I am long overdue in writing about this, but my husband got me an Everlast boxing equipment punching bag (the long kind), which hangs from a self supported stand in our basement. I wanted the stand instead of attaching this huge 80 pound heavy bag to our rafters in the basement.
Something about that just didn’t sit right with me. I imagined my whole house collapsing, which of course I know is completely ridiculous and far-fetched. So he bought both the stand and the bag I wanted. He also got me a new pair or red punching gloves. They work pretty well, but I’ll warn you, your wrists have to get used to it because my wrists were sore the next day after the first time I used it simply from the shock absorption of hitting the bag over and over again.
Another tip I would like to give if you’re in the market for a punching bag and the accompanying accessories needed, is to buy the most padded gloves you can find. The bag is not by any means very giving, especially if you do squat punches like I do and are punching the bag near the bottom where the sand settles and makes the surface much more firm.
All of that being said, my punching bag is pretty freaking awesome. I love to use it when I’ve had a bad day at work, or if I’m feeling particularly ornery or like I need to get a lot of anxious, nervous energy out. It does help you to build sculpted, lean muscle on your arms pretty fast too. It helps with that flabby arm syndrome that me and many other women suffer from for sure.
I also love that you can get a really good cardio workout in on it. I like to do fast punches, combined with slower ones. I also like to use it for roundhouse kicks. You can’t do many of them, because they do hurt and they do get the heart rate way up, but they are excellent both for your muscle tone as well as for your heart conditioning.
One thing I’ve learned how to do is to release the tension in my neck and shoulder area as I’m punching. This was something I also had to learn the hard way. If you happen to have a lot of neck pain in your every day life, you likely tend to really stiffen those muscles up when doing this exercise.
So make sure you concentrate and focus on loosening the neck up. Don’t tense the neck muscles, make sure instead you focus on tensing up your core (your abs), and use this as your center for strength and your stabilizing force instead of focusing on the neck area too much.
I really love this piece of exercise equipment though. I love using my punching bag for stress release. I feel tough and powerful when using it, and I actually feel like it helps to train me for self defense a bit too because it teaches me how to use force with my own body weight. LOVE IT!