I have been mulling the idea of starting a new training journal on T-Nation for some time, but for the longest time I didn’t see enough justification for it. This does, however, impel me towards accountability.
Over the last year my Fight Monkey Chinese made Muay Thai bag has been getting ridiculously mush at both ends. The setup I have with my current residence it to have the bag sitting on the floor, end on, and have a bracing and padding setup to avoid wrecking the apartment. My previous setup actually did wreck a section of drywall, the landlord family is cool assuming I repair it before such time as I move out. The noise that still comes from it is also cool because they have children who stampede around, and they appreciate that I need exercise.
The Fight Monkey, cumulatively of headshots, has gone totally mush at both ends and I started over the last couple of months to look for a replacement. I could get an American made version of the same thing for $300 subtotal, but I thought I should cast a wider net for something that will keep my happy for years.
I did a web search and the Rival name came up. I tried to buy one from several locations but nobody was in stock. I eventually contacted one of their authorized retailers, Mickey’s Fight Company in Woodbridge, Ontario. He didn’t have one either but offered me a Fairtex banana that he was saying would be between 140lb and 120lbs. He asked CDN $450 + $58.50 tax and then $70 for delivery to my location in Mississauga. I thought to risk the Caveat Emptor and gave him my card details.
This past Wednesday morning it was delivered and I could easily carry it inside and into my apartment. My scale thinks it is 109lb, and it must be close. It was also loosely packed. I contacted him and he said that it would dense up and I would over time feel the need to pack more fabric inside it.
I of course couldn’t resist going at this Fairtiex in the near term, and it is distinctly soft and giving all through. I think tomorrow I am going to take some material from my old bag and see if I can leg press a solution through the top.
So today I did about a 45 minute session, 3 minutes on and 1 minute off. As my setup only allows about a 90 degree traverse, kicks are front and oblique. In order to video record this, I had to turn on a light in the area that I normally don’t, and I felt a bit self conscious knowing I am on camera. Still, I can’t resist starting this journal thread.
I need from my own observation need to tune up a lot of things, but I expect the accountability aspect of a journal will spur me in the right direction.
What I am posting below are 3 rounds later in the session, yes, I expect to improve.