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Height of a Speed Bag

author image William McCoy
Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.
Height of a Speed Bag
Installing your speed bag at the proper height allows for natural striking. Photo Credit: Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images

It can take months or even years of practice until you're able to hit a speed bag so it produces a steady rhythm. Before the sound of your speed bag workout can turn heads at the gym, however, you must adjust the bag so it's at the proper height. Hitting a speed bag that's positioned too low or too high can be difficult and feel unnatural.

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Face the Bag

Although the shape an appearance of speed bags can vary slightly according to their manufacturer, they generally have a tear-drop shape. When adjusting the height of your speed bag platform, ensure the thickest part of the bag — known as the belly — is at the same height as your nose and mouth. This position allows you to strike the bag effectively.

More Than Just a Noisy Workout

You might occasionally see a boxer hitting the speed bag while wearing bag gloves, but most athletes perform this part of their training routine with their hands wrapped. Working the speed bag allows you to fine-tune your speed, accuracy and timing. The workout also requires you to keep your hands elevated and moving for three minutes at a time, which is critical to success in the ring.

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