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How to install your punching bag

It's best to decide on how you plan to install your punching bag before you buy it. Read on to find out the different ways you can put one up.

How to install your punching bag

A punching bag is an excellent way to work on your technique by yourself. It is however an accessory that requires a certain amount of space for installation. This isn't generally a problem at a club, but it can be more complicated when trying to find enough space in your home. Fortunately, there are several different methods that can be adapted to most configurations.

 

Basic principles for any punching bag

Before tackling the issue of how to attach the punching bag, you first need to find the most suitable place for using it. Like sparring or a fight, you often need to move around the bag and not stay in one place. Because of this, try to allow enough space for you to easily move around the bag. Don't forget to account for the fact that the bag will move as you use it. If you don't have any way to limit this swaying, take this into consideration when working out how much space is needed.

 

A little tip for you: if your punching bag is large enough (Thai boxing to allow low kicks), simply use an old tyre to significantly reduce the amount the punching bag moves. Put the lower part of the bag into the tyre and pad the edges of the tyre to prevent wear to the bag from repeated rubbing.

Attachment hook

Attachment hook

The most obvious solution to begin with is to use a ceiling-mounted hook, which has several advantages. In terms of cost, it's generally the most affordable option. It also allows greater movement around the bag if you've allowed enough space. Installing the hook is also relatively easy. This solution is only limited by the type of ceiling in the room. It could be a problem if the ceiling is too high or too low in comparison to your bag. You should also ensure that the ceiling or beam can support the weight of the bag and its movements (particularly during repeated powerful hits on heavy bags).

 

If you're sure your ceiling can take the weight and it is the right height, then this is the right solution for you.

Wall bracket

If your ceiling isn't suitable for installing a punching bag, a wall bracket might be a better solution. The benefit of this mounting is that it allows the height of the bag to be more easily adjusted according to its size. In addition, you can still move all the way around the bag. However, just like a ceiling mount, you need to ensure that the wall is strong enough to take the weight of the bag during your training sessions. This solution is also more expensive than a standard ceiling mount but installation isn't much more difficult.

Wall bracket
Free-standing stand

Free-standing

If you don't have any walls or ceilings suitable for your punching bag, you can always opt for a free-standing bag. This free-standing holder that you can assemble yourself, can hold many types of bag as long as you add the required amount of weight (the heavier the bag, the more weight is needed). The greatest benefit of this solution is that it can adapt to most types of configuration and avoids the need to drill into your walls or ceiling. It's also easy to change its location if needed. This platform is also adaptable, with the option of adding a speedball if you want to change up your training sessions. On the other hand, it's less easy to move around the bag than the other solutions and it costs more.

There is a solution for most situations

As we've seen, there is always a way to install a punching bag as long as you have enough space. At the end of the day, your choice will depend on your needs and constraints.

 

And with that, good luck with the installation and happy training!

Nicolas, OUTSHOCK Ambassador

NICOLAS

COMBAT SPORTS ENTHUSIAST