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Are boxing hand wraps a waste of time?

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Hi, I’m Jose head boxing coach and owner at Keystone Boxing and MMA Gym.

A couple of the most frequently asked questions I get are: Do I need boxing hand wraps? Are hand wraps a waste of time?

Here are the facts, short and sweet.

It’s all about your hands, your gloves and your actions.

Perhaps you have an injury or certain part of your hand, such as  your wrist, knuckles or thumb are weak. This requires the usage of  hand wraps for comfort and/or protection.  In this case, you need them, and it is not a waste of time.

The usage of hand wraps also depends on the gloves.  The gloves in boxing are essential. They are your number one tool, and just like anywhere else, without the right tool the job won’t get done the right way.  Traditional training gloves are flat and stiff.  They are the most affordable type of gloves and easy to find in any store that sells sporting goods.  Sparring gloves are usually sold in 16 or 18 oz.  The thickness of the padding and the overall design makes these gloves the best choice for sparring in the ring.  Bag gloves fit like sparring gloves but are usually sold in smaller weights such as 12 or 14 oz.  The lighter weight makes bag gloves a better option for training for a longer period of time on the punching bag.  If you have the right pair of gloves and are only looking for a quick workout, hand wraps might be a waste of time.

If you are going to hit the bag or spar hardcore, you’re more likely to connect with powerful punches and work from different angles, which may tweak your hand, knuckles or wrist. In this case wrapping your hands is not a waste of time for safety reasons.

Regardless of what you hear, read, or see, it’s always an excellent idea to own your own pair. Using hand wraps depends on your own special circumstances and goals for your workout.

Come back to this blog soon to learn what size hand wraps to use and how to wrap your hands for boxing.  Many more boxing tips coming your way-stay tuned!

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  1. Colleen Vagnozzi on September 26, 2017 at 12:48 am

    We love you Jose!!! ❤️Aunt Colleen and Uncle Michael!

    • Jose on March 2, 2018 at 4:13 pm

      Thanks for the love Family! I love you guys too.

  2. Maria stibi on November 7, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Hello …..I want to sign my 2 sons up for boxing….the my are ages 16 and 10…thanks so much

  3. Lori brooks on March 1, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    I would like more information on the mma class for my 16 year old daughter. I couldn’t find it on the schedule and it says it’s Tuesdays and Thursdays. Also would like to know about pricing, and maybe schedule a tour. Thank you

    • Jose on March 2, 2018 at 4:06 pm

      Hi, Lori.
      Thank you so much for your interest in our MMA program.
      We have decided to make our MMA program competitive and by invitation only, so we’re only hosting/training youth who are looking to compete in the sport of MMA which is the reason you could not find it in our schedule. I apologize for the inconvenience. If you do decide to bring your daughter for a tour of our facility or to try our boxing(recreational or competitive) or MMA program(competitive only), please feel free to reach us through a phone call, text, messenger on Facebook or google or keystoneboxing@outlook.com

  4. Joel on March 1, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    Hello there,

    I am looking for a good boxing gym in your area. Can do you have trial classes?

    • Jose on March 2, 2018 at 4:09 pm

      hi, Joel.
      I have send you an email with all of the information you requested. Thank you for reaching out.

  5. Chuck DeAngelo on December 5, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    Jose, my son is an amatuer boxer from Hamilton, NJ. He has had only 2 fights and each time the judging was bias towards the local fighters. In one fight he totally dominated and still lost the decision. He was very disheartened as you can imagine. His coach wants him to fight in the New Years Eve Brawl at your gym.

    Before I consider it, can you tell me who the judges are? Are they coaches or personnel from your gym or outside?

    Please let me know. Thanks

    • Jose on December 5, 2018 at 7:45 pm

      Hi, there. I completely understand how you feel.
      Please feel free to email me at keystoneboxing@outlook.com
      Reach me at 267 393 0756.
      -Coach Jose.

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