To join the Marine Corps, I had to lose about 120 pounds. I was a big boy who needed to be a whole lot slimmer and didn’t know jack about working out. Yet, the USMC provided a handy little flip book with workouts to prep for boot camp. I ran, did crunches, pull-ups, push-ups, and so much more. Along the way, I got a punching bag, and I credit that bag with helping me do the extra work to drop some pounds. That installed in me a love of hitting the bag. And recently, the Quiet Punch recently crossed my path, and I’ve become a huge fan.
As a guy who loved to hit the bag, I always wondered why the Marine Corps, of all places, didn’t have punching bags in its gyms. Hitting the bag is a great way to get a cardio workout in, and just running gets old quickly. With that in mind, the Quiet Punch would be a must-have for me if I were still living in the barracks. It’s a super-compact punching bag designed for use in apartments, offices, dorms, and barracks rooms, places where a big standing bag can’t really fit.
What’s the Quiet Punch
It’s the world’s smallest punching bag! I say that as a joke, but it’s true. It’s not a 60-, 80-, or 100-pound bag. It only weighs a few pounds. The Quiet Punch is a little more than a foot wide and a foot tall. At each of its corners sits a hook on an elastic band. The bag has two expandable rods featuring a set of loops for the hooks to connect.
Expand the rods to fit your doorway, hook the bag in place, and you are ready to go. The rods expand easily to fit a variety of door widths. The entire setup can be easily stored under a rack, in a footlocker, or stationary. It’s super small and is easy to put away for field day.
At the same time, the bag eats up punches without a problem. With the rods fitting tight in the doorway, you won’t have the issue of knocking it out of the doorway. It’s a simple setup that allows you to hit the bag without needing a massive bag.
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Landing blows on the Quiet Punch
Once the Quiet Punch is properly set up, it’s time to hit the bag. The bag absorbs blows with ease and provides a soft and stable surface for hitting. This bag’s design means it gives and moves with your punches. This results in a very soft platform that reduces almost any kind of risk associated with hitting a punching bag.
You can hit the thing raw and lay down some serious hate without worrying about fracturing your hands or getting the famed boxer’s fracture. I’ve been setting mine up in various places around the house and slapping it around almost daily. After a good workout, I like to finish up with some time on the Quiet Punch.
This allows me to add some cardio in on days when my squats and deadlifts have killed any motivation I have to go for a run. Also, running sucks and is boring. Punching is super entraining, at least to me.
I love hitting the Quiet Punch, and even after an intense weight or HIIT workout, I still find myself wanting to throw some punches into the bag to burn some extra calories before I shower up. I truly forget how quickly you can tire out your shoulders by hitting this bag. I’m often left a little sore the next morning with those tight spots sitting between my shoulders.
I’ve been hitting the Quiet Punch for a couple of months, often four to five workouts a week, and it has yet to let me down. It’s plenty durable and takes abuse rather well. It’s also taken the abuse of three children who think it’s a blast to hit it, including a mean four-year-old.
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More than a bag
The Quiet Punch is more than just a punching bag. The Quiet Punch company offers an app with over 500 workouts ranging from five- to 20-minutes long. The workouts are follow-along and are easy to follow via video. There are also a variety of tutorials showing you how to throw certain punches and how to complete certain exercises.
Best of all, there is no subscription required to use the app. It’s completely free and downloads quickly to whatever device you have. The Quiet Punch comes with a simple phone mount so you can mount the phone to one of the bars and follow along with your chosen workout.
An optional sensor can also attach to the back of the Quiet Punch. This sensor tracks your punches and allows you to track progress. It’s a pretty neat idea, but I haven’t used it just yet, so I can’t say just how accurate it is.
The Quiet Punch is a great addition to your home gym but also a design that works well for those trapped in the barracks with a need to punch things. The Quiet Punch offers an awesome cardio-worthy alternative with the satisfaction of hitting things. What’s not to appreciate?
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