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Weighted Gloves for Sports Training | Men & Women

Complete Guide to Weighted Gloves for Sports Training

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What Sports Can You Benefit from Training with Weighted Gloves?

Weighted gloves are used in many sports including exercise programs for those who want to get more out of their workouts. Athletes from basketball, football, soccer, volleyball, track and field, lacrosse, tennis, golf, and more can benefit from building faster, quicker, and stronger hands by using weighted gloves.

Weighted gloves should not be used in actual competition but training only as they weights in the glove could injure the user or the person they are competing against. They can be used safely in a group setting as long as the athletes are not directly competing against each other. An exception to this would be sports such as track and field, tennis, golf, or any sport where you won't actually come into contact with your opponent.

What Sports Can You Benefit from Training with Weighted Gloves?

Weighted gloves are used in many sports including exercise programs for those who want to get more out of their workouts. Athletes from basketball, football, soccer, volleyball, track and field, lacrosse, tennis, golf, and more can benefit from building faster, quicker, and stronger hands by using weighted gloves.

Weighted gloves should not be used in actual competition but training only as they weights in the glove could injure the user or the person they are competing against. They can be used safely in a group setting as long as the athletes are not directly competing against each other. An exception to this would be sports such as track and field, tennis, golf, or any sport where you won't actually come into contact with your opponent.

Weighted Gloves for Basketball Players

Basketball players train with weighted gloves typically to improve their dribbling skills but the benefits go beyond just dribbling the basketball. Basketball players will develop stronger, quicker, and faster hands that will help them better control the basketball in a variety of situations on the court. With dribbling, the players using weighted gloves will dribble the ball harder and have more control of the basketball over time. Their confidence with the basketball in their hands will increase as well.

Beyond dribbling, the overall grip strength increases of using weighted gloves will help basketball players with rebounding by being able to squeeze the basketball harder which means other players will have a much more difficult time knocking the basketball out of their hands. The same is true on offense when a player is in triple threat, faking, pivoting, or getting ready to drive - the defense will have a harder time taking the ball from them or knocking it out of their hands.

Passing is another big area for basketball players to benefit from weighted glove training as the increased strength gained will mean harder and quicker passes which won't be as easily intercepted by defenders. The higher you go up in levels of basketball the harder the ball is passed between teammates and the ball must get their quickly or the defense will get a hand on it.

Weighted Gloves for Baseball & Softball Players

Baseball players train with weighted gloves to improve bat speed and add power to throwing or pitching the baseball. Bat speed is the #1 reason baseball players will train with weighted gloves as the increased strength, speed, and quickness from training with weighted gloves will help them get around on pitches quicker and allow them to sit on pitch for just a bit longer. This means a better batting percentage and the ball popping off the bat resulting in more hits and even home runs. Baseball players simply need to wear the gloves during batting practice to build a quicker and stronger swing.

Arm strength for baseball players is important for any player no matter the position played. Obviously pitchers are always looking to add speed and power to their pitches and weighted gloves are an easy way accomplish this. But any position can benefit from having increased arm strength from third base, the outfielders, infielders, and the catcher. Each of these defensive positions can benefit by throwing the ball harder and quicker where it needs to go so you can throw runners out.

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Weighted Gloves for Football Players

Wide receivers is the most common position for football players to train with weighted gloves. Weighted gloves will help a wide receiver develop increased grip strength which means they will catch more passes. Any football player can train with weighted gloves to build more hand and upper body strength by just wearing the gloves when running routes, doing sprints, or agility drills.

Any player that can get the ball in a football game should work to increase their hand strength. In football today, it's common practice to try to punch the football out and cause a fumble. Whether this is done to an offensive player or a defensive player that intercepted the ball or picked up a fumble, all of these players can benefit from being able to hold onto the football better.

Speed and strength is the name of the game in football and just wearing weighted gloves during workouts will help build stronger hands, arms and shoulders without doing any additional workouts. Adding the weighted gloves to workouts will also help players burn more calories and increase their heart rate meaning they will improve conditioning and get more out of every workout.

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Weighted Gloves for Volleyball Players

Weighted gloves are an easy way for volleyball players to add strength and power to their serve and spikes. While training in practice, players can simply wear the gloves to develop that extra strength in their shoulders, arms, and hands that will increase the velocity with which they hit the volleyball.

 

Weighted Gloves for Golfers

Golfers use weighted gloves to put some extra strength and yards into their drives off the tee. It's simple for golfers to just wear the weighted gloves while golfing to build more strength when teeing off.

 

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Weighted Gloves for Soccer Players

While only the goalie in soccer uses their hands, all soccer players can benefit from training with weighted gloves. The added resistance to the hands while training improves cardiovascular fitness and endurance in soccer players. Building upper body strength with weighted gloves can be done while doing normal soccer drills which will result in building speed in the soccer field.

Goalies can benefit from training with weighted gloves as they will build faster, quicker, and stronger hands that will help them stop the soccer ball from going in the goal.

Weighted Gloves for Track & Field Athletes or Runners

Track & Field athletes know that upper body strength is key in being fast as running is a whole body activity. Runners can just wear the weighted gloves to their normal workouts to build that extra upper body strength to propel them faster as well as add resistance while running. This extra resistance while running burns more calories and increases heart rate which makes your workouts harder. Once the gloves are removes, track and field athletes also gain a mental benefit. They feel lighter and faster without the extra weight which will boost their confidence in competition.

How Can Weighted Gloves Benefit You in Exercise?

In any sort of excercise weighted gloves will help you:

  1. Burn more calories as it requries more muscle activation to move your arms with weighted gloves on.
  2. Increases heart rate which will help you increase your endurance no matter the activity.
  3. Tone the muscles in your arms and shoulders with the extra resistance.
  4. Spice up your routine by adding a new challenge
  5. Break through plateaus by adding the extra resistance will give you that extra edge.

All of these are easily accomplished by just wearing the weighted gloves without doing extra workouts.

Weighted Gloves for Yoga

Weighted gloves are a great way to get extra toning to your arms and shoulders while holding those yoga poses. If you've done yoga you know the Warrior poses can really test your endurance so once you can hold a Warrior pose for a good length of time, add a pair of weighted gloves to your session and take Warrior 1,2, & 3 to another level and see your arms get to another level.

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Weighted Gloves for Walking

Many people enjoy walking as a form of exercise but let's face it, you don't alway burn the needed calories to make a change in your body from walking. Weighted gloves are an easy way to add extra resistance and burn more calories while walking.

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Weighted Gloves with Removable Weights

Many weighted gloves don't allow you to remove the weights so you have to find the right weight for you or if you get stronger, buy another pair of gloves that are heavier so you can keep making gains. But we do sell Homer Handz which allow you to remove some of the weights which takes the weight of the glove from over 3 lbs to about 1 1/2 lbs.  

Being able to remove the weights from weighted gloves is a good feature to have as you can adjust the weight accoring to what type of exercise or movement you are doing. For example, a baseball pitcher, we would recommend you remove the weights on the back of the hand when pitching with the Homer Handz on so you aren't overloading that movement too much and causing injury. But when you are batting, you'll want to load the gloves back up to build maximum power in your swing.

Weighted Gloves for Parkisons or Tremors

Weighted gloves have been show to be a way to treat hand tremors in Parkison patients. The extra weight in the gloves helps build the muscles and activates neurological system more than just lifting your normal hand. Wear weighted gloves for 30 minutes a day and after several weeks you should start to see improvement in the tremors. This can allow patients to perform tasks like eating with a spoon or fork easier, using a knife, or anything that most of take for granted when it come to using our hands.

Weighted Gloves vs. Wrist Weights

What's the difference between using weighted gloves and wrist weights? Fit is one of the big areas of difference as the weighted gloves will stay in place better than wrist weights well. The other big difference is that weighted gloves will hit many more small muscles of the hands and forearms that wrist weights won't hit. That's because wrist weights don't put any weight on your fingers so you miss all of the muscles of the hands when using wrist weights.

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