Traditional Boxing Wraps | Wrapping Hands for Boxing

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Wrapping your hands properly for boxing is important, but traditional hand wraps can be tricky for beginner boxers. Learn how to easily wrap your hands here.

Published: March 2, 2021

Topics: Tips & Tutorials, Boxing Equipment

Author: FightCamp Team

Traditional Boxing Wraps

Boxing hand wraps protect your hands, wrists, and even your gloves. Using wraps whenever you use boxing gloves will keep your gloves smelling fresher. Most importantly, hand wraps serve as added padding for your knuckles and added stability for your wrists. Beginner boxers should always use hand wraps and boxing gloves when they are hitting a punching bag.

Should I Wrap My Hands For Boxing?

Yes, you should wrap your hands for boxing. Wrapping hands for boxing will protect the wrists and knuckles from the impact of hitting the heavy bag and increase the lifetime of your gloves.

What Does Wrapping Your Hands Do For Boxing?

Wrapping your hands has several important functions in boxing. The top functions of hand wraps are to:

  • Protect the knuckles

  • Protect the wrists

  • Keep your gloves fresh

There are two main varieties of boxing hand wraps to choose from: traditional hand wraps and quick wraps. Here we’ll look at a step-by-step guide using traditional cloth wraps.

How to Wrap Hands for Boxing

Learn how to put on boxing wraps with this boxing hand wrapping tutorial. Plus learn how to wrap your FightCamp punch trackers to keep them in place during your boxing workout.

Step 1

Reverse roll the wraps so that the text faces inside; Unroll about 12 inches of the wrap to start, keeping the rest rolled up (this makes wrapping easier)

Step 2

Place loop over thumb and roll the wrap around the wrist 3-4 times

Step 3

Wrap once between each finger and one time around the wrist in between each finger wrap

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Step 4

Wrap around knuckles 3-4 times, depending on your hand size (large hands: wrap 3 times; small hands: wrap 4 times)

Step 5

Wrap thumb once, then wrap wrist again

Step 6

Place red tracker on the top of your right wrist with the rounded edge towards your knuckles (you’ll place the blue tracker in the same position on your left wrist)

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Step 7

Wrap tracker onto wrist, then finish wrapping on the wrist and close velcro

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Repeat all steps for the other hand, and you’re ready to go!

How Tight Should You Wrap Your Hands Boxing?

You should wrap your hands tight enough to feel snug, but not so tight that you cut off circulation. Your wraps shouldn’t be slipping on your hands, and you should still be able to move your fingers enough to make a fist. Try to wrap your hands a little tighter around your wrists to create more stability where it is needed most.

Can I Hit a Heavy Bag With Just Hand Wraps?

Yes, you can hit a heavy bag with just hand wraps, but this is not recommended for beginner boxers. Both wraps and boxing gloves are very important while learning proper form and technique.

Which Is Better: Hand Wraps or Boxing Gloves?

Both hand wraps and boxing gloves are equally important for a beginner boxer. Only with continued training can you consider skipping the gloves and using just hand wraps. Moreover, anytime you are using boxing gloves, you want to use hand wraps to keep your gloves from starting to smell. Wraps absorb most of the sweat from your hands and can be washed between workouts, whereas boxing gloves cannot.

Are Hand Wraps Necessary For Boxing?

Though hand wraps are not always necessary for boxing, we highly recommend boxing wraps for beginners.

More experienced fighters may want to toughen their hands by bare-knuckle boxing. This is only after advanced training to ensure they do not damage their wrists or hands.

Where Can I Buy Boxing Hand Wraps?

You can buy boxing hand wraps from most major fitness retailers. It’s recommended to purchase a few different sets at a time so you can wash them regularly and still have a fresh pair ready for each workout. FightCamp also offers boxing traditional hand wraps and includes quick wraps as part of the equipment package.

What Size Hand Wraps Should I Get For Boxing?

Boxing hand wraps are typically 15-18 feet long, which is a lot of material to wrap! The length of boxing hand wraps for you is determined by the size of your hands and how much extra padding you prefer. If you have smaller hands, consider going with a shorter wrap to start, and feel how comfortable it is in your boxing gloves. In the end, which wraps you choose comes down to your own personal preference.

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