How To Choose A Punching Bag

Things To Think About When Buying Heavy Punching Bags

For those who wish to study the martial arts, there are a wide range of options in a field that is ancient and respected across the planet. Whether one wishes to study the sweet science of all American boxing, dedicated self defense practices such as krav maga, ancient arts such as tae kwon do or any number of martial arts, the fact is that the practice of unarmed combat can be a tremendously beneficial thing in a person’s life. The exercise is healthy, the thrill is intense and if one finds themselves in a bad situation, it can be a life and death matter, though this is a lot less common that movies and TV make it out to be.

For those studying martial arts that focus on powerful strikes and kicks (or simply includes those elements as part of the larger practice), a heavy punching bag is oftentimes a decent investment for those who wish to practice at home, whether they need the exercise, the stress relief or feel a deep passion for the practice that requires a greater degree of dedication than simply going to the gym regularly. However, choosing the right heavy bag punching bag can be difficult even for veteran students of all martial arts, and given as these devices can be costly, getting the right one the first time can be invaluable to saving money and getting the best practice possible.

As a baseline rule, one should get a punching bag with a weight around half their body weight. That said, this will never be an exact measurement for all practitioners. If one weighs 152 pounds, it is unlikely they will find a 76 pound bag specifically for them. Most buyers will have to round in one direction or another, down if one is new to the field and does not have powerful strikes, up if one is more experienced and has practiced striking a bit. Still, as a ball park figure, half of one’s body weight is a good idea.

The exact material of the bag is also a factor to consider. Fiber, foam, sand and water have all been used in different punching bags, and each of them has their own ups and downs. Fiber is the most common and is generally seen as a decent all around training bag. Foam is similar to fiber, but it does not settle in the bag; conversely, foam bags do have a higher price. Sand is also quite common and inexpensive, but it can at times settle on the bottom if it goes unused long enough. Additionally, a low end sand bag will often form pockets of air. Water is a consistently worth while material and users report that it is a natural experience to practice on, though other martial arts practitioners are adamant that these bags are more trouble than they’re worth.

Finally, there is the question of free standing and hanging punching bags. Hanging bags are regarded as providing the better striking experience, but are hard to set up and move. Free standing bags are devoid of such problems, but tend to be a good bit more expensive.

Things To Consider When Choosing A Speed Bag

For those wishing to study the martial arts, it can be important to practice intensely. Like drawing, singing and dancing, the martial arts require a great deal of dedication to do well, and while nearly anyone can learn the basics, those who pride themselves on their capacities in this form of human endeavor should likely put a great deal of effort into getting better. A popular method is to hit the gym or a similar establishment more focused on martial arts, as well as any number of time tested exercise methods that can be done at home or in the gym, ranging from bicycling places whenever possible or a dedicated weight lifting routine with a home exercise machine.

Still, martial arts are not quite like exercise and many home practitioners do need to account for this. One particular way to account for the complexities that separate martial arts practices from typical exercises is through the use of dedicated equipment, perhaps the most popular of which is the speed bag. But getting a good speed bag can be difficult for those who wish to practice their art at home, particularly when the exploding popularity of mixed martial arts competitions has brought a lot of questionable products looking to cash in on the open marketplace.

The main factors in getting a good speed bag are your experience with boxing and what you wish to accomplish. For those who are new to the practice, one will likely want a larger bag to provide a larger striking area that the newcomer to the field is likely to miss. A more experienced practitioner will like want a smaller, faster bag once they can reliably hit the larger bag. A larger bag is a good start, but practicing on a smaller speed bag improves hand speed and ability to focus on the martial skills one wishes to practice, both of which are useful to martial arts competitors.

For those who have gotten good with the larger bag, however, they should not immediately unload the larger speed bag for a smaller one. Versatility is important in martial arts and the best speed bag work outs are done by mixing it up between larger and smaller bags, forcing your mind as well as your body to adapt to changing conditions. In addition to providing a better all around work out for the body, the capacity to quickly and instinctively adapt to new conditions is priceless in competitions.



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