Are you new to boxing or kickboxing and need some help with learning how to lace up your boxing gloves? Maybe you are wondering if you can lace them up on your own in order to train at home? In theory you can lace your boxing gloves up on your own. But it may not be a good idea for a few reasons.
The problem with self lacing your boxing gloves isn’t that you can’t do it, but it very likely won’t be tight enough to be effective. Laced boxing gloves are great. They offer a lot of support to your wrist and allow for customization to allow you to find the perfect fit for you. But if you are trying to lace them on you own you may quickly find that they simply aren’t a good choice.
Thankfully there are other options available to you when looking to train on your own. In a previous article we detailed “How to Do Boxing Training at Home” where we discussed what you will need and how you can learn to box at home. In this article we will extend on what we know to help you choose the best equipment for your boxing needs.
Do I Really Need Boxing Gloves?
If you are training by yourself at home, you might be wondering if you actually need boxing gloves? For basic training, you don’t. You should be able to learn and apply a wide range of boxing techniques without using any gloves at all. Gloves are used to protect your hands and support your wrists. But if you are not hitting hard objects (like a person or heavy bag) then you may not need gloves at all.
If you are finding that you are needing some support while training at home a good option for you may be to use tape or cloth boxing wraps. Unlike laced boxing gloves you can with practice taping or wrapping your own hands and wrists on your own. By taping or wrapping you will be able to support your wrist and protect your hands effectively.
Similar to laced boxing gloves, tape and wraps can be customised to allow the right amount of support for your needs. Buying tape may add up over time but cloth wraps are an effective solution available at a cheaper price than many boxing gloves. See our previous article on “How to Tape and Wrap Hands For Boxing” for more information on both how to wrap your hands as well as for tips on what to look for in a good fit.
Which Gloves Should I Choose?
If you train both at home and in a boxing gym you may still want to purchase a pair of boxing gloves. Laced gloves are a good choice for someone who will consistently have the help of someone else to lace them for them. But laced boxing gloves are not the only option available to you.
For a more versatile glove that is easy to use you may wish to consider a glove with velcro tabs. Though they may not be able to give you as precise a fit as laced boxing gloves, they are practical and can be used on your own. There are many good choices available to you in a variety of price ranges when looking for velcro strap boxing gloves.
How Should My Gloves Fit?
When choosing a new pair of boxing gloves it may be a good idea to reach out to a boxing instructor. They will be able to offer you guidance in finding the perfect glove for both your training needs and budget. But if you don’t have access to a coach there are a few things you should consider when trying to find a good fit. Check out our previous article “How Should Boxing Gloves Fit” and always consider the following tips;
- Boxing gloves should be snug but not tight
- You should be able to get a tight closure at your wrist
- Your fingers should sit against the top of the glove
Beginners and those training at home without out a coach should consider purchasing training gloves. These will be versatile enough to suit your home training needs and be useful if you ever choose to train in a traditional boxing gym setting.
Who Can Help Me with Lacing Gloves?
If you are set on having laced boxing gloves you are going to need some help to get a proper fit. If you are at home, you may be able to requite the help of a friend or family member in order to help you get a proper fit on your boxing gloves. If you train at a gym, consider asking your coach for step by step instructions on how to lace your boxing gloves. That is what makes a good personal trainer.
Our best tips for lacing boxing gloves are as follows;
- 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
Which Boxing Gloves are Right for Me?
Laced boxing gloves are primarily for professional boxers or those who compete. They are typically not a good choice for recreational users as they are more complicated to use and require the assistance of a coach or a friend in order to have them laced tightly. Laced boxing gloves offer a more personal fit and allow you to get a level of tightness and support that some velcro gloves may not be able to achieve.
If you are not sure which type of boxing gloves you should purchase, consider speaking with you coach. There are a wide variety of boxing gloves available to suit any performance need as well as your budget range. Velcro boxing gloves are a great choice for training and recreational needs as they allow ease of use. Consider skipping lace up boxing gloves and get a more versatile glove for at home training.