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Install the right punching bags for your exercise

Choose Everlast or Arcade Alley punching bags weighing between 70 pounds and 90 pounds if you are an agile boxer or martial artist who weighs less than 170 pounds. If your body weight exceeds 170 pounds, pick a bag that weighs more than 100 pounds. Choosing your bag weight with your body weight in mind ensures the right mix of resistance and yield. Of course, there are some exercises where a lighter bag may actually be more beneficial.

If you weigh more than 170 pounds but choose a lighter bag, each punch you deliver will result in greater bag movement. When you are trying to improve your footwork and agility, this is a great advantage. You must alternatively duck, jump from side to side or avoid an impact from a bag that swings toward you. For the development of an accurate and strong punch, these lighter bags do not deliver the same benefit. In these cases, it is crucial to rely on a heavier bag that moves very little. Install the bag by hanging it from a ceiling support beam if the vibrations during heavy usage do not bother anyone else who is at home. In the alternative, buy a heavy-duty bag stand that has the added advantage of letting you use the bag where ceiling installation is not possible. Exercise your boxing moves in the backyard, in the garage or in any room of the home.

Improve your footwork with jump ropes. Rope materials run the gamut from Everlast's durable leather to Nordic Track's slick nylon. Some manufacturers use molded wooden handles for best grip results. Opt for a jump rope with rotator swivel action for lightning-fast switches between forward, backward and crisscross jumps. Keep track of the calories you burn with a Sunny Health rope that features digital LED handle displays, which track time and caloric expenditures.

Branch out into mixed martial arts with MMA accessories that highlight safety. Everlast training gloves feature various layers of padding that protect the critical hit zones. Pair these types of gloves with hand wrap that further protects knuckles and joints. It closes up easily with Velcro. Choose molded bag gloves that emphasize proper punching techniques. Molded to simulate your fist, these gloves help you rotate your wrist and position your fist properly when working out with a punching bag.

One of the most important elements of boxing protective gear is the head protection. Choose an Everlast synthetic leather model with padding over the ears, along the forehead and beneath the eyes. Manufacturers now treat the materials that they use with antimicrobial products to prevent bacterial growth and the dreaded locker room smells. Gel-filled Title shin guards protect the front of your legs. Remember to also buy a pair of boxing shoes that covers the ankles to avoid accidental breaks.

Sears carries a large inventory of punching bags, jump ropes, MMA accessories and boxing protective gear. Buy protective gear first and then invest in workout aids. Increase your agility and overall boxing or MMA skills with various exercise tools.

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