As a new member of the Trinity Boxing Club, here’s a few things you need to know to get you through the rookie stage. First, you’ll need to buy your own wraps and learn how to wrap your hands. One of the trainers will teach you how, and then you can follow this video to practice at work, preferably when the boss is watching.

Next, don’t dress to impress. It’s a gym, not a fashion show. Wear clothing that is comfortable and breathable. If you’re not soaking wet by the time you’re done, you’re not done.

Boxers traditionally wear boxing shoes (go figure) because it makes it easier to move around the canvas ring. Regular sneakers will do too. I like Converse All-Stars high-tops (“Chuck Taylor’s”.) They’re cheap, durable and versatile.

We don’t require that you buy your own boxing gloves, but I highly recommend it. A good pair of gloves could run you up to $120, but it’s well worth the investment. Decent gloves can last up to 5 years or more. We’ll tell you which ones to get. DO NOT BUY GLOVES AT THE LOCAL SPORTING GOODS STORE! They’re great for decorating your office or home but that’s about it.