The Best Punching Bags for Beginners
By Dawn Marcotte
, last updated February 12, 2012
Choosing the best punching bags for beginners will allow novice boxers to start with the right equipment. Boxing is a sport that requires strength, stamina and skill. Large punching bags are used to practicing body blows and power punches. Smaller, tear-shaped bags are used to practice speed and repetitive punches. Punching bags come in several varieties, sizes and weights. Heavy punching bags are also used in training by martial artists and kick boxers.
Speed Punching Bags
A boxer will need to practice speed and accuracy of punches. A speed bag is used for this type of training. The small, tear-drop shaped bag usually hangs from above. Beginners should look for a bag that is large and heavy to reduce the rebound bouncing until control has improved. Everlast makes a speed bag called the Pro Classic that is available in a wide variety of sizes and is highly recommended according to bestcovery.com. Everlast is a quality vendor in the boxing industry and makes other types of bags as well.
Hanging Punching Bags
Heavy bags come in a much wider variety of sizes and weights. They can be hung with chains or be on a stand. A beginner will not need as heavy of a bag as a more experienced boxer. Many bags have adjustable weights so that as skill and muscle tone improve more weight can be added. The Everlast 4008 traditional heavy bag is highly recommended for a hanging bag. However, it will require a strong beam on which to hang so it doesn’t fall during a workout. The bag is made of a vinyl material that feels much like leather and wears very well over time. Another heavy hanging bag is the Everlast Hydrostrike. This bag is filled with water by the purchaser. This allows complete control over the weight. In addition, some users have indicated the feel of hitting a water filled bag is closer to that of a real person. However a hanging bag style is not necessarily the best choice for a beginner.
Free Standing Punching Bags
Punching bags that are free standing are easier to store and more versatile than hanging bags. A free standing bag should be adjustable in height for practicing different styles of punches. Century makes a free standing bag called the Wavemaster. This bag is highly recommended by users as being versatile and durable. It is important to properly fill the base to minimize movement of the bag across the floor during a workout. The Wavemaster is available in several sizes. The bag can be moved easily and stored when not in use. The base can be filled with water or sand to create a stable bag that can be hit repeatedly.
The best punching bags for beginners will vary a bit according to the size of the individual and the space they have available for a bag. A free standing bag is best for those who are not able to hang a traditional heavy bag and plan to train regularly.