In my younger, more patient years, I learned how to punch a speedbag. In fact, I got really really good at it! I took lessons at the YMCA & spent all summer learning the different techniques & styles. I remember my arms & shoulders getting an awesome workout from it.
So when I recently rejoined the gym (YMCA), I went back to hitting the speedbag. I'm definitely not as patient as I used to be! Slowly but surely, the techniques came back to me; Kind of like what they say about riding a bike.
I encourage anyone who has access to a speedbag to try it. It's an excellent workout (arms/shoulders & cardio). It is very empowering & doesn't require a partner. It's something you can have all to yourself. It's 0 impact so if you have bad knees/ankles/legs, you can do it!
I strongly believe that women are better at it than men. Women have more patience to learn the techniques, rather than men who just want to hit it hard (Yes, I'm stereotyping. Sorry). Hitting a speedbag requires timing/rhythm, coordination, stamina and precision. If you have none of those things, it will help you gain them!
My favorite things about speed-bagging (is that even a word? LOL):
* It's a great workout for my arms & shoulders without actually "working out"
* Increases my stamina, mentally & physically
* It makes me feel like a strong, powerful woman
* The warm & fuzzy feeling I get when guys stare at me hitting the bag like I'm a professional boxer! :P
* The warm & fuzzy feeling I get when "tough guys" come in, watch me for a second & try to hit the bag & fail....then walk out 1 minute later with their tail between their legs. ROFL
*Pics are not of me, just examples so you can get an idea of what a speedbag is. I'll try to have someone take pics or video of me hitting the bag later. :)
If you do try it, leave me a message. I would love to hear about it!