How to Wrap Your Hands for Boxing Training


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If you've never done it before, trying to wrap your hands for boxing training can be a little overwhelming. But yet, watching any experienced boxer or trainer do it and you will see it's second nature, they almost don't even pay attention. In truth, there's no magic, better than everything else way of wrapping your hands for boxing. Every trainer out there will swear his way is the best. (Some professional boxers with histories of hand injuries even seek out hand wrapping gurus who do things in just the right way to protect their hands better, or at least make them feel that way).

Hand Wrapping for Boxing Beginners

If you have started to toy around with boxing a little bit, and you haven't been wrapping your hands, then it's time you learn how. Leaving your hands unwrapped can lead to painful and damaging injuries to your knuckles, fingers and fists after a hard training session. Wrapping my hands is the first step I take when I walk into the gym. Even as I warm up with pushups and abs work, I'm wearing my hand wraps. That way when I'm ready to go, I can just slip on my gloves. After some bag work, I can take off the gloves but keep the wraps on for work on the speed bag.

Follow this as a basic guideline for how to wrap your hands for boxing. Learn what feels comfortable for your hands, and what provides the most protection and adjust accordingly. Again, nothing is set in stone here, but this guide will provide basis to start from for wrapping your hands for boxing.

Step 1: Place your thumb through the thumb hole if there is one and align the hand wraps so that once you are completely wrapped, you won't need to twist it to have the Velcro facing upwards. Some hand wraps come accompanied with a "this side up" note so you know when you have it the right direction.   Note: For extra protection, first wrap your knuckles and the webbing in between your fingers with gauze.

Align the hand wraps properly

Align the hand wraps properly

Step 2: Wrap around your wrist a few times, for a base layer of wrist support and stability for your entire hand.   Note: How many times you wrap around largely depends on the length of the hand wraps your using. My knuckles get cut up and bruised easily, so I buy the longest hand wraps I can find for extra protection.

After wrapping the wrist, wrap across your palms

After wrapping the wrist, wrap across your palms

Step 3: Begin wrapping diagonally across the middle of your hand, in between the thumb and index finger.

Step 4: Wrap the opposite side of your hand in the same fashion, providing equal protection and leaving the wrap in a good position to begin covering your knuckles. Make sure to go over the base of your thumb.

Step 5: Wrap straight across your knuckles several times, leaving the knuckles in the middle of the wrap. This will fold the hand wrap over the knuckles providing further protection for your fingers.

Wrap straight across the knuckles

Wrap straight across the knuckles

Step 6: Go back and wrap the center of your hands again. This creates an even wrapping job and a stable base throughout your entire first. You don't want a huge bulge over the knuckles with nothing wrapped over the rest of your hand. Repeat steps 5 and 6 until you only have about two passes of material remaining. Note: Hand wraps for boxing training should be tight enough to provide support but should not feel overly restrictive and should definitely not be cutting off circulation or squeezing your fingers over and on top of one another.

Step 7: Bring the hand wrap back to your wrist, and circle over your wrist with the remaining material. Fasten the wraps with the Velcro or whatever other method is used. Make a fist to make sure everything feels alright, repeat for your other hand and get to work!

Job Well Done!

Job Well Done!

The finished job

The finished job

Now that you know how to wrap your hands for boxing training, it's time to get yourself a decent pair of hand wraps. Hand wraps are very cheap, so it's never a bad idea to buy a few pairs at once so you're never left without them!



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