A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO WRAPPING YOUR HANDS
So you are looking to get started with some boxing classes (badass) - this could be Boxing, Kickboxing or Muay Thai (Thai Boxing) and any of these sports will require you to have certain amounts of hand protection so you can throw punches with the confidence of McGregor!
For beginners, wrapping your hands is a tad confusing - it takes a bit of practise to be able to do it on your own, and the way I taught myself was to watch a video on my phone and wrap my hands before I got to class.
However when I very first went to class (and wasn't aware that it was going to change my life and I would never turn back) - I had bought quick wraps in preparation for my first session.
OPTION 1: Quick Wraps:
These are slim-fit gloves with padding across the knuckles and a short strap to go around your wrist - they take all of 5 seconds to put on and are awesome for beginners. You can get these from any good sports store from around $10 - $25 a pair depending on the brand. They look like this:
OPTION 2: Hand wraps
I found that after a month of training regularly, I was getting stronger and more confident and throwing heavier punches. A few alarm/pain bells went off in my knuckles and my wrist and my coach deemed me in need of proper hand wraps. I went straight for Everlast 180" wraps - there are shorter variations (108", 120" etc) and those are totally fine as well.
For those wanting something a little different, Society Nine is an online store for women's boxing apparel and has some pretty amazing stuff for female fighters.
Once you have your wraps, it is time to learn how! I used a video on my phone for the first few weeks and watched it as I wrapped my hands before class, until I could memorise the wrap.
There are HEAPS of different ways you can wrap your hands, this is only one of many, but this technique is what I used when I first started and I find it still works well a few years later - I have demonstrated step by step in the below video:
Enjoy, and keep your hands up!