Boxing is one of the hottest trends in at-home fitness for good reason. Boxing is a superior full-body workout that anyone can do, and it is an absolute blast. What makes it even better is that you can set up a boxing gym in your home with minimal space and effort, creating a multi-function workout space that you can access at any time.
Let's take a look at the boxing equipment you'll need and how to set up your training area.
How Do I Set Up a Home Boxing Gym?
All you need to set up a home boxing gym is a designated workout space and some boxing equipment essentials. For a great overview, take a look at what you need and what you don’t need to set up a home boxing gym.
FightCamp Trainers Aaron Swenson and Flo Master show you how to put together your home boxing gym with the complete guide to the five (5) at-home boxing gym essentials:
Flooring is literally the foundation of your at-home boxing gym. It can make or break your training!
Here are the types of flooring you DO NOT want to use:
Carpet: it’s easy to get stuck or tripped up, your feet will drag on the surface.
Hardwood: During intense training when you are dripping sweat, you can easily slip and get injured.
Concrete: It has absolutely no give to it, which puts a lot of pressure on your knees and your body during training.
Luckily, you can create the perfect flooring in any location with a quality mat. One of the best floor mats you can train on comes with the FightCamp gym. The puzzle mat comes in eight 2’ x 2’ squares that fit tightly together to form a perfect 8’ x 4’ workout space. This is ample room for a heavy bag as well as conditioning exercises like core work. Plus, the mat is even durable enough for lifting weights, which is often not the case with other mats.
2. Heavy Bag
When you’re looking at heavy bags, there are some things to consider:
Space: While many people would like to hang a boxing bag, this simply isn’t possible due to limited space or drywall. For at-home gyms, a free-standing punching bag is the best option.
Training Style: If you are doing any kind of kicking or kickboxing, you need a full-length heavy bag.
Price/Quality: When it comes to heavy bags, cheaper options just aren’t going to last long. They are also likely to be less stable during more intense workouts.
The FightCamp free-standing bag is a durable, high quality, and affordable option that is perfect for at-home boxing gyms. It comes in three pieces that are easy to put together – a bag ring to keep the bag stable, a base, and the punching bag itself.
To set up the FightCamp punching bag and stand, start by placing the base in the middle of the bag ring. To fill up the base, we recommend dry sand and not water. Place the bag on the base and secure the straps over the lip of the base, and you’re ready to go!
3. Hand Wraps & Boxing Gloves
Boxing hand wraps are essential for three (3) main reasons:
Protecting the knuckles
Protecting the wrists
Preventing your gloves from smelling
*To help keep boxing gloves fresh, make sure everyone in the family has their own pair of hand wraps and gloves--check out FightCamp’s glove deodorizer.
There are two styles of boxing hand wraps you can use, traditional boxing hand wraps and quick wraps.
Quick wraps are excellent for boxers of all levels, but especially for beginners. FightCamp’s own quick wraps are simple to put on, easy to clean, and have a protected slot on the wrist for your punch tracker to connect to the FightCamp leaderboard.
4. Keep It Clean
Maintaining a clean gym setup is important. Keeping your gym equipment clean keeps you disciplined, motivated, and makes your equipment last longer.
Always keep these cleaning essentials in your boxing gym:
Mop or Swiffer
Customizing your home gym is a great way to really make it your own. In addition to personalizing your space, customize it with great conditioning gear to help you add variety to your workouts. FightCamp has a conditioning kit that starts you off with everything you need, including:
Weighted Hand Wraps: Perfect for conditioning your shoulders and punching muscles
Agility Ladder: A go-to tool for footwork and agility training
Jump Rope: The boxer’s favorite for cardio, timing, and rhythm
Massaging Recovery Ball: Wonderful for soothing sore muscles and working out knots
How Much Space Do I Need For My At-Home Boxing Gym?
You need less space than you may realize for your at-home boxing gym. If you have an area in mind that has enough room for a standing punching bag and floor space for some core work, approximately 8’ x 4’, that’s perfect.
What Type of Flooring Should I Use For My Home Boxing Gym?
Flooring like carpet, hardwood, or concrete are not ideal for a home boxing gym. Investing in a good quality floor mat to complete your home boxing space is best. With a mat, you have secure footing and enough cushion that you can easily set up anywhere. FightCamp’s interactive gym package comes with a floor mat specifically designed for your boxing workouts.
What Type of Boxing Equipment Do I Need?
Your boxing gym essentials should include flooring, a punching bag, boxing gloves, hand wraps, and cleaning supplies. Customizing your home boxing gym with additional equipment and personal touches is a great way to really build your own workout oasis. Setting up a home boxing gym is easier than you might think, and it gets even easier with FightCamp.
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