Are the weighted gloves the best tool that can help you to develop the quick hands and the powerful punches that you need?
If your muscles are not well developed, it means that they don’t function optimally and they don’t generate enough force and speed to achieve good results. The best way to improve the punching speed and power is to pick the right tool and exercises. Training with weighted gloves is one of the best ways to improve the stamina of the body, the power, and the speed of the hits.
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- What means “weighted gloves”!
- Weighted gloves or dumbbells?
- Choosing weighted gloves. Some tips.
- The Alternative!
What means “weighted gloves”!
The weighted gloves are used in boxing and mixed martial arts as a method of increasing muscle mass in the arms, shoulders and the upper back.
Stronger muscles lead to improved punching power and with the right combination of technical exercises, good results are also achieved to improve the speed of impact.
They are usually made with the addition of a variety of weights to fingerless gloves. The most commonly used are gloves with weights of two lbs, but weights depend on the results that must be achieved.
Some gloves are made so that the weights can be replaced with lighter or heavier ones if desired.
They are used in almost all sports. Except for improving the muscles of the arms and the back, the weighted gloves are used to increase the intensity of cardiovascular workouts and to improve muscle tone.
The best way that you can use weighted gloves when training, is making shadow boxing. They are constructed to increase the cardio activity level and it is not a good idea to punch bag with them or worse – to sparring.
They don’t have any padding or protection that you need to protect your hands or your partner.
Weighted gloves or dumbbells?
As an alternative to weighted gloves in many boxing clubs, dumbbells of varying weight are used. Both methods are used to achieve better speed and improve the overall endurance of the athletes.
It is difficult to determine which one is a better tool for achieving the best power and speed of the punches.
Dumbbells are usually heavier than gloves. Their weight varies between one and forty-five kilograms, and some models can change their weight depending on the additional weight plates that can be added or removed.
Many boxers use the dumbbells as an alternative, but I prefer the gloves because in the case of a casual accident dumbbells can cause unpleasant injuries. (For example, your foot will not be grateful if you drop a 3-kilogram dumbbell on top of it.)
So the difference between the two tools is the degree of control. When using dumbbells during training your palms and wrists are constantly engaged and under stress.
On the other hand, the weighted gloves are conveniently attached to your hands and in most cases, you can use freely your fingers.
The other major difference between dumbbells and gloves is in weight distribution.
While holding the dumbbells, the weight is concentrated in the front of the hands, which loads the wrists. (Using wrist bands is highly recommended.)
The weight of the gloves is contained to the back of your hands and as I mentioned above is well fixed which keeps the weight in place during a hit. Moreover, when the fingers are free, a fist can be formed correctly, which is very important for the beginner’s training.
Whether to train with dumbbells or gloves, make your conclusions and decisions.
My opinion is that gloves are the best choice if you want to improve the speed and the power of the punches.
Dumbbells are more appropriate if you want to develop muscle mass because they allow for a much wider range of movements and exercises and are more a tool for fitness and bodybuilding.
Choosing weighted gloves. Some tips.
There is a huge variety on the market. Some weighted gloves are made of neoprene; others are made of leather or cloth. Some of them are fully closed or have a strap that passes through the palm; others are with an open palm, allowing easier gripping.
When choosing gloves, it would be good to comply with several factors:
- Free use of hands.
If you are an MMA fighter, look for gloves with weights concentrated on the back of the hand. It would be good for you to be able to push, throw and grasp.
- Gloves must be adjustable
Gloves that do not have this feature are bad for you if you want to practice a shadow box for longer sessions. The Gloves should fit you well and this is not possible unless you have an adjustable option. During a workout when your hands are sweaty, this feature is necessary.
- How to Choose Weight
The weight of the gloves should be adapted to the physical form of the athlete and the results to be achieved. Some research suggests that the best weight of the weighted gloves must be 20% more than the weight of the gloves we usually work with.
I find this video very useful when you are hesitant about how much should be the maximum weight of the gloves when shadowboxing.
I must mention another alternative to the dumbbells and gloves that gain popularity. It is called “Resistance bands”. This is a very cleverly designed tool for MMA, Traditional martial arts, and Shadowboxing training.
It is a belt that is wrapped around the waist. Few elastic straps are attached for gaining resistance. Thanks to this resistance when punching, your muscles gradually begin to adapt and with the time, the speed and strength are growing naturally.
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Using weighted gloves in shadow boxing is a good idea mainly because you can feel almost an instant improvement in your punching speed after a few sessions of hard training.
Besides, shadowboxing with weights, works wonderful for a building of shoulder and arm strength, especially if you’re looking to build punching power as well as punch speed.