The right glove choice according to the type of training

  • The different types of gloves to use in training

Boxers usually use a different boxing glove depending on the type of training they are going through.

As we all know, to develop all the technical, physical and endurance characteristics, boxers perform many different workouts.

These workouts strain the body, as well as the joints in a different way. Therefore, many instructors and coaches consider it appropriate to use gloves with different weights and padding. & nbsp;

Quickly making a rundown, we describe the details of the weight and padding of boxing gloves that are usually used in various training sessions in Italy and abroad.

  1. Technical training with the teacher
  2. Technical training with partner
  3. Conditional Training and Sparring
  4. Training with the heavy punching bag
  5. So which boxing gloves to choose ?

Technical-training with the-teacher

Technical training with the coach usually takes place with pads, speed mitts or the round Mexican shield. The shot is taken to medium high speed and power.

Obviously with speed training with speed mitt it will be done with a different punch power than one with the round shield, in which the boxer will try power shots and knockout punches.

If you analyze the movements and aims of these two types of training, you immediately understand that the first (speed mitts) will require protective gloves, but light and technical. Many top level professionals and amateurs use match gloves in this training. The motivation is to get used to the ounces (8oz, 10oz, 12oz) and the feel of the match glove (pro glove or amateur anti shock glove), without risking an injury.

In training with the round shield or also called Mexican, the masters recommend using the heaviest sparring gloves (14 oz or 16 oz). This is because, despite the shield being soft and made up for this type of impact, it is necessary to protect the hands and wrists of the boxer, who usually uses all his power to discharge the blow.

Technical-training with partner

Partner training is usually done by less experienced boxers with blows over the palms of their partner covered by the glove, or with the pads, or finally, by more experienced boxers, directly to target.

As the risk of getting hurt, or hurting your training partner, is often high, coaches often recommend using protective and well-padded gloves (14oz and 16oz).

The reasons for this choice are: the number of impacts is very high, the power of the blow that is difficult to control and the inexperience of the athletes, who risk moving their hands incorrectly, injuring their partner or even themselves. .

Conditional-training and sparring

In this type of training the opinions of the coaches are divided, especially between Italian coaches and abroad ones and the amateur’s and professional boxers’ one

There are those who believe that the boxer should use gloves similar to those of the match, with the anti-shock, but equal to or slightly higher than the one that will be used in the athlete’s match (10 ounces and 12 once).

Others, on the other hand, are looking for maximum protection, as during sparring, especially if not conditioned, the percentage of injuries rises considerably, compared to the workouts previously described.

Boxers do their best during these sparring and usually do more takes than they would in a match. The chances of receiving very hard blows and placing your hand incorrectly are very high. Therefore, some coaches opt for heavier ounces (16 oz, 18oz, or even 20 oz for a heavyweight or super heavyweight).


Even this training, like the others, can be done differently depending on the purpose. Without going into subtleties and the physiology of training, which we will leave to professionals in the sector, we divide the types of training with this tool into:

Technical – training in which you work on different combinations or supports of the hand

Speed ​​- training in which you try to work quickly and not sink too deep

Power – training in which blows, combos or series of blows are dealt at maximum strength and speed

For the first and second type of training, bag gloves are usually used or alternatively lighter gloves, such as match gloves or sparring gloves of a smaller ounce (8 oz, 10 oz and 12 oz).

For the third, however, the choice may fall on the same weights just mentioned, or on larger ounces, which can protect the boxer and at the same time ensure greater physical stimulation, thanks to the weight increase.

So which boxing gloves should you choose?

In the case of amateur or amateur boxers with little or medium experience, we recommend purchasing gloves with a heavier weight and adequate protection, especially to protect against incorrect movements. Obviously, if the boxer decides to work in the bag or in the techniques with the coach, it is advisable to take care of the choice of the glove based on the support of the knuckles and the protection of the wrist.

For more experienced and/or professional boxers, our advice is to buy different pairs of gloves according to the different jobs and workouts undertaken.

Protection also in this case must be absolutely sought, because the intensity and power of the blows can lead to more serious injuries that can affect the athlete’s career.

Match gloves, lighter bag gloves (or heavier ones of your choice), and sparring gloves must not be missing in the “arsenal” of the expert boxer.

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