This bag is much heavier and harder, and I suspect the mung beans in my first bag have been worn down a little bit from the daily use.
Here is how I used the gravel bag today:
I warmed up and did everything as normal. I then did the first 45 sets on the mung bean bag and for the last 5 I switched to the gravel bag. This way, when I get around to hitting the harder bag, I am thoroughly warmed up. It is definitely harder! Remember, however, that I am dropping my hand. I am not hitting the bag with muscular force.
I am going to continue in this way, and every week I am going to increase the gravel bag by 5 reps and decrease the mung bean bag by 5 reps, so in a week I will do 40 reps with the mung bean bag and 10 with the gravel, and then in another week it will be 35 with the mung beans and 15 with the gravel, etc. I am going to stop at 10 and 40 because I think it’s always a good idea to warm up with the mung bean bag anyway just as a softer warmup.
I also added a minute to the massage time afterward to make up for the added impact of the gravel bag.
It sort of feels like when I was starting for the first time again. Beginning with the first bag was new and noticeable, and then over the months I slowly got used to it. Using the gravel bag now is new and noticeable again. I can tell I’m making progress because of how it feels when I hit the new bag; I know that I’ve gotten some conditioning from the first bag.
So training today was kind of cool because I was excited. I had that good feeling you get when you know you’re progressing in something you’ve worked hard at. You know, like that feeling of hard work paying off. And that’s what kung fu means.
So I’m pretty excited about using the new bag now and am looking forward even more to my training tomorrow. And as you know, being excited about something tends to make you more likely to keep doing something. Looking forward to the next 6 months of training!