A Youtube viewer writes in:
I have a request/ question. I just recently bought an Everlast ReflexBag and was carious what you think about it. Do you think its a worthy training tool? Have you ever tried it? If so how or what drill would you perform on it?
Thanks alot and Keep up the Vids!
When I first started boxing I gravitated towards the reflex bag, it was my favorite tool in the gym. After all, I wanted to be like Mike Tyson, and slipping punches and throwing mad uppercuts was a surefire way to being the baddest man on the planet. It didn't take me long to catch on to the rhythm, I worked the reflex bag for a good 5-6 months, getting better at it as time went on.
My favorite combos were popping double and triple jabs in succession, and then doing that while side stepping to the left creating angles. I would slip shots as the bag went by my head and then counter with left hooks and right hands. It's great tool to get your slipping and rhythm down pact, the key is is to let that bag graze the side of your head and sometimes touch your shoulder, keep those slips tight and always come back with your next shot. The bonus of the reflex bag is it makes slipping a punch feel a bit more real in terms of closeness (but not speed).
One of my favorite combos is to throw the jab (or double jab), then slip left as the bag grazes me, and then land a sharp left hook to the front left side of the teardrop shaped bag.
It's also a great tool for getting the feel for how to throw an uppercut right up the middle and on time. If you throw a good firm jab you should be able to drop the right shoulder and connect with a sweet right uppercut, same goes for landing a left uppercut after throwing the right straight hand. Watch the bag after you throw that uppercut, if it doesn't go straight back then your uppercut is off.
Another thing you can learn quickly on the reflex bag is the habit of side-stepping to create angles, everytime you land a hook you'll change the direction of the bag, you should quickly step 90 degrees left or right and start up with more punching.
The downside to the reflex bag, and this is a big downside, is that it is slow as hell and doesn't really simulate anything you'll experience in a real fight against an opponent who has more than 1 or 2 fights under his belt. Your goal is to take everything you've learned on the reflex bag and bring it over to the double end bag that is roped up tight. In fact, you should be working the double-end bag from day one, but the reflex bag is a great supplement for building confidence and getting a good feel for slipping. The double-end bag won't graze by you like the reflex bag, but since by now you've had experience slipping real punches your imagination and rhythm will be more than enough to get the effect you need. The key is speed and frequent punching which leads to good technique and endurance.
My review of the reflex bag is that it's a great beginner tool, work it for 4-6 months alongside the double-end bag, and then go on it rarely after that, maybe just to warm up and have fun or after a bit of a lay-off.
Let me know what you guys think.