We’ve all seen it in movies and television shows – a dedicated Get Fit or Die Trying character putting in hours at the gym towards their fitness with a few shots of them firing a one punch after another at a heavy looking punching bag. Watching people reach their fitness goals via a punching bag is both impressive and mesmerizing, buy why is it that most individuals opt for safer approaches like the treadmill or standard push-ups?
We definitely aren’t against running, or treadmills for that matter but it is worth mentioning that boxing takes the idea of fitness to the next level and for those who get bored of mundane long winded workouts, taking time out of your day to learn your way around a punching bag may be just the thing for you.
Strength Training. Strength training alone already has an array of benefits, but one of the main unique benefits when using a punching bag to develop your strength is the large range of motion that is provided. Compared to using weight machines or doing free weights, your limbs experience a full range of motion that the listed alternatives can’t provide.
Hand-eye coordination. Working out using a punching bag doesn’t just involve strength, it also takes a decent amount of technique as well. When you find yourself first experimenting with a punching bag, you will find that you need to build up to a certain rhythm in order to have a more enjoyable workout, which involves hitting the bag right when it is coming back to you; if you miss punching at the right time you will throw off the rhythm increasing the chances of you misplacing a punch.
Motivation. Using punching bags is a refreshing way to switch up your workout routine and maintain your motivation and maintain or surpass fitness levels without having it feel like a mundane chore. Punching bags are also a great stress reliever to let out any pent up frustrations through an engaging workout.
Intensity. Burning an average of 324-518 calories an hour (Wisconsin Department of Health Services), using a punching bag is an intense workout that will reap results whether you are consistently using this method constantly, or using it as a supplement to your general workout as a way to shake things up a little.
How to Start
For some, a large punching bag may be a little intimidating to begin with, especially if you
are starting off with heavy boxing gloves. A great starting point is to invest in a speed bag, the lighter, more nimble cousin to a hefty punching bag. If you think you would be better off
starting light, our Merax Adjustable Freestanding Fitness Training Punching Speed Ball Bag With Boxing Gloves might be the perfect fit for you if you want to just get your feet wet.
For those that want to jump right in and commit to a heavy bag workout and don’t know where to start, a great way is to consistently hit the bag lightly until your arms begin to feel sore and tired and you cannot lift them anymore. Starting off hitting lightly is key so you can get a feel for the bag and subsequent movement and begin to develop a solid technique that will prove to be useful when you begin punching at more rapid, harder speeds. Over time slowly build up the strength and speed of the punches to what you think you can personally handle, and then add a few kicks into the mix – before you know it, you’ll be going at your bag like a true pro.
Check out our Merax Punching Bag, complete with indicator numbers so you can know exactly where you are kicking and punching and create an easy to follow routine and track your progress:
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