If I had a dollar for every punch bag bought, but seldom used, I would be a very rich man!
Punch bags are always purchased with the very best of intentions. Unfortunately these intentions don’t always translate into actions, which is a great shame as they are an amazing training tool in boxing. Not only for punching away life’s frustrations, but also to get fit, tone up, increase speed and enhance your boxing footwork.
So, if you are guilty of this oversight, and have your bag hung up at home but unused, do something about it! Don’t be one of those people, who occasional walks passed and punches the bag once or twice. Dust off the cobwebs, dig out your bag mitts and get punching!
To help you get started take a look at our latest punch bag combination video. Give it a go and see how you get on.
Make sure you warm up with a bit of skipping or shadow boxing and some light stretching. Then move onto the bag – try doing 3 rounds of 2 minutes with a 30 second rest in-between. Start off with basic jabs and crosses, then build up into multiple punch combinations including the one demonstrated in the video below.
This is a great combination, that will make your opponents miss, and set you up for that important counter attack – “make them miss, make them pay”. This combination starts off with the jab, cross. If your opponent manages to avoid these, don’t worry because as he fires back, you are already setting up the next counter attack. You do this by slipping to the right and following up with a right cross, left hook. As he comes back with his next counter, you slip to your left and come back with a devastating left hook, then right cross.
In this combination you can really start building up your power, which makes this ideal for bag work and gets your blood pumping for an excellent workout.
I strongly encourage you to try this combination in sparring too. You will need to go lightly, but getting used to putting a slip in after you’ve punched is very important. You will be very surprised at just how effective this is in avoiding those incoming shots.
More ideas for Punch Bag Combinations are available on this Sneak Punch YouTube Channel ‘Playlist’.
former BBBofC British Super-Middleweight & WBF World Middleweight Champion