Guide to Punching Bags

Guide to Punching Bags

Punching bags are a staple of all boxing and MMA training programs. They improve strength, speed, accuracy and hand-eye coordination. But when it comes to choosing the right punching bag, the options are endless. So what bag should you go with? That depends on your specific training goal and fitness level. We answer your top punching bag questions below to help you make an informed punching bag purchase!

What are the different types of punching bags?

(UFC MMA Heavy Bag - 100 LB)

Heavy Bag
Heavy bags have a wide range of application including boxing, MMA, Muay Thai and more. They are typically hung from the ceiling using heavy duty hooks and straps for stability, but can also be hung using a stand. They are used to improve striking strength and form through punching or kicking drills.

(UFC Maya Speed Bag)

Speed Bag
A speed bag is more commonly used for boxing training as it deals more with improving speed and rhythmic punching. Due to their lightness they are not typically used for punching power, but instead test punching endurance (how long an athlete can maintain the rhythm or hold their shoulders up, etc.). Like the heavy bag they are often hung from a ceiling, but can also be hung from a Speed Bag Platform.

(UFC Double End Bag)

Double End Bag
Double End Bags are great tools for boxing and MMA training. They help athletes improve their speed, hand/eye coordination and reflexes. The sporadic rebound of a double end bag mimics the movement of an opponent, allowing athletes to duck, strike and aim in realistic scenarios.

What are the differences in bag filling?
Fill determines the firmness, comfort and weight of the punching bag and is a very important factor to consider. Many bags come pre-filled so you can start training immediately, but sometimes you will need to refill a bag if it was sold empty or after heavy use.

The most common types of fillers are water, sand, air, or textile. Sand and water are fairly easy to fill and provide the weight needed to build strength. Air is more commonly used in speed bags and double end bags. They need to be light for a quick rebound. Textile is softer on athletes muscles. This is a good choice for those wanting reduced impact on wrist, elbows and shoulders.

What weight should I buy?
The ideal weight and size of a Heavy Bag all depends on the users personal size and weight. The easy way to choose a bag is to go for something that is roughly half of your weight. Spirit Combat Sports offers bags in 70lbs, 80lbs and 100lbs - choose the one that is closest to this rule.

We know there are many other factors to take into consideration: material, price, durability, etc. But the above is a general guide to help you get started on the hunt for your perfect Punching Bag. If you have further questions about the products offered on Spirit Combat Sports, feel free to contact us, by clicking here.

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