Three Steps To Buying The Right Pair Of Kickboxing Gloves
Selecting the right pair of kickboxing gloves for your body, could mean the difference between a good workout and a great one. Yet, when you go to the store to purchase some, there often isn’t enough information available to help you make the right choice. So before you select your next pair of gloves, here are the three steps that you need to consider for the best possible purchase.
DETERMINE YOUR SIZE
Glove sizes are measured in ounces, which increase in size by even numbers from 8 ounces to 16 ounces. For the most part, the measurement of the glove has a direct correlation to the weight of it, however that is not always the case. When picking a glove for kickboxing, the heavier gloves may be a better choice, as they provide your hands with more padding and protection. This is especially useful when your training involves hitting heavy bags, pads, and a BOB (Body Opponent Bag). In addition to that, gloves should be picked based on your weight and height. Refer to the chart below to determine what size of gloves will be best suited for your body type. When wearing the right gloves, they will feel snug and comfortable, your fingertips will be able to reach the top and you will be able to make a fist without a lot of force.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT TYPE OF GLOVE
There are all sorts of different types of gloves available on the market depending on the activity that you are doing. For instance, there are bag gloves, sparring gloves, training gloves, fighting/pro gloves, cardio gloves, and Muay Thai/ Kickboxing gloves. So how do you know which type of gloves you should be using during kickboxing? Well, for the purpose of kickboxing training, where you are hitting a padded opponent (BOB) and not a human, modern bag gloves are your best option followed by training gloves. Modern bag gloves have enough padding to protect your knuckles as you hit a hard surface, and aid your knuckles in becoming accustom to intense impact. They also offer wrist support, and are an ideal weight for beginners and individuals doing fitness boxing. The next best choice are training gloves, which are designed for all purpose training, even though the padding might not be thick enough for hitting a hard surface. If you are just starting out or don’t hit too intensely, these are a suitable choice.
SELECT THE RIGHT BRAND
Buying a quality pair of gloves is well worth the investment, as it can last for a longer period of time, properly protect your hands and save you money in the long run. Gloves from a good brand will also only assist your training and performance, thus helping you to achieve better and quicker results. If you are looking to buy a high-end pair of gloves, you should invest in a pair from Everlast, Cleto Reyes, Grant and/or Winning. Everlast has the best high-priced gloves around and although they have lower-priced options available, they are slightly behind the Winning brand gloves in the same price range, when it comes to protection. However, Everlast are a great pair for beginners and for anyone partaking in fitness boxing like kickboxing.