Okay so it’s not a blog to set your hair alight but I just got back from offshore yesterday and I had a couple of parcels waiting for me like Christmas presents – plus I need a couple of days rest before I carry on with my training so I thought why not write this?
I love the process of wrapping your hands. Like Johnny says on his ExpertBoxing website – wrapping your hands is the 5-10 minute ritual where any office worker, athlete or school kid transforms into a boxer.
You wrap your hands to protect the small bones in your hands so it’s very important you wrap your hands correctly. This wrapping your hand guide on ExpertBoxing is the only one I use (apparently recommended by Pepper Roach – Freddie Roach’s brother of Wildcard Boxing Gym)
I’ve been mainly using these wraps from Adidas while I was offshore, 4.5m long which is like 15ft.
Really nice material with a little bit of stretch. Much nicer material than the ones made by RDX. I was training everyday with these for the last 5 weeks and they were washed every day too. The only problem was that after 5 weeks, I found the velcro was wearing and it was losing its stickiness.
I ordered these VL-B wraps by Winning and their knuckle protectors while I was away and tried them on just now:
You just wrap over the knuckle protectors but it feels really good. The Winning wrapping is much thinner than the Adidas type and it resembles the tape and gauze wrap that you see professionals using. It’s very fine though and it was a touch more fiddly to keep the wrap straight when I was making my turns. The Winning wrap is longer than 4.5m but you need that extra length.
My hand felt great though and it felt really good inside my glove. I’ve never used additional padding on my knuckles before but I was putting a lot of time into the bag work and I may start using this more.
The Winning wrap and the protectors are washable and re-useable unlike the gauze and athletic tape that pros use. I’ve never used the gel gloves or wrapped over these but Gary, my trainer, doesn’t recommend them. I don’t know if anyone out there has tried gel gloves and wants to comment. These knuckle protectors may be a happy medium.
Washing hand wrap is still a nightmare to untangle from the rest of your laundry and NEVER, EVER buy red hand wrap! The colour will just run and stain your other laundry in your washing machine. I’d stick to black, white or yellow.