Boxing Training Equipment

Get the Right Training Equipment!

Boxing training is an extremely cost effective way of keeping fit. The equipment required to support a boxing training regime can vary. You may think for example that boxing gloves are boxing gloves, but there are some very important differences between types of gloves. On this page you can access some essential advice on what boxing training equipment to buy and how to use it.

These articles will ensure that you don’t waste money on the wrong kit for the wrong purpose. They will also ensure that you can address the vitally important aspect of safety.

Look After the Tools of the Trade!


If anyone ever tells you that you don’t need to protect your hands when hitting a heavy bag, don’t listen to them. As you improve your boxing skills, your punching power will improve accordingly. The stresses that go through your hands in boxing are massive, so it’s vital to give your hands the protection that they need. Check out this article Hand Wraps – Protect the Tools of the Trade to find out how to protect those deadly weapons!


Think You Know Gloves?


Boxing gloves come in a range of shapes, sizes and colours. But, what is the difference between them? What type of gloves are used in the professional boxing ring as opposed to the amateur boxing ring? Why are sparring gloves so big? To get your thoughts clear on the types of boxing gloves out there, check out the article Boxing Gloves – 6 Things to Know.


The Ever-Present Heavy Bag


A boxing gym is defined by the presence of punch bags, also known as heavy bags. The percussive hammer blows delivered by the boxers reverberate around the place, providing a soundtrack that is truly unmistakable. But, the beauty of a heavy bag is that it need not be restricted to the boxing gym. On the contrary they can easily be used in the home. Read the article Buying a Boxing Punch Bag – What to Know before investing in a punch bag.


The Trainer’s Best Friend


As a boxing coach, there is no single piece of equipment more important and useful to me than the boxing punch pads. Also called focus mitts, the punch pads allow me to fully replicate an opponent so that I can really challenge the boxer. It takes the heavy bag principle to the next level, allowing complete interaction between the boxer and the coach. When purchasing punch pads, there are a few things that I like to consider. Here’s an article called Buying Boxing Punch Pads – What You Need to Know.

If you have any questions or would like some advice, then leave a comment below or alternatively email me at

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

biggles April 9, 2016 at 5:18 pm

Hi Fran,

I’ve just read your article on focus-pads, another knock-out read.
I look forward to seeing your, ‘Focus-Pad Training Package’, hopefully, soon:-)



lee McGuinness November 22, 2014 at 7:15 pm

Fran, just found your site, not sure what i have missed but it all looks great, i am looking to get into training and would like some help with how to get myself some experience and qualifications.

Regards Lee


Fran November 24, 2014 at 9:31 pm

Great Lee. Welcome to the site, I’m sure it will provide some helpful insights to the Game.


Andy Maran August 26, 2014 at 9:40 am

Many thanks Fran. This has just happened recently and I’ve been using the same gloves and hand-wrapping methods as always so that’s why I thought it was maybe incorrect punching. I’ve just done a bit of internet research and there does seem to be a school of thought in Eastern martial arts at least that you should indeed hit with the first 2 knuckles. So I’ll consciously try to do this in future and see if it helps. Now whether me angling in slightly with my fist to ensure these 2 knuckles hit first will subsequently cause wrist problems is another matter. Thanks again Fran.


Andy Maran August 18, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Hi Fran, I just recently found this website, it truly is a mine of boxing knowledge. Well done!

If I could ask a little bit of advice please. The knuckle of my llittle finger (pinky) on my left hand gets quite sore after using the heavy bag. My hands are bandaged but I’m guessing I’m punching incorrectly. Should I be aiming to hit the bag with the first 2 knuckles or rather the ‘whole fist’. Thanks for any guidance.


Fran August 25, 2014 at 6:51 pm

Hey Andy. Pretty common mate in most of us, so it’s unlikely to be incorrect punching. Make sure the wraps are going through your fingers and maybe look at the gloves you are using if this doesn’t work.


Daniel Chitty November 8, 2013 at 9:25 pm

Hi Fran

great website!!
I am looking for a training programme or exercises that tap into the creatine phosphate system, one of my boxers is going to a national championship soon and although he has tremendous levels of aerobic fitness he needs to develop the ATP-PC system. Have you any methods of training that you would share that develops this energy system. I use medicine ball drills and lots of tyre exercises, is there anymore you would suggest.

Cheers Fran


Fran November 10, 2013 at 8:49 pm

Hey Dan

Not being a specialist in PT/sport science, I had to look up what ATP-PC meant. To my simple mind it’s about establishing anaerobic fitness (although I’m very prepared to be corrected), and anaerobic fitness is vital to the successful amateur boxer. I tend to focus on sprint work/interval running (lots of it) and closely managed rest periods in the gym sessions. Having speed-focused workouts as mentioned here helps, with the boxer working to maximum during the round and seeking to recover to an acceptable standard in the rest period.

Hope this helps Dan and thanks for the question.


Fran April 9, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Hi Anthony. Sorry for the delay in responding. If it were a choice between the heavy bag and the floor-to-ceiling ball then I’d go with the heavy bag because of it’s versatility. But, if you’ve the option of getting the ball then I definitely would. It’s a fantastic piece of kit, brilliant for getting precisely the the angle and trajectory of the shots. Brilliant also for building slick combinations and building in slips and ducks. It’s a hand/eye co-ordination development dreamland!

Just my thoughts though 🙂


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