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.
Step 2: Unroll the Hand Wrap
Unroll the hand wrap. One side has a Velcro closure; the other has a loop. Most wraps have some sort of marking which says "this side down." If your hand wrap does not have this marking, follow the wrap back to the Velcro closing and make sure you have the correct side so the wrap will fasten when rolled up. It will be frustrating if you get to the end of wrapping your hand and realize you started with the wrong side down.
Step 3: Start the Wrap
Step 4: Wrap Your Wrist
Step 5: Wrap Your Knuckles
Step 6: Wrap Your Thumb
Step 7: Anchor Your Thumb
Step 8: Return to the Knuckles
Step 9: Return to the Wrist
Step 10: Secure the Velcro
Step 11: Finished Product
I know a number of boxers who also like to wrap in-between their fingers. If you have a longer set of hand wraps and would like to try this technique, continue to step 12.
Step 12: Optional: Wrap In-between Your Fingers
Some boxers prefer to wrap in-between their fingers for additional support. If you have long enough hand wraps, this is an option you can try.
Go back to step number 7. When you are done wrapping your thumb, wrap up the back of your hand and in-between your outermost finger and the next finger. Repeat this step twice more until you have cloth in-between each finger. If the cloth slips after this, try wrapping farther down your wrist to create less of an angle between your knuckles and thumb.
Step 13: Optional: Finished
Step 14: Wash Your Wraps
Make sure to hang your wraps up to dry after working out or they will smell very bad. For washing, I suggest a mesh bag like the one shown below. This will keep the wraps from becoming tangled in the washing machine.