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When should I use a body protector?
Body protectors are a staple piece of equipment for boxer training. There are two main areas that boxers are allowed to strike, and those are to the head and to the body. Good body training is essential to becoming a well rounded fighter.
Body protectors can be used when you are engaging in sparring matches with other opponents. They are also frequently used with trainers when the coach is calling out techniques. Although they are always a bit more cumbersome than wearing nothing at all, the protection they provide allows you to train longer and harder than when you go without.

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Vest Protector vs Belly Pad
The two main types to consider are the vest protector and the belly pad. The belly pad is popular amogst boxers because it places emphasis on protecting the main regions that boxers target: the gut, sides, and lower ribs. By having a protector that specializes in these areas boxers know exactly where to aim for (some even feature targets in the proper locations) and where it is ok to hit. The belly pad design also gives the trainer a bit more freedom as they move around and aren't restricted in the chest.
Vest protectors offer more protection in general than belly pads. They feature wrap-around guarding of the lower body and padding all the way up to the collar line. These vests are great for live sparring as you never know where punches are going to slip and land. They are also preferred by kickboxers, MMA practitioners, and traditional martial artists as there are more legal targets in those activities. Vest protectors are a bit more inhibiting, but offer more comprehensive protection.

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How much do these protect my body?
Whenever someone chooses to do a high impact sport like boxing they assume a bit of inherent risk. However, wearing equipment like this can greatly reduce your risk of bodily injury. The combination of padding, impact dispersal, and strategically placed air bubbles go a long way in keeping your internal components from jostling around too badly.

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Full Foam vs Air Pocket padding
Some protectors offer full foam padding while others utilize air pockets. Both offer excellent protection have some slight differences. The air pocket protectors are known to be pleasingly light. Without as much dense foam there is less to weigh down the user and is thus less inhibitive. The air pockets still provide good impact dispersal, so fighters who enjoy high mobility like this kind.
Full foam protectors are the best at providing sheer impact reduction and also have a tendency to last the longest. The foam used in these vests is dense and can take years of abuse without losing its ability to guard you against blows. While slightly more inhibitive than the air pocket style, the value and protection is very high.

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What drills can I do with a body protector?
Body protectors open up a whole host of drills that you can do to improve your boxing game. The first is pure striking development. By adding protection to the body you can hit with force and not damage your training partner. This gives you a better feel for how to attack. You can also utilize sparring drills such as punch defense combined with counterstriking to the body.
A boxing favorite is combining body protectors with punching mitts, that way you can train your combinations in addition to low strikes.

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You might also need...
One of the best companions to a body protector is a set of punching mitts. These two pieces of equipment combine for some excellent routines and can keep you interested and training for years. Also recommended is headgear as protecting your skull and face is just as important as protecting your body.

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