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Punching bags. Expert advice on punching bag materials.


In our last blog we discussed the key differences are between a small and large punching bag. If you haven’t read this one, make sure you read it here.

Now you have decided which bag size is appropriate for you, the next question is what material to use. Jim Bradley offer both leather and tarpaulin punching bags which have a few large differentiating features you should consider.

The biggest question you should ask is ‘how do you plan on using your punching bag and how often’? A leather bag softens around 6 months which can make the bag more comfortable if you aren't accustomed to tarpaulin, which is much more rigid and tougher.

Tarpaulin is a type of water resistant canvas fabric which is perfect for those intense workouts. These bags are best for heavy use and have a three year guarantee, which is why this type of bag is popular for football clubs or gymnasiums.

Another durable option is our domestic bags. These are ideal for home use and is made out of a highly durable vinyl material. The re-enforced circle strap disperses impact forces equally around the circumference of the bag. We recommend that you use punching bag gloves when working out on a domestic punching bag. This bag also has a 2 year warranty.

Both leather and tarpaulin bags have the option of coming with foam lining. If you're just beginning, or have joint-problems, we recommend foam lining to soften the hit and reduce any chance of increased strain on your wrists.  

So, in summary if you're looking for more comfort with your punching bag we recommend a leather bag. But, if you're a real fanatic and want a bag that will maintain its exterior for much longer then give the tarpaulin a go!

No matter what you decide you can rest assured that all of our Jim Bradley punching bags are made right here in Australia. Not only will you get a quality product, BUT you are also supporting the Australian work force.


See the range of Punching Bags Jim Bradley offer, here.


You can also watch our video on Leather vs Tarpaulin below


Punching bags. Expert advice on punching bag sizes.

 A punching bag is no longer JUST a ‘stock standard’ punching bag. From the material of the punching bag to the bag length, the choices in punching bags are becoming endless. But don’t worry, we have outlined some of the big ticket items that you should consider when purchasing a Jim Bradley punching bag.


Why use a small punching bag?

Our small foam lined punching bags are popular for beginners because the foam lining makes the punching bags softer than other options. The foam takes the impact of the punch and means that your hands are less likely to fatigue or become sore after your workout. That is the last thing you want when you are beginning!  

Smaller punching bags also tend to move around a lot more than their larger kicking and punching bags. This is actually a good thing for beginners because the motion of the moving bag can assist with their rhythm. To achieve this movement of the bag, you would ideally have 30cm of chain. This way the bag can swing in a nice pendulum, rather than in erratic motions.

The other benefit of the smaller bag is that you can feel and see the impact of your workout. With the small punching bag you can see the force of every punch, making it more popular and also a good way to track your progress.


Why use a large punching bag?

Large punching bags differ from our smaller ones most obviously in their size. The larger surface area means you have more space to work with for punching AND kicking! You could try visualising the bag as a body, and imagine punching or kicking certain areas that aren't available for you to access with the smaller bag.

Also, the large punching bag has a reduced swing rate after impact. Unlike the smaller bag which is prone to swaying, when using a large bag, its heavier weight reduces the amount of movement. This can be helpful if you prefer a stationary target.


Click here to see the range of punching bags Jim Bradley offer


You can also watch our short video on the benefits of a small punching bag below.