For Bad and Good Girls

Yesterday, I got my second pair of gloves since I started boxing a year and a half ago.

I still kept my loyal Pretorians from Brazil, but wear and tear is starting to show. When embarking on my latest trip to New York where I intend to go to the gym as always, I left them at home and bought these shiny new ones. More room and available weight for clothes in my luggage, too. You girls understand.

Here they are!

GWB gloves Bad Girl

These 10 oz. Bad Girl gloves from the women’s brand of Bad Boy are slightly smaller and 2 oz. lighter than what I am used to. I am super excited to try them out.

The first impression is solid quality in terms of material and stitching. Cool design which was in part why I got them. They fit more snug than my Pretorians, being petite and small handed I was looking for. I have yet to see how they perform.

The youtube review of Veronica of Women’s MMA Roundup gave me the push to try them out.

They are priced at 49.99 USD (free ground shipping inside the U.S. included). When entering their site a message is triggered for a 15% discount on the first purchase when signing up for their newsletter.

In their shop you can get matching wraps – both in traditional hand wraps and easy wraps – and anklets, as well as a clothing line.

These seem bad ass gloves. Tell me which gloves you like?

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Gloves are on

Within the boxing section of the main sports outfitters, you can usually find one or two gloves targeted at women. While ergonomics aren’t different from men, it’s about size and not least color. Rose and pink seem to be the go-to-colors of most manufacturers when it comes to products for women. Talk about stereotype. Male gloves mainly come in solid shades of black, red or blue. Why not shake this up a bit. I could imagine female gloves in original turquois or energetic orange.

Yes, I have pink gloves, somewhat by default. However, I didn’t want them to be too cute, instead I looked for a pair with an edge. These are my first gloves, my pink and green 12oz warriors! Aren’t they cool?! You can see I’m an 80’s kid.

Glove Pretorian

I bought them in Brazil from the local brand Pretorian. It ranges as an OK brand, a decent choice to start with, but not top qualities. For my training purposes I am very satisfied with them. I should add that the ones I bought are of a better quality than the starting models of this brand. These cost me about US$ 50. Brazil is in general an expensive country, therefore the price was higher than a comparable model in the US or Europe.

Equipment and styles

This section is to give you an overview of the equipment basics and stay up-to-date. From bandages and gloves to mouthguard and headgear if you want to hit the ring.

For the essential training, all you need is yourself and comfortable work-out gear. You can train barefooted or with shoes, that’s all up to you.

In fact barefoot training has a lot of benefits because it strengthens your feet and makes your body more adapt to absorb shocks from movements. In the long run you’ll face less injuries, but most of us are “civilized”. Our bodies have weakend compared to our natural states due to use of gear. Observe your feet well, if they can take the training tolls or if you prefer protection and proper shoes.

Of course we want to be in style, don’t we girls? Let’s talk about cool work-out clothes for the season and new features.

Mostly, you’ll train in an equipped gym, but if you are a fully converted box girl, you could also want to set up your own gym at home or even your office. Let’s look at punching bags and training equipments then.