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Do I Need Bag Gloves For Bag Work?

By Sensei Kim Dunkin

Heavy bag gloves can help protect your hands from the vigors of training. I had scraped up knuckles the first time I worked out on the heavy bag.

One thing to be stressed is that bag gloves are meant for training and not for use with an opponent. They are made with little padding and will not protect your partner.

It is up to you whether to use hand wraps. Just be sure to size your gloves accordingly. Heavier gloves will help condition you for the rigors of boxing.

Hand wraps offer wrist protection which can be good but you will also want to work up to not using them so you can condition for ground fighting which requires mobility in the wrists.

Boxing Gloves

There is a little confusion over the availability of these bag gloves since many people will opt to use traditional boxing gloves for their workouts.

Although it is alright to use 16 ounce gloves on the bag, it will wear and tear your gloves. That is a plus for using bag gloves.

Using heavy bag gloves provides wrist support to help prevent injuries. They are made of leather or vinyl and look like mittens and have some padding on the knuckles.


The bag gloves are leather or vinyl. They have enough padding to protect your knuckles. Again there is not enough to use them as a sparring glove.

The heavy bag is designed to optimize power and endurance so that is why it has little give. Therefore, you will need to be able to hit the bag with force and not worry about getting injured.

The heavy bag is hard. It is heavy. You need to hit it hard. It does not give, so you need to be able to punch hard without fear of getting hurt.

Other Workouts

Bag gloves are useful for other workouts too such as hitting the double end bag or focus mitts. They cannot be used for sparring, however because they are too light to be safe.

Do not use MMA gloves on the heavy bag unless you want to replace them soon. You’ll end up wearing out the gloves quickly and risking hurting your fingers. MMA gloves are not a good choice.

What To Purchase

When you buy heavy bag gloves, you want to purchase ones with enough protection, not the ultra-thin ones that do not provide enough support.

They simply do not provide the protection that you need. Heavier and more durable bag gloves produced by name brands are most definitely what you should look for instead as these are the top items to wear.

The UFC heavy bag gloves are my personal recommendation and Century and Bad Boy heavy gloves are good as well. I have had experience with all three brands and would say that any of the three are a good option.

Before you buy online, make sure you check Sensei Kim’s reviews , and great deals on bag gloves.

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