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    Dumbbells: I was looking at purchasing something compact where you can change the weights up to 50 pounds.

    Is anyone familiar with these or something like them for use at home. I don't want to buy a punch of different dumbbells due to space issues when I move.

    Powerblocks seemed better then the bowflex

    http://powerblock.com/blocks.html

    http://bowflexselecttech.com/bst_mic...+Dumbbells.jsp


    Heavybags: Looking into a hanging bag for the ceiling but see several different weight ones(25,40,70,100lbs)and styles(canvas,leather,vinyl)

    It will be for indoors and strictly for punching and not kicking.

    Looked at these so far

    http://www.karatedepot.com/bx-hv-50.html

    http://www.karatedepot.com/bx-hv-31.html ---liked this due to compact size but unsure of how effective the 25lbs will be

    http://www.karatedepot.com/bx-hv-57.html --- this looked pretty decent also


    Thanks for the help
    Last edited by Chiller; 04-07-2007, 02:50 PM.
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    The powerblock dumbbells are okay. I tried them out at a hotel once. It was their "fitness room" equipment. Not too bad for being able to do a couple different dumbbell only exercises. You could pinch your finger between plates by .
    Punching bags, go to a local sports store and check them out. If you are doing solo work, I would suggest a heavier bag so it doesn't go out of control since no one is holding the bag for you.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Chiller
      Heavybags: Looking into a hanging bag for the ceiling but see several different weight ones(25,40,70,100lbs)and styles(canvas,leather,vinyl)

      It will be for indoors and strictly for punching and not kicking.
      I've got a 10+ year old vinyl heavybag that has worked just fine for me.
      Its from Century and is between 80-100lbs

      The canvas will cut up your hands if you don't wear bag gloves. Is this important? Maybe. You may want to start hitting it with uncovered hands to get a feeling for striking something barehanded. Or you might want to start smacking it with elbows, palm heels and so on.

      You will be a bloody mess if you do that.

      http://www.karatedepot.com/bx-hv-31.html ---liked this due to compact size but unsure of how effective the 25lbs will be
      I've never used one of these - but I'd stay away from it. One punch will send a 25lb bag flying around the room. You'll spend more time chasing it,waiting for it to stop swinging wildly than hitting it.

      Also, unless you plan to drill into your floor and attach it, you are going to have a hard time using the bottom fastener.

      http://www.karatedepot.com/bx-hv-57.html --- this looked pretty decent also
      That set up is about what I have. The hanger for the ceiling is a good idea. Mine has ripped out of the 4x8s in my basement at least twice before I got something like that. Now, no problems?

      I'd also recommend handwraps over bag gloves. Its closer to a barehanded strike, allows for striking with parts of the hand other than the knuckles and will last longer, smell less and you can get 3 for the price of one pair of bag gloves. Vinyl bag gloves tear and you can't toss them in the laundry.

      Yes, you can tape vinyl gloves up after they tear - but eventually bacteria will start living under the tape. I did this and eventually wound up with a pair that made my hands itch uncontrollably when I put them on.

      Probably should have sold them to the govt's bioweapon program ;-)
      Mark
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      Shaw JCC Karate Program on myspace

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Chiller
        Dumbbells: I was looking at purchasing something compact where you can change the weights up to 50 pounds.

        Is anyone familiar with these or something like them for use at home. I don't want to buy a punch of different dumbbells due to space issues when I move.

        Powerblocks seemed better then the bowflex

        http://powerblock.com/blocks.html

        http://bowflexselecttech.com/bst_mic...+Dumbbells.jsp


        Heavybags: Looking into a hanging bag for the ceiling but see several different weight ones(25,40,70,100lbs)and styles(canvas,leather,vinyl)

        It will be for indoors and strictly for punching and not kicking.

        Looked at these so far

        http://www.karatedepot.com/bx-hv-50.html

        http://www.karatedepot.com/bx-hv-31.html ---liked this due to compact size but unsure of how effective the 25lbs will be

        http://www.karatedepot.com/bx-hv-57.html --- this looked pretty decent also


        Thanks for the help
        I have powerblocks and love them. I dont understand what the other poster meant about pinching your fingers. But even if you dont get powerblocks, I would NOT recommend those bowflex selecttech pieces of crap. They go to 52.5 pounds, which may or may not be enough to challenge you, but they are breakable. By that I mean the weights themselves are plastic. I pointed this out and I asked the guy at Sports Authority (when I was shopping around) to drop one on the floor and he refused! Also, one of the dials that you use to adjust the weight had sand or something in it and wouldnt turn! I feel they are a waste of money. If you really want powerblocks, check craigslist, ebay and local newspaper. I paid about half the retail price b/c I did this. I do not own a barbell and the powerblocks give me plenty to do. But, there is a bar you can buy and put the powerblocks in each end to create a barbell if you so choose later down the road.

        As far as heavy bags, get a good quality hanging one. I have an everlast leather bag that is 70 pounds and as mentioned earlier, that is about as light as you should go. Be sure to get decent gloves and handwraps or you may break/sprain a wrist! They have sales on heavy bags all the time at sports stores.
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        • #5
          Check out craigslist for the heavy bag-there are several per week for sale in Detroit.

          Erm

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