How Do You Train with a Grappling Dummy?

How Do You Train with a Grappling Dummy?

How Do You Train with a Grappling Dummy?

The way you train with a grappling dummy depends on the purpose of your training and your goal. For example, are you training in boxing, Jiu Jitsu, wrestling or other martial, arts activity and is your goal to build muscle, improve punch power or work on a specific skill related to your sport?

Grappling dummies are versatile pieces of equipment and can be used in a range of different ways depending on your goal. In this article, we look at what a grappling dummy is, how to fill it and how to train with it afterwards. We also look at an alternative to grappling dummies, punch bags and the difference between the two.

What is a grappling dummy?

A grappling dummy is a piece of equipment that people use to practise various wrestling, MMA and boxing techniques. These are usually made to be heavy enough to feel somewhat realistic, and most of them have movable joints or at least bendable limbs. Others are made with handles and look less realistic but still act as dummy partners for sole training.

A grappling dummy will allow a user to work on their technique and conditioning without relying on a training partner, which means the person might be able to work out more often and without restriction. They also don’t take up a lot of space, which is why many people choose to use them at home or in a corner of the gym.

They’re a great way to train, and they’re especially helpful in providing a way to train at home, which can be a problem for grappling-based martial arts since it’s often very hard to do any basic training without the help of a partner.

Grappling dummies are not only used for boxing, but they’re also typically used for:

  • Judo
  • Jiu Jitsu
  • Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • MMA
  • Wrestling

If you’re looking for an alternative to a grappling dummy, look at investing in a punch bag. Famous athletes, such as Mike Tyson use them as part of their training routine as well as many others. Both of these pieces of equipment are popular amongst athletes and people who like to train at home.

Filling your grappling dummy

Most of the time grappling dummies are unfilled when sold so you’ll need to fill them yourself. After you get them in a standard empty form, you can fill your grappling dummy with different materials that suit your training style. Most professionals will advise filling your grappling dummy with a mixture of materials to make a versatile dummy.

Here are some examples of what you can use to fill your grappling dummy:

  • paper
  • shredded paper
  • shredded towels
  • blankets
  • sand
  • fragments of clothes
  • foam

It all comes down to personal preference and what works for one person may not work for you. There is no single answer when it comes to deciding on the best filling for your grappling dummy and many athletes and coaches will tell you differently.

How to train with a grappling dummy

How to train with a grappling dummy

Practise your technique using a grappling dummy so that the next time you’re in the boxing ring or arena you’re the one being announced as the winner. Grappling dummies are perfect for allowing you to hone your skills in any form of martial arts and our dummies, from Maxx Pro Boxing, offer a realistic shape that helps improve standing and ground-based fighting performance.

Grappling dummies are also a great way to trial new forms of fighting without the resistance and reactions of a real human opponent. This allows new skills to be trailed with the risk of injury from another person. Use a grappling dummy to improve your fitness, strength, endurance or to practise a particular skill like your punch or hold.

The difference between a grappling dummy and punch bag

Unsure which one is right for you? Punching bags and grappling dummies are both highly useful workout gear that can help you in many ways from improving your cardio to muscle endurance and strengthening. So, which is the better option for you? Before you decide, you’ll need to know the difference between the two and what you will gain from using each one.

Punch bags

A punch bag are great pieces of equipment for boxers, kickboxers and MMA fighters. Here are some of the benefits of using a punching bag and what you expect to get out of it.

  • Power and precision practise – Ultimately punch bags make you hit harder. Doing drills in the gym will help to improve your fitness but not so much your punch. Punch bags can help you practise using full power and speed and allow you to focus on precision punching.
  • Strength trainingpunch bags build muscle as punching a hard bag right in front of you can be a serious workout, which will help build muscle tone and strength.
  • Cardio exercise– using punching bags in training is a great way to strengthen the heart and improve your overall health so you can keep going for longer in the ring.
  • Improved balance– practising with a punch bag can help you to work on your footwork and in turn, your balance.

You’ll likely want to wear gloves when training with a punch bag, although it is up for debate whether gloves are necessary or not, it is certainly recommended for beginners. You can even buy punch bags for kids or a junior punch bag for mini boxers in the making.

Here are some things you’ll expect to get out of your grappling dummy.

  • Upper body workout– training with a grappling dummy is a great way to improve upper body strength, particularly your lats and pecs.
  • Full body strength– working with a grappling dummy works the whole body as you’re able to work out in in full motion rather than only utilising one type of range of motion.
  • Improved core muscles- Since grappling dummies help you to work out your whole body, with your core muscles at the centre of all the work, you’ll find your core strength improve.
  • Posterior chain– many athletes only train glutes and hamstrings occasionally and they’re often muscles that get forgotten about, but using a grappling dummy allows you to engage these muscles.

Where to buy a grappling dummy or a punch bag

Where to buy a grappling dummy or a punch bag

Now that you know how to train with a grappling dummy and you know the difference between a grappling dummy and a punch bag you can make your decision on which best suits your needs. They both have their benefits and using either one regularly will improve your overall fitness, strength and technique. Now you need to know where to buy them. We’ve got you covered.

For over 7 years, Maxx Pro Boxing has been supplying originally manufactured boxing equipment to thousands of boxing enthusiasts, including punching bags, punching gloves, grappling dummies, focus pads, and much more. We take great pride in manufacturing professionally graded boxing equipment, have the quality you can trust, and keep coming back to us time and time again.

Have a look on our website to find the best punch bag for you, or punch bags for beginners if you’re just starting out. Punch bags and grappling dummies are two of the most useful pieces of equipment you can use while practising boxing and strength training. Practising with either of these pieces is great for everyday athletes and practitioners who want to get fit and improve their technique.

To conclude, train with a grappling dummy either doing floor or standing work without the need of a real human opponent. Practise techniques, holds and improve your fitness without the worry of injury from your partner and take what you learn from your dummy into the ring with you.

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