The best boxing gear for women

Trying your hand at boxfit? Hit the gym in punchy brights and protective gear to look and feel like a knockout

The best boxing gear for women

Source: Best Health Magazine, October 2012; Photo by Tracy Shumate

1. Oral care Along with dental protection, a mouthguard helps relax the jaw. This one is latex-free, and will conform to the shape of your bite. (Under Armour, $40 at Sport Chek)

2. Bright jacket Keep muscles warm between rounds in a snug zip-up. This has long sleeve cuffs with thumb loops to pull over hands. (Active by Old Navy, $40)

3. Layer up The strappy black tank has a loose fit and a mesh panel at the back. The white sports bra has high support, and full coverage gives the option of taking off the tank to cool down when you break a sweat. (Tank, Oakley, $50; Bra, Reebok, $25)

4. Cardio booster
Skipping improves coordination, agility, endurance and quickness on your feet. This tightly woven rope is designed for speed; it has smooth ball bearings inside the handles. (Everlast, $13 at Canadian Tire)

5. Short shorts These quick-drying, featherweight bottoms have a built-in brief’crucial if adding kick-boxing moves to your workout. (Reebok, $35)

6. Tough gloves
Everlast’s partner training starter kit includes a pair of ‘novice’ gloves (designed to keep fists in the correct position to help avoid injury) and a pair of punch mitts (that someone holds and you practise against) made of thick foam. ($40 at SportChek)

7. Fancy footwork Made specifically for use in the gym, the soles of these nearly weightless shoes are deeply scored for super flexibility, increasing ease of movement both from front to back and from side to side. (Nike, $130)

8. Wrap ’em up Wear cotton hand wraps inside gloves for added protection. This pair has thumb straps and a Velcro tab end for a secure fit. (Everlast, $6 at Canadian Tire)

This article was originally titled "In the ring" in the October 2012 issue of Best Health. Subscribe today to get the full Best Health experience’and never miss an issue!