How long does boxing equipment last? Boxing equipment are made to take a beating, quite literally. Most equipment are made at a certain level of quality so they do not fall apart after a couple of uses. There are plenty of options on the market with different price tags, but do they depict how long you can use them for?
As an home gym enthusiast, we are mostly looking at consumer branded equipment in this article. In hopes of helping those that are looking to build out a home boxing gym of their own.
For my first round of boxing equipment in my home gym. I wasn’t quite confident enough in spending large amounts of money for what was considered “better quality” versions of boxing equipment. At the same time I didn’t want my equipment to fall apart within months of getting them.
Aside from the punching bag, typical life span for the average boxing equipment would last you about 1-3 years. The make and how often you use the equipment plays a heavy role on the longevity of your boxing equipment. Regular maintenance and care should be adopted into a weekly routine to ensure a longer lifespan.
At the same time, purchasing a pricier equipment wouldn’t necessarily mean it would last longer than a more budget friendly option. In fact, if you’re only using this for fitness and less for improvement as a fighter. Something on the lower end of the price spectrum should fit you just fine.
A simple way to look at it is you would likely be using it 1-2 hours a day. Where as professional fighters could be training for 8 hours or more. This is a case where the usage will differ greatly, and as a result type of equipment plays a larger role.
How Long Does Boxing Hand Wraps Last?
Luckily hand wraps are relatively in expensive as these products are typically the first to go and need a change.
Hand wraps absorbs most of the moisture from your hands during a workout. The salt from the moisture gets into the fabric of your hand wraps and can begin wearing it down. Typically hand wraps could last you for 6 months to a year and a half before needing to purchase a new one.
Regular maintenance and cleaning would help your wraps last longer. Even allowing them to dry in a well ventilated area after every use could help prolong the lifespan.
Instead of throwing them on the floor or gym bag after your workout. Try making it a habit to hang them on a towel bar or a railing outside to allow the moisture to dry before it gets a chance to cause damage.
Washing them occasionally will also help. For best results, you would want to stay away from the washer and dryer. The machine torque with the additional clothing would only risk damaging your wraps further. Hand washing them in a bucket of vinegar water or a little bit of soap would be more than enough to clean.
It is also much gentler on your hand wraps.
How Long Do Boxing Gloves Last?
Boxing gloves come in a much wider range of price and quality then most of the other types of equipment out there.
For the average fitness enthusiast working out with boxing gloves 7 to 10 hours per week. With proper maintenance and care, you can expect your gloves to last 2-3 years.
Some things to look for as preventative measures for your boxing gloves, is spots that begin showing deterioration early. The obvious area would be the knuckles line of your gloves. Since this is the spot that would deliver or receive the most impact. You could begin to see cracking on your gloves or evidence of indentation to the foam inside.
These are signs that your glove is beginning to wear down. Which means it may be time to start looking for a replacement. At this stage it’s not urgent to have a new pair of gloves. However, if left unattended. The break down of the gloves could make them less effective and in some extreme cases cause injury.
Like most of your equipment, boxing gloves would need maintenance. This is to keep them clean and lasting longer down the road.
There are three types of boxing glove material that are typically used. Boxing gloves made out of leather and gloves made from synthetic materials.
Leather boxing gloves and Synthetic boxing gloves are both very viable options for home use. Both would have their own use cases but do come with their own pros and cons.
Leather gloves would typically last longer since the “skin” of the animal is generally tougher. but would require more attention with maintenance. Using a type of leather conditioner would be necessary To keep them from cracking and overall slow the wear down of the glove.
Alternatively, with synthetic material, conditioning wouldn’t be necessary but regular wipe down and cleaning to remove the sweat and dirt from the gloves would be needed to keep a longer lifespan.
How Long Do Punching Bags Last?
An overall theme so far with equipment lifespan largely relies on how well the equipment is treated. With your punching bags, there is no difference.
With punching bags that are used in a home gym. You can typically expect a lifespan of 5-10 years. Depending on the level of use and intensity of your workouts. Maintenance on other parts of the bag such as mounts and chains for hanging, or the base for free standing bags may need to be changed or repaired earlier from the wear and tear.
The bag itself generally would last you quite awhile despite taking the hits. Treat the material similarly as you would with boxing gloves by conditioning if they’re leather. Or wiping down, cleaning off sweat and properly air dry, the punching bags should last awhile.
If there comes a time where your bag has taken a lot. Where the bag has begun to tear or the foam has sunk in. You may be surprised that it could be easier to fix than having it replaced completely.
You can find a step by step tutorial on how to fix a punching bag here.
It does require some cosmetic work on the bag and some extra material. But overall, its an inexpensive way of giving some added life to your punching bag.
Having boxing equipment as part of your home gym is a great way to stay fit. Putting in the work to keep your equipment in good shape is just as important as your equipment keeping you in good shape.
Eventually your boxing equipment will wear down and you would need to get them replaced. But finding high quality products and at the same time keeping them in the best possible condition, will help ensure a longer life for them.