As a mixed martial artist it is very important to protect your
hands with hand wraps, because you need them to be in the
best condition possible. There are a lot of bones in the hand and
wrist, which can be easily damaged in boxing and will take a long
time to heal if an injury is sustained. There are many reasons
why you should use wraps and many different types of wraps for
you to use. You need wraps so you can protect your hands, plain
If you cut corners on the hand wraps, you are inviting a
debilitating injury, which can put you out of commission for
weeks, and even months at a time. They assist with protecting
your bones and the tendons in your hands.
You also need to support your wrists and thumb from injury
too. You should always wrap your hands before you use a boxing
glove and bag gloves.
When you try on boxing gloves, you should wear wraps also.
This will give you a good idea how the gloves will fit when you
are boxing – this will save you from ending up with gloves
that leave no room for the addition of the protective wrap when
you are using them in real life situations. It is best to try on
your boxing gloves with the wraps.
Wraps that come from a sporting goods store are normally
not the proper size. They also won’t have as long of a
life as the others can. You should not skimp on your wraps,
because quality is very important.
Remember, it is protecting YOUR hands and body parts from
injury. It is better to spend a little more here than to spend
a lot more for repair of a preventable injury.
Hand wraps are not very expensive. A decent pair you can buy
for around $5 and a more elaborate pair for $15.
For Low Priced Everlast Wraps
The most common sizes of wraps for boxing are 120” and
180”. You want to be sure that your hand wraps are not
too long or it will require you to make extra revolutions around
your wrists and hands.
When this occurs, it also affects how your glove fits and it
could make the gloves too tight. Not to mention, it can affect
your actual performance while using them and make you slower and
less agile. There are different styles of wraps. Three of the
most common wraps include cotton herringbone, gauze bandage,
and elasticized wraps.
The cotton herringbone wraps are not
stretchable. They are reusable and washable. If you can, you
should make sure that you absolutely wash these after every
Elastic wraps are also known as Mexican Style because they are similar to the
gauze wrap that used to be used in Mexico. There is a lot of
stretch to these wraps and they are very comfortable fitting on
the hand, though you should be careful not to stretch them so
tight as to cut or reduce circulation to the hand. The elastic
wraps are very popular now but they are more expensive. These
wraps are also reusable and washable.
OPTIONS TO HAND WRAPS
Professional boxers will use sports tape many times with gauze
bandage wraps. It is not common to see a gauze hand wrap in
martial arts competitions or in health clubs because they are
When you are finished with a gauze wrap it goes in the trash.
It is not used again nor is it washed. The advantage of these is
that you can get a very rigid wrap with minimal damage to the
wrist area and maximum comfort to weight ratio.
When you choose a wrap to protect your hands while you are
boxing, then you should consider which wrap is right for you.
Be sure to find a wrap that is the right size and not too long.
Another great option is an inner glove or Gel Wrap Glove.
You have to protect your hands when you are boxing or you
can suffer serious injury that may stop you from being able to
box, so choose wraps carefully.
Decide which wraps fit best for you. You may like the elastic
wraps because they are stretchy or you might like the gauze. You
decide which hand wraps are most comfortable for you while
maintaining the best degree of safety and protection against
injury while using them.
You can find the wraps on this page as well as Adidas, TapOut,
Affliction, Century and UFC at
Want free shipping? Check out Fighter Warehouse.
Revgear Sports Co. is also a good deal on most
items and is a good medium if you want to move away from UFC or
Century. They have all kinds of hand wraps at good prices.
Bad Boy Fight Apparel is new and hot.
You'll pay for the brand but the items are good. They have
elastic 180" hand wraps at Bad Boy.
MMA is very demanding as you know. One of the areas you need
to target is power. You can get more power by performing lunges,
pushing exercising, pull ups, squats and twists.
These body weight exercises teach you to be in control of your
body and your fight. They help you develop explosive power. This
is just one element that you'll need. MMA is so vast you need to train in an
array of areas to get in shape. But using body weight
exercises is one key way to get you in shape for the mat.