Best Training Gloves

Updated: Sep 27

A review of ten great training gloves

I want to make one thing explicitly clear from the get-go. You are not, I repeat NOT, a nancy if you wear training gloves. I only mention it because that’s what the boys started calling me at the sted’ed gym I trained at as a teen when I rocked up in a pair of York netted – netted not knitted! – training gloves my mum bought me for my birthday. ‘A real man trains bare fleshed,’ the carpet-carrying behemoths taunted.



So as not to offend mum I would leave the house sporting my netted – netted not knitted! – gloves but when I got within a hundred metres of the gym I quickly unsheathed.



What I’ve since learned is, there’s no shame in wearing training gloves – anyone who tells you otherwise is a fool. Training gloves can enhance the exercise experience and improve performance.



Before we take look at some products I’m going to discuss, in brief, how we can use training gloves in our sessions (I won’t offended if you go ahead and skip my spiel).



1: Lo-ng row sessions. Whenever I decide to row 15,000-plus metres I always strap on a pair of gloves. Why? Well I find that after an hour of rowing, suffused in slippery sweat, my forearms are fatigued which makes gripping the ore quite the challenge. Training gloves are a simple and effective way of mitigating this problem. They prevent slipping and reduce hot-spots developing on the palms thus allowing me to focus on covering the distance in a reasonably respectable time.



2: Hammer training: In my other article – Training Hammers – I included a small range of training gloves for the simple reason that, 10 minutes of swinging a hammer can feel like you just given a cheese grater a hand job (excuse that). Yeah I’m all in for rough and tumble, but I don’t want Freddy Krueger hands after every session – my other passion, besides exercising, is spanking the plank (aka playing the guitar). Believe me when I say, fingering the G string in no fun when your hands are in tatters. This irritating eventuality doesn’t occur when you slip on a pair of gloves.



3: Kettlebell sessions – much the same with the training hammer, a prolonged kettlebell sesh will trash the hands. If you think I’m over exaggerating spend twenty minutes interchanging continuously between swings and single arm cleans into presses. Let’s put it this way, piano practice and high-fives will be off the menu for a week. Which is no fun.



4: And finally urban training – I don’t know about you but I love to conclude a run with a play in the park. Pull-ups and hanging leg raises on the swings, press-ups and burpees on the AstroTurf, alternate bar-jumps on the seesaw. You can’t beat it! But the pleasure of urban training (as I like to call it) can be somewhat dampened without gloves. No one likes rusty hands and plastic grass sores on their knuckles. Not going to happen when you’re gloved up.



Right, if I have you convinced regarding the merit and worth of training gloves, and how they can support us during exercise, below you will find some excellent examples. All of the products below satisfy the following criteria:


- Over 100 customer feedback reviews
- No less than 4 star rating
- Built to endure not to break


1: Gym Gloves, OMERIL 5mm Padded (£10)


Product Information

  • Full palm protection: constructed from non-slip silicone, hot stamping and thickened gasket to ensure excellent anti-slip properties.

  • All-round wrist Support and protection: the straps are elastic, the maximum extension is over 60cm, which is easy to adjust and will fit everyone's wrists.

  • 5 stars with over 800 reviews


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2: Grebarley Gym Gloves (£13.99)


Product Information

  • All-purpose gloves that are suitable for all forms of exercise.

  • Made from high quality materials ensuring superior durability. This is a pair of gloves that were built to endure.

  • Non-slip design with multiple protection equipped with thickened gasket.

  • 4.5 stars after over 1600 reviews

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3: Atercel Weight Lifting Gloves (£10.99)


Product Information

  • Innovative palm design maximises your grip. The glove design is inspired by research conducted on how people use gloves during weight training.

  • The Atercel glove is made of lightweight, breathable and stretchy material, to increases flexibility, comfort and fit. Ideal for general workout, exercise, gym training and cycling.

  • Nearly five stars with 1850 reviews

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4: Gym Gloves by SLB - full wrist support, palm protection and extra grip (£9.99)


Product Information

  • Excellent breathability with great comfort due to the ergonomic design.

  • Wrist Protection: the integrated wrist support strap provides extra support for heavy sessions.

  • Non-slip design with multiple protection: equipped with silicone hot stamping and thickened gasket to reduce slippage and improve grip.

  • 4.5 stars with 700 reviews

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5: Ventilated weight training gloves from Fit Active Sports (£18.96)


Product Information

  • These gloves offer full palm and thumb protection.

  • Built-in wrist wraps for greater support.

  • Silicon printed neoprene palm ensures superior grip.

  • The wrist wraps are tightened and loosened with Velcro, providing the user the ability to adjust to their personal comfort.

  • Immense customer ratings – nearly 4000 reviews and still retains 4.5 stars!

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6: RDX all-purpose workout glove (£26.99)


Product Information

  • 100% Authentic Cowhide Leather: RDX gym gloves are made with authentic cowhide leather material that offer better for split, tear and crack resistance.

  • These weightlifting gloves are manufactured with anatomically curved finger design. It prevents common tears experienced between the fingers during heavy lifting.

  • Long Wrist Hook and Loop Strap. RDX powerlifting gloves are built with quick EZ hook-and-loop closure that offers secure fit.

  • Thumb sheathe and finger webbing incorporates breathable 4-way stretch fabric to keep hands well-ventilated.

  • Sweat wicking fabric that keeps hands dry and comfortable.

  • Nearly 5 stars with over 500 reviews

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7: EMRAH leather weight lifting gloves suitable for all types of exercise (£9.91)


Product Information

  • Leather Pro Gel Pasted Palm pad provides optimum grip and palm cushioning

  • Special finger loops offer maximum comfort and finger flexibility

  • Velcro wrist closure ensures secure fit

  • Ergonomically designed gloves for natural feel and improved grip

  • Over 250 reviews with 4 stars

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8: Boildeg gym gloves with full palm protection, anti-slip and breathable (£13.99)


Product Information

  • FULL PALM PROTECTION: This premium weightlifting glove covers the entire palm and the thumb of your hand is also protected.

  • BUILT-IN WRIST WRAPS: Experience these uniquely designed weightlifting wrist wraps that offers both men and women a superior training experience and superior wrist support with each and every work out.

  • COMFORT & VENTILATED: The back of the glove is made from excellent mesh material.

  • 4.5 stars after over 1600 reviews!

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9: INSUPER weight lifting gloves (£9.97)


Product Information

  • BREATHABLE & LIGHTWEIGHT - made of breathable Microfiber and Micro Mesh cloth, slim, fingerless, and lightweight construction keeps your hands feeling dry and comfortable after hours of intense training.

  • FULL PALM PROTECTION - Non-Slip silica gel palm ensures great grip.

  • BUILT-IN WRIST SUPPORT - Wide & long wrist support designed will keep your wrists safe.

  • Over 350 reviews and very nearly 5 stars

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10: Steel Sweat workout gloves suitable for all training purposes (£11.95)


Product Information

  • Keep your hands ventilated even during the toughest workout

  • Easy to get on and off: the gloves have 3 integrated pull tabs to allow you to easily remove your gloves after your workout.

  • Protects your hands and improves grip - made from durable materials and double stitched to ensure high quality finish.

  • Over 400 reviews with 4 stars

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Conclusion

There we have it, 10 damn good gloves for you to choose from. Any of the products above will provide your hands with the protection they no doubt deserve.



A pair of quality training gloves can enhance the pleasure of exercise (or at least mitigate a smidgen of the pain) which in turn can improve performance. Just remember, there's no shame in wearing gloves and it will NOT make you a nancy.



(As we are very interested in user feedback at Hungry4Fitness, I would be very grateful if you could take a few seconds out of your day to leave a comment. Thanks in advance!)

Blog Author

Adam Priest is a former Royal Marines Commando, professional personal trainer, lecturer, boxing and Thai boxing enthusiast