Whether you’ve been training for a while, or are just considering taking up a martial art such as MMA, Kickboxing or Muay Thai, you’ll no doubt have noticed that shin guards are one of the main pieces of equipment used in training. Obviously if you’re planning on sparring with kicks then shin guards are usually a must have, but they also open up a whole range of other partner activities, such as Dutch style combination drills. We’ve reviewed a wide range of shin guards so far (head over to our Shin Guard Reviews page), and while they don’t tend to vary as much in terms of features as Boxing Gloves do, there are still a few distinct types, so it’s important to know the benefits of each style.
If you’re training often, it’s incredibly important to keep your gear clean, including your mouth guard. In this article we’ll be going over a couple of the steps which you can take to make sure your mouth guard is always clean and fresh, and avoid any possible hygiene issues.
Buying new boxing gloves is easy, right? Just work out what sort of thing you’re looking for, take a look at a couple of boxing glove reviews to get a feel for whether that gear is the best choice for you, and then buy them.
Except that process is significantly harder if for whatever reason you don’t particularly want to use leather. Perhaps you’re a strong believer in living a hardcore vegan lifestyle, or perhaps you have another reason for avoiding leather – either way it can seriously reduce your options when searching for boxing gloves. Thankfully we’ve come across a number of brands who use leather alternatives which we think are actually pretty decent, so you can still grab a great pair of gloves and avoid that cheap, plastic-feeling vinyl.
Hykso (pronounced Hik-soh) is a US based company headquartered in Orange County, CA, founded by Khalil Zahar that produces tracking technology that you slip into your hand wraps and monitors your punching output during training. Hykso sent us a pair (one of the first three thousand produced) and we’ve decided to break down our review into two parts; Our first thoughts, and then a full review after a longer period of training.
You see them all over the place at the moment, there’s someone in every gym with one, they’re all over instagram and you can even spot them in hollywood blockbusters like Southpaw. I’m talking about altitude training masks. That guy in the gym who looks like Bane and sounds like Darth Vader swears it’s the same as training in the Himalayas, but what’s the obsession with training at altitude? And what’re the benefits to using an altitude mask?
There are a lot of people out there who go out and buy the cheapest gear they can find when they first take up boxing, MMA or any other combat sport. While sometimes this is down to circumstance, using the wrong gear can actually have a huge negative impact on your actual training.
The importance of headgear in boxing has been a bit of a debate over the last few years, with the Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) and the Olympics both seeming to favour the removal of headgear. But why? Surely protection is there for a reason, right?
Welcome to the Fight Quality ultimate guide to everything you need to know about boxing gloves. This guide aims to be the only resource you’ll ever need when it comes to boxing gloves. We’ve broken down just about everything you need to know, from the specialisations of the different styles of glove, to the different brands available.
As a review website, we’ve of course reviewed a whole range of boxing gloves from a host of different brands, all of which are built completely differently. One thing which isn’t discussed often is how boxing gloves are actually produced. Different factories all do things slightly differently which is why most brands will have their own unique build style or shape. We’ve done a little bit of research so that we can give you a quick breakdown on the basics of their production.
MMA gloves are one of the most important items of equipment for MMA. MMA fighters use a small light weight glove which offers less protection than boxing gloves, but allows you to use the hands for grappling as well.
If you’re training often, it’s incredibly important to keep your gear clean. In this article we’ll be going over a couple of the steps which you can take to make sure your gloves are always clean and fresh, and avoid any possible hygiene issues.
Whether you’re looking to buy boxing gloves or just using them regularly it’s a good idea to know what the common features of boxing gloves are and what they do. We’ve already been through the Types Of Boxing Gloves and broken down the benefits of Lace Up vs Velcro Boxing Gloves, so by now you should know the basics when it comes to boxing gloves. Here we’ll break down some of the additional features of gloves that can improve usage and add that extra touch.
When buying boxing gloves, the brand you buy definitely matters. Almost all established fight gear brands who sell boxing gloves will have developed their own distinct style and create their gloves in completely different ways. Before looking into it though, you need to determine what sort of budget you have and what you’re going to be using that pair of gloves for.
When boxing gloves first started, they were all made with laces, but it wasn’t until a lot later, a little while after the ‘hook and loop’ enclosures which are usually known as Velcro were introduced to make boxing gloves a lot quicker and easier to put on. As the years have gone by, Velcro gloves are now incredibly popular and almost all beginners will start with Velcro gloves. You may be asking whether you should be wearing lace up boxing gloves or Velcro boxing gloves, but the decision between the two is effectively a decision between better fit or better convenience.
So what are the benefits of each type?
Chances are that at some point towards the beginning of your training you were told you need hand wraps to wear underneath your gloves. Hand wraps of course make your hand safer, but not many people actually know how they do that.
Whether you’ve been training for a while, or are just considering taking it up, you’ll no doubt have noticed that not all boxing gloves are the same. There’s actually more variation than you would expect, and each style of glove has its own uses. Here’s a quick run-down on most of the styles of boxing glove you may come across.
Muay Thai or ‘Thai boxing’ is the cultural martial art of Thailand. The origin of Muay Thai dates back several hundred years, and was essentially developed as a form of close-combat that used the entire body as a weapon, including elbows and knees, leading to it becoming known as “the art of eight limbs”. In modern day, Muay Thai has become a global sport and is often incorporated into the training routines of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters and kickboxers.
It goes without saying that for a number of combat sports including boxing, kickboxing and Muay Thai, you need to use boxing gloves. In this article we’re going to take a closer look into why we use them in the first place. To understand what protection boxing gloves provide, it’s important to look back at what the sport of boxing was like before the introduction of boxing gloves and other safety measures.
How do you know you’re using the right size or weight boxing glove? If you ask most brands they’ll usually tell you it all depends on either your weight or the size of your hands, but is that always the case? Should you use the same weight gloves for both fitness work like pads or a heavy bag, as you would use during sparring?
Perhaps you’re considering taking up MMA, or maybe you’ve been going a while and want to make sure you’re using the right equipment. We’re here to walk you through all of the equipment you might need.