Hands are the most lethal weapons of boxers. These are their most prized possessions and taking proper care of them along with proper training will turn an amateur boxer into a boxing professional.
When you are a beginner boxer, not only are you given boxing tips by your trainer and are taught how to fight, you also learn about the sport’s long history, game mechanics, rules, and boxing equipment. Your coach will also teach you the different ways to prevent injury, the most basic of which is the different hand wrapping basics. Contrary to popular belief, hand wraps are not meant to cushion a boxer’s hand, but rather to keep all joints and bones secured. Without a boxing wrap, your joints and bones will move freely in their own direction, thus putting them at high risk of injury once you start punching especially when you do not know the proper way to box yet. Securing them will prevent you from getting your hand fractured during your boxing workout. The hand will turn into a solid fist once closed if it is wrapped properly.
Here are the steps to wrapping your hands properly:
- Get a pair of semi-elastic hand wraps. Boxers with smaller hands may go for 120”, but the ideal length of a wrap is 180”.
- Loop the wrap around your thumb then wrap down the back of your hand. This will make the hand wrap tighten when you make a fist (as opposed to wrapping down the front and loosening the wrap when making a fist).
- Make the wrap go around your wrist two to three times.
- Wrap three times around the palm of your hand then bring it down behind your thumb.
- Create three X’s passing through your fingers. Bring up the wrap between your pinky and ring fingers then wrap around your palm, down to the bottom of your hand. Make it go around your wrist to get back to the back of your thumb.
- Do the exact same thing except make the wrap go in between your ring and middle fingers. Follow the same procedure as the first X.
- For the last X, follow the same procedure as the first two X’s but make the wrap go between your middle and index fingers. This separates all your fingers from one another.
- Wrap around your thumb once then go down the back of your hand.
- Go halfway around the wrist then pull the wrap from behind the thumb. Instead of wrapping around the thumb, go down the palm of your hand.
- Wrap your knuckles three or more times, depending on how much hand wraps you still have available. But don’t wrap too thick as your hand may not fit in your glove anymore.
- Finish wrapping at your wrist and secure the wrap with a Velcro.
Some professional boxers would choose to wrap their hands differently – focus more on their knuckles for harder punches, or wrap their wrists a little less for flexibility. There are indeed a lot of ways to wrap your hands. All that matters is that you are securing them properly and preventing yourself from injury.
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