Buyer’s guide to choosing a punch bag

Buyer’s guide to choosing a punch bag

Buyer’s guide to choosing a punch bag


Whether you’re setting up a home gym, a cardio junkie looking for a boxing workout, training in martial arts or just looking for a way to take out pent out aggression after a stressful day in the office, a punch bag could be just the workout item you need to transform your fitness and anxiety levels.

What’s the difference between a freestanding punch bag and a hanging punch bag?

Whether you choose a freestanding or hanging punch bag comes down to individual preference, as each style has its own pros and cons.

Freestanding punch bags

Freestanding punch bags come connected to a heavy base, usually weighted down sand, or water. They are a good alternative if you don’t have any strong supports in the house to hang a punch bag or indoor space is at a premium. It can be easily relocated out of sight after your training session is over.

Hanging punch bags

A hanging punch bag needs a sturdy beam or ceiling support able to withstand being punched and kicked. A hanging bag may be suspended too high from the floor to be practical for kickboxing  training, however it provides a more lifelike boxing experience with the hanging punch bag simulating how a real opponent may move when your punches connect.

How much should the punch bag weigh?

The weight of the punch bag’s weight is an important factor to take into consideration. A bag that’s too heavy may result in injury to your knuckles or joints. Generally the bag should be half your weight or just slightly heavier than what you weigh for more resistance.

What does resistance and swing have to do with it?

The lighter the punch bag, the more swing and less resistance it provides. The lighter bags provide more sway, meaning you’ll have to be quick on your feet to dodge and weave increasing the amount of cardio and energy used to punch or kick the bag straight on. Less resistances means you will need to use greater force to be applied.

What do I need to know about punch bag filling?

STING Pro Series bags are suited to those training professionally whose goal is to beef up their hitting strength, while softer bags are more appropriate for the beginner or casual cardio users.

Foam lining can give the bags a more realistic human likeness and soften the hit to reduce the chance of injury.

What kind of covering should the punch bag have?

Punch bags have a variation in coverings including vinyl, canvas and leather. Leather are the most common covering being but longer lasting and providing a more natural feel. Vinyl is the more affordable option, but isn’t really designed to be exposed to outdoor elements, should you wish to install it on a verandah or outside.