Choosing a heavy bag is an essential task if you want to start seeing some great results. There are a variety of heavy bag brands, some good some bad. If you are new to boxing equipment, then a safe bet would be an Everlast heavy bag. For many years, Everlast have been designing boxing gear and have a lot of experience with heavy bags allowing them to give you very fair value for money. However, before you buy your Everlast heavy bag, there are some things that you must take into account to ensure you own the correct size bag.
Depending on your size you may need to purchase a slightly lighter or heavier bag. Whether you are tall/short/large/thin you will need to find the heavy bag right for you. If you are slightly heavier you will naturally have a lot more force behind your punch, which means you will need a heavy bag that will endure this force and doesn't swing around after each punch, so you will need a bag around 100lbs. For those of you who are slightly lighter, it now goes without saying that you'll need a lighter bag. This is because heavier bags will tend to add too much pressure to your hands and wrists, which could result in serious injury.
Your Desired Results
The other thing to take into consideration is the actual reason you want the heavy bag for. Do you want a heavy bag to lose weight/burn fat/increase stamina/ increase strength/ tone-up or any other reason? i.e. if you were looking to lose weight I wouldn't suggest purchasing a 100lbs+ heavy bag, as the heavy bag wouldn't get you moving around as much as a lighter bag would. Also, if you were looking to gain strength then I wouldn't recommend owning a light heavy bag as every time you throw a punch with a lot of power you would need to stop to straighten up the bag from swinging.
Now I would love to tell you the ideal size bag for you, but this will vary greatly from person to person. The most regular size heavy bags are usually between 25lbs to 150lbs. Bags around 40lbs can be used for woman using the bag for a light workout and who are not looking to throw huge punches onto the bag, as you will be focusing a lot on moving around the bag as well as just punching. 70lb bags are preferable for men or woman weighing in around 150- 170 pounds who are using the heavy bag mainly for toning up or for fitness. If you're 170lbs plus, or if you want to use your heavy bag for strength training then you'd be looking for a heavy bag weighing 100lbs or over. However, I must warn you that when you use bags 100lbs or more then make sure you always wrap your hands and wrist with boxing wraps.
As for price, the weight of an Everlast heavy bag, the size of it won't affect the price too much. It's material that will play the biggest part of the price. Leather heavy bags are the most expensive but for good reason. There are quite a few materials used such as vinyl, canvas and leather for heavy bags. If you can afford it, then I would always recommend leather heavy bags. These are what all-decent boxing gyms use due to its ability to withstand a huge amount of punishment. They also can offer your hands a greater deal of protection, which is very important when pounding on a heavy bag constantly.
All of the factors I have covered are essential when choosing a heavy bag, as they can be quite costly so it may be in your best interest to be sure you cover all areas discussed. In order to have a safe and productive heavy bag workout it is important you have a slight knowledge of what to look for.
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