Wrap hands in 14 easy steps

Learning how to wrap the hands will increase punching power and prevent injury. A good hand wrap usually accomplishes two things: 

  • Protection to fighter's hands while giving a sense of security, punching with full force without hurting your fists.
  • If the wraps are appropriately executed, they will secure a fighter's fists, allowing them to punch with full force without damaging joints, tendons, and muscles.

Wrapping your hands will be compelling enough during practice and competition to protect your wrists, knuckles, and fingers from harm. The fighters perform well with hand wraps during hard sparring sessions or practicing any cardio kickboxing. 

Hands are very fragile as they comprise small joints and bones which can easily fracture from the powerful impact of punches. Moreover, hand wraps hold your hand together while supporting your wrists, fingers, knuckles, and hands. 

We must mention that hand wraps or inner boxing gloves are not to cushion the impact, but boxing gloves can do that. Nonetheless, they secure all the loose joints or movable bones as they fasten joints together. A properly wrapped hand will tighten enough to close the hand with a solid fist. 

 Types of different Hand Wraps

Tape and Gauze: 

This type is the most protective and lightest method to wrap your hands, and professional boxes often cover their hands. However, fighters cannot reuse them and take more time to wrap, even requiring an additional person to assist. In addition, these wraps are not practical for regular training sessions. 

 Gel wraps: 

Such wraps are not woven onto hands but slip on like fingerless gloves. Such gloves are more expensive than cotton wraps or Mexican wraps. Although easy to slip on, these wraps do not provide enough wrist support, so professionals do not recommend them. 

 Cotton Reusable Wraps

Indeed, a good choice for frequent training comes with secure Velcro at the end. These wraps usually come in various lengths for adults and juniors. 

 Mexican Wraps

These wraps are similar to cotton wraps but woven with elastic fibers. This elastically material molds the hand more easily. But these wraps are not as durable as cotton wraps but are a good option for training. 

These are good standard wraps and are commonly used as personal preferences. There are overwhelming brands that sell hand wraps with various characteristics. 

 Various factors to consider

Length

Usually, cloth hand wraps vary between 108 and 210 inches in length. A longer wrap will provide more protection as there will be more material for safety. Anyone planning to spar and has larger hands must go for longer wraps. On the other hand, fighters with short hands go for shorter hands or a shadow boxing workout. 

 Elasticity 

Standard wraps are not stretchable enough, but some are a bit flexible and not even loose during a workout. 

Width 

The wraps to cover hands are usually 2 inches wide, but they vary even in width. However, width is a matter of personal preference as one must feel most comfortable with it, but the broader wraps will provide more grip. 

 How to wrap your hands? 

Choose the suitable wrap

In the first step, choose the suitable wraps for you, as it is essential to select the ones that work best for you. Consider the right size for your hands and the type of training you intend to do.
Start the wrap

One side of the wraps usually has a Velcro closure, and the other has a loop. To wrap appropriately, check the side down and cover through the right side. There could be any mark that will guide, but if not, follow the wrap back to the Velcro closing. 
 Place a loop around the thumb. That will serve as an anchor, pulling the rest of the wrap to the outside edge of the hand. 

 Wrap with the correct tension

 Make sure your hand wraps provide stability for the hands and wrists. It should not be that tight as it can cut off blood circulation. Try to avoid wrinkles as they could be uncomfortable, so wrap adequately to avoid unease. 
 Wrap your wrist

Keep your wrists straight when you wrap them to reduce the risk of injury. Wrap around the wrists tightly while the goal is to keep your wrist directly to absorb the impact of a punch. Wrap around 3-4 times, depending on the length of the hand wrap. In the end, wrap beneath the base of the thumb.  
Stretch your hand out

Spread your fingers apart and flex all the muscles, then wrap your hands to support when it's in motion. One should begin by exposing the wrap to all the movements while practicing. 

Wrap your knuckles

After adequate support to your wrist, continue to wrap up to your knuckles. Wrap your knuckles twice; as if the fingers are too close together, the knuckles will feel crunches while making a fist.

Wrap your thumb

Keep wrapping back to the base of your thumb that will tie the knuckles to the wrist. Continue till under your thumb but not too tightly or too loosely; circle the thumb twice.

 Anchor your thumb

A complete wrapping will help the thumb anchor to the wrist to avoid over-extending. Wrap around in the right way to accomplish it. 

Wrap your fingers

Start at the inside of your wrist over the top of the hand between the pinky and ring finger. Rewind it inside the wrist between the ring finger and middle finger. Then wind it from the inside wrist over the top of the hand between the middle finger and index finger. 

Wrap your hand again  

Start wrapping the wrist diagonally from the inside of the wrist to the outside of your hand. Then continue wrapping your palm above your thumb and repeat until the length of the wrap. Eventually, finish with one last wrap around your wrist. 

Return to the wrist

Return to the knuckles with another diagonal wrap and continue wrapping knuckles till 20 inches left. It will give additional cushion to the knuckles and allow you to pull the whole wrap together.  

Secure the Velcro

Secure the Velcro, and it's ready to try out.

 Finished product

After wrapping, make a fist while covering your knuckles and check whether the wrap is too tight. Such a finished form will make you not suffer any hand injury.

Finished

Continue focusing on your wrist and finish the same as per instructions, and check whether it looks like an optional cloth between the fingers.
 There are options of inner boxing wraps that provide maximum protection during intense training drills.