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6 Benefits Of Muay Thai Punch Bags

Discover the many benefits to your performance that Muay Thai punch bags can offer.

Muay Thai is a physically, and mentally demanding sport, and it requires the highest levels of stamina and techniques that have been properly finessed. By using Muay Thai punch bags to train you can both refine your technical skills and boost your power, as well as access many other ways to improve your performance. Read on to find out what they are.

1. Improve Technique

One of the biggest reasons to use a Muay Thai punch bag is to improve your technique. Indeed, working a punching bag is the best place to improve all those little techniques, posture and power issues identified by your coach. Not to mention the additional practice you’ll be getting in.

You can also use your Muay Thai Punch Bag like this one designed particularly to work on uppercuts,  to focus on significantly improving specific aspects of your technique through sustained practice. After all, when you train with a punch bag on your own time, you have much more scope to slow down and repeat your moves, and check your footwork, hip alignment, and the accuracy of your kicks and punches.

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2. Improve Endurance

Another reason to use a Muay Thai punch bag is that it can seriously make a difference to your endurance. Muay Thai is a sport where you not only need good technique but also the stamina and fitness to continue fighting even when your whole body is screaming! Such endurance does not happen overnight and instead is gradually built up with consistent practice over time, and using a punch bag allows you to do this.

Indeed, for professional Muay Thai fighters punch bags are a crucial element of their stamina training program.

3. Increase Power

Muay Thai is a sport that requires blows to be delivered with power, and you can use a punch bag to work on this too. In particular, working out with an extra large leather heavy bag is a great place to improve your upper body power.

Muay Thai punch bags also allow you to practice your posture, bracing your core as you move. It is this strong core that will have a long-term positive effect on your Muay Thai performance.

The great thing about using a bag is that, as long as you hold the correct posture which includes having your elbows tucked in, your feet shoulder-width apart, your gloves and chin up, and of course, your core engaged, you will only be making your core stronger every time you hit the bag.

Lastly, when it comes to using a punch bag it’s a great way of working on improving the power of each of the techniques you use. This is because you can practice your moves over and over again, building the muscles and muscle memory you need as you go.

4. Work On Combinations

If you are looking for an effective way to work out the most effective combinations before having to use them in the ring, then a punch bag is an essential tool. This is because you get to try out new combinations, as well as practice old ones without the pressure of being engaged in a fight. In this way, you can get a good idea of what will work for your style, level and against a specific opponent.

In addition to working on developing different combinations, you can also use your punch bag to refine the technique of combinations that you have decided to use. By doing this and putting the time in, you will be able to perfect your combinations and establish valuable muscle memory before you face an opponent.

5. Whole Body Workout

Muay Thai punch bags, particularly the 6-foot ones, are also great for making sure you work out your whole body. After all, Muay Thai is a sport where whole-body fitness is critical, and you don’t want to find yourself in the ring realizing you have neglected a specific muscle group! The good news is you can avoid this by training with a long punch bag at home as they provide enough space to work out all elements of your fight, including throwing punches, kicking, kneeing and elbowing your bag! Alternatively, why not try a bowling bag, as these are designed to simulate the shape of an opponent and so are ideal for punching, kicking and kneeing?

6. Develop Footwork And Agility

Last of all, a punch bag will help you with one of the most crucial aspects of Muay Thai success, good footwork and agility. Indeed, you can have the most power, and the best combinations, but if your footwork is not up to scratch and you lack the agility to get out of your opponent’s way, then victory will continue to elude you.

Fortunately, by training with a punch bag, you can develop your agility and footwork, learning how to reposition your body, maintain balance and generate more power as you fight.

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