Depending on whether you are boxing for exercise or boxing to complete in the sport, boxing training equipment essentials can vary. Obviously if training for sport, the more equipment the greater your training can be. In either case, there are always essentials and "nice to haves."
Boxing Training Equipment: The Bare Minimum
- You should have a heavy bag, either one that hangs from the ceiling, in a well-structured area, or from a stand that is basically movable and self-supporting. Another option is a free-standing heavy bag that consists of a base filled with water, sand, or gravel. A heavy bag allows you to train your muscles to pack more power into each punch. It is meant to resemble hitting another person, taking significant effort to move the bag in the beginning.
- A speed bag is important for building coordination, accuracy, concentration, and speed. These are relatively small and light, able to be hung from a wide range of structures, and simple to learn to use.
- Hand wraps and gloves. You will need to learn to use hand wraps, and will want both boxing and speed bag gloves. The gloves are for preventing injury, and it's best to get comfortable using them if you plan to progress to competitions later.
- Jump Rope for coordination, footwork, improve stamina, and for cardio workouts. All are vital to proper boxing training, especially if you wish to progress later.
Boxing Training Equipment: Nice to Have
- Head gear and sparring equipment will be beneficial as you start sparring, and having your own can allow you to get comfortable wearing it before having to wear it.
- A mouth piece is relatively inexpensive and a good idea to start getting used to early. Even when training by yourself you should get comfortable wearing it, breaking it in, and practicing holding onto it even during rigorous or jerky movements.
- A groin protector should be common sense, but if you are going to be sparring it's a good idea to get accustomed to wearing this as well.
- Focus mitts and other focus pads for accuracy and coordination. Having a partner or trainer can help and having focus mitts or something along these lines for them to hold and move around but protect them from your punches can help them train you better, and you train harder.
- A full-size mirror is a great piece to have as well. When training alone this allows you to watch your own moves so you know when and where you need to adjust. With a trainer, a mirror helps you see more clearly what they're teaching you.