Heavy bag, pad work and shadowboxing are all great options to develop cardio, rhythm, flow, technique, muscle memory, build muscle and lose weight. Although they have many similarities, they also differ in many ways and that's why it is important to incorporate all three training methods into your routine.
Why Use The Heavy Bag?
Heavy bag work is primarily used for developing power and conditioning. It also strengthens your bone ligaments and hardens your shins. When using the heavy bag, you should still focus on maintaining the best form possible, but you should primarily focus on blasting the heavy bag as hard as you can! Your muscles will grow when they meet resistance and you can bet a heavy bag will give you a lot of resistance! The resistance a heavy bag provides when you hit it will give your muscles microscopic tears, and those tears will heal thicker and stronger allowing you to strike with even more power next time. These are just a couple of my favourite heavy bag combinations to throw if you need a bit of inspiration!