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Old 11-13-2006, 03:25 PM
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A couple of things to consider:

1. Is your bag overinflated? I can hurt my hands pretty quick if there is too much air in the bag.

2. Are you repetitively hitting with the same part of your hand? Try to mix it up, circle punches, straight punches, reverse punch, back of the hand, etc. Be sure to hit equally with your left and right also.

3. Smaller, lighter bag = less force needed = less wear and tear on the hands, elbows, and shoulder joints. A 5.5 oz 8x5 Title Classic speed bag is noticeably lighter than a 8 oz Everlast 9x6.

4. Some bags have a softer texture than others - the Title bags being a good example. The consumer quality Everlast bags (like you see in sporting goods store) have a pretty rough texture that is hard on the skin.

5. Finally, you may just need to back off the frequency a bit. I limit speed bag to 3-4 times per week for about 20-30 minutes at a time.

I don't wear gloves or handwraps and I don't currently have any hand injuries, in the past, when hitting for long periods of time with the same portion of the fist I frequently had hand pain.