You know those infamous words that let you know it’s time to get down to business:
“GLOVE IT UP.”
So we get on our gloves, and we get to work. But before we do, let’s talk about those gloves you’re putting on those lil paws of yours.
Of course, it all begins with proper form (read: how to throw a cross punch that doesn’t suck).
But it certainly doesn’t hurt to have some padding between those knuckles and the bag. This isn’t Fight Club, so we want to protect our hands, and also if it were Fight Club, obviously we wouldn’t be talking about it right now. Always remember that buying gloves is like buying shoes. You need a quality pair that will last, feel great and of course, show your style.
There are a few options when it comes to hand protection, so here are the ones we like and the pros and cons of each.
We always start people off with our 12 oz Proforce gloves. These are extremely beginner friendly, and provide enough padding and support for you when you’re banging on the bag. The weight is enough to make you feel it, but not so much that you can’t keep punching.
We like these because they provide enough padding for you to really learn how to hit that bag, and enough support for your knuckles and wrist to keep you from messing yourself up. Because if anyone’s gonna MESS YOU UP, it’s gonna be me (in a C.O.B.R.A. class in a controlled setting at 60%). These are great gloves for all your kickboxing needs, and will help you get a great workout!
Pros: knuckle padding, wrist support, good weight for class structure
Cons: hot, can develop odor
These little dudes are built for multitasking, helping you to easily transition from punching and kicking to ground work and other movements. However, they aren’t the most beginner friendly, because your form better be on point if your throwing hard punches with these on. You can find these for $25 or less but….if you want durability these Creed MMA Gloves are the way to go at $80
Pros: Lightweight, ventilated, easily go from punches to push ups, etc
Cons: little to now padding, less wrist support, not for use on heavy bags
I affectionately refer to these as my hulk smash gloves, because they make my hands look enormous. Going up in weight means they make it a heck of a lot harder to keep your hands up, but that also means they come with even more padding. These Venum gloves are a great choice on Amazon
Pros: develop more muscle, hit harder, advance your workouts
Cons: heavy, not for beginners, can develop odor