Boxing Equipment – Punch Bags: Choosing the right one
In comparison to other sports, boxing equipment is pretty inexpensive. Initial outlay is very minimal. All you need are gloves, punching bags and a boxing ring. Among them, punch bags are one of the essential boxing equipment to practice boxing. It is important to understand about different punch bags and how to choose the correct one.
“Hanging Bags and Standing Bags”
Free standing bags are great choice for both punching and kicking. Another good thing about free standing bags is that they can be easily rolled away for storage, even when they are filled. They can be filled with either water or sand, although in most cases water is preferred since water provides energy feedback and adds a more realistic feel when a boxer hit the bag. Using sand will make the bag heavier and generate a thick and unyielding feeling. Normally, standing bags are designed to weigh between 250 and 300 lbs. when filled.
Hanging bags are suspended from wall mounts or the ceiling by using chains and hooks. They are known to be very durable and can provide the boxer with an intensive fluid workout. Using heavy hanging bags will help to develop stamina, strength and cardiovascular fitness, as well as coordination and improved reaction time since the hanging bags will provide some sway too.
“Hanging Heavy Bags”
Everlast Omni Strike Heavy 80-Pound Bag
While free standing bags can stand on their own, hanging bags will require additional hardware. You can use wall mounts and hooks to mount your bag literally anywhere you want. Common places to hang for most people would be in garages, workout rooms or basements. If you prefer to train outdoor, then weather proof bag should be something you consider.
“How to choose the correct weight”
Basically, the more weight a hanging bag is, the less sway it will produce. Too much sway will make it hard target to hit, and too little will make things too easy and feel like punching a rock. It is also detrimental to bones and tendons over time since it won’t absorb impacts like swaying bags.
In principle, for a male of 5′ 8″ height and 170 lbs. weight should be looking for a bag weighing around 60 to 70 lbs. Better skilled and heavier boxers will want to look for a bag closer to 100 lbs. If you are looking for a bag with more sway, then look for something around 40 lbs. mark.
“How to choose the right hanging bag”
Heavy bag manufacturers are almost saturating the market, in fact. Yet there are good quality ones that stand out, like heavy bags from TKO and Everlast. Everlast is at the high end price range, but makes super high quality equipment and definitely should be in your list when you are looking for a heavy bag. TKO bags are known for durability and high quality, and generally gyms and boxing schools like to stock up TKO bags.