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This list is not a complete list of everything used in all boxing gyms. There are hundreds of pieces of gym equipment used in some gyms. This list is showing the basic top 20 items you should in some way be familiar with if you decide to take up boxing especially the top ten on this hub.
1. Heavy Bags: These bags are for working on power, body punching and working on technique. Always wear hand wraps and bag gloves to help protect your hands. To accurately prepare in boxing you will want to hit the bags in 3 minute intervals with a 1 minute rest period in between each. It's perfect to have someone hold the bag but you can also work out on the heavy bag alone. Always envision a live opponent when working this bag.
2. Speed Bags: These bags are for hand speed, timing, hand and eye coordination and for switching weight in between your feet while punching. Although this bag looks hard it's actually easy to master. First you learn to do it one handed and then both hands. It is all about concentration.
3. Double End Bags: These bags are used to practice offense and defense. Combination punching, accurate punching and using footwork are all part of a double end bag workout. Double end bags tend to be addicting and more times than not are the peoples choice to box.
4. Reflex Bag: a reflex bag is similar to a double end bag but it is on a metal pole that is in a sand filled bag. It is used for practicing side to side head movement as well as helping learn accurate punching and footwork for distance. Some of these bag post are filled with sand and others are filled with water.
5. Uppercut Bag: These bags are used for practicing uppercuts and body punching. Always use hand wraps and gloves when hitting this or any other punching bag. Only throw uppercuts when fighting on the inside. Never launch uppercuts from a distance. This bag is not one of the most common but it's important for development.
6. Medicine Ball: These balls weigh anywhere from 2 to 30 pounds and has many exercises in the sport. This ball has two major benefits. One is that helps develop strong punching power. The other is that it can help your body better absorb major shots.
7. Punch Mits: These are a great learning tool used by your boxing trainer. It is sparring on a personal, learning level. These items will help you develop combination punching and defensively they will help you learn better bobbing and weaving skills.
8. Jump Rope: Skipping rope is not an excuse to skip road work but rather an addition to it. It will help tremendously with your cardio and overall stamina. It is also a good way to break a sweat and warm up.
9. Hand Wraps: Hand wraps help to protect the hand, knuckles and wrists from sustaining any serious injuries. These wrappings should be used on bags and when sparring. They can be used over and over and washed in a washing machine.
10. Mouthpiece: The mouth guard is used to protect the fighter from broken jaws, getting their teeth knocked out and other injuries that could occur. Always keep your mouth closed during competition.
11. Head Gear: Head gear is used when sparring and it's main purpose is to help prevent cuts from punches, elbows or accidental headbutts. In the professional ranks you can not wear headgear.
12. Boxing Gloves: Boxing gloves protect the hands and help from hurting your opponent seriously. In the professional ranks gloves are 8, 10 and 12 ounce. For sparring the gloves are 14, 16 and 18 ounces.
13. Maize Ball: These tiny bags are used as a defensive learning and practice tool only. You swing the bag and dodge it to help improve head and body movement.
14. Stance Rope: These ropes are tied around both ankles at a 24-36 inch length and it helps to teach foot balance and distance.
15. Foul Protector: These are used to protect against low blows and shots to the hip and groin area in general.
16. Boxing Ring: Boxing rings range from 16-22 feet and they allow you to maneuver without bumping into things other than the ropes.
17. Boxing Timer: A timer sets for 3 minute rounds then sounds to give you a one minute rest period. It is important to emulate the exact times of actual bouts.
18. Treadmill: A Treadmill helps with your stamina. It is basically a substitute for road work. Running and jogging can be performed with this machine.
19, Body Protector: This important piece of gym equipment helps protect the trainer or boxer from bruised or broken ribs. Often used by a coach in conjunction with punch mitts during in intense session.
20. Shadow Boxing Backpack: This backpack has straps attached to bungee cords that keep your hands in on guard position after you throw punches into the air. Great for shadow boxing and for helping you remember o stay in an on guard position at all times.
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