RENO, NV - Most people think of boxing when they see a speed bag, but there are people all over the country who have turned the workout routine into an art form. Some do it to music, while others have found ways to incorporate their knees and elbows into it.
Boxer practicing on speed bag
Alan Kahn is one of the pioneers of what's known as "bible style" speed bagging. Kahn wrote "The Speed Bag Bible", which acts as a comprehensive training guide for speed bagging. The book uncovers all the secrets of how the speed bag works. Topics include: equipment, movements, bag rhythms, the difference between techniques and combinations, and individually identifies 24 punching & elbow striking techniques from the front, side and back of the bag.
Kahn says speed bagging is a great way to develop hand-eye coordination, or it can act as an adaptive fitness routine.
One of the most prolific speed baggers in the country is Matt Santiago. Both Santiago and Kahn are featured in a documentary called "Art of the Bag", which delves into the growing subculture. Santiago was also selected to be in a commercial for Gillette to show off his skills.
The pair are in Reno this week to demonstrate their craft and introduce it to the surrounding communities. They will be at FIT Reno on Longley Lane Friday from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.