This was my first venture into deciding to use a heavy bag to add some variety into my workout routines in my home gym (garage). After talking to some friends and trainers who have used a heavy it seemed like it would be fun to do. After reading a couple reviews from customers who were missing parts after having the bag shipped to their home, I used the "Ship to Store" which worked out great. Nothing missing!!! After crawling around in the attic space above the garage and finding a prime spot to to bolt the hardware to, I had to purchase about 14 inches of extra chain to add to the existing length because my ceiling is about 9 1/2 - 10 feet high and I needed to hang the bag lower so my girlfriend (5'5') and myself (6') could both utilize the bag and be able to punch and kick it. I also purchased some locking "S-hooks" to prevent any of the straps from coming off if the bag was swinging too much which might not happen but it gave me a better peace of mind. I'm sure most people will not need the extra hardware for regular 8' ceilings. My first workout on the bag was a BLAST. I watched some good instructional videos online to get an idea of what a good workout would be, and then I did 10, 3 minute rounds where I threw a a variety of punches and kick,s and was able to work my way around the entire bag to attack it from different angels. For being my first time to ever use a heavy bag I was surprised with how comfortable I felt doing this type of workout. The included gloves helped ; however, after 10 rounds I then realized why I should have wrapped my hands... all my knuckles had lost a few layers of flesh and were bleeding. BUT IT WAS WORTH IT. This is a great cardio and strength building workout. I intend on working this into my workouts about every 3 days or less... I think it's going to be very addictive. With everything that comes in this package, you get a killer value and have everything you need to get started once you get it hung... just remember to wrap your hands so you won't have to wait a couple weeks to recover to go at it again.
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