just having a heavybag won’t teach you how to fight, how to punch, help with defense and certainly won’t teach you to take a punch.
What part of Wisconsin are you in? There are some incredible MMA and boxing gyms up there with world class trainers.
Not trying to talk you out of it, it is your money, but honestly, having a heavy bag is not going to help you to become a better/tougher fighter. It is simply a tool that fighters use once they have the skill set to help with their endurance and reflexes.
**edit cause I can’t spell…
not really afraid of being a shitty fighter, I’m more afraid of hitting like a pansy. I will sign up for a boxing gym in the summer. I’m in SE wisconsin. I need to earn some cash to pay for it first though…
hell that’s not even priority. It’s just a minor concern that’s on the back of my mind. It’s moreso a form of cardio that I would actually do. running sucks hard.[/quote]
I understand what you want - I am telling you though, I don’t think getting a heavy bag will help you with either cardio or not punching like a pansy (your words).
Punching a heavy bag will not teach you punch correctly, or hard. If anything, without knowing what you are doing, it will only teach you bad habits that will be hard to break when you actually do get training.
There is a lot more to punching hard then just throwing hands. You have to learn how to use your legs, core region, how to explode into the punch, rotate your hips and how to keep your balance. These aren’t things that you will learn without some instructions.
The only thing a heavy bag will offer you at this point, is help with cardio, and NOTHING is more boring then hitting a heavybag for 10 3-minute rds (trust me on that one… I still hear that damn buzzer in my dreams). Honestly, you will more then likely use it for 2 or 3 work outs and then it will just hang there and collect dust.
Depending on exactly where in SE WI you are, there are several great MMA schools you should think about if you want to learn to fight. I know there are great schools in Madison, Milwaulkee and Racine with world class fighters and trainers.
(The one in racine has a crazy hot female fighter too!!).