Boxing gloves are an extremely divisive topic when it comes to exercise and sporting equipment. The variation in opinions and the people who are giving them plays a big part too. They are way more versatile than most people think.


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Differences & Types of Boxing Gloves

The different brands and the selection they offer also have a part to play in this. They are what allow experienced boxers to find a pair of gloves that suit them and their training. For new starters or people with less experience, however, this isn’t always so easy to get our heads around. It's a big deal too, since choosing which gloves are the best fit for you is a real game-changer.

The main difference between these types of products after branding is the weight categories. Brands tend to have specific methods or style of gloves and, as users become more accustomed to a particular brands product, they may be more comfortable using them, even at different weights.

Gloves tend to range between 10oz and 16oz going in up in figures of 2oz. That allows them to be used differently depending on the situations they are required for. These different sized and styled gloves also need to account for the purpose of use and are often sold separately as training or sparring gloves, bag gloves, and competitive gloves.

Heavy Boxing Gloves

Heavier boxing gloves such as the 14oz and 16oz gloves tend to be the preferred choice for training and sparring because of their thickness and the padding that comes along with that. It helps protect the users from any unnecessary damage over time either from repetitive strain or even direct impact damage related accidents on the spot.

These gloves ensure the impact is lowered for heavier bags and even when sparring so that no real damage is inflicted, and safety is much more likely.

Lighter Boxing Gloves

The lighter gloves such as the 10oz and 12oz tend to be more for competitive fighting. Most professional boxing bodies will have regulations in place for what gloves must be used for each specific situation. Usually, weight classes and even title fights at the top tier levels make your choice pivotal. Since they're so important, that's usually good enough reason to learn which boxing gloves are which. Keep in mind what you're going to need long and short term; training or fighting.

Some boxers prefer to train using lighter gloves in specific exercises, such as using a lighter punch bag, so that they become used to what they will be using competitively. Then they can refer back to heavier gloves when sparring to prevent injury not only to themselves but also their sparring partner. The other person should be wearing equally weighted gloves in order to it to be a balanced fight after all.

Injury Prevention

The risk of an injury doesn’t just stop there either. Different types of gloves also offer different kinds of support for the wrists as well as the rest of the hand. Some gloves will have added padding and different material types supporting the wrist by extending the glove to go slightly further up the arm.

This allows more force to be absorbed by the supports and reduces strain, which, over time, can be a real problem if not wearing the right gloves for the training being used.

The best way to find out which boxing gloves may be the best for you is to try them on for yourself and ensure they are well fitted to your hands and the exercises you will be doing, and they are purposed for what is it they are needed for. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! The decision could be the difference between an injury or even a disqualification at the end of the day. It's a big deal!

(As a side note, make sure that you're getting the right punch bag for your training too. It makes a BIG difference!)


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