There are a few things that every real man needs to own and use regularly. Some are pretty obvious, like a car (at least in most places), a good razor, a suit and tie, etc. However, a few are less obvious. One of the less obvious ones is a punching bag. But, I’m going to explain why every guy should own a punching bag.
The first reason every man needs a punching bag is to practice self-defense techniques. Yes, every guy should know basic self-defense moves. This isn’t because he’s turning into a fighter, but because a real man needs to know how to provide and protect for others.
We talk elsewhere about the importance of self-defense. But, to practice the techniques and to know how to fight, a punching bag or something similar is essential.
Fighting against “air” doesn’t realistically replicate fight conditions. While human to human sparring is ideal, the punching bag is the next best way to get the feel for what it’s like to actually make contact with another person. And, the punching bag toughens up your body in case you actually do have to use your arms and legs in a fight.
However, you don’t want to hurt yourself too much. So, grab yourself a set of gloves and kicks too.
It’s Great Exercise
Fighting is an incredible way to burn calories, especially if you know what you’re doing. Working out with a punching bag is a great way to get cardio and strength training all in one intense workout too.
The easiest way is just to practice moves you already know rapidly for twenty minutes. That in and of itself would be a great workout. If you need some guidance here are two great and simple workouts:
So, get started on a heavy bag workout today. You’ll definitely notice a more ripped look and you’ll have the added benefit of being stronger in case you do need to use your techniques.
The Stress Relief
Do you have a lot of stress in your life? If you’re the typical guy of any age the answer is probably “hell yes!” Ever feel like you need to release that pent up frustration just by unloading? I think every man has been there.
However, totally unloading on family, friends, strangers, and even enemies is typically considered felonious assault. And, punching a wall creates medical and home repair headaches.
The best way to relieve stress when you just need to get out some excess energy is to go after a punching bag. Letting it rip on a heavy bag feels good and is a better alternative to holding in stress or letting it out inappropriately.
Sometimes after a bad day, it’s fun to go to the punching bag and go to town.
So, every guy should own a punching bag or at least have access to one. You can use a gym or a friend’s. But, owning your own, if you have the space, is ideal.
If you want, we recommend the Everlast 80lb Platinum Heavy Bag. It’s big, durable, and reasonably priced.
We also like these boxing gloves. However, any sort of padded gloves will probably do for using a typical punching bag.
What are you waiting for? Get out and start using a punching bag!