One of the Most Underrated Forms of Exercise: Heavy Bag Boxing

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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.

The Benefits

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

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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.

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Why You Might Need a Portable Generator & How They Work

Most of us have been in a situation where we are out of power and were kept waiting for it to turn back on. Whether it be finishing up an important project on your computer to having access to your home phone, having power in your space for the sake of convenience whether it be that you find yourself in an emergency situation, or you simply need power in an area where there aren’t electric outlets within close proximity. Read on to see a list of reasons why you may need a portable generator in your  life:

You like camping with a little comfort

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You like roughing it outside of a hotel or cabin, but at the same time you want access to
those creature comforts that you can’t seem to part with. Even if you are the type who can last without power and live off the great outdoors, maybe with a generator you can get the whole family to join you, who normally wouldn’t want to live completely off the grid.

You love to Tailgate

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Portable generators are great to have during tailgating and other outdoor events. Make new friends in the stadium parking lots and be the source of power and fun that ensures the party can keep going well into the night.

You like to stay prepared

Anything can happen, which is why more and more Americans are investing in generators. Portable generators are able to keep critical parts of your home running despite power outages – for example keeping your refrigerator cool and helping you save hundreds of dollars worth of food. Additionally, having a portable generator ensures you will always have a way of keeping up communication with the outside world when you experience disaster helping you and your family continue going about your daily life safe and sound until general power is turned back on.

 

How do they work?

Portable generators rely on electricity and magnetism to function. In the simplest terms, the a regular flow of electrons are created through the generator moving a magnet near wire. The electrons are able to travel through the wire into whichever appliance is plugged into the generator, such as a light bulb.

To power various items in your home, simply fill the generator with gas. A plug installed in the generator with a long cord leads to several outlets that can be used for various items in your home. However, keep in mind that a generator is somewhat of an engine and should never be kept indoors due to the risk of carbon monoxide and always be left safely outside.

Because they are portable, these particular generators can be moved from place to place relatively easily depending on where they are needed. Standby generators that are installed into homes however are priced well into the thousands. Our Merax portable generator is offered at only $319 with 4050 Watts of power to ensure your aren’t left without power in any situation.

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How do Inkjet Printers Work?

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The methods that revolve around inkjet printing originate from an older form of dot-matrix printers, in which several dozen needles are used to transfer ink onto paper and create letters and numbers using a series of dots.

Modern inkjets differ than the traditional dot printing in that rather than utilizing needles, hundreds of small guns are incorporated into the inkjet printer to shoot out dots of ink rather than pricking with needles. Unlike with dot-matrix printers, the dots of inkjet printers are so minuscule they cannot be easily noticed and blend seamlessly to the naked

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eye. Depending on the type of printer, the ink is fired using various methods. With a Canon printer, the ink is heated to a temperature that causes the ink to fire in the shape of bubbles that adhere to the paper as opposed to the Epson printer, which uses electronic circuits. Electric currents inside the printer make tiny nearly microscopic crystals fire out ink by moving side to side. Although these both sound like fairly slow processes, shooting out millions of ink dots takes more than a few seconds at a time, which is why printers are known for shelling out our printed papers at a reasonably fast rate.

How does a printer know how to create the shapes of the letters and numbers you need?

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Your own computer is the brain behind how your papers get printed out – which is why if you disconnect your computer from your printer, it will immediately stop working.

Your computer sends signals to your printer telling it which specific shapes it needs to print out, and the printer subsequently moves its nozzles in a position that will allow it to create the necessary shapes. An inkjet printer is comprised of hundreds of thousands of nozzles with roughly one hundred being needed to create a single letter, number ect. Once the printer receives command from the computer, it activates the tiny nozzles which are being heated up by the printer resistor, which warms up the ink to a boil – the boiled ink is the key to creating both text and images with an inkjet printer; as the ink boils it bubbles and undergoes multiple mini explosions which then transfers the required ink to a specific dot on your printer paper. This entire process occurs at an astronomically fast rate as the ink cartridge, guided by the computer scans back and forth between the sheet of paper depositing ink as it goes.

 

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