Originally posted by Beagleboy
When I was in my late twenty's and into my mid thirty's I had a board set up in my basement. I worked out on it religiously. I have some great bit knuckles on both hands now. They look unsightly and deformed. I am 48 now and I regret those many hours on the board and now realize it was a big mistake. My opinion is wrap your hands and use some bag gloves and hit the heavy bag. As said above you only have one set of hands, they have to last you a lifetime.
Now, as personal experience coming from a long-time practitioner, that carries some serious weight with me. Thanks for adding your thoughts. I never considered hitting iron plates or unpadded boards, Travis' advice on using a phone book seemed more in line with the type of training I was considering. Working out with my club for the first time in several weeks has convinced me that there is so much more I need to work on before I even consider making my hands harder that it would be awhile before I tried it anyway.