Magik Gear Ad­vice

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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.

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