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Azumo 02-08-2011 03:32 AM

Heavy Boxing Training Question
I got a new heavy bag a month or so and I've been having a few troubles when punching with my knuckles getting bruised and beaten up. I switched gloves from a light softer pair of boxing gloves, to a set of strikeforce padded MMA gloves and still after a set of punches I feel like I've broken my knuckles. I would consider myself a beginner boxer but I'm almost positive I'm punching correctly. Could it also be a problem with the heavy bag? I'm not sure.


Heavy bag - 80
My weight / height - 150 pounds 5'10

Saenchai 02-08-2011 05:32 AM

you wear bandages?

Azumo 02-08-2011 06:51 PM

Nada :/

North 02-08-2011 09:01 PM

I pretty much always wear cloth wraps underneath my gloves. It helps a lot, I find. Nothing fancy, just a maybe like $5 pair of Everlast wraps from a sporting goods store.

As far as actual gloves, I normally wear 16oz boxing gloves, or an old pair of UFC brand MMA gloves that have fairly thick padding over the knuckles (I don't know their weight).

Beyond that, if you're really beginner, you might just have soft knuckles and/or a hard bag. I know when I was first getting into it, I would hit my brother's heavy bag (which while fairly light, was pretty hard) and that seriously bruised up my knuckles. As time went on my knuckles just toughened up to it though.

Azumo 02-08-2011 10:10 PM

Alright thanks for the advice man, really appriciate it :)!

Maybe I should go wrap my knuckles up and punch some trees like Chuck Norris did when he was first getting into Martial Arts.. ;D

Steroid Steve 02-15-2011 04:47 PM

You should get some boxing handwraps and learn how to wrap your hands correctly. wraps are only about 10 bucks at a sporting goods store, and there are videos on youtube showing how to wrap.

luger0 03-07-2011 12:17 AM

I may catch grief for this....but try this:

Work on finding a comfortable way to land the strikes to the bag while using good form.

A boxer who studied a form of karate told me once, about a technique that could be described as opening mental-pathways or building muscle-memory.

His logic says that you throw with as perfect of form as you can at a speed of 1/8 or 1/16 speed/power. Do 25-50 strikes like this without any form of tape or gloves.

Once you are comfortable with throwing at this speed/power then move up gradually until you can strike with full force strikes.

I normally wear no protection when I work on the bag, I find that I am building good memory while I do this.

A few weeks ago, I did some heavy-work. Due to being able to land correctly without the protection helps you a lot when it comes to serious bag-work as opposed to hand-conditioning.

When I did this I took athletic tape and covered my hands in a partial wrap then used some to wrap my wrists, on top of this I wore some hybrid glove/wrap gloves and pulled the elastic tight and taped over that.

After placing these two measures in place I wore my 16-oz boxing gloves. I can tell you it felt great to throw without limits, it takes a long time before you can get to this point though...2-6 months of training.

acidnation 03-14-2011 08:07 PM

I'd say bandages are a must along with 12+ oz gloves for a heavy bag.

xeberus 03-14-2011 09:39 PM

16-18ounce gloves and hand wraps every time you hit the heavy bag.

The dirtnasty 03-15-2011 02:25 PM

Everyone has given you the information you need wraps and tape and bandages, all are correct solutions, the one thing i did not see was that it is a brand new bag and bags often can use some breaking in. At my gym you can tell the newer bags from the ones that are 5-10 years old pretty easily.

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