posted on Apr, 18 2017 @ 05:22 PM
a reply to: blend57
I'm 60, and thus very old school, so take whatever I say with a grain of salt. 12 years ago, I bought an Everlast (*chuckle*) heavy bag. It wasn't
heavy enough for my size, but I put it up under a Naseberry tree and starter hammering away at it. I waterproofed the exterior canvas, and put a
super large plastic bag over it when I wasn't using it. Yes, it got kicks and elbows and knees and everything else. Everlast. pffffffffft.
After about a year and a half it split. I tried to contain the damage with duct tape, but no go. Do you know what it was filled with?? Elastic
waistbands from calvin klein tighty whities. I swear to God that's the truth. I wouldn't have believed it, if I didn't have to pick up a bazillion
of the things off the ground.
So, I set out to make my own. I weight about 250, and wanted a bag that was closer to my weight. You know the worst thing about a heavy bag?? It
has no chin. Your uppercuts are almost completely useless, and that's a powerful tool in boxing. Here's what I did (and it's still swinging to
this very day, having survived a Cat 4/5 hurricane):
1. I took a 20" X 10" nylon stuff bag and filled it with dry sand. I let the sand sit in a wooden box in the sun and turned it for several days.
I wrapped that bag with a roll of duct tape. It made a core that was 20" X 8" of lone sand. I acquired a 30" x 50" heavy-duty, single-strap
military duffle bag. I packed about 8" of old clothes in the bottom and compacted it with a 2 X 4. I put the sand core in it and stuffed the space
between the core and the bag with old clothes and scrap canvas. I kept packing it tightly with the 2 X 4 until it was full. It ended up a tad
heavier than I wanted -- about 265 lbs, but it's a sturdy and heavy heavy bag. I hooked the top loops together and hung it from the tree, and
waterproofed the outside with beeswax/paraffin/linseed oil. ETA: There is a garbage can lid on the cable above the bag to keep the rain off.
This bag is going to be around for a while. When it starts to look seedy, I'll wrap a few turns of duct tape. It requires a lot of force to make
it dance. If I were doing it over again, I'd make the sand core smaller.
AND....... I think a person could use dense foam near the top to make a chin. A heavy bag should have a chin.
edit on 18/4/17 by argentus
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