Help my heavy bag lose its love handles.
June 23, 2012 6:09 PM Subscribe
Can you help me find a long-term solution for combating the settling of materials in my 100lb heavy punching bag?
posted by My Famous Mistake to sports, hobbies, & recreation (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have a 100lb Title synthetic leather heavy bag and I have very deep feelings for it, and as the bottom of the bag gets more bulbous and firm and the top gets loosey goosey my heart hurts and I just want it to stay how it was when I got it.
There are three people that use it, so it gets an enthusiastic beatdown most days of the week. I intermittently take it down to the ground and give it a hearty beating up and down, invert it and shake it, etc., but the benefits of this are very short-lived.
The internet is full of a lot of sort of dopey and suspect advice about fighting and boxing and I'm not really clear what the best avenue of approach is to this problem. But there must be a solution because tons of people use heavy bags and I'm pretty sure they don't throw them out after a few months.
The two methods I have seen are periodically emptying and repacking the bag, and duct taping the bag. I'm happy to spend the effort to repack it, but I guess I'd like some confirmation that that will buy me a significant amount of time with a properly distributed heavy bag. I'm also concerned that the material of at the bottom 3rd of the bag has stretched, making the problem permanent. So I hope what I'm seeing down there is just misshapenness and not stretching.
When I first looked up to find advice on duct taping a bag I was surprised to see that some people duct tape the ENTIRE bag. I can see how this would keep the bag hold its shape, but it seems a bit drastic to me. And irreversible. When the backing on the tape wears through do you just put more on? When does it end?
My own (admittedly suspect) idea was to apply a ring of duct tape tightly around the bag about a 3rd from the bottom, cinching it a little bit to create a bottleneck that would (theoretically) keep more material from settling that low. But, uh, I haven't really done the math on that.
Help will be appreciated!
P.S. I found some AskMe's about repairing tears in heavy bags, but not about the problem of settling of filler, so I am somewhat confident that this isn't a double. But I have been wrong before.