Focus Mitts & Hand Target Pads
Working out with martial arts or fitness training with handheld strike pads and focus mitts is with no doubt one of the best ways to sharpen your striking skills and improve both your speed and endurance fitness so you can stay stronger for much longer.
Focus mitts, focus pads come with a large selection of shapes and sizes to choose from. Here are a few tips to help you decide the best one for you to buy.
If you are going to kick as well as punch then you are better off not using focus mitts or focus pads as you need a bigger target like the strike shields or Thai kick pads that have handles on the back to hold onto and also have Velcro straps to secure the kick pads to your forearms so its much easier to hold.
On the other hand if you are only working punches for speed, accuracy and timing then focus mitt pads and hand held pads are the lightest and easiest to hold and use with a glove mitt on the back where you insert and hold the focus mitt with your hands.
Most focus mitts also have a Velcro wrist strap that you can fasten your hand inside the mitt then the focus mitt can not fly off and it makes it much easier to hold the focus mitt securely in your grasp.
Focus mitts and target pads can have either a straight or curved face. The curved face gives you a slightly better angle with some strikes and is a little easier shape to hold than the straight face targets. Overall having a curved or straight focus mitt or target pad really does not make a big difference in functionality so it gets down to more personal choice as you will still get a great workout whether you choose the straight or curved shape.
The two most important deciding factors on choosing the best target pad or focus mitts for your needs would have to be firstly the size and then the quality.
First of all always have a good look and read the products full information pages and do not just judge the product size by the product photo. Its very important you read all the products specifications particularly the dimensions and then look at a tape measure or draw the measurement out on a piece of paper so you can clearly see if its the size you want.
If you plan to give your strike pads or focus mitts a long hard workout on a regular basis or you are buying for a club or martial arts school and multiple users that are going to be belting away for long periods on a regular basis then it would be wise not to just buy the cheapest strike pads you can find. Its always better to pay a little more for longer lasting better quality product in a long run.