As a young woman in today’s modern world, I feel blessed to be able to live an active lifestyle. Unlike our grandmothers and great grandmothers who were kept back from indulging in anything remotely resembling having to be in their undies while participating in any activity, you and I now enjoy a fantastically active lifestyle where we can play as hard as our male counterparts simply because we work just as hard as they do. I love playing sports mainly because all the activity and exertion gives me energy and rejuvenates my being in general.
I started this blog to talk about my experiences as I try out new things. Working out is something I simply can’t live without seven days a week. It keeps me alert and strong. Currently, I have explored heavy bag training because of how it has been lauded for bringing plenty of benefits to active women like me, especially in terms of weight loss and in developing strength, both physical and cardiovascular.
Why engage in heavy bag training?
Used by many professionals, the heavy bag has been instrumental in shaping champion athletes and has enabled many average people to achieve milestones in physical fitness on their own. Primarily the equipment of choice for boxers, the heavy bag is able to improve boxing technique and develop punching power. While striking a heavy bag can demand much from me physically, it provides me with a genuine test for stamina and strength. For my purpose, I use the heavy bag for a full-body workout, but this piece of gear can easily serve to sharpen one’s self-defense skills or develop a muscular and well-sculpted body. It can be a valuable addition to any commercial or home gym setting.
Heavy bag training is a low-cost activity, with only the heavy bag, hand wraps and gloves as your required gear. You won’t have to pay hefty training fees. The equipment is pretty low cost and there’s no complicated setup necessary. Of course, you need to train on a flat surface and with adequate room all around for you to move back-to-front and side-to-side at least three feet.
Heavy bag training improves fitness
With the right intensity for heavy bag training, you can give your cardiovascular system a fantastic workout. Moving around the bag, constantly changing your position, learning to punch, jab and dodge, and developing footwork will provide your cardiovascular system a huge boost, not to mention, how it will help you practice proper respiration so you are not constantly out of breath. This translates to substantial aerobic fitness workouts. For high intensity punching training, I intend to work the bag for two to three minutes and will occasionally do five-minute rounds. With heavy bag training, I can save time as well because there are fewer rest periods. I hope to develop the ability to do this regularly than my current 4-times-a-week regimen. However, I know I can’t rush this so, baby steps.
While the heavy bag was designed to provide a means for boxers to work on their punching power, in my case, I have found how beneficial it can be in focusing on as many muscles at a time as possible. I mean, why should you go under the knife for body sculpting when you can just spend a few minutes on your own punching a heavy bag and getting much better and more sustainable results? Throwing a punch with the perfect technique is something I aim for, and I hope to be able to exert the greatest possible force. The best thing is, the bag never hits back for every punch I throw at it 🙂
Heavy bag training improves core stability and coordination.
I gladly anticipate how heavy bag training can contribute to developing my coordination. I move around the bag like a fighter does and throw punch combinations, so I am kept constantly on my toes and have to transfer weight from one foot to the other to be able to land a solid punch. This develops my core coordination, which, in turn, also increases my core stability. I hope to be able to move with the grace of a boxer in the future so I can have excellent posture as well. But that’s not going to be in the near future just yet.
Heavy bag training helps me let off steam while improving my body shape.
Stress is often negative for many of us because of the work we do. The physical exhaustion and aggressiveness of the activity provides an effective way to blow off steam. I mean, it’s a much better way to let go of stress by hitting a heavy bag than landing a punch on a person’s face, right? I concentrate on the bag and imagine it as the challenges at work, then I give it a strong and hard punch, then I feel better already. In fact, heavy bag training has made me more enthusiastic about work than I have ever been.
Another thing about heavy bag training is, although it can’t be taken as pure bodybuilding workout like weight training, it’s pretty good at stripping away body fat and adds detail and hardness to core muscles.