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Old 01-15-2011, 07:24 PM   #1
David Harris
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Question Another Newbie w/A Heavy Bag Question

Hello everyone! I hope I'm posting this thread in the correct forum. I'm interested in purchasing a Heavy Bag. I've never owned one before, but I thought it would be a great way for me to work off some of the weight I've put on over the past few years.

My wife and I just had our first child, a little girl. I don't want to be a "fat" dad. I've looked around on Ebay and such. I'm just not sure exactly what I should be going after. Is something like this good for a beginner?

I appreciate any info anyone feels like sharing.

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Old 01-15-2011, 10:52 PM   #2
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Re: Another Newbie w/A Heavy Bag Question

I can't advise you on a specific bag, but I highly recommend patiently scouring Craigslist. I see them in my area all the time, though YMMV.
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Old 01-16-2011, 10:42 AM   #3
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Re: Another Newbie w/A Heavy Bag Question

I don't strike with gloves, so I prefer lighter bags that are 70-80 lbs. for that.

If you're new to it, one thing I'd be weary about is your intrinsic drive to put the time in. Do they have any boxing classes in your area? A coach goes a long way in keeping you moving and in varying things up. Shadow work and jump rope warm up, a few rounds on the bag, a few rounds with mitts, then speed bag, for example, fills up an hour without overwhelming you or getting boring.
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Old 01-16-2011, 11:29 AM   #4
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Re: Another Newbie w/A Heavy Bag Question

Craigslist can be the right place for good deals on bags and stands (unless you prefer to hang it from beams in your garage, which I don't). I would recommend buying new handwraps and gloves, and get good gloves designed for heavy bag work. Then, of course, learn how to properly train with a bag. You can easily injure your wrists and hands if you try to beat the bag up with force, or corkscrew when you throw hooks. And when you're shadowing, DON'T over-extend your arms, or you can tweak your elbows. Last, I would recommend using a timer and working in rounds, to develop endurance in a structured and disciplined manner.
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