Punching the Heavy Bag (boxing video)
Sunday, March 21, 2010
NOTE: This is an old blog entry. It was fun to look at this video of me in action! haha! I'm so slow! Anyway, boxing for me is just fun and to blow off steam. It's a variation on exercises just to keep myself entertained --- not ready for the boxing ring!
Just a short video showing some of what I do on the heavy bag. I use a free standing punching bag stand because of the convenience of not having to attach the bag to the ceiling.
Generally, I warm up with slow and light targeting of the bag through jabs and crosses (both sides). Once I feel warmed up I start striking harder and faster. After jabs and crosses, I start doing jabs and hooks. For me personally, I try to work both sides equally instead of concentrating only on the side that is my dominant side (which would be right handed).
A jab is the punch thrown with the leg on the same side being forward. For example, With a left jab, your left leg is forward. It is a testing punch - feeling out your opponent and trying to get them to go on the offensive (i.e. raise their gloves to protect their face, and then you come into the body with a hook).
A cross is from the arm on the side with the leg behind. As it is thrown, the hips swivel and the power of the punch comes from the leg into the twist and up to the arm. It is a favorite knockout punch.
A hook is a horizontal punch and is thrown from the side with the leg back. Again the power is generated from the hips. Although it is usually a weaker punch in force, if thrown with the correct timing can claim a knockout.
An uppercut is a close body punch, and is from the side with the leg back - and the twist of the hips brings it up into the ribs/stomach of the opponent. I find this a hard punch to do against a heavy bag because of the amount of resistance the bag gives.
I've got a lot to learn! Particularly combinations and moving about, as well as increasing my endurance during the "bouts."