How to Put on Your Hand Wraps - Basic Method

Before hitting anything, you must wrap your hands. This is not an option. Not doing so will result in injury. You will tear open your knuckles and possibly break one of the many little bones in your hands. If you are thinking of forgoing the purchase of hand wraps, give your head a shake. This is one purchase you cannot do without. Once you have them, you have to know how to properly put them on. Below I will detail how to properly wrap your hands for boxing.

As I mention in the boxing equipment and gear guide, you have a few different options for handwraps. At minimum you should get a set of 180" wraps. Some people prefer Mexican style handwraps. They are a bit longer and have a bit of elasticity to keep them tighter on your hands, offering better protection. At any rate, you have to purchase some kind of wraps for your hands. If you are thinking about buying the Everlast ones at Canadian Tire, don't. They are super short and don't offer much protection at all. Get yourself a decent set.

How to Wrap Your Hands

Video or pictures, use what works best for you. Follow the pictures (you can thank my beautiful wife for the photography) in the sequences below. Every number corresponds to a description below the sequence. Obviously this sequence is to wrap your left hand. To do your right, simply reverse everything.

Wrapping is a personal thing, some people do it differently. There are a few different methods. This method is the easiest for beginners to do and it works just as good as any of the other methods.

Some people like a tighter wrap or one with the wrap coming between each finger. The next page will detail that one for you and may be better for you if you find this one slipping. Either one will do the trick to wrap your hands for boxing.

Let's begin:

1. One end of your hand wrap will have a thumb loop in it. Put your thumb through the loop as shown. Always keep your fingers spread wide apart or the wrapping job will be too tight in the end and you'll lose circulation in your hands.

2. Bring the wrap down and up behind your wrist.

3. Wrap around your wrist 3 times, finishing with the wrap on the palm side of your wrist pointing toward the floor.

4. Bring the hand wrap up diagonally across the back of your hand as shown.

Bring the hand wrap down across your palm and wrap it a minimum of 3 times completely around your knuckles.

6. Flip your hand over so your palm faces away from you and bring the hand wrap diagonally towards your wrist.

7. Wrap once around your wrist finishing with the hand wrap pointing down.

8. Do another half wrap around your wrist so the hand wrap is pointing up with your palm still away from you.

Bring the hand wrap diagonally across the back of your hand and put it between your thumb and forefinger. The wrap will kind of roll into a thin strand, this is okay.

10. Flip your hand over so the palm is facing towards you and bring the hand wrap diagonally across your palm towards your wrist.

11. Bring the hand wrap down around your wrist and finish with it pointing up.

12. With your palm still facing towards you, bring the hand wrap diagonally across your palm. Do not wrap it around your hand.

With your palm facing you, bring the hand wrap directly across and betwen your thumb and forefinger.

14. Flip your hand over and run the wrap towards your wrist as in the picture above.

15. Wrap the hand wrap once around your wrist finishing with it pointing up.

16. Flip your hand over so palm is facing towards you and bring the wrap down diagonally away from you.

(forgive my numbering, I screwed up and missed 3 pics, had to insert them in the sequence) Okay, wrap the hand wrap once around your knuckles and finish with it on the palm side diagonally towards you. From here you are basically making a bunch of figure 8's to cover any remaining parts of your hand.

16.2 Flip your hand over so palm is away from you and bring the wrap diagonally towards you across the back of your hand.

16.3 Bring the wrap down and around your wrist, finishing with it pointing up.

17. Bring it diagonally across the back of your hand.

18. Flip your hand over and wrap it around your knuckles again.

19. Bring it around between your thumb and forefinger.

20. Bring down diagonally across your palm towards you.

Wrap the wrap around your wrist and put it diagonally away from you across your palm.

22. Wrap around your knuckles again and bring towards you.

23. You'll have to guage how much wrap you have left. If you have lots, continue making figure 8's around your knuckles/wrist until you have just enough left to wrap a couple of times around your wrist and finish it off.

24. Wrap around your wrist and attach the velcro to hold it securely in place. If you find that the velcro is on the wrong side, simply twist the hand wrap so it is right side up and then fasten it. The twist doesn't matter.

And finally, you have a finished product. Now switch hands and do the other one exactly the same way.

Wrapping your hands takes practice and it will be awhile before you get the hang of it. Just keep practicing and you'll get it eventually. Have a good one. You are now ready to smack someone or the heavy bag around. Enjoy.


I do have my own method, but this is most definitely comfortable. However, it would be useful to beginners to mention the length of hand-wrap used, because I personally had to eliminate a few steps, as mine was too short.

This is good, I like the part where you have finished wrapping your hands.

Most useful! Really easy too understand. Thanks :-)

I recently bought 2 108" wraps, because I am a juvenile. Is it still the same concepts as wrapping these, because my hands are smaller? Useful guide, Thanks for the help.

Hello, I am an adult and if I am not sparring I will use 108 hand wraps as it is all I need for hitting pads or bag.

I do it slightly different. I start with the loop over my thumb and go on the back of the hand towards the wrist with one full rotation around the wrist relatively tight, not too tight though. After coming around I go from the thumb side and cross on the top over to the pinky side, fingers slightly open then 3 wraps around the knuckles stopping on the thumb side. At this point I go back over the top of my hand to just under the bump on the top of the wrist. followed by a wrap around the wrist and then a forward wrap over the thumb back around the wrist
You should have an open palm and all your crosses should be on the outside back of your hand. I do one and half x patterns on the back. I also like to go little up the wrist.

Here are a few good vids to watch that may help you decide how you want to use 108 wraps depending on your hand size.

Hope these help. If you are sparring you may want to get bigger hand wraps and go through fingers, still these methods with the 108 will suffice. If you are in a competition get your trainer to wrap your hands, there are different regulations from state to state, province to province.

This site is great and I am learning alot. One question if u have the gloves why do u need the wraps? Thx again

protection for wrist and also more padding for knuckles

The way I learned years ago, the traditional Panamanian way, is that there never is any of the wrapping cloth on the palm of your hand. Covering the palm of your hand is a huge mistake locally. Ask Roberto Duran. The idea, of course, is that you can make a better fist. I know there are roads that lead to Rome, so to speak, but bad habits are hard to break. Seeing a wrap that covers the palm of your hands is like watching Scarlett Johansson growing a beard :)

cool method i like the way you thoroughly described it through images.

I have cotton punching bag at home filled with sand. I am not a professional boxer but love boxing and practice for self defence. please let me know is it compulsory to wear gloves on hand-wraps or just hand wraps are good enough.
thanking you,

Sunil, I'd recommend you still find yourself a good pair of bag gloves. Handwraps are great at preventing scraped knuckles, keeping all the bones in your hands where they should be, but if you're hitting the bag with any intensity, the padding that bag gloves will provide are going to keep your hands working a lot longer and reduce your risk of injury. If you're simply tapping the bag, then handwraps are probably fine and I'm sure there are plenty of people who will say that hitting the bag just with handwraps will toughen up your hands. Possibly, but do you really want to take the chance? Break your hand and you're done for a long time. You'll have a much more enjoyable experience (and more realistic) if you're using gloves and wraps.

Plus, you may want to find a different filler for your bag. Sand has a nasty habit of absorbing moisture and compacting which means over time, your bag is going to feel like you are hitting cement which will compound your hand problems if you aren't using gloves. You can buy rubber pellets, wood pellets and other materials that provide a much better punching experience.

This site is great

What? No wrapping between the fingers? Is this guy crazy?
Wrap your hands like this if you want to dislocate fingers.

Dear Heather,

how long have you been training boxing? when wrapping your hands for training you DO NOT need to wrap between your fingers. There are so many ways to wrap your hands for protection and this is one of them.

I have been in boxing for 6 years, my current record is 57-6-7. I fight every second weekend, broken ribs or not, I started out using this wrapping technique because it was simple, and effective. However, without having it wrapped in between your fingers I found that even if your just hitting a heavy bag, dislocating your fingers can still happen. But if your just using your the handwraps, you shouldn't be hitting hard enough, if you are fighting though, or hitting your heavy bag hard, go between your fingers! Even when wearing the glove, wrap your hand, between your fingers and all.

If you're after Mexican Style Hand wraps which are 180" long in the UK then Rage sports do a pretty decent pair ''

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