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Perfect for Cardio Kickboxing
on April 26, 2013
I'm trying to kick it into high gear this year and really get into ultimate shape, so I signed up for kickboxing classes (as well as hot yoga). I'm hoping to she serious pounds and tone up my legs, arms, abs (well my entire body :-)), and you know what *positive thinking* I will! Every kickboxing class is different in some you battle against each other, in some you hit bags that are hanging from chains, and in others you have a sort of movable punching bag that's grounded by a large plastic base--- mine class has the latter.
I didn't know what type of gloves to get, so initially I had my eyes set on the Everlast Pink Women's Evergel Hand Wraps. I figured with those I could use them down the line even after I stopped kickboxing, but after reading the reviews it seemed like they would be too thin especially since they're actually just wraps that are supposed to go under your gloves. Then I figured I'd go ahead and get the traditional boxing gloves so I ordered the Everlast Women's Pro Style Training Gloves, but came back home and canceled the order after I went to my first class.
I would strongly advise everyone to ATTEND ONE CLASS before ordering your gloves, that way you can see what everyone else has as well as get an idea to what might work for you. The gym I go to has gloves that students can use during the class, and while I didn't like the overall fit, I did like how the fingers were out. Also my kickboxing class includes doing things like sit-ups, push-ups, and planks in between punching the bag. I noticed that everyone with the big full gloves had to take them on and off on and off throughout the class-- that is NOT what I wanted to have to do.
I realized that I needed a couple things out of my kick boxing gloves:
- open fingered gloves, so I could do other workouts while wearing them
- thick padding, so I could keep my hands safe and secure
- comfortable fit
- and of course it's always great for a product to have a reasonable price
These EverCool KickBoxing gloves are perfect for my wants, and ideal for my type of KickBoxing class. So many of the other ladies in my class have these as well, and the a lot of the guys have the all black version. With these gloves I can punch the bag hard, then go down for pushups, stretch, drink water, etc all while wearing my gloves. I've worn them too about 5 classes and they've done well, I will update at the end of the month (when my one month class is over) to tell you how they've held up.
The only drawback so far is the smell. The other reviewers are right-- there is a very plasticty type industrial smell to them. But it's going away slowly. I just keep them in my open canvas beach type bag, that I use as gym bag, along with my water and sweatshirt, etc. I think if I used them then put them right back into the bag they came in the smell would be stronger, or even keeping them in a zipped bag might make the smell stay for longer. So I would definitely suggest letting them air out.
My hand size: I have regular sized hands, I'm 5'7, curvy (but now I'm pretty slim-- yaay I've lost 30lbs and counting as of my update below (1/10/14)), my fingers are probably more thin than thick, but they fit well. And there are girls in my class of every proportion who wear them-- short and heavy, short and thin, average height and thick or thin, etc. They seem to be one size fits all.
*****UPDATE*****: I've been using these for almost a year and I still love them. I usually do the groupon/living social deals for kickboxing classes in my area and have tried 3 or 4 different kickboxing gyms/classes so far. There are two types of bags usually used for kickboxing, either the kind that stands and has water or sand holding it down or the heavier kind that hangs from the ceiling. I initially purchased these for a class that used the standing adjustable kickboxing bags (with sand/water at the bottom). In that class almost all the students used this type glove. Then I started going to gyms with the heavy bag hanging in from the ceiling. Most people had the big covered gloves, but my boyfriend (at the time) told me to just try using what I had before purchasing (and possibly wasting money) on another whole pair. And I must say, these have worked very well for me ever since.
Of course the people at the gyms always try to talk me into buying a pair of gloves from them or using the heavier ones, but I tell them I'm fine. These are perfect! I can kick box and still do the pushups and stuff in between without having to stop and take off my gloves. What many of the instructors fail to understand is that these are SPECIFICALLY designed for cardio kickboxing. These are NOT wraps, they're thicker than wraps, but not as heavy as the huge gloves. I even had to explain this to a gym manager once, he kept saying how he's been boxing for however many years, but I patiently explained to him that these gloves are new to the market and not everyone knows about them... because he really had no idea.
Other things to note, more UPDATES: The smell it had is gone of course. I can toss these in the washer every month or so (I think I let them air dry though). The case is perfect so I can store them neatly. And they're compact so I can easily carry them in my gym bag.
These are PERFECT for cardio kickboxing!