If you’ve never tried a workout with a punching bag, you need to come to Revolution Training in Stamford, CT, and you’ll see how effective they are. Not only are they great as a full body workout, it can be a lot of fun to do. It can break the monotony of traditional exercise, plus work your whole body at the same time. The first time you hit a punching bag, you’ll be surprised at how much resistance you’ll meet. It can jar your whole body the first time.
Punching bag workouts work the whole body if you’re doing it right.
Try swinging your arm as though you’re throwing a punch. If you’re doing it right, you’ll notice you move more than just your arm and hand, you’re moving your entire body. It works your core muscles, shoulders and chest, while also your hips, back and legs. Now imagine punching with force into a bag that weighs between 50 and 150 pounds. The heavier the bag, the more power you need to move it, so the harder you have to punch.
A punching bag workout is more than just strength building.
Even if the bag is stationary, you’ll get a heart-pounding cardio workout. In fact, it makes a great HIIT—high intensity interval training—workout. When you do a HIIT workout, you go at top speed and intensity for a short period, followed by a recovery period at a less intense effort for the less or the same amount of time. HIIT training gets you into condition faster than other types of training and burns more fat in a shorter period of time than a steady state cardio. It helps lower blood pressure, blood sugar and resting heart rate.
Always do a warm-up before you start a punching bag workout.
The warm-up can be anything from jumping jacks to jogging in place. Once you’ve spent five to ten minutes doing that, you’re ready to begin. You can create a workout using various punches, combined with bodyweight exercises. For instance, combining a jab with one arm followed by a cross with the other, and then by a squat can be repeated for up to a full minute, with a rest for up to half that time.
- Create your own workout that combines both upper and lower body workouts, such as doing 5 side kicks to the right, followed by 15 straight punches, then five side kicks to the left followed by another 15 straight punches. As you get fitter, increase the number of reps.
- Combine different types of punches with body weight exercises that work different areas of your body. Hooks work the core, hips and shoulders, while a lunge will work your lower body.
- When you workout with a punching bag, you’ll feel the stress melt away. There’s nothing better than punching something until you’re tired to melt away the stress of the day.
- At Revolution Training in Stamford, CT, we will help you with a variety of punching bag exercises, plus other workouts. We help you find your power and enjoy a community of supportive people.
For more information, contact us today at Revolution Training!