At CSL Fitness Kickboxing, we use a variety of impact equipment to learn how to deliver very powerful kicks and punches.
Basically, we hit things. Every student must also learn how to hold the striking pads for their partner. All students are required to
purchase a pair of boxing gloves. Hand-wraps are also recommended. Students do not have to purchase their own striking pads.

Boxing Gloves

        Boxing gloves come in a wide array of colours, sizes, and designs. Boxing gloves are
usually made out of leather and can range from inexpensive ($45) to very expensive ($200+).
Vinyl gloves can be purchased as well, usually at a cheaper price, but one should expect much
less quality. Boxing gloves are usually divided between sparring gloves and bag gloves. Sparring
gloves are generally much larger than bag gloves and offer substantial more protection due to
their added padding. Sparring gloves are not often sold by sizes but rather by ounces (or both),
usually 8-16 oz., depending on the style of glove. The more ounces, the larger the glove and the
more padding it offers. Most students prefer gloves within the 8-12 oz. range. Generally,
sparring gloves have more padding than bag gloves so that fighters don't  get seriously injured
during their matches. Of course, this added padding also serves to protect the hand better and
it is for this reason that many people prefer sparring gloves over bag gloves.

        Bag gloves are much smaller and sleeker than sparring gloves and, as such, have much
less padding. Since these gloves lack padding, the wrist and hand must absorb more force on
impact. They give the practitioner more of a feeling of hitting a target and are better for
conditioning the wrists and hands. But they have a greater risk of injury if punching technique is
poor. Bag gloves are generally sold by size (S, M, L, XL) and not by ounces.

        Which boxing glove is right for you is simply a matter of personal choice. Only those who
compete have to worry about standardizing their gloves. At CSL Fitness Kickboxing, sparring
gloves are the preferred standard. You can't go wrong with 12 oz. sparring gloves.


        Hand-wraps are 10-17 feet long strips of 2-inch wide material, usually cotton. They are
used to wrap the hands, wrist, and fingers to protect them from injury during training.
Putting wraps on your hands is not an intuitive process and must be learned. There are
many, many ways to put on hand-wraps and this is simply a matter of preference. It takes
time and effort to put on hand-wraps and, if not done properly, they tend to come undone
(grrrr...). Because of this, most people refuse to wear them. Disregard hand-wraps at your
own risk.

Focus Mitts

        These are small, fat, circular gloves that are worn on the hands. These pads are most
often used for developing fast punching combinations and defenses.

Thai Pads

        These pads are fat, rectangular pads that are worn on the forearms. They are used to
practice all Thai boxing techniques, and are especially important for practicing shin kicks.
When practicing shin kicks, the pad holders must brace themselves to receive a very
powerful technique. Very scary in the beginning...
Kicking Shields

        These are larger rectangular pads that are held like a shield. These pads are used to
train powerful punches and kicks to the body. Get ready for some impact!

Heavy Bag

        Heavy bags come in all shapes and sizes. These bags are great for practicing almost
any technique (uppercuts are tough though). They are especially useful for solo training
because there is no need for a partner to hold the bag. Most heavy bags are hung from the
ceiling by a chain. However, standing bags have also become popular. Standing bags are
generally easier to set up and are more mobile than hanging bags.