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  • The Great Speed Bag Handbook by Dale Walters

    "The Great Speed Bag Handbook" by Dale Walters describes itself as being "The Quick Reference Guide to Speed Bag Exercises". A more apt title might be "Speed Bag Exercises for Boxing", as it is clearly targeted towards boxing training. No elbows, no reverse punches, and certainly no kicks will be found in this book. It's a pretty thin book (approx 61 pages of content) that starts with the obligatory primer on speed bag related equipment, stance, and timing. It also includes detailed pictures and instructions on hand wrapping. The photos are high quality (color and detailed) so this section is pretty good. A section on stretching follows - and this part feels like "filler" more than anything else. Do you really need to do the "Single Knee Corkscrew" to get those glutes nice and warmed up for speed bag? 3 basic punches (Front Forward Strike, Jab, Cross) are detailed, and then 3 advanced punches (Front Circular Puncing, Jab-Cross, and Forward-Side). The book concludes with drills and punch routines (3 of each).

    In summary, I'd recommend this for anyone who is looking to supplement their boxing training with speed bag exercises that won't get them in trouble with the coach at the gym.

    Highs:
    • Lots of detailed color pictures
    • Easy to follow hand wrap instructions
    • Cheap ($8.95 at amazon.com)
    Lows:
    • Limited to punches - 3 basic, 3 advanced
    • Awfully short (approx. 61 pages), although the price reflects this
    • Not much variety beyond run of the mill boxing style speedbag training

  • #2
    I also bought that book and was pretty disappointed, but then again, Alan set the bar pretty high. If you've read his book first, anything else would be a let down.

    To make matters worse, I also bought "The Great Heavy Bag Handbook" and most of the stuff is the same as in "The Great Speed Bag Handbook" such as the stretches, warming up, wraps, etc. I'll bet the two books only have 20 pages that are different.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Chris M
      To make matters worse, I also bought "The Great Heavy Bag Handbook" and most of the stuff is the same as in "The Great Speed Bag Handbook" such as the stretches, warming up, wraps, etc. I'll bet the two books only have 20 pages that are different.
      Interesting, I was thinking of getting that one. Guess I'll skip it.

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      • #4
        Just stumbled upon this book. Hard to stump this site, glad to know it's not a must have.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by paranday View Post
          Just stumbled upon this book. Hard to stump this site, glad to know it's not a must have.
          As Tim reflects...Purely boxing perspective. Training information is OK from that reference and POV. As they say, You won't learn necessarily how the clock really works, but you will learn to tell a little time. Just a very limiting view of the speed bag and how to use it. Not that i'm prejudice or anything toward other available programs.

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          • #6
            Heresy

            That book is contraband around here! I looked through it as I was paying for products at The Treadmill Factory. There was a series of titles in a merchandiser, next to the cash register. They are like point of purchase products to boost sales. Ok for what it is. Worth looking at, but no bible.
            Don't buy your speed bag from the same place you buy your tackle box.

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            • #7
              If u read that book u will be forever cursed by nightmares of Alan in your sleep....he's like a real life Chuck Norris.....SO DONT DO IT!
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