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How to fill a punching bag correctly

Cómo rellenar un saco de boxeo correctamente

Throughout this article we will try to explain how to fill a punching bag correctly, easily and quickly, you can choose between the following options to fill your punching bag and start practicing from your home.

Because if you want to enter the world of martial arts, you better designate times for your training, and a good option can be at home with your punching bag. You can buy it stuffed or fill your boxing bag yourself.


Choose the ideal punching bag for you

Before worrying about how to fill a punching bag, you should ask yourself what type of punching bag is the most suitable for you. This will depend on whether you want it because you are a boxing professional, or if you are just starting to train.

Also, if you will occupy it for boxing, or for some other martial art, for example Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Taekwondo, Karate, Muay Thai, etc.

Usually, the boxing bags are shorter and wider than the sacks used in MMA, which are usually longer and thinner. This is because boxing only focuses on the upper body of the opponent, while in MMA they cover the opponent's body surface.

Cómo rellenar un saco de boxeo correctamente

Types of punching bags

There are heavy, light and polyvalent sacks, and as the name implies, their differences are in weight, use, structure and manufacturing materials. Sizes range from 80 cm to 180 cm in length and 50 cm in width.

While a heavy bag helps you develop strength in your muscles, the lightweight will help you practice your speed because it bounces a lot. And the polyvalent lends itself to training in places where it is not possible to hang the sack, or it is necessary to do it standing up to knock it down.

The electronic sacks are probably the most sophisticated, like the Daedo GEN I, which work with sensors and a transmitter. These bags are suitable for fist-leg training for competitions in which accuracy is essential.


Sizes and materials of a punching bag

A punching bag normally weighs between 80 and 120 pounds (36 and 54 kilos), it must take into account the weight of who will use it and their experience, and fill the bag with half the weight of its user. With the advance of training you can also increase the weight of the punching bag.

The outer materials of a boxing bag are commonly made of plastic, PVC, vinyl, cloth, canvas, synthetic leather (leatherette) and leather. In soloartesmarciales.com you can check multiple bag models, in different sizes, shapes, and materials


How to fill a punching bag that is soft

Once you have chosen your punching bag, and you have identified whether you want it to be hard or soft, you have to fill it out. And to fill a punching bag and that is smooth and without protuberances is necessary to opt for materials such as fabrics, foam, cotton, water or gel balls.

Practicing with a soft fill can be much better for your joints than hitting a hard sack. In addition to the feeling of hitting against a soft filler, it is similar to the contact with a real body.

It should be mentioned that high-performance boxers train mostly with softer stuffing bags (in maintenance workouts) such as bags with fabric fillings, or with a water core, they are the most popular using hard bags to train power.


Fill with cloth or old clothes

To stuff your punching bag with old cloth, you can cut the entire fabric into pieces or buy pieces of cloth. It is advisable to put a bag of sand in the bottom of the bag and put the compressed fabrics on top.

You can also choose to put in the center a PVC tube with a heavy filling, such as sand, rice, sawdust or a water core (in another type of container), and fill it with fabrics and / or foam rubber.

The filling of the upper part is the choice of the athlete. Some prefer that the bag has less density (be softer) in the upper part and other athletes prefer the opposite and for that they put on the top of the punching bag a bag filled with sand, to give weight on top of the bag. fabric and generate more support.

Regularly the professional boxing bags have a closure at the top, that's where you can place the bag of sand at the end. The key is that you compress the fabric well, so that the bag does not lose its shape during your training.


How to fill a punching bag that is hard

If what you want is to fill a punching bag and make it hard, you can opt for materials such as sand or sawdust. Just keep in mind that these materials will give a very strong impact to your joints. If you are a beginner it is not recommended. Even being an expert requires the use of a good bandage under the gloves to avoid injury.

You can choose your punching bag, the one you prefer among our wide catalog of bag models in BOXING SACKS


 Fix the punching bag

Remember that you must choose a place with a sturdy roof to hang your bag, otherwise the roof could come down.

Look for supports for the ceiling or wall, there are some that are even folding, find the ideal in supports for BOXING SACKS and if you definitely have nowhere to hang it, you can choose a foot bag with base, to practice where you choose as this example SOIL SACK FOR TRAINING


Choose a hard or soft sack filling?

Choosing a hard or soft bag depends on what you want to train with it. For example, a hard sack will give you greater strength in the joints, and will create greater resistance in your fists and bones involved.

Just be careful of the joints of the hands and / or bones, they can be damaged if there is no previous heating and / or bandages or protective gloves.

On the other hand, if you choose a bag with soft filling, you can practice your agility in movements, since the bag moves more. So it is a good option to practice the speed of your reflexes.

And if you do not want to do the stuffing or you do not have time, you can look for the fillings offered by some brands for martial arts, like Rude Boy.


It suits you to have your own punching bag

Acquiring a good bag will help you develop in the martial art you practice, because as they say, practice makes perfect. And with your own punching bag you can practice the movements that you have learned when you want.

Automating the learned beats is an important part of the practice, so that they become a natural reflection. Your bones and joints, even the skin, will get used to the strong contact with the punching bag, which will strengthen them and create greater resistance.

Practice - automate - strength - resistance are four pillars that you will develop with your own boxing bag at home.

And as Bruce Lee said, it is important to visualize the opponent while practicing with the punching bag, it is what he called "emotional content". Well, if you only hit without an intention, you can forget it or get distracted in a real confrontation.


Your punching bag like new

To keep your punching bag in optimum condition, remember to always dry it after each workout (if it is leather this is even more important), no matter what material it is. If it's leather, you can rub it with oil to keep it smooth and seamless.

If you have it in a place outdoors, cover it with a blanket to protect it from the sun, when you do not occupy it. Or with a large bag or plastic, to cover it from the rain. Whichever material you have chosen to fill your punching bag, you must protect it from the sun and water, especially if you chose sand.


What is the best sack in the world?

Without hesitation for a single moment the SAMTO SACKS.

SAMTO SACKS were designed with professional athletes in need of equipment of the highest quality and reliability and also in gymnasiums where sacks of high strength and durability are required.

SAMTO SACKS are characterized by a double column bilayer filling that makes them unique and special.

They are the only sacks in the world with traditional formats that do not deform or lose their density ever. Each bag is handmade manually.

Patented in Spain are currently the best of the best.







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