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How to determine the size of boxing gloves: a universal way for men and women
Boxing gloves are not an accessory, but in fact the main part of the equipment of a professional boxer. Their main function is to protect the athlete’s hands from all sorts of injuries both during training and in sparring and fights. That is why it is so important to choose the right size gloves.
Incorrectly selected equipment is not only inconvenient to use, but can also lead to injuries and damage to muscles, joints and bone tissue.
In order to correctly determine the size, there is a special method that is suitable for both men and women and adolescents.
To find out the size of the boxing gloves needed for the athlete or athlete, you will need a measuring tape, like those used by seamstresses and cutters. To carry out measurements using the tape you will need:
- measure the girth of the palm, holding the tip of the tape around the thumb. In this case, the thumb itself should not fall into the girth of the tape, otherwise the entire metering process will be organized incorrectly;
- convert the result into inches (you can do this by dividing the number by 2.54);
- round the result either to an integer, or to an integer and one second;
- the resulting number will be equal to the size.
The girth of the palm is 18 centimeters. Converting 18 cm to inches, we get 7.08. Rounding to an integer, we get 7.
Boxing Gloves Size Chart
There is a "letter" correspondence of the sizes to centimeters and inches. In order to understand what international size standard corresponds to one or another value, it is proposed to familiarize yourself with the table below.
This table will come in handy in cases where the manufacturer of the product indicated its size not in inches, but according to international standards.
What sizes are for children and which are for adults?
In addition to confusion between inches, centimeters and “letters” of a novice athlete, when choosing boxing equipment, the sizes indicated in ounces can also be brought down. In general, the classification of gloves by ounces looks something like this:
- 4 ounces : children's equipment, light and suitable for a child under 6 years old;
- 6 ounces : still children's equipment for young boxers under the age of 9 years;
- 8 ounces: youthful "equipment", perfectly suitable for adolescents under 14 years old if the child weighs less than 60 kilograms;
- 10 ounces: intended for athletes weighing from 50 to 65 kilograms;
- If the boxer weighs around 65–75 kg, then 12 oz gloves are perfect for him;
- In the next weight category up to 90 kilograms, 14 ounce models are recommended for athletes;
- Athletes from 91 to hundreds of kilograms usually wear 16 ounces gloves;
- Gloves from 18 to 20 ounces are usually worn by heavyweights over a centner weight.
Gloves should be tried on only with a bandage wrapping in one or two layers.
This classification by weight as a whole is universal for both beginners and professional athletes. Another thing is what type of gloves are used. Basically, the sporting goods market has four types of gloves:
- professional . Performed individually under the anatomical features of the athlete’s hand, and massively in factories. They are usually fixed by lacing;
- training. Used for sparring and non-professional competitions. Can be fixed both with lacing and Velcro;
- shell. Volumetric, not having a clearly shaped gloves are intended exclusively for working with bags. They are fixed with Velcro or elastic bands;
- paws. Used only for working with a trainer and practicing movements.