View Full Version : Best size of gloves for heavy bag work?


HungryTiger
04-10-2006, 06:23 AM
In the gym where I train, 95% of all the pros (and there are several of them) use 8 oz gloves for training (focus mitt, heavy bag) and of course heavier 16 oz gloves for sparring. Now I hurt my wrist throwing a hard punch with a relaxed wrist (I was tired) and it's really bothering me. I'm thinking about using a wrist wrap underneath my regular bandages plus switching to maybe 12 oz gloves for heavy bag work.

My question is, would working with heavier gloves put your timing off when you finally switch to 8 oz for a fight? I hear it's actually good (to use big gloves) as it developes endurance and power, but if that is so why doesn't anyone in my gym use them?

I'm also considering buying a pair of Cleto reyes, known for their long cuff (and better wrist protection), but dont wanna fork out 100$ for a pair of 12 oz and then find them to heavy or cumbersome to train with.

Any feedback is appreciated, on both gloves size and how to care for my sprained wrist. Many thanks

opethdrums
04-10-2006, 08:12 AM
i hit the bag with 16 oz gloves. i like em because they're mine. they seem normal to me. sometimes little kids tell me how big my gloves are though

p.s. im a small guy. it really doesnt take a whole lot out of you to use 16oz gloves

about your wrist. it might take a while for the pain to go away but it will eventually. be very careful hitting the bag, wrap around the wrist well, use a horizontal fist and throw very tight hooks and vertical for your uppercuts. thats easier on your wrists

yrrej
04-10-2006, 11:16 PM
First off, the heavy gloves are used in sparring to protect the fighters. You should be working technique in sparring and power on the heavy bag. If one isn't doing a lot of sparring, it makes sense to use heavier gloves when hitting the heavy bag in order to work the deltoids and improve speed. But if one is going to spar and also fight either amateur or professional, they will be using 6 or 8 oz. gloves in the ring to try to tag the other guy, the same way you will use lighter gloves on the heavy bag. I use thin work gloves on the heavy bag myself, to simulate a street fight, since I don't fight in the ring anymore. The main thing is not to worry about the size of the gloves. Just worry about training. Lots of fighters in poor countries are excellent fighters, but their equipment is crap. They still improve because of their work ethic.

Verstyle
04-10-2006, 11:22 PM
i use 16's on the bags. that way when i spar i got the same speed as i did on the bags. and when i do go in competetion i would be alot faster since i dont use the little gloves for workouts

j
04-11-2006, 12:12 AM
what's wrong with plain old heavy bag gloves? personally though, i don't always like to use gloves when smacking the bags around. i don't like to "baby" my hands.


you hurt your wrist when throwing a hard punch with a relaxed hand? might wanna recheck how you throw whichever punch you threw to hurt your wrist. a punch with a relaxed wrist, even if you throw some juice behind it, shouldn't buckle or hurt your wrist.

opethdrums
04-11-2006, 03:46 AM
what's wrong with plain old heavy bag gloves? personally though, i don't always like to use gloves when smacking the bags around. i don't like to "baby" my hands.


you hurt your wrist when throwing a hard punch with a relaxed hand? might wanna recheck how you throw whichever punch you threw to hurt your wrist. a punch with a relaxed wrist, even if you throw some juice behind it, shouldn't buckle or hurt your wrist.

why wouldnt you want to baby your hands?

Rockin'
04-11-2006, 03:53 AM
12 to 16 ounces would be fine. Anything lighter will just not work you the same.

Rockin' :boxing:

boxer2k5
04-11-2006, 04:15 AM
i hate heavy bag glovs
they are so uncomfortable

i like to use 14oz gloves or 16oz

Rockin'
04-11-2006, 04:19 AM
In your picture you are using bag gloves for sparring. I let my kids try those gloves when they first got them, thinking and being told that they were sparring gloves. Before even 30 seconds elapsed in the seesion I pulled then out and had them put real sparring gloves on. Those gloves do not offer the same padding and protection for you opponent. They may be called sparring gloves but they are far from it.

Rockin' :boxing:

boxer2k5
04-11-2006, 04:25 AM
In your picture you are using bag gloves for sparring. I let my kids try those gloves when they first got them, thinking and being told that they were sparring gloves. Before even 30 seconds elapsed in the seesion I pulled then out and had them put real sparring gloves on. Those gloves do not offer the same padding and protection for you opponent. They may be called sparring gloves but they are far from it.

Rockin' :boxing:



i know but i dont hit hard so i wear them cuz of the size

but now i wear whatever gloves my coach lace me up in

im at a differnt gym now differnt coach

HungryTiger
04-11-2006, 07:40 AM
Thanks for the replies!

When I tried using big gloves (16oz) in the heavy bag I felt my hands/shoulders getting heavy and slow really fast which i thought would end up giving me bad technique, i guess I just should've stuck with it a bit longer...

I'm really picky as far as buying gloves goes. I recently spent almost one hour trying all the gloves that the local shop had (Winning, Cleto reyes, Windy, Lonsdale etc). The Cleto reyes had the best feel in my opinion but the shop only had 8oz and 14oz, (I was actually looking for 10 or 12oz) but after reading various replies I might just buy the 14oz.

For sparring I use the gear provided by the gym, so I really wanna buy the best bag/training gloves as I'm told am a hard puncher, so I want the best protection for my hands/wrists.

I've read some raving reviews regarding Ringside's IMF gloves, has anyone here got them? Are they that good?

j
04-11-2006, 08:46 AM
"why wouldnt you want to baby your hands?"

what???? i'm not sure what you are getting at.


a f'ed up hand won't do you well in boxing. best to get it conditioned in training instead of hurting your hand in a fight, if that's what you're talking about.

opethdrums
04-11-2006, 05:52 PM
well i just know i've had chronic hand pains even with gloves and wraps so i dont know how you can hit the bag hard without them

6OVER6LORD6
04-11-2006, 05:57 PM
I use 20 oz lace up everlast gloves, they friggin rule. I do 2 rounds with them, then 2 rounds of 16, then 2 rounds of 14, then two rounds of 12, then 2 more rounds of 20's again

Verstyle
04-11-2006, 06:33 PM
I use 20 oz lace up everlast gloves, they friggin rule. I do 2 rounds with them, then 2 rounds of 16, then 2 rounds of 14, then two rounds of 12, then 2 more rounds of 20's again

whhhy again :confused:

6OVER6LORD6
04-11-2006, 06:42 PM
whhhy again :confused:


Because I'm 2 legit


2 legit to indeed, quit

HungryTiger
04-13-2006, 11:16 AM
I sent this same question to a boxing trainer and here's what he had to say...

Hi Hungrytiger,

Sounds like you are smart cookie....you almost answered the question yourself, definately on target.

I am a little surprised those guys are using 8oz. gloves. It's actually not even allowed in my gym for the very reason you mentioned. It is very easy to bruise your knuckles not to mention increase the risk of rolling over your wrist. A hand is a hand, whether it's the hand of a pro or an amateur, they both bruise and they both are suseptable to the same injuries. I recommend 14oz. for heavybag, uppercut bag and handpads... 16oz. for sparring....the only consideration for 10 or 8 oz would be the double-end bag...

If your not already doing this, take a piece of foam and place it across your knuckles and wrap your handwraps over the top normally. Sounds like you have sprained the tendons on your wrist, very common, and if it really hurts you need to lay off of any contact with that hand for week, if you don't it will take forever to heal...there is a silver lining to this injury, it forces you to polish up your punches in your other hand....(don't even wrap that hand or glove it, if you do, you will inadvertantly use it thru habit).

Heavier gloves will not hurt your timing...that theory is way over-blown.... the heavier gloves give you a better workout, they protect your hands, and when you finally switch over to fight gloves you feel fast as hell....why aren't these guys using them in the gym? they should be...I dont know what their thinking.. every gym I've been in don't even have 8 or 10oz out on the glove table...(but they probably have bought there own stuff)... there is a misconception out there on those gloves, everlast used to market their small lightweight gloves as "pro gloves" (they used to have this metal bar in the middle you gripped when you made a fist)...guys used to think it meant "pro boxer", but it was just a marketing gimmeck to make the gloves sound cool..but guys ate it up (and still do), some companies still use the selling point... also, pros want to feel fast when they train so that could be a factor... I don't feel there's any benefit... plus if my fighter had a big fight coming up and he was hitting the heavybag with 12's and rolled his wrist over, the fight is cancelled, all because of something as silly as wearing the wrong gloves....I wouldnt allow it, for his own sake.

As far as makes of gloves...I would love to tell you the $100 gloves aren't worth it, but I can't ..ha... I use "grant" which are designed just like the reyes and love them... yes, you do get extra support in the wrist, and that extra wrist support is because that part of the glove is stiffer and longer... you will be surprised as to how light they are, remember, there is more weight in the wrist area of these gloves so a 14oz. reyes or grant will feel lighter than a regular 14oz glove... I have 16oz and they feel like 14's... I hated shelling out the dough but if you take care of them, you'll have them forever....

I hope i got to all of your questions and feel free to come back anytime. Good Luck.....and take care of that wrist first thing...

later, jack www.heavyweightcontender.com

machotime
04-13-2006, 11:23 AM
I alternate between 14 and 16oz. I know that Cleto Reyes can be expensive, but they have great training gloves. My 16oz are Cleto Reyes.

Glove_Game_Hero
04-13-2006, 11:59 AM
I just use some 14 oz. everlast gloves. I like the impact I get from them too. Just for the heavy bag though, not sparring. Only 30 dollars for a pair of them too, so their cheap.