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Wearing the correct size of boxing gloves is essential for safety.
If you're curious about the sport of boxing but aren't committed enough to buy your own equipment, many gyms have gloves and other gear that you can use. Once you develop a keen interest in the sweet science, or are just fed up with sharing old, sweaty equipment, it's time to invest in your own pair of gloves for training. Figuring out what size gloves you need to buy is largely a matter of evaluating your hand size and body weight.1.
Measure the circumference of one hand, in inches, using a measuring tape. Although a metal measuring tape can work, a soft, plastic tape is easier to use. Hold one hand flat and wrap the tape around the hand at your knuckles. You'll likely get a number between 6 and 10 inches.2.
Weigh yourself on a scale and note your weight, in pounds. To obtain the most accurate reading, weigh yourself before you eat breakfast and do so before you get dressed.
Write down the circumference of your hand and your weight and keep these numbers handy when shopping for boxing gloves. Your hand circumference influences whether you need small, medium, large or extra-large boxing gloves. The exact sizing of glove manufacturers varies. In general, however, hands that measure 6 to 7.5 inches indicate small gloves, 7.5 to 8.5 inches indicate medium gloves, 8.5 to 9.5 inches indicate large gloves and hands above 9.5 inches require extra-large gloves.4.
Use your weight to determine the amount of padding in your gloves. The heavier you are, the bigger your gloves should be. If you weigh less than 126 pounds, buy 12- or 14-ounce gloves. If you're 127 to 160 pounds, use 14- to 16-ounce gloves and if you're 161 to 180 pounds, use 16- to 18-ounce gloves. If you weigh more than 180 pounds, 18-ounce gloves are appropriate.
- Measuring tape
- Experienced boxers use different sizes of gloves for training, sparring and competing. For casual boxers, a pair of training gloves or sparring gloves are adequate if you use boxing for fitness. Some boxers prefer using training gloves during drills because they're lighter than sparring gloves.
- Knowing your measurements is especially important when shopping online for boxing gloves. If you prefer to shop at a store, keep the measurements handy but note how some gloves fit. The inside of the gloves should be roomy enough to allow for the bulk of your hand wraps, but not so large that the gloves slide around. To get the most accurate fit, take a set of hand wraps with you when trying on various pairs of gloves.
- Never use your gloves without first wrapping your hands. Although the glove's padding provides a degree of protection, you risk the health of your knuckles if you don't wear wraps.
- Synthetic gloves are often low in price but aren't known for their longevity. If your budget allows you to purchase leather gloves, you'll likely be able to use them for years without issue.