I've been reading a lot of Sylvie's articles on 8limbs.us, and I came across this: Bare Fist Training and Fight Balance – Robert “Sifu” McInnes WKO I recall maybe a year ago looking into hitting heavy bags (right before I got mine) and reading that you shouldn't hit the heavy bag without gloves on. But I did some searching around today and found various sources saying that if you aren't blasting the bag it is fine. It may also make a slight difference: - I'm ~290 lbs. I can throw with a lot more force than a 100 lb person can. But my hand tissues/joints/bones/etc are not going to be much more injury resistant than a 100 lb person. - My heavy bag is 150 lbs - It is stuffed fabric, so is not as rigid as a sand-stuffed bag. (There was this one bag at a gym I used to go to... it was like hitting concrete. That was a really old bag though.) I'm very tempted to try out some sessions bare handed on my bag... though I also type all day at my job so if I messed up my hands to the point I couldn't type, that would be problematic. Am I crazy and gonna end up with two busted up hands?