The Beginners Checklist

-Find a gym

Do a google search. You know this.  But the only follow up next step I’d tell you to do is scope out their Instagram page.  This is the best way to find out what kind of gym this place really is.

Also, what are you really after.  Are you looking for a great workout facility that has boxing incorporated in training, or are you specifically looking to get to a gym that teaches people how to box and get your first fight. 

These aren’t always mutually exclusive, but know what you’re after and do a little research. You’ll find the right home. Better to scope it out early than to put in all the work and find out that 6 months in when you have the goods for your first fight, that this gym you picked doesn’t regularly take boxers to amateur shows. 

-Gear you’ll need 

Some people find a new hobby and they go all in on purchasing all the gear.  Make sure you like it first. Also don’t be the cringe worthy guy who has all the most expensive stuff but hasn’t exchanged a punch yet. 

Your shoes you have now are fine, worry about the boxing shoes later.

A pair of boxing gloves.  These are the boxing gloves I recommend.  Straight up this is an amazon affiliate link and I used to work as an intern at Ringside.  Inherent bias, but these truly are what I believe to be the best boxing gloves for beginners and active boxers.  

However I’m not saying its the law of the land, mandatory for all real boxers, type of product. Here’s actually what I am using right now for sparring and the bag gloves I prefer for training on the bags, mittwork, etc.   14 oz and 16 oz respectively. I prefer the larger ones for my training and the 14s for sparring. Likewise with the velcro loop, I want to be able to put these on and off with ease to get rounds on the bags without having to bug a coach or boxing gym bystander. 

For the sparring gloves, I like them to be lace up, I want this series of motions to replicate real fight time as closely as possible. Maybe I’m putting too much emphasis on the mental prep here, but to me it feels like having lace up gloves for sparring, visualizing what it will look like on fight night, as your coach is tying them up for you, having that same mental association right before you go in for another well prepared session of sparring, feels like the proper way to do things to me.   I recommend Everlast Powerlock for pros and serious amateurs, I used to dislike their catalog with the two tiered offerings they would have, with a super high end expensive and very entry level low quality, but over the last several years their product line has filled the gaps and these really are the best gloves for me [AA link].

Jump rope.  Get your own jump rope.  Most things you can borrow, but get your own jump rope.  You won’t be jockying for one of the communal ones at the gym.  Inevitably there will be a day when the last one see available is too short for you and only suitable for kids half your size.  Here’s a good one to buy But you don’t need to be brand specific at all here. Just get one. 

Mouthpiece. When it comes to sparring, you will need one.  Even when you can borrow the protective cup and the headgear,  although eventually you’ll buy one of those on your own. Mouth piece will have to be yours.  Get yours molded well in advance. You don’t want to have to say “i don’t have a mouth piece yet” anytime someone suggests you spar.  Better to be prepared than to look like you were digging for a convient excuse. 

a pair of testes/ovaries 

You’re going to have to show up, and when you show up, make sure your pair shows up too. 

That’s basically it!  As you can see you only need the basics here.  You can get more detailed later on.

For the most part just come to it with full eagerness. 

Eager to get the work out you desire, eager to learn, and eager to embrace the discomfort.

I’m happy for you, welcome to the gym and make the most out of it for yourself. 


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  2. What type of gloves do you prefer though? 8oz or 14oz and how do you differentiate between them?

    1. Reply Post By Garrity McOsker

      I use 14oz for sparring and bag work. And an 8oz glove I’d only use in a professional fight.

      Although it doesn’t hurt to get a pair of 8oz for some accuracy pad work, but I would recommend a larger glove for your daily workouts.

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