Practice makes perfect so it is good that you have your boxing equipment in your own home and configure it according to your needs when training.
How to choose an ideal punching bag for you?
Before thinking about filling punching bags, start at the beginning, stop to think about how often you are going to use it, the type of punching bag training you do and, above all, what is your level, if you are starting or if you are a professional.
Some factors that you have to take into account when choosing your punching bag are:
The weight of the punching bag
This characteristic of the bags, which is closely related to the type of padding , will depend on our level of training.
That is, if we are starting to train or we are going to use it for fitness, it is not a good idea for it to be very heavy since we will have to make more effort when hitting it and we can hurt our joints.
However, do not go overboard because if it weighs very little it will bounce and this is not good for polishing your technique either.
Ideally, you should start with a bag that weighs half as much as you , that is, if you weigh 80 kg, the ideal is a 40 kg punching bag.
Punching Bag Training Type
The punching bags that are used for each sport or technique that you want to perfect are different.
In this way, the boxing bags are wider and shorter while those that we are going to use for other martial arts such as Muay Tay are longer and narrower because they are designed to receive kicks.
On the other hand, if you want to improve the speed of your fists it is best to opt for a punching . A small, lightweight bag that will move fast at the rate you punch.
The materials with which it is made
In addition to filling the punching bags with the most suitable materials for us, another determining factor for the hitting sensation is the materials with which they are made.
The best quality and, as not also the most expensive, are those made of leather . They last longer and the hitting sensation is very pleasant, yes, they require more care such as drying the sweat after each training and treating it with the appropriate creams.
An intermediate option would be faux fur bags. The hitting sensation is similar to that of the skin , they are cheaper and do not require treatment.
Cloth or canvas sacks have the advantage that they are very easy to repair and are resistant. However, they are very uncomfortable if you train without gloves.
What are the ways to stuff punching bags?
As we have explained before, the way to fill punching bags is related to their weight and therefore to the level of experience we have and the type of training we want to do.
If we want our punching bag to be soft because we are starting or because we want to enhance our hitting speed, bet on materials such as fabric, foam rubber, cotton, water or gel balls.
The advantages of this type of padding is that you will avoid hurting your joints and, on the other hand, the hitting sensation will be similar to what you have in close combat.
If, on the other hand, you are one of those who prefer to train with more weight and make it harder, you can fill the punching bag with sand or sawdust .
With this type of fillers you have to be careful even being an expert and protect your hands with bandages under your boxing gloves since the hitting sensation is very hard.
How to fill punching bags with rags?
The first thing you should do is put a bag of sand at the bottom of the bag and then fix the pieces of fabric in such a way that they are well compressed.
It is very important that you choose the weight of the sandbag well and that you compress the fabrics well so that the bag does not deform during training. If you see that with the sandbag it weighs too much it is better that you only use clothes.
Something that is important to keep in mind is that the rags or clothes you use do not have buttons or zippers . This way you will avoid hurting yourself when you hit your bag.
How to fill punching bags with sawdust?
The first thing to do is choose the type of sawdust you want to use. It can be the finest (powder type) or the one in the form of chips. Using both to fill your punching bag will give it more consistency.
Remember that sawdust cannot fall directly into the bag. That is, his thing is that you use several bags sealed with electrical tape.