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My 16yr old son wants to get into shape, so are looking for something to do as a family. Weather is VERY cold in winter, so need activity that provides aerobic & strength training, can be done indoors at home, & not completely "boring" for teenager (like treadmill).

My son is interested in punching bag & martial-arts workouts. He currently makes up his own "workout routines" using martial arts movements, but we do not have access to fitness experts. We live in the middle of NOWHERE, no personal trainers within 100 mi & ONLY gym in area is 20 miles away.

Is martial arts/heavy bag work something that we could learn & manage at home? Can it provide "complete" workout (cardio and strength) for the whole family?

We want equipment that will work for everyone, as beginners & for future. My son is 5'10, 185# (& still growing), husband 5'11, 185#, I am 5'7, 175#, and there are 3 younger children, ages 10-15, weighing from 60# to 115#. I looked at your site and many of the posts; am wondering if this standing bag is our best choice? http://www.boxingdepot.com/tr-bg-07.html

What weight of bag would we need? We are complete beginners, but my husband was a wrestler & I have experience with different fitness activities & competition training from highschool/college (raquetball, swimming/diving, aerobics, weightlifting, competition shotput/discus/highjump, etc.) We do manual labor for a living (farming/ranching), so my son, husband, & I are very active & physically strong; just inexperienced & out of shape.

Bag would be in workout area in garage. Do we need a particular mat to avoid joint stress or injury from working out on cement floor? Any suggestions or precautions?

Are there particular shoes, legs pads, other special equipment etc. needed for this type of workout?

My son does not want to use "enclosed" bag gloves. Is there an open palm style that would work for this? Do we need different bag gloves for the younger kids or my husband/me?

Is there anything else I am forgetting that might me important to know before proceeding?

Any insight/suggestions for a DVD system, martial arts discipline, or particular trainer/teacher that might fit our needs? I looked at the boxing DVDs you offer and some kick-boxing & mai thai stuff online, but there is so much out there; I don't know where to start. We are looking for more than just boxing, but if you sold a mai thai workout DVD , I would buy that immediately; your site gives me confidence that you know your stuff & I would trust your judgement.

Thanks so much for your time and help. Your website is awesome and very helpful.

IT'S OBVIOUS YOU CARE ABOUT YOUR CUSTOMERS AND NOT JUST SELLING EQUIPMENT!!

Rita

  
5/2/2011 1:59:23 PM
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