Mixed Martial Arts training requires endurance and strength for rigorous training. However, your training equipment is the most important because it protects you during classes. It is easy to get injured with MMA, training equipment minimizes injury, and makes your training more enjoyable.
If you are considering starting MMA training or you have started training, you should invest in good training equipment. In this article, we have made a list of the top training gear for MMA training.
1. MMA Gloves
MMA gloves protect your hand and wrist during training. They are made from the same material as boxing gloves but are lighter. Its weight is usually between 4 to 6 ounces because they have less padding on them, but they still provide adequate protection for the knuckles. If you are looking for training gloves for heavy bags, MMA gloves are not suitable because of the lighter padding.
Before you buy MMA gloves, you should consider the material and durability of the gloves. Go for gloves made from high-quality materials to avoid them falling apart after a short period. The gloves should fit a little loosely around your wrist. If your gloves are too tight, then you won’t be able to wear inner gloves/hand wraps for additional protection and moisture absorption. Standard MMA gloves should also include wrist protection.
If you are looking for great MMA gloves, then I can advise you to look for RDX MMA Gloves on Amazon. Many practitioners in our gym are using them, as am I personally. They offer amazing knuckles protection, as well as a pretty good wrist support. Also, they are versatile, which means you can train MMA in them, as well as do pushups, burpees, and other workouts.
2. Sparring Gloves
Sparring Gloves have more padding than MMA gloves and are designed for use with heavy bags. They are heavier and give your hand more protection during heavy bag training. They are made from the same material as MMA gloves; a standard sparring glove weighs around 14 to 16 ounces.
Before you select sparring gloves for your MMA training, consider the quality and durability of the glove. Sparring gloves made from low-quality material will not last for a long period. They should fit snuggly around your wrist, not too tightly and not loosely.
If you are searching for right sparring MMA gloves, my recommendation would be Sanabul Essential 7 oz MMA Hybrid Sparring Gloves. They are light enough to give you some dexterity during grappling while offering much more protection for your hands when striking, then the aforementioned classic MMA gloves.
Mouthguards are designed to protect your mouth area, in short, they prevent your teeth from getting knocked out during training. They help to reduce the impact of hits landed on the jaw area by aligning the jaw in the best possible way.
There are several designs and quality of mouthguards available. Innovations are used to manufacture newer designs of mouth guard to give them added functionality. If you are just starting with MMA training, you should go for the standard soft mouth guard designed for use with a headgear. As you progress further with your training, you can ditch those and go for more innovative designs that allow better chin movement.
There are literally thousands of mouthguards on Amazon, and it’s up to you which one will you choose. I personally use Venum challenger mouthguard, because they offer very good adjustment, comfort, and protection. Also, they come in all sorts of colors, because we all know how important that is!
4. Rash guards
MMA training can be abrasive against the skin, so you need a form of protection against abrasion. Rash guard shirt is designed to protect the upper body against friction burns during training. It will also help to keep finger and nail marks away.
Rash Guards are available in long sleeves and half sleeves option, so you can go for the option you are most comfortable with. Rash guards have a compression fit to help reduce muscles soreness during training. You don’t even need to buy compression fit separately.
If you are looking to buy good rash guards, then you should check out Sanabul Essentials Short Sleeve or Sanabul Essentials Long Sleeve. Some of the biggest names in the MMA world are using them, so I decided to try them as well, and I am not going to other brands after that. They are very comfortable, offer a great fit, and are extremely durable. What more do you need from rash guards?
5. Training Shirt
A training shirt can be used with a rash guard for more protection during MMA training. However, if you are just starting MMA or if you are on a tight budget, you can use just the training shirt. Training shirts are available in several designs and colors to choose from.
Ensure that you choose a training shirt made from high-quality materials to minimize abrasion from rubbing the material against your body. Your training shirt should be fitted around your body.
Well, I can tell you which one I am using – Under Armour Men’s Tech 2.0 Short Sleeve – but you can, of course, go with any training shirt, just look out that is made from high-quality materials to minimize abrasion from rubbing the material against your body. I decided to go with Under Armor because it is made from very quality material, it has a great fit, you can wash it in a machine, and it dries very quickly.
6. Ear Guards
Ear guards are worn to protect the ear from the impact of blows and kicks during training. The impact of kicks and blows can rip or tear the ear during training; that can lead to permanent or temporary deafness. Apart from impact protection, the ear guard also protect you from cauliflower ear.
Cauliflower ear occurs when blunt trauma to the ear cause inflammation and block blood flow. Ear guards are available in different styles and designs to choose from. Regardless of what design you are going for, make sure you get ear guards of high quality. If you are on a tight budget, you can borrow from the gym until you can afford one.
If you are going with good headgear, then you actually don’t need ear guards. But, if you won’t be using headgear, then I suggest you to take Venum “Kontact Evo” Ear Guard. They offer great fit and protection for your ears and are extremely lightweight. But, we would still advise you to not take them, but to go for quality headgear, that way you have protected your whole head, and actually saved some money by not buying ear guards separately.
Headgears offer full protection for the head and are a must-have if you would be grappling. They absorb and reduce the impact of blows to the head during MMA training. Most headgears have ear guard protection features, so you don’t need to buy ear guards separately.
Headgears are available in different styles for different purposes. The most common type is the open face headgear. There is padding around the head for impact absorption but the face and chin are left open. It allows for easier breathing and more head movement than the full-face headgear. Some headgears offer optional full-face protection, these types cover the face fully. These types of headgear are ideal for beginners and some MMA training.
Your head is the most important part of your body, so you have to invest in its protection. I am using RDX Headguard, and even though it is a bit more expensive than some other brands, they offer excellent protection, are very durable, lightweight, and comfortable. This is not a part of the equipment where you should save money. Also, these headguards protect your ears, so you don’t have to buy ear guards separately.
8. Cup/Groin Guard
Cup is also referred to as the Groin Guard, designed to protect the groin area. There is a lot of kicking, boxing, and grappling involved in MMA and at a point, some kicks might stray and hit you in the groin area. Just imagine how painful that would be, so it is best to have protection against any stray kicks.
Cups are fitted with elastic straps with a removable cup for protection. Higher quality cups are padded in the front and back to resemble a helmet and will absorb more impact. Pro-style competition groin guard is fully made of soft foam wrapped in vinyl.
To protect my future offsprings, I am using Diamond MMA Athletic Cup Groin Protector & Compression Shorts. They are one of the most expensive groin guards there is, but they offer the best protection you can find and are by far the most comfortable. If they are too expensive for you, many practitioners in our gym are using Shock Doctor Jock Strap Supporter, which are much much cheaper, and they say that they also have very good protection, and that are comfortable as well.
9. Shin Guard
Kicking is a major part of MMA training and those strikes without protection can be very painful especially if you are training with heavy bags. Shin guards provide padding for your shin and the top of your foot.
Standard shin guards have similar padding and protection as the MMA gloves. There is little to no difference between the protection offered by several shin guard designs. The most important thing is to get the fitting of your shin guard right. That depends mostly on your height and shin length. Ensure you take the correct measurement and compare it to the standard table to the best fit for you.
If you want the best for your shins, then go with the Venum Elite Standup Shinguards. These shinguards are great for people who want something comfortable, protective, and durable. Just be prepared to pay the price for it.
10. MMA Shorts
You can use your normal short for MMA training but it probably won’t last through the first training before it rips apart. MMA shorts are designed specifically to withstand the rigors of MMA training. They are made from durable fabric with strengthened stitching, stretchability, and closure system.
Although MMA shorts are more expensive than normal shorts, they save you more money from having to buy new shorts periodically.
If you are looking to buy MMA shorts, I would suggest you to go with Sanabul Essential MMA shorts. They are extremely durable, lightweight, highly functional, and reasonable prices. I would even say cheap. You can’t go wrong here.