Boxing Equipment

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.


Boxing Psychology

All About the Psychology Used In Boxing

As we all know, boxing is a very unique sport. To be a professional boxer, one has to understand the psychology used in boxing. This sport is aimed at inflicting blows on the opponent and trying as much as possible to avoid personal injuries. The boxer tries as much as possible to receive the smallest number of blows while at the same time trying to hit the opponent as many times as possible. To the ordinary boxing fan, there is a common misconception that a boxer needs to psyche himself up to a frenzied state before the match which is fueled by anger.

However, this is not the truth. Professional boxers understand that the sport is as tactical as it is physical. Unlike in many other sports where the sportsmen and women play matches, boxers fight them. Boxing is also different with other sports because instead of motivating the other player when he/she is down, the boxer tends to exploit every weakness in the opponent. To be good in this sport a person needs to be well prepared both physically and psychologically.

Successful boxing trainers who have coached champion boxers say that a boxer is at all times needed to have a positive attitude. The boxer has to at all times know that fights are won and lost in the mind. All successful fighters demonstrate a certain level of positive emotional profiles before the match. A boxer who exhibits a tough mental state while at the same time having confidence and emotional control is bound to perform better than another one who does not exhibit the same.

Just like in very many other sports, the main reason of taking part in the first place is to win. This answers the question why a boxer will injure his/her opponent. As much as inflicting injury is not the right thing to do in normal circumstances, in boxing it is the order of the day. If the boxer fails to take advantage of an opportunity to inflict injury on the opponent, then the same or even worse can be afflicted to him/her. A boxer has to be prepared psychologically to inflict injury on his/her opponent without feeling any mercy at all.

When a boxer sees that the opponent is hurt, it is a sign of attainment. However, this is totally different with other sports like football for instance where if a player gets injured, the game is called off. In boxing, since the aim of getting in the ring is to win the contest, even further damage can be inflicted to ensure that the opponent does not get a chance to fight again.

A boxer must take advantage of the opponent’s weaknesses. Any sign of weakness is taken as a positive sign towards winning. A boxer is also psychologically prepared to hide when in pain or when tired. At all times, a boxer presents a profile that he/she is confident and calm. At the end of the day, boxing is all about being on top. Any tactic that can lead to this attainment is not taken lightly by any serious boxer.