The Beginner's Guide to Women's Boxing Gloves | Livestrong.com (2022)

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Take a peek at Instagram, and you'll see celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Gigi Hadid and Adriana Lima getting active in the boxing ring or with a punching back. And with good reason! In 60 minutes, a 130-pound person can burn up to 708 calories in a boxing ring.

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But before you step into that ring, you need to arm yourself with the best boxing gloves to protect your fingers, knuckles and wrists. So Doug Ward, director of marketing for Title Boxing, a leader in boxing equipment design, and Glenn Holmes, head trainer at Box 'N Burn, Los Angeles, are here to break down everything you need to know about women's boxing gloves.

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Do You Need to Wear Boxing Gloves and Why?

Boxing gloves offer essential protection and reduce the impact (for not only the person punching but also for the person receiving the punch) by spreading the force over the mitt versus a fist or hand.

"For any kind of impact boxing like heavy bags or mitt work for example, there is a significant amount of force being generated into your hands, wrists, and knuckles," Holmes says. "It's essential to protect them with wraps and good gloves so you can continue to practice and train without risk of injury."

What Weight Boxing Gloves Should I Get?

Boxing gloves come in different shapes and sizes, and a lot comes down to a preference of fit, your goals and how you'll be using the gloves, but Ward recommends a 16-ounce glove to start. "They are heavy enough to provide good weight for arm strength and cardiovascular conditioning and are also padded well enough to provide the proper amount of hand protection."

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For training purposes, Holmes recommends a 12- to 14-ounce glove as the sweet spot, but agrees that the 16-ounce glove is popular because it has more padding and cushion. "It's also harder to box with the extra weight, so there is an endurance benefit to using heavier gloves."

Once you're a little more advanced, though, you may want to opt for a lighter glove. "Those with more experience and good technique may prefer a 10-ounce glove," Holmes says. "A lighter glove will increase the impact on the fists, but allows for better form and train for speed."

What Do Boxing Gloves Cost?

Just because a glove is more expensive doesn't always mean it's better, says Ward. "It comes down to fit, feel and personal preference," he says. "Don't judge quality simply by price because, in some cases, a $30 glove may work better than one that costs $150."

Take Winning (Japan), for example, Ward says. They're some of the highest priced gloves on the market. But for someone looking for a good glove within a budget, he can't help but recommend Box 'N Burn training gloves. "We pulled together our favorite styles and created a hybrid that I think is great for everyone."

But regardless of price, for your basic glove, Holmes recommends spending at least $100 if you plan on boxing more than once a week. "It's well worth the investment," he says. Adding that anything less is either not going to be as durable or is less likely to provide adequate protection and comfort for your training.

Kickboxing gloves and boxing gloves are essentially the same unlike MMA gloves that separate fingers.

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Do Kickboxing Gloves Differ from Boxing Gloves?

Wards says there really isn't much of a difference between kickboxing gloves and boxing gloves. "Japanese kickboxing came about in the late '50s so most gloves initially had a more Asian-influenced design, with a shorter cuff. The gloves used today are more basic boxing gloves, simply cross-utilized," he says.

And Holmes adds that if you're looking for a kickboxing glove, Hayabusa tends to lead the way with kickboxing and MMA (mixed martial arts) gloves. The main difference between boxing gloves and MMA gloves is the latter separates and exposes the fingers while kickboxing and boxing gloves are more like a mitt and cover the entire hand.

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What Are the Best Bag Gloves to Use?

This really comes down to personal preference, says Ward. "In my experience, because a beginner may not be as technically sound and hasn't perfected how to throw their punches, you are better off starting with a glove that is slightly forgiving."

Bag gloves are constructed with injection-molded foam or gel padding to absorb impact better, shape to your fist more and help compensate for a punch that doesn't land accurately and could potentially damage your hand, he says. And unlike sparring gloves, according to the Title Boxing website, they don't have as much as much "give."

Can You Box With Training Gloves?

Properly designed training gloves are a hybrid of bag gloves and sparring gloves, says Ward, and can be used for either. "Their padding is constructed to withstand the full contact and constant pounding on heavy bags, but also soft enough to be used in sparring," he says.

He goes on to explain that better training gloves will typically feature a wider cuff for wrist support, as well as inset labels to prevent scratching an opponent. "These both differ from sparring gloves that almost always have a lace-up closure system," he says.

But can you box with training gloves? "Yes, they are essentially the same thing," Ward says. "Any hook-and-loop training glove for punching a bag or using them as a fitness glove will do the same job."

Aside from most likely requiring a smaller hand compartment, boxing gloves for women and men are essentially the same.

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Are Women's Boxing Gloves Different From Men's?

There really isn't a difference between gloves that are made for women versus men — with one exception, says Ward. "Most women require a smaller hand compartment because their hands tend to be more narrow."

Regardless of the glove and who it's for, he emphasizes that the most important feature is that the gloves are well-padded and provide the optimal amount of protection from injury. As with anything you wear or equipment you choose, fit and function are paramount. Hand shapes and sizes are all different so above all, you'll want a glove that feels good to you, says Ward.

"It should mold to the shape of your fist properly, without feeling too tight or too roomy." He compares a good pair of boxing gloves to breaking in a pair of jeans. "They should, in time, break-in like a comfortable pair of jeans, to where they feel like they were specifically made, just for you."

What Should You Look for in a Boxing Glove?

According to Ward, there are seven factors to look for when choosing a boxing glove:

  1. Boxing gloves should slide on without a lot of effort. They should feel snug but not tight, and there shouldn't be any pressure on your knuckles.
  2. They should be flexible to catch and clutch your hand inside the glove.
  3. The gloves shouldn't make your hand feel cramped or restricted. It should also be pre-curved to encourage a tight fist.
  4. There should be adequate padding to hit, without feeling the punch in your hand.
  5. The closure should provide additional support and security.
  6. Choose a mesh palm so it can easily dry out between uses and will allow the glove to last longer.
  7. Determine the right weight: Heavier gloves provide more padding and are good for punching bags while a lighter glove is ideal for speed work.

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What Is the Ideal Way to Put On Boxing Gloves?

"Have someone hold the glove for you with the fist facing the floor, and then push your fist all the way down into the glove," says Holmes. And now you're ready to go!

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FAQs

What size boxing gloves should a woman get? ›

What size boxing gloves should women use? In general, 12 oz and 16 oz gloves are the go-to for punching bag workouts.

What boxing gloves should a beginner use? ›

As a beginner, you should focus on lightweight training gloves in the 12-14 oz range. These gloves are optimal for anyone between 120 and 200+ lbs.

What is the difference between 12 oz and 16 oz boxing gloves? ›

The standard boxing glove weights are 12, 14, and 16 ounces. The number of ounces refers to the weight of each glove, which indicates how much padding remains between your hand and the opponent (or the punching bag).

What is the difference between 14 oz and 16 oz boxing gloves? ›

A: The difference in the gloves is the amount of padding and protection for both your hands and the opponent you are punching at. Obviously a 16oz glove will offer more protection and therefore hit with much less power than a 14oz glove.

Do you need hand wraps for boxing gloves? ›

Yes, it is highly recommended that you wear boxing hand wraps under gloves, especially if you are at the beginner level. Your hands can use all the cushioning they can get as you throw high-impact punches. Also, hand wraps provide additional support and stability to your wrists, minimizing the risk of injury.

Are womens boxing gloves smaller? ›

Naturally, most women's gloves are designed with smaller versions of these components for a more comfortable and precise fit. Because women tend to have slimmer hands, these internal cages are often narrower when they're designed for women.

How do I know my boxing glove size? ›

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.

How do you know which boxing gloves to buy? ›

To find out which size is best for you, you'll need three measurements: your height, your weight and the circumference of your dominant hand. While height and weight are rather easy to determine with a scale and measuring tape, measuring your hand circumference can be a little less obvious.

How do you pick a pair of boxing gloves? ›

Your boxing gloves should have a snug, comfortable fit with your fingertips grazing the top of the gloves. Be sure to try on boxing gloves with hand wraps on. Boxing gloves should be snug around the straps but not tight, and it should be easy to make a fist.

How do you know if your boxing gloves are too big? ›

Gloves that are too big could be prone to falling off. Fingers shouldn't swim – if your fingers aren't sitting against the top of your glove you've got the wrong fit. Your fingers should fit firmly against the top of your glove without cramping them.

What are 14 oz boxing gloves good for? ›

The use of 14 oz boxing gloves may be used for sparring by junior boxers – but this choice is often at the coach's discretion. Training in these gloves regularly may help to increase speed and power output of a boxer. Using heavier boxing loves may also help junior and lighter boxers to build strength and endurance.

Are 14 oz gloves good for heavy bag? ›

Depending on your size, 14 oz, 16 oz and even larger gloves can be good for all-around usage. They can be used for hitting pads, heavy bag work, general training, and sparring.

Are 10oz gloves good for heavy bag? ›

10oz- The smallest practical adult glove, a great choice for hitting pads and heavy bags. Generally not used for sparring as they will not have much padding.

What are 8oz boxing gloves used for? ›

While the 8 oz gloves are mainly used by knockout artists, who need to be able to punch hard, and by aggressive volume punchers who need lighter gloves because any additional weight can tire them out more quickly.

What oz gloves should I train with? ›

BOXING GLOVES SIZE GUIDE
OZ (OUNCE)BOXER WEIGHTFITS FOR
12 OZ Boxing Gloves45 kg – 67 kg / 100 lbs – 150 lbsPads and Light Sparring
14 OZ Boxing Gloves68 kg – 79 kg / 151 lbs – 175 lbsAll-round Glove and Sparring
16 OZ Boxing GlovesOver 80 kg / Over 175 lbsHeavy Sparring
3 more rows

What do boxers wear under their shorts? ›

Boxers sometimes wear compression shorts underneath their boxing shorts. Compression shorts help promote blood flow and oxygenation to your muscles. This can enhance performance and reduce muscle fatigue.

Are boxing gloves supposed to be tight? ›

Are boxing gloves supposed to be tight? Boxing gloves need to fit snuggly enough to stay in place and not shift around, though not so tight that they cut off circulation or “squeeze” the hand.

Why do boxers tape their gloves? ›

The Purpose of Hand Wrapping

One is to provide a protective barrier for the fighters' hands. The hand structure consists of small joints and small bones that are fragile and subject to fracture from the impact of repetitive punches. Hand wrapping also protects the tendons, muscles and cushions the impact of the wrist.

How do you put boxing gloves on yourself? ›

Gloves should be tight but shouldn't restrict all movement. Pull the laces tight starting from the top of the glove to the bottom. Use cross ties multiple times for a secure fit. Tape laces to avoid skin irritation during a fight.

What boxing glove weight should I get? ›

Regardless of your weight and size, most boxers will use gloves weighing 16oz or more to spar. However, if you weigh over 175Ibs, 18oz or 20oz is most commonly used.

What size gloves should I get? ›

Wrap the measuring tape around your palm, just below the knuckles, not including the thumb. Glove size should be measured in inches. Round up to the nearest half inch. For Proper Cloth gloves, we highly recommend purchasing a half inch larger size (e.g. if your hand measures 8.5″, purchase a glove size 9).

What does 10 oz mean in boxing gloves? ›

As a quick summary: 10oz – Thinly padded glove, good for light pad work. 12oz – Slightly more padding, good for pad work and bag work. 14oz – An all-round training glove, good for pad work, bag work and light sparring. 16oz – A protective glove, good for pad work, bag work and hard sparring.

What size is a 12oz boxing glove? ›

7.5-8.5"

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Do I need 2 pairs of boxing gloves? ›

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How long do boxing gloves last? ›

The estimated life expectancy of boxing gloves is around 1 or 2 years. If you train hard regularly, your gloves can wear out within a year. So, if you are using the same pair of gloves for years, consider throwing them off and buying a new pair.

What oz boxing gloves should I get for heavy bag? ›

10 oz gloves are the most popular size for heavy bag workouts. We also have 14, 16, 18, and 20 oz gloves that are mostly used for sparring. Glove size is determined by the amount of padding inside it, which means that heavier weight will offer more protection on your hands, but will also slow down your punching speed.

Do you need to wrap your hands for punching bag? ›

The quick and easy answer is YES! you should wrap your hands. Regardless of your ability or training level, if you are training in sports like boxing, MMA, kickboxing or Muay Thai then it is an essential aspect of reducing your injury risk.

What are gel boxing gloves used for? ›

Many ask, what is the difference between gel and traditional foam padding in gloves, shin guards and other MMA gear? Generally, gel delivers better impact resistance. Gel improves shock absorption when hitting a heavy bag or a target as it 'spreads' the shock onto a larger area.

How do you break in new boxing gloves? ›

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How tight should boxing gloves be on wrist? ›

You should wrap your hands tight enough to feel snug, but not so tight that you cut off circulation. Your wraps shouldn't be slipping on your hands, and you should still be able to move your fingers enough to make a fist.

Where should your knuckles be in a boxing glove? ›

It's very important that your gloves are a cosy fit. Your hands should be in a curved position with your thumb separated from your four fingers. This position should feel like a semi clenched fist with your knuckles positioned at the upper part of the glove. The glove should feel tight, yet comfortable and light.

Should you train with 16 oz gloves? ›

Using a pair of 16oz boxing gloves will give you a much harder workout in comparison to a 12oz pair of boxing gloves for example. If you're training to improve your cardiovascular systems, endurance, or overall fitness, a 16oz pair of boxing gloves should help you get to your fitness goal, faster!

Is it better to train with heavier gloves? ›

The heavier gloves develop greater force production (strength), albeit at a slightly slower rate than needed, whereas the lighter gloves train the muscles to contract at faster rate than possible with a regular weight glove.

Do you need boxing gloves for a punching bag? ›

Is It OK To Hit a Heavy Bag Without Gloves? Bare-knuckle boxing can have a range of benefits, but this is something you want to work up to. As a general rule, beginners should always use both wraps and gloves when hitting the bag to protect hands and wrists during impact.

What gloves should I use for a punching bag? ›

Bag gloves, rather than sparring or competition gloves, are most suitable for use on a heavy bag. The former type of glove is specifically made to withstand frequent impact from the sturdy surface of the bag. Using competition or sparring gloves can cause the gloves to split during heavy bag training.

What gloves did Tyson use? ›

Mike Tyson, Antonio Tarver, Zab Judah and Jermain Taylor use Everlast gloves. Vitali Klitschko, Oscar De La Hoya, Bernard Hopkins, Diego Corrales and Manny Pacquiao use Reyes gloves.

How do you wrap your wrist for boxing? ›

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Can I use sparring gloves on heavy bag? ›

You can use your old sparring gloves for bag work, and that's OK, but you must always keep a fresh pair and use them exclusively for sparring.

Is it harder to knock someone out with boxing gloves? ›

Boxing gloves reduce the impact of punches by increasing the duration of each blow and spreading the impact force over a wider area than a naked first would. The smaller the glove, the more force is absorbed by both the puncher's hands and the opponent's head.

What's the difference between 10oz and 12oz boxing gloves? ›

10oz: Thinly padded glove, good for light pad work. 12oz: Slightly more padding, good for pad work and bag work. 14oz: An all-round training glove, good for pad work, bag work and light sparring.

What are Mexican boxing gloves? ›

Mexican style boxing gloves are essentially a sleeker version of training or competition gloves. These became especially sought-after when most traditional boxing gloves were still chunky and awkward, and many boxers still use them today.

What size boxing gloves should a woman get? ›

What size boxing gloves should women use? In general, 12 oz and 16 oz gloves are the go-to for punching bag workouts.

Are 8oz gloves good for bag work? ›

8oz or below

8oz gloves are for bag work and mitt work. 8oz gloves are sometimes used in professional competition, but you should NOT be sparring in them for fear of injuring yourself or your sparring partner.

How do I know what size boxing gloves to buy? ›

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.

What boxing gloves size should I get? ›

How to pick the right size for your boxing gloves
Boxer's WeightHand Circumference Without WrapWeight Size
40-54 kg5.5” - 6.5”8 oz.
54-68 kg6.5” - 7.5”10 oz.
68-84 kg7.5” - 8.5”12 oz
84+ kg8.5” - 9.5”14 oz.
19 Jun 2018

What are 14 oz gloves used for? ›

Depending on your size, 14 oz, 16 oz and even larger gloves can be good for all-around usage. They can be used for hitting pads, heavy bag work, general training, and sparring.

Are 12 oz boxing gloves good? ›

A 12oz glove is a good choice for a buyer looking for an all around training glove, but don't be too taken aback if you're not permitted to spar with this weight glove in a gym. 14oz- 14oz gloves are probably the most common 'all rounder' glove.

What are 8 oz boxing gloves used for? ›

While the 8 oz gloves are mainly used by knockout artists, who need to be able to punch hard, and by aggressive volume punchers who need lighter gloves because any additional weight can tire them out more quickly.

Are Everlast gloves good? ›

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Are boxing gloves supposed to be tight? ›

Are boxing gloves supposed to be tight? Boxing gloves need to fit snuggly enough to stay in place and not shift around, though not so tight that they cut off circulation or “squeeze” the hand.

How do you know if your boxing gloves are too big? ›

Gloves that are too big could be prone to falling off. Fingers shouldn't swim – if your fingers aren't sitting against the top of your glove you've got the wrong fit. Your fingers should fit firmly against the top of your glove without cramping them.

How do you know if your boxing gloves are too small? ›

Your fingers feel cramped.

If your fingers feel crushed against the top of your boxing gloves, they're not the right fit for you. But if you can't reach the top of your boxing gloves with your fingers at all, they're not right for you, either.

Are 12 oz gloves good for heavy bag? ›

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Should I train with 16 oz gloves? ›

Using a pair of 16oz boxing gloves will give you a much harder workout in comparison to a 12oz pair of boxing gloves for example. If you're training to improve your cardiovascular systems, endurance, or overall fitness, a 16oz pair of boxing gloves should help you get to your fitness goal, faster!

Is it better to train with heavier gloves? ›

The heavier gloves develop greater force production (strength), albeit at a slightly slower rate than needed, whereas the lighter gloves train the muscles to contract at faster rate than possible with a regular weight glove.

How many Oz should my boxing gloves be? ›

BOXING GLOVES SIZE GUIDE
OZ (OUNCE)BOXER WEIGHTFITS FOR
12 OZ Boxing Gloves45 kg – 67 kg / 100 lbs – 150 lbsPads and Light Sparring
14 OZ Boxing Gloves68 kg – 79 kg / 151 lbs – 175 lbsAll-round Glove and Sparring
16 OZ Boxing GlovesOver 80 kg / Over 175 lbsHeavy Sparring
3 more rows

What weight should my boxing gloves be? ›

Men weighing 100 pounds or less should use 8 oz gloves for pads and bags and 12-16 oz gloves for sparring. Men weighing between 100-150 pounds can use 10 oz gloves for training and 16 oz for sparring. Men weighing over 150 pounds should use 12 oz gloves for all training and at least 16 oz gloves for sparring.

Do you need boxing gloves for a punching bag? ›

Is It OK To Hit a Heavy Bag Without Gloves? Bare-knuckle boxing can have a range of benefits, but this is something you want to work up to. As a general rule, beginners should always use both wraps and gloves when hitting the bag to protect hands and wrists during impact.

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