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What’s your relationship with your old bag. Did you get hurt, give up, and walk away from what you were sure would make such a big difference? It’s okay! Walking away may have been the right decision. Why? Because NOW you have what you needed all along: a safer way to change your life by simply pairing up your heavy bag with the revolutionary Punch-Protectors. In seconds you’re ready to go. No more tape around your hands and wrapping. Lengthy prep times belong to the past.

So blow the dust off and find a secure place to once again fall in love with heavy bag training. Think about trying a new location for a fresh start. If you were set up in your basement, try your garage. Or vice-versa. Look for a sturdy beam, and attach the bag with an approvd heavy-duty eye hook. If you don't have a secure beam, then consider a heavy duty iron bracket. Hang up the bag. Then double check with a carpenter friend to make sure everything’s safe and secure.

Consider consulting with a local trainer to demonstrate the standard punches and kicks that are typical for the heavy bag. If none are available, research various techniques on line. Usually they'll Include front, elbow, uppercut, and hook strikes and straight, roundhouse and knee kicks. Stick to the new routine until your trainer advises otherwise. Be patient. Before you know it your training will become second nature.

Remember to always warm up before you start your workout. Full body stretching sessions, jumping rope, and shadow boxing, are a few of the warm-ups usually recommended. What you want is a routine that will become habit and decrease your risk of injury. Double check with your trainer until it becomes routine. Do everything slowly and increase your intensity gradually. This will let your body transition into exercise mode without causing any injury. Don't jolt your body with heavy bag workouts at full force.

Keep in mind that the techniques you use rather than the speed is the key. For example, don't kick the heavy bag with your toes. One expert advises, “Front kicks should be executed with the base of your foot hitting the bag. When throwing a roundhouse kick, strike the bag with the top of your foot.” Proper technique translates to fewer injuries.

Pounding the bag with extreme force is a bad idea. It leads to injury. Control your strikes. You can work on increasing your speed as your technique improves. Remember to drive the heavy bag a few inches before pulling your strike back. Refrain from pushing it farther. Why? You’ll create too much pressure on your limbs. Let your strike penetrate and retract quickly. You’ll see the difference. 

Following any intense workout, be sure to allow your body to enter into a cool down phase. You need that to make the transition smooth and allow your heart time to go back to its normal rate. Once this is done, you ready to conclude your session with controlled breathing and stretching.

© 2016 M. Mattox

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