As the story has it, one day I headed to the opposite side of the globe – the Flipside. I arrived in Korea on February 16th, 2005 and thought I’d do a year, then leave. I went from being some random foreign girl to taking on labels I never imagined – university professor, film extra, professional boxer, reality TV star, CEO of my own girls-only fitness company (Flipside Fitness), CEO of my own boxing club (Hulk's Club, formerly known as Hulk's Boxing), and now I'm launching my 3rd business -- Empowered Clubhouse.

After 11.5yrs in Korea, I then picked up one day and returned to Toronto, Canada. But then I left again. This time it was for the Philippines. That's where I am now, living in the land of the happy people. The struggles are real and the struggles are many but I'm living life on my terms, I'm calling the shots, and I'm doing what I love. Life is an amazing adventure and this is my story of yesterday.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Picking a Proper Glove... Tuesday, October 30

As a coach and club owner, I think it's more so the responsibility of the boxing club staff to educate their fighters on how to pick a proper glove than it is the fighter and I see it all the time when fighters where whatever.  Fighters wear whatever, for whatever reason, and coaches let them wear it, also for whatever reason.  I think perhaps more people than assumed just don't know how to pick a proper glove. 

You can't expect a new fighter to know how to pick a glove and even some not-so-new fighters even have trouble.  They just haven't been educated.  Some have learned through trial and error, myself included, so I decided to do today's Vlog as a general guideline on how to pick a proper glove.

It was a pretty general Vlog because I wanted to stress picking a glove for your weight, something that SO MANY green fighters (boxers) don't do. It's also something that SO MANY coaches and boxing club staff don't call their fighters out on.  I also wanted to give some little pointers on what to look for, etc.

For amateur bouts and pro bouts, fighters don't actually pick their gloves so I didn't think it necessary to go into that but I did go into picking a glove for heavy bag work (bag gloves) and sparring. 

+100lbs = 6-8oz glove 
101-150lbs = 10-12oz glove 
151-175lbs = 14oz glove 
+175lbs = 16-18oz glove

Youth = 8-12oz glove 
101-150lbs = 12-14oz glove 
151-175lbs = 14-16oz glove 
+176lbs = 16-18oz glove

I also didn't go into which particular brands I like, well, I did a bit. But then again everyone and anyone who has ever trained with me or been trained by me knows I absolutely can't stand Everlast. My favourite are Reyes, with Ringside always being my go-to glove for sparring, and I like Winnings too.

In making this Vlog however, I then realized just how many gloves I have.

And to think, I only came to the Philippines with a couple of pairs. I left many in Canada and in Korea. Most of these are actual prototypes for the Empowered Exclusive Slay glove I ended up making. Bare in mind I never actually set out to make a glove. I just got so frustrated with clients showing up with brutally bad gloves.

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