Best boxing exercise equipment for at-home workouts: gloves, punch bags and more

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Boxing has only recently become a fixture in the fitness world as a way to keep in shape - and it has changed our lives.

Thanks to boutique gyms like Kobox and Rumble at 1Rebel, we have fallen in love with the sport in more ways than one. Yes, it's a great calorie burner and a killer workout, but it’s so much more.

Whether you are alone, or with a sparring partner, anyone can get into it. If you find sports like running or HIIT tedious, boxing is the perfect antidote, combining fun with a real challenge that feels incredible once you’ve completed it.

As an aerobic cardio exercise, it works your entire body - arms, shoulders, core and legs - while also helping with stamina, agility, accuracy and best of all, it’s an unrivalled stress relief. Get ready to punch your way to a carefree attitude.

For budding boxers working out at home or those itching to get back to their favourite class, there are essential pieces of equipment to elevate the experience. Anyone who’s ever borrowed a set of the communal gloves from the studio will know about the less than pleasant aroma that it leaves on your hands when the class is over - not even taking into consideration our new sanitiser-filled, virus-informed society. A pair of your own gloves is a must.

Boxing gloves are offered in a variety of sizes that depend on the weight and hand-size of the boxer in question. Heavier gloves means more padding and you can find out more about specific boxing gloves here.

You will also want to invest in a pair of wraps. These are designed to protect your hands from sweat and odour, while also securing your wrists and joints to prevent injury that could be caused from powerful punches. Best of all, you can just chuck them into the washing machine in-between sessions - a luxury sadly not possible with the gloves themselves.

A home punching bag is great for solo workouts. They come in a variety of forms; freestanding with a weight at the base, attached to the wall or hanging from a chain affixed to your ceiling. Rocky may have punched slabs of beef - but you don’t have to.

If you prefer group workouts, grab your boxing sidekick and kit them up with pads. You take it in turns to wear, while the other person gets sparring with gloves on, testing your agility, coordination, and may just offer a giggle or two.

If you can’t commit to a whole at-home set-up, the simple addition of a skipping rope is a space-efficient way to improve. It’s great for endurance, strength, quick feet movement, and shifting weight - all of which are transferable skills needed for boxing.

With the unpredictability of government directives surrounding gyms and the need to get in shape after being confined to our homes for the greater part of 2020, the products below will help you learn new skills for the next time you enter the ring.

Get in fighting shape and cross, jab, hook and uppercut your way to completing your fitness resolutions. It’s tough but it’s worth it.

SUPERTRIP Skipping Rope Tangle-Free

As a warm up before you get into your punches, skipping is the ultimate way to hone boxing-related skills. You can nail speed, coordination and agility all while having an impressive cardio workout. This particular skipping rope is like the Ferrari of the exercise with a tange-free design and extremely durable construction - water-resistant, stable and crafted in steel.

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(Amazon)

£4.29 | Amazon

Everlast Headguard

As you begin to take your boxing more seriously, this headgear may come in handy to protect yourself. It is crafted from a hi-tech fabric that is sweat-wicking and breathable.

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(Everlast)

£19.99 | Sports Direct

Adidas Hybrid 100 Boxing Gloves

These boxing gloves from Adidas come in a range of sizes from 10oz to 16oz to suit all boxers. They have been crafted with a durable PU and moulded foam to ensure they stand the test of time, and protect your hands while doing so.

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(Adidas)

£33.99 | Sports Direct

Lonsdale Contender Boxing Gloves

Lonsdale is almost synonymous with boxing where the retro styles make highly covetable items for beginners and professionals alike. Like the Adidas gloves above, they have a high impact foam padding. There is a mesh panel for breathability and they come in a range of sizes - even a junior option for kids.

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(Lonsdale)

£9.99 | Sports Direct

Everlast Strike Multi-Purpose Gloves Mens

Not a fan of the closed glove design? These make a great alternative for mitt, heavy bags and kickboxing. They are complete with ventilation and adjustable straps for greater security in fit.

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(Everlast)

£15 | Sports Direct *On sale from £34.99

RDX Synthetic 12oz Leather Boxing Gloves

While we are a fan of the gold detailing, it’s the performance of these boxing gloves that have really caught our eye. They are made for a time-tested synthetic leather and use a slightly different gel and padding combination for better absorption and protection. The gloves are available in a range of sizes.

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(Argos)

£21.99 | Amazon

Everlast Curved Mantis Hook and Jab Mitt - Grey and Black

Exercising is always more entertaining with a friend so practise your accuracy, speed and timing with the help of these pads from Everlast. They are complete with a layered foam construction to protect hands and for shock absorption.

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(Everlast)

£19.99 | Argos

Versace Black And Yellow Baroque Print Boxing Gloves

If you’re a strong believer that more is always more, let us introduce you to these boxing gloves from Versace. They are adorned with the Italian fashion house’s signature baroque print and put a luxury twist on your fitnesswear.

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(Versace)

£2,280 | SSENSE

Everlast Boxing 3-pack Hand Wraps

A true boxing essential. Wraps are crucial for supporting your wrists while you box but that’s not all. They are also far more hygienic as, unlike the gloves themselves, they can be popped in the washing machine. This three-pack of all different colours ensures that you always have one ready to go when you are.

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(Everlast)

£12.99 | Very

Lonsdale Training Inner Glove

Wrapping the ones above is not always the most simple of tasks and if you don’t want to waste time and get straight to boxing, these inner gloves are ready to go, all you need to do is slip your hands inside. There is a padded knuckle area and the material itself is breathable.

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(Lonsdale)

£5.99 | Sports Direct

Women’s Boxing Liner Glove Mitts 100

Whether it’s boxing to keep fit, getting ready to enter the ring or the likes of Muay Thai, karate or kickboxing, these mitts are designed to suit them all. The all-rounders have an odour and sweat-absorbing construction to prevent odour from building up within your gloves. The fabric is also stretchy and shouldn’t rub.

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(Decathlon)

£6.99 | Decathlon

Beast Gear Advanced Boxing Hand Wraps

Beast Gear has designed these wraps to keep your hands protected during intense boxing sessions. Punching can have a huge impact on your joints, fingers, wrists and knuckles so it’s important to wrap them up to keep you from getting injured. These wraps have a secure fit, fasten tight and are relatively comfortable.

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(Beast Gear)

£9.96 | Amazon

Everlast Target Freestanding Punchbag

Ideal for beginners, this punchbag will help you learn accuracy throughout your training with the numbered target. The bag itself is freestanding, weighed down at the bottom with water or sand to keep it stable as you build on your power and speed.

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(Everlast)

£129.99 | Argos

Lonsdale Fitness Strike Bag

With the handy addition of a spring, this punch bag is designed to test you throughout your workout as a great training sidekick. The base is study and stable with a filling of either water or stand.

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(Lonsdale)

£54.99 | Sports Direct *On sale from £109.99

Leather Boxing Speed Ball

If you don’t have the space for an entire punch bag, this speed ball can be affixed to the wall with four screws to keep it securely in place. This contraption is designed for anyone to use at any time, even if you can only squeeze in a 15 minute session to help you practise your technique, speed, hand-eye coordination, endurance, power and of course, improve your fitness levels.

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(Amazon)

£21.99 | Amazon

Everlast Boxing Heavy Punch Bag Stand

Crafted from a heavy duty steel, this punch bag can withstand some serious power. If you prefer the hanging bag design but don’t want a permanent fixture in your home, this is a happy medium that is sturdy and secure but you can always add weights or sandbags to make it extra so.

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(Everlast)

£129.99 | Argos

RDX Punch Bag Black-5FT

For an at-home gym and a permanent fixture in your home, this bag should be affixed to the ceiling or a reinforced steel to help you alongside your boxing journey. Weighing in at 24 to 26kg, it is also complete with a Shell-Shock gel to absorb the impact as well as hand-stitched leather that is almost indestructible.

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(RDX)

£94.99 | Very

RDX Heavy Arm Pad Gel Kick Shield

To be used by your partner in crime, these shields are great for incorporating kicks into your training with a thick six-inch layer of gel and foam to withstand the power. There are handles of the reverse and a comfortable grip as well as an ergonomic curved construction - all of which support the kickee.

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(RDX)

£54.99 | Very

RDX 4ft Punchbag with Gloves, Chains and Bracket

This bumper pack contains both a punchbag and a set of boxing gloves. Both quality items set to stand the test of time, the bag is particularly heavy-duty and durable. It is complete with a chains bracket for easy installation.

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(RDX)

£69.99 | Argos

RDX Punch Bag

The whole shebang. This set is made up of a punch bag, gloves, wraps, wall mount and pads for everything you need to get started into the world of box-fit. The items are construction with hard-wearing synthetic leather that is both functional and resilient.

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(RDX)

£77.99 | Amazon

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