In my previous article, Workout Routine that Fits your Schedule, I mentioned that Saturdays are my cheat days and the days that I do not go to the gym. Well, I have been following my workout schedule so much that now I feel lazy on Saturdays. I wanted to think of different ways to stay active even on the days I do not workout at the gym. So I came up with an idea and decided to show you how to hang a punching bag from a tree.
About a year and four months ago I purchased my very first home. It was definitely an exciting and terrifying commitment for me but overall it has been a great investment. The property I purchased came with two large trees in the backyard. One tree is a beautiful Magnolia tree and the other is a piece of shh… actually, I don’t know what it is but I hate it! Not only has it created cracks in my brick floors, but it sheds all kinds of nonsense and attracts bees.
I couldn’t let myself cut the bastard down because it does provide me with, you know, oxygen and what not. So even though I hate the thing, I decided to make use of it somehow and hanging a punching bag from it seemed like a good idea.
DISCLAIMER: Be very careful! I have heard stories of tree branches breaking under the weight of punching bag. Proceed with caution!
Purchase Punching Bag
The first thing that I did was purchase an Everlast Punching Bag Kit from eBay, you can also find Punching Bags from Amazon. The reason I went with the kits on eBay is because they are very inexpensive and includes almost everything you need to get started. The kits usually come with the punching bag, hand wraps, boxing gloves, mounting hardware, and sometimes a jump rope or even a speed bag.
Now since we will be hanging the punching bag from a tree, the mounting hardware that is included will not work. You can mount the bag with chains or ropes, but I decided to use a product called Husky Hang-Alls. This is basically a heavy duty Velcro strap with a carabineer hook attached to it. The Hang-Alls that I bought states that it can hang up to 300lbs of weight, which is more than 3 times the weight of my bag. We must prepare the tree prior to hanging the bag; so see the next step in the process.
Attack Tree with Chainsaw
As you can see in the picture below, my lovely girlfriend Rocio volunteered to do some light pruning to the selected tree branch. We needed to clear out some of the sticks and leaves so that we had some room to work with. You can say that she had a little too much fun with the chainsaw. This was a simple and quick process and once complete, we are ready to hang the punching bag.
Hang Punching Bag on Tree
This final step should take no more than 5 minutes of your time. Wrap the Husky Hang-Alls around tree branch, hang the bag from the carabineer hook, and you are done! Really, that’s all there is too it!
So because I decided to hang a punching bag from this useless tree, I now have a great activity to do on my off days from the gym. Not only is this a great cardio workout, but because it’s outside, I get a chance to get a nice sexy tan as well. Win/Win I say!
I will be back at a later time to show you some of the different workouts you can do with a punch bag. So check back later!