Boxing and kickboxing are not only two of the most popular combat sports in the world, they have also become on of the most popular and effective forms of fitness classes. Both boxing and kickboxing require a great deal of skill, technique, and physical conditioning, and they also share one important piece of safety equipment: hand wraps. Handwraps are an essential part of any boxer or kickboxer’s equipment, and they play a critical role in protecting the hands and wrists during training and competition.
Here are some of the key reasons why wearing hand wraps is so important in boxing and kickboxing:
- Provide support and stability: Boxing and kickboxing involve a lot of punching and striking, which can put a tremendous amount of stress on the hands and wrists. Hand wraps help to support and stabilize the joints, which can reduce the risk of injury and improve performance. When your hands are safe, secure and protected, you will have the confidence to throw punches as hard as you without needing to worry about hurting yourself.
- Prevent injuries: Hand wraps provide a layer of padding that helps to absorb the shock of impact. This can reduce the risk of injuries such as bruises, cuts, and broken bones.
- Improve hygiene: Boxing and kickboxing gloves can get sweaty and dirty over time, which can lead to the buildup of bacteria and other germs. Hand wraps can help to absorb sweat and protect the skin, which can reduce the risk of infection and improve overall hygiene. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS CLEAN YOUR HAND WRAPS…There is nothing worse then smelling someone elses stinky hand wraps while your training. Make sure to air your hand wraps out between training sessions and wash them regularly.
- Improve hand speed and power: When the hands are properly wrapped, the boxing gloves fit more securely and snugly. This can improve hand speed and power when training boxing and kickboxing, which can make punches and strikes more effective. In addition when your hands are safe, secure and protected, you will have the confidence to throw punches as hard and as fast as you can without needing to worry about hurting yourself.
- Hand wraps are required for competition: In both boxing and kickboxing, hand wraps are a mandatory piece of equipment for competition. This means that anyone who wants to compete in these sports must wear hand wraps during training in order to get used to the feel and mechanics of wearing them.
- Get in the Zone: The process of wrapping your hands before training is a great way to get in the “zone” or in the proper mindset for training. Use these few minutes to create intention for your training and flip your switch into boxing and kickboxing mode!
- Look Super Badass: Lets be honest hand wraps look badass and who doesn’t wanna look a little bit badass and feel like they’re in a rocky movie when training boxing and kickboxing!?
Overall, wearing hand wraps is an essential part of training and competing in both boxing and kickboxing. They provide support, protection, hygiene benefits, and they can also improve performance. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced fighter, be sure to invest in a good pair of hand wraps and make them a part of your regular training routine.
Looking to purchase a pair of hand wraps: Check us out at either the Vaughan or Toronto location of 1MR One More Round Fitness, Boxing and Kickboxing or Contact us about ordering a pair online.
Not quite sure how to put on your handwraps properly? CLICK HERE to check out a youtube link to see 1MR Owner and Head Coach Jordan Kravitz explaining how to properly put on your handwraps: