Boxing is a very interesting sport that could be practiced for fun, fitness and can also be pursued as a sports career. It is an intense sport that combines speed, resilience and power. It involves opponents trying to punch each other with padded gloves. A boxing match lasts between three to twelve rounds, with a single round lasting three minutes.
The benefit of boxing include: Enhances cardiovascular health, enhances better hand-eye coordination, Improves total body strength because of it demanding workouts. Boxing also builds resilience in a person, it teaches introspection by building confidence and at the same time demand humility.
Below are some of the things that you need as you start your boxing session.
They are the most important things because they help defend you and prevent injuries to your opponent. It is therefore important that you pick the right size. When choosing your gloves, there are two things you must consider. They include: Your level of play and your size. If you are new to boxing kindly use gloves with good palm ventilation. If you are an advanced boxer, kindly get a pair of gloves with a thick outer of either leather or synthetic leather. On matters size, boxing gloves have a specific sizing system expressed in ounces (oz). This reflects the weight of the gloves (and therefore their level of protection) and corresponds to the boxer’s weight. The following guide can help you choose:
6oz > 50kg,
8oz > 51 to 63kg,
10oz > 64 to 74kg,
12oz > 75 to 90kg,
14 and 16oz > 90kg and above
2. Head guard
You might not need it in your training but in any match, head guards are a must have because they offer protection to both the head and the cheekbone. Decathlon as a company provides head guards with triple-density form to provide optimal protection.
3. Hand wraps
Hand wraps helps cushion the impact when throwing punches. They are used to prevent injury to our hands and support our wrists. We have 27 small and fragile bones in each hand, and if you don’t protect them properly, it’s very easy to fracture or break one. It is therefore important that you have a pair or two for either training or competition.
4. Mouth guard
They are important because they offer protection to the teeth and the tissues around it by limiting the impact of blows, reducing vibrations, and preventing them from clattering together. As basics as they may be, they also help prevent concussion.
5. Punching bag
The best way to work out and start boxing without having to hit anyone. It helps improve your coordination, speed, strength and endurance at the same time.