How To Wrap Your Hands With Traditional Wraps

How To Wrap Your Hands With Traditional Wraps

Traditional hand wraps are a favorite for many fighters. FightCamp's Coach PJ shares his step-by-step method for wrapping your hands with traditional wraps.

Published: January 18, 2022

Topics: Tips & Tutorials, Boxing Equipment

Author: PJ Shirdan

Hand wraps are essential to protect your hands, wrists, and even your gloves in boxing. They are a key piece of boxing equipment. Not only does using hand wraps give your hands more padding and stability, but they also absorb sweat, ultimately keeping the inside of your boxing gloves cleaner.

Traditional hand wraps take a little longer to put on than quick wraps, but many boxers still prefer them. It’s all about personal preference! If you want to give traditional hand wraps a try, FightCamp Trainer Coach PJ shares his simple step-by-step method to put on traditional hand wraps before your next boxing workout.

How To Wrap Your Hands With Traditional Wraps

Step 1: Open Up Hand Wraps

Step 1 - Open Up Hand Wraps
  • Let your hand wrap unravel completely

Step 2: Reverse Your Wraps

Step 2 - Reverse Your Wraps
  • Reverse your hand wraps by coiling them back up starting with the Velcro end

    • This step may be a little more time consuming, but Coach PJ has found over the years it makes the hand wrapping more effective

  • Once your wraps are rolled up again, you can begin by wrapping your left hand

Step 3: Loop Thumb Into Wrap

Step 3 - Loop Thumb Into Wrap
  • Put your thumb inside of the loop

  • Pull the hand wrap nice and tight across the top of your wrist and around the outside of your wrist

Step 4: Wrap Wrist 3x

Step 4 - Wrap Wrist 3 Times
  • Wrap your wrist three (3) full times

Step 5: Proceed Over Thumb

Step 5 - Proceed Over Thumb
  • Keep your palm open, bring the wrap over your thumb, back underneath and around the back over your hand towards your knuckles

Step 6: Wrap Knuckles 3x

Step 6 - Wrap Knuckles 3 Times
  • Bring the wrap over and around your knuckles three (3) times

  • Cross back down over the top of your wrist

Step 7: Loop Around Wrist Through Each Finger

Step 7 - Loop Around Wrist Through Each Finger
  • Loop it under your wrist again and bring it back over the back of your hand, pulling it towards your fingers

  • Bring the wrap between your pinky and ring finger

  • Make a left turn, bringing it under and around your wrist again

  • Pull it back up between your ring and middle finger

  • Bring it to the left and around your wrist again

  • Pull it back up between your middle and index finger

Step 8: Use Excess For Wrist + Knuckle Support

Step 8 - Use Excess Wrap For Wrist & Knuckle Support
  • Wrap any excess around your wrist and knuckles

    • It’s your preference, wherever you feel you want to add more

Step 9: Use Last Layers For Punch Trackers

Step 9 - Use Last Layers For Punch Trackers
  • When you are almost done and have just one more wrap worth of cloth left, instead of closing it up, use the last layer to secure the punch tracker

  • Place the punch tracker on the top of your wrist or slide it under one layer

*Don't have Punch Trackers? Learn more about FightCamp's at-home connected fitness.

Step 10: Make Sure To Activate Your Punch Trackers First

Step 10 - Activate Punch Trackers
  • Activate the punch tracker and wrap the remaining cloth around your wrist and punch tracker

Step 11: Secure Velcro

Step 11 - Secure Velcro
  • Fasten the Velcro to secure the punch tracker and your wraps

Step 12: Adjust Wraps For Breathing Room

Step 12 - Adjust Hand Wraps For Breathing Room
  • Loosen the wrap slightly around your palms to give your hands a little breathing room, keeping the wraps snug

Step 13: Repeat With The Other Hand

Step 13 - Repeat With The Other Hand

Ready To Box

The best way to know which type of boxing hand wraps you prefer, traditional wraps or quick wraps, is to try them both. Coach PJ will guide you through how to use quick wraps here. Remember one of the functions of boxing hand wraps is to keep your gloves fresher for longer, but proper care is essential. Find out how to care for your wraps and gloves to prolong the life of your most important boxing gear.

For more tips on all the essential boxing equipment you need for your boxing workouts, check out FightCamp’s blog articles on home boxing equipment, and head over to the FightCamp YouTube Channel when you’re ready to put your gear to the test on the bag!

PJ Shirdan

PJ Shirdan is a FightCamp Founding Coach from the Philadelphia area. He found boxing as a way to heal and rebuild his life as he became a competitive fighter. PJ is a NASM, TRX, and USA Boxing Coach certified.

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