All pictures: Stacey Verbeek, Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas
In our final installment of Inside the Mayweather Gym with Floyd, Mayweather Jr spends a session working the heavy bag and On The Beak‘s Stacey Verbeek was by the fighter’s side photographing his form and his punch power. The Mayweathers recently opened up the doors to the Chinatown, Las Vegas gym for British fight fans and media.
A workout involving the heavy-bag is sure to raise the heart-rate as it is a powerful and high-intensity exercise. The core muscle groups it works are the shoulders, arms, back, chest and waist, while some boxers also move in circles around the bag in order to imitate ring movement.
Heavy-bag punching improves multiple facets of a compat sportsperson’s skillset. The most obvious skill that it would improve would be power, while core-stability can also be enhanced and it also helps boost upper body shape.
It might sound anomalous because the heavy bag does not hit back, but it also improves defensive technique. The combatant would need to visualise the bag as an opponent, cover up and hit while staying true to a not-get-hit ethos (see Floyd above)
Ever the showman, and well aware that there was a plethora of camera clicks and shutters going off around him, Mayweather (41-0-0, 25ko) paused to pose for OTB‘s Stacey, before firing back at the heavy bag in between smiles and laughter.