A number of beginners have asked my advice on how to wrap their hands. The main idea is to protect the hands from injury, but the trick is making the wrap solid without coming loose or cutting off blood circulation to your hand. Most people wrap their hands a little differently because not everyone's hands are the same shape. So, after practicing a few times, feel free to adjust the procedure to your liking.
Step 1: Select Your Hand Wrap
There are many different hand wraps to choose from.
Tape and Gauze: Professional Boxers often wrap their hands using athletic tape and gauze. This is the most protective and the lightest method for wrapping hands. However, these wraps cannot be reused, take considerably more time to wrap, and often require an additional person to assist. This instructable will not focus on this method because it is not practical for everyday training.
Cloth Reusable Hand Wraps: The pictured hand wraps are Ringside 180" Classic Hand Wraps. These are a good standard wrap. There are a few options to choose from when selecting a wrap. There are many brand names selling hand wraps, but it mostly comes down to a matter of personal preference. The characteristics are covered below.
-Length: Cloth hand wraps usually vary between 108 and 210 inches in length. The longer hand wraps provide more protection because there is more material to wrap your hand with. I would suggest the longer wraps to individuals with larger hands or individuals planning to spar. I would suggest shorter wraps to individuals with smaller hands or individuals planning a shadow boxing (no contact) workout.
-Elasticity: Standard wraps do not have much stretch to them because you want them to conform to your hand like a cast. Some people prefer "Mexican Style" wraps that stretch a little to conform to the hand. Others prefer the "Mexican Style" wraps because they will not loosen up as much during the course of a workout, however, it is a matter of personal preference.
-Width: Most hand wraps are around 2 inches in width, but they can vary. Everlast brand makes thinner wraps, while Twins brand makes wider wraps. Again, the width is a matter of personal preference and what you feel the most comfortable with. Also consider the width of the fastening material. Most wraps close using Velcro and a wider closure will provide more grip.
-Color: Color is completely a matter of personal preference. I suggest cardinal or gold.