Magik Gear Advice
A co-founder and instructor at Undrcard, Joanna “Magik” Majcherkiewicz has never won any Golden Glove tournaments, but don’t let that fool you. She knows her stuff. And besides, as she explains, boxing is a low maintenance sport. “You could wear jeans and a leather vest if you want,” she says. “That’s called 2 a.m. boxing after too many drinks.” However, there are some key components worth investing in if it’s going to become a part of your exercise routine.
“I used to wear my basic Nikes. I was even wearing my Air Maxes, but they still rubbed on the balls of my feet,” says Magik, adding that boxing shoes make a big difference in terms of overall agility. The higher profile and robust lacing system grips the shoe snugly to the foot. You have to seek out a specialty fight-gear store for shoes, which range from $70 to $110.
You can buy slip-on wraps, but Magik recommends the traditional, long-strand style. They’re cheaper and provide more flexibility in terms of protection. Wrapping your hands before a workout also becomes a satisfying ritual. Handwraps are between $5 and $10.
“The general guideline is that you choose your glove based on your body weight,” says Magik. If you’re stronger and you’re hitting the bag harder, you want to go with a 16-ounce glove. Everyone could use 12-ounce gloves, but people that hit hard are going to pound through the padding quicker. Decent ones run $40 to $130.