do you properly mount a heavy bag or punching bag? Unlike an idle free standing punching bag, mounting a heavy bag is fairly easy and its only as difficult as you make it out to be.  The first thing you must do when it comes time to mount your heavy bag is to determine your wall type. If it’s a cement wall, you will need cement screws and if its wooden wall then you will need wood screws. When mounting a punching bag, you will have to drill your wall which is why it’s important to have the correct type of screws. You have to know the kind of wall that you are drilling as improper screws can damage both your wall and your heavy bag. In addition, when picking where exactly the heavy bag will be mounted, you will need a rigid wall so as to avoid your bag to crash down on the first punch. If your wall is made up of cement in the basement, you will need another anchor.Measure the swivel that is on the bag hanger, the chain and the upper middle of the bag. Make sure that the center of the punching bag is hanging up at the shoulder height while standing.

Once you have figured out the wall type, screws needed and the location of where your heavy bag will be mounted, you will now need to measure the swivel that is on the bag hanger, the chain and the upper middle of the bag. Make sure that the center of the punching bag is hanging up at the shoulder height while standing to avoid having come crashing down.
After that has been completed, you must now drill in the screws and secure the wall mount bracket so we can hang the heavy bag.

When the wall mount is in its place, you can now install your punching bag. First, put the chain on the bag and then lift the punching bag to get the chain on the wall hanger. Finally, your punching bag is in its place. Put on you gloves and do some testing on how it works. Throw some light jabs just to gauge how well the bag is mounted and be sure to examine the actual foundation and mounting bracket when a strike is thrown. If you find that the bracket wiggles a bit when light strikes are thrown, it is recommended that you resecure and tighten the screws.

How To Properly Apply Hand Wraps

How To Properly Apply Hand Wraps

With the rise in popularity of mixed martial arts, many people both young and old have decided to start training. With Mixed martial training as well as boxing, kickboxing, muay thai and Sambo training, the first thing you will need to learn is how to properly wrap your hands when it comes time to train. Whether its doing a few rounds of pad work or a few rounds of sparring, wrapping your hands will ensure that your knuckles are properly protected. One of the most common injuries in combat sports is hand breaks which is why its important to wrap your hands properly when you start training. Here’s a quick rundown on how to properly wrap your hands:

Take the hand wrap and put your thumb through the loop. Pull the wrap across the back of your hand and wrap it around your wrist three times. Next, wrap it around your palm above your thumb three timesPull the wrap across your palm to where the base of your thumb meets your wrist. Pull the wrap across the back of your hand and between your little and ring fingers. Pull the wrap between your index finger and thumb, and then across to where the base of your little finger meets your wrist. These last two wraps across the back of your hand should look like an X. Do this three more times, once each between your ring and middle fingers, your middle and index fingers, and your index finger and thumb.

Pull the wrap across your palm to where the base of your thumb meets your wrist. Pull the wrap across the back of your hand and between your little and ring fingers. Pull the wrap between your index finger and thumb, and then across to where the base of your little finger meets your wrist. These last two wraps across the back of your hand should look like an X. Do this three more times, once each between your ring and middle fingers, your middle and index fingers, and your index finger and thumb.
Your wrap should be where the base of your thumb meets your wrist. Wrap it around your thumb again, from the back of your hand around the inside. Next, wrap it around your wrist and around your thumb a third time in the same direction, from the back of your hand to the inside, but instead of going down to the where the base of your thumb meets your wrist, pull it across your palm. Pull your wrap three times around your knuckles.
If you have any wrap leftover, continually wrap your hand until it runs out, by wrapping it around your wrist, in an X shape across the back of your hand, across your knuckles, or some combination of the three. Finish by wrapping the Velcro side across your wrist to secure it.

Hopefully that clarifies any misconception when it comes to wrapping your hands.

How To Clean A BJJ Gi

How To Clean A BJJ Gi

BJJ Gi’s have a unique material that must be washed in a specific way or else they will become ruined. I have had a few gis shrink on me in the past because i washed them incorrectly. BJJ gis are expensive and ruining them thanks to improper cleaning is a feeling that simply sucks. If your BJJ gi’s manufacturer has no instructions on washing them, here’s a quick rundown when it comes to washing your gi:To clean your BJJ gis (Brazilian jiu-jitsu gis), you must soak them for at least a few hours, the longer the better. Even the best bjj gi will need a cleaning!

To clean your BJJ gis (Brazilian jiu-jitsu gis), you must soak them for at least a few hours, the longer the better. If your gis are white, use hot water to soak them. If your gis are black or another dark color, use cold water. In addition to this hot or cold water, add a cup of vinegar to seal in the color, as well as about half a cup of detergent. Make sure to use a color-safe detergent for your black gis.
If it is available to you, it is easiest to let your gis soak in your washing machine. Add the vinegar and detergent to the cycle, set it for hot or cold water, and let it go until it is about to start the rinse cycle. Stop it before the rinse cycle starts, and let everything soak for at least a few hours, but preferably overnight. Once it has been properly soaked, start the wash cycle over and let it work to completion. If it is available to you, do a second rinse cycle as well.If you are unable to let it soak in the machine, simply use your bathtub. Fill up your tub approximately an eighth of the way full of hot or cold water, mix in your detergent and vinegar, and then add your

If you are unable to let it soak in the machine, simply use your bathtub. Fill up your tub approximately an eighth of the way full of hot or cold water, mix in your detergent and vinegar, and then add your gis, making sure the water completely covers them. After your gis are done soaking, do a normal wash and rinse cycle in your washing machine. Once again, if it is available to you, do a second rinse cycle as well. For white gis, it is best to let them dry in direct sunlight, as the sun naturally lightens things and keep your gis white. For dark gis, keep them away from sunlight to keep the color from fading.

I hope that quickly clarifies any questions you guys might have had when it comes to cleaning your bjj gi. Like we mentioned earlier, gis are an expensive piece of martial arts gear which is why they need to be properly cleaned and maintained if you want them to last a long a time. Follow this quick guideline if your bjj gi manufacturer has no instructions on gi cleaning.

How to Remove the Foul Order From Gloves

How to Remove the Foul Order From Gloves

Have you ever had a pair training gloves that stunk so bad that it was unbearable? The smell emitting from the gloves is bacteria and wet sweat that has not dried up yet. I’ve been through close to a dozen pair of gloves because I did not take care of them and clean them properly. It down right sucks having to replace a good pair of gloves because of something so miniscule Here is a list of quick tips to help keep the stench out of your boxing or mma gloves:

 

Preventing your Training gloves from stinking

  • Ensure that your gloves are completely dry at all times. When there is liquid inside the gloves it creates a moisture and there after unpleasant smell. A good way to keep your gloves dry just to waking down before and after training.
  • Much like a sock is two pair of shoes, hand wraps help keep gloves dry.  It is important to wear your boxing gloves with hand wraps and not a naked hand. Your bare hands sweat more therefore leaving a stench in your gloves.
  • Before you start training with your gloves, wash, Clean, and dry your hands before the   training session. Wearing your gloves with a clean pair of hands will prevent any smell. Even though you shower after training, your gloves will not get a clean so that’s why it’s important to wash your hands before training.

 

Removing the Oder from Gloves

  • Wipe down the inside surface of the gloves with disinfectant or Lysol. Let the gloves stand for about an hour to an hour and a half.
  •  Grab a lightly soaked towel and wipe down the disinfectant/ Lysol. Let the glove stamp for an hour.
  • Take a blow dryer and set the fan to cool and completely dry the inside of the glove after wiping it down with disinfectant/Lysol.

 

I hope this article has helped some of you folks. It sucks having to replace your training gloves due to the odor caused by intense training. Also, as stupid as this may sound, never place your gloves inside the freezer.  I’ve heard people throwing their gloves in the freezer like they would with a water bottle in order to remove and the odor caused from protein. This will not work with gloves and this will only ruin your gloves.  A friend of mine completely ruined his $200 pair of clad Torre gloves doing this. Thanks a ton for reading and I wish you the best.

 

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