Choosing fighting equipment is tough if you are just starting out. However, choosing the right products is one of the things that ensure the quality of your workouts.
In this article, we are going to give you some tips about choosing your fighting gear.
Essential pieces of equipment you need to buy
- Mouthguard: The mouthguard is an absolute must for every kind of contact sport. If you go into some kind of sparring without wearing a mouthpiece you are basically risking your health and money for nothing.
A single punch can break your teeth and it’s just not worth the risk.
- Boxing gloves and hand wraps: Without quality boxing gloves you can’t fight or train properly. Moreover, you might risk injuring yourself or your partner. Standard sized boxing gloves are from 8oz. to 16oz. For sparring, we recommend using 12oz. to 16oz. depending on your weight and power. If you are powerful puncher we suggest using big gloves – 14oz. or 16oz to protect your hands and your sparring partner. Also, using a hand wraps is important for extra protection for your knuckles and wrist support.
Before buying anything make sure to check some reviews of the products.
- Shinguards: This is for athletes that are training their kicks as well. Using shinguards can save you a lot of nasty injuries. There are more than one or two cases where fighter breaks his leg after a blocked low kick.
Choosing a good quality shinguards can save you a lot of troubles so don’t hesitate to spend a little more money. Conditioning your shins is good but must be made the right way and you still have to use shinguards.
- Headgear: Headgear is optional and some fighters don’t like wearing one. However, if you watched sparring videos of professional athletes you already noticed that they always wear headgear.
The reason for that is because it can save you from head trauma in the long run. Especially, if you are doing hard sparring often.
- Boxing shoes: If you are serious about boxing then you could use a pair of high-quality boxing shoes. Wearing a pair of shoes can help you improve your footwork and make you quicker.
You will definitely know when you are wearing the right pair. The ideal boxing shoes should support your legs while lightweight enough so you can barely feel them.
Usually, they are made from lightweight leather or suede and have a thin rubber sole to prevent you from slipping if the floor is wet.
These are the main pieces of equipment you will most likely need. However, some of them are optional, for advanced athletes, or sport specific.
If you are fairly new to combat sports don’t rush out and buy every piece of equipment you see.
First of all, make sure you really like the sport and you are serious about it. Then, invest in high-quality equipment because often the cheaper products don’t last long and you end up losing money by buying a lot of low-quality products.