Watch an MMA fight to see some of the best conditioned athletes in the world. We can learn something about how to get in shape and stay in shape from the martial arts workout scene. One of the most common pieces of exercise equipment a fighter uses to train in a floor standing punching bag. There are obvious reasons why a fighter would work out with a punching bag but the average joe also has a lot to gain.
Floor standing punching bags can give the opportunity for a fabulous cardiovascular workout that utilizes your full body. This is a key component of a fat burning workout not to mention one of the best ways to get in shape. People will often focus on weights with their upper body and endurance with their lower body which creates some imbalances. Doing a punching bag routine will teach your upper body some of that endurance that is crucial to being in tip top physical condition.
Balance, is crucial, it is learned and it gets more important with age. Endurance athletes often focus on things like running which are great at building endurance and cardio but also neglect many of the other aspects of fitness. Good runners after all learn to conserve energy, we want to burn it. Throwing a high kick that puts you on one foot and causes you to bend at the waist engages a lot more of your brain in the act of balance compensation. It also strengthens those forgotten about stabilizer muscles and tendons that are essential for balance.
Learning and executing a good martial arts routine on a punching bag will also vastly improve your flexibility that tends to decrease as we age. This type of workout also includes the flexibly with the workout so you are essentially killing two birds with one stone. No lengthy stretching periods pre and post workout, simply fire and go to build strength endurance and flexibility.
A floor standing punching bag is truly one of the best pieces of exercise equipment you can add to a home gym.
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