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    What does a punching bag do?

    like does it actually help you in a fight? does it help build any musles? its a good cardio I know that xD
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    Cadio, practice punching technique. Sparring will help u more in a fight, bags dont punch back. Or just carry a weapon.
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    Originally Posted by lee__d View Post
    Cadio, practice punching technique. Sparring will help u more in a fight, bags dont punch back. Or just carry a weapon.
    Well, I don't plan in getting in a fight or what ever but self defense you know? and can't carry weapons in the UK :/
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    Like Lee said, it can help immensely with punching technique. Also, it does strengthen the wrist to absorb/transfer impact. Obviously sparring is better, but there is a distinct difference between feeling your hand hit something (a bag) than simply shadow boxing. The former is better.
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    It allows you to throw hits without having to decelerate or hyperextend them at the end, the impacts probably help with bone density and alignment, learning how to through your weight into something so you don't bounce off it (as opposed to just throwing your hand out).

    Shadow boxing's clearly also valuable since you do miss or get dodged/deflected during fights so training how to miss without hurting yourself is probably important too.

    Then of course there's mitt work, which has value in the angles that a bag can't provide and reacting to what the trainer does.
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    I'd say that the microtrauma of hitting a bag a lot will, over time, increase bone density and strength. Unless you already know basic sparring technique in the first place, I doubt it will help improve form.
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    Good cardio! Builds a stronger heart and lungs due to heavy blood pumping and breathing! Also improves your punching technique
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    Punching a bag does not improve technique at all, you have to have a good technique in the first place. Punching in a fight is all about timing. Anybody can hit a bag for hours/weeks/months and still punch completely wrong and cause no damage to his opponent if he evens hit him.
    It is great for cardio, a lot harder then it looks. Jogging on the spot while punching is also good for cardio and it will defo build muscle in the shoulders.
    If you want to learn to punch and hit bags and pads and people then get down your local boxing gym and have a go at it properly. Its good fun once you get used to being hit in the face
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    what does a punching bag do
    it punches you back according to newton's laws of physics.

    It is also a good spotter on the bench press.
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    Originally Posted by RedDogOllie View Post
    Punching a bag does not improve technique at all, you have to have a good technique in the first place. Punching in a fight is all about timing. Anybody can hit a bag for hours/weeks/months and still punch completely wrong and cause no damage to his opponent if he evens hit him.
    It is great for cardio, a lot harder then it looks. Jogging on the spot while punching is also good for cardio and it will defo build muscle in the shoulders.
    If you want to learn to punch and hit bags and pads and people then get down your local boxing gym and have a go at it properly. Its good fun once you get used to being hit in the face
    Pretty much this. Good for endurance and can improve power. Unless you know what your doing it doesn't make you a better boxer, many people will actually pick up bad habits hitting a bag with no training.
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    Originally Posted by iWannaGetStrong View Post
    Pretty much this. Good for endurance and can improve power. Unless you know what your doing it doesn't make you a better boxer, many people will actually pick up bad habits hitting a bag with no training.
    Most possibly, but he wasn't asking about what can go wrong with a heavy bag. He's asking about the benefits.

    Improving your work on a heavy bag is not going to make you worse in a fight, and he wasn't talking about how it will help you if you use it improperly.
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    Originally Posted by GeneralSerpant View Post
    Most possibly, but he wasn't asking about what can go wrong with a heavy bag. He's asking about the benefits.

    Improving your work on a heavy bag is not going to make you worse in a fight, and he wasn't talking about how it will help you if you use it improperly.
    So after your first post in this thread you still felt as if I was the one who answred wrong? I bet you wear a helmet in the shower...
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