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A Beginner's Guide To Boxing Equipment

Jun 9, 2008
Out of all the sports combined, boxing is one of the most physically demanding because of the large emphasis put on training and endurance. Boxers will very often train rigorously throughout the morning and at nights for weeks on end in preparing for a match. Such workouts are necessary to have incorporated special boxing equipment, however, for best effect.

Of the most basic safety equipment, the mouthpiece and multiple types of hand gear. Hand gear is very important, as knuckles and other locations around the hand will become seriously damaged in no time at all. Thus, padding and a firm grip can help nullify such injuries, which can be devastating when trying succeed in a real boxing match. Mouthpieces, groin guards, and headgear is also quite common for sparring matches.

When a boxer is in the training process, it's important for the boxer to obtain superior hand eye coordination and speed. To gain expertise in both fields, its best to train with the speed bag. The speed bag is a lightweight type of bag that can move around in often unpredictable locations- meaning coordination and the rule of keeping one's hands up will both be improved.

Speed bags are great for coordination, but they do little to show beginners where to hit, and prove useless to veterans who wish to practice heavy body hits. In this case, a heavy bag is needed to help both areas of boxing tactics. A heavy weight bag is important in keeping knowledgeable on how to land the perfect body hit- as just one well placed body hit will render an opponent useless and subject to the count that ends the match.

Modern technology has made it possible for the "slam man" punching bag, or what is otherwise called a human shaped bag. This bag is shaped in the form of a human, and is made of synthetic materials that act and react much like a human body would to a punch. This can give the "real feel" when sparring with the bag, meaning training can benefit much more as a result. A slam man may be more expensive on average, but it is well worth the money in learned expertise.

Lastly, a boxer should always have a good set of boxing clothing. As seen in many movies, events, and matches, the boxer's clothing is usually loose fitting yet practical enough to withstand constant movement of the legs and arms. This usually means that a simple pair of boxing shorts and boxing coat or hood will be necessary to maintain tradition and appeal.

In Conclusion

Boxing equipment can cost quite a bit in the long run, but it is completely necessary for aspiring boxers to make it to the top of their industry. Avid practicing and willpower will get a boxer places in the boxing life, but that is usually only achieved through great boxing equipment. Many sports stores and online retailers will be able to assist boxers in obtaining the right equipment for specific needs.
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