As a new boxer, you might have never realized there are even wraps under fighters gloves. I am sometimes surprised how many people think all boxers do is slip the gloves on and they are ready to go. This is definitely not the case. There is probably around 15 feet of wrap on EACH HAND underneath the glove!
There are many styles of hand wraps, and it could be easy to get overwhelmed if you were to search How To Wrap Hands For Boxing in google your YouTube. So I decided to help clear things up.
Below are three options for wrapping your hands, and they are all correct. You can pick one at random or watch all three and decide which you think would be the easiest to remember. Once you are comfortable with how you are wrapping your hands, there is a good chance you will switch it up a little bit to suit your needs. So don’t stress too much about this.
Here are the top 3 tutorials from YouTube to save you some time. I have watched them all and stand behind them.
It Will Take a Little Practice
So now that you watched at least one of those videos, you might be thinking, “how am I ever going to remember all that?!” Practice. That’s it. I recommend wrapping each hand about ten times in a row. Wrap both hands, take them off, then do it again … ten times. By the 10th time you probably won’t even have to think about it.
Next time you go to the gym, you will be wrapping them in record time and won’t have to feel uncomfortable asking for help. You might even be able to help someone else!
Too Tight or Too Loose?
If you start practicing and notice your hands are in pain or getting tingly, you probably have them wrapped too tight or too loose. It can be a little hard to know which one it is at first, but after a couple of practices, you should start to get the feel of how tight to wrap them.
They should be snug but not tight
From my experience, if your hands are tingly, you probably have them on too tight and might even be able to see finger discoloration if you take your gloves off. Just unwrap them until you feel the pressure release and re-wrap. You might not have to redo the whole wrap.
If your hands hurt, it can be a little harder to tell what’s wrong. Your hands can hurt from a variety of reasons including loose hand wraps, tight hand wraps, cheap gloves, improper form, hard spot on a heavy bag, etc. If you are entirely new to boxing, I would guess most hand soreness would be from improperly wrapped hands or bad form.
If you have any pain, make sure you talk to your coach or trainer, so the problem doesn’t get worse. It’s okay to stop practice and re-wrap to keep your hands safe. It’s tough to box if your hands hurt.
Size and Type
There are different sizes of hand wraps, but I recommend buying the 180″ wraps. They offer a lot of support, have some allowance for you to add support to certain areas, and there are plenty of tutorials online for this size.
There are a lot of brands selling hand wraps, and I’ve tried a couple of different brands. I don’t really notice much of a difference between the couple I have tried. I recommend ordering one of the first types to show up on Amazon or buy them from your gym if that’s an option.
There are a couple of different types of hand wraps and which type you pick depends on preference. Some people may claim one type works better than another, but unless you are competing at a high level, I don’t think it matters. I Have tried the elastic and nonelastic wraps, and I prefer the elastic wraps.
As long as you wrap your hands correctly and consistently, the type and brand won’t make a big difference.
Your Own Wrapping Style
Once you start boxing for a while, you may end up with some nagging soreness in your knuckles, hands, or wrists. As I mentioned earlier, there are a variety of reasons for this, but if you have long enough wraps (180″), there should be some flexibility in how you wrap. If you are noticing your wrist needs a little more support and your knuckles aren’t sore, take a little bit off your knuckles and add it to your wrist.
This applies to any area that may be bothering you. If this doesn’t help make sure you consult your trainer.
Properly sized hand wraps and knowing how to wrap hands for boxing are required for hand protection. They provide extra knuckle padding and support for the bones in your hands and wrists. It is crucial to wrap your hands before every training session to allow for injury-free training for a long time to come.
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below.