Answer me this.
Have you ever wondered what’s the ideal size of a punching bag for you?
Are you currently in need of a good punching bag but don’t know which one to take?
Are you wondering how to use it properly?
If you have answered YES, to any of these questions, then you’re in the right place.
Punching bags come in handy in many ways. You don’t need to be a martial artist to use one. Imagine this, you come home from work, tired, exhausted, and frustrated. Your boss didn’t give you a raise. You got a bad grade in school. Maybe it’s just one of those days for you and everything is going downhill? Oh boy, if only that stress could just go away. Well, we are here to tell you, that it CAN! We can provide you one of the best ways of releasing that stress and feeling cheerful again. Of course, there are other things, but this one is proven to be the most useful one.
Why is a simple punching bag so useful, and what is it used for? (besides the obvious)
It’s simple. You have heard about it many times before. Punching a bag is an excellent way of getting that stress out of your head. Because stress starts in the head! Simple visualization combined with a punching bag will do wonders for you. For an example, you should visualize your stress like it’s a person. Then attach that person to the bag. The next step is clear. Kick his ass! It does sound strange, I admit, but this is all psychology.
The punching bag can be used for training – Duh! Many sports, besides martial arts, use a punching bag nowadays. It is their way of handling with muscle tension. Basketball players are the ones among many who use it after hitting the gym too long. But let’s face it, you don’t have to be a professional to own a punching bag. It is completely normal for a girl that never did sports, or for a guy that never heard of boxing, to use a punching bag.
What’s the ideal size of a punching bag and how to choose it?
Choosing the right punching bag is a lot harder than choosing the right guy/girl for yourself. Who knew, right? We are here to help you pick the right one and live happily ever after. The size of the bag that would be ideal for you depends on four factors, such as:
- What are your measurements?
- What are you trying to accomplish and improve in your training?
- What’s your level of fitness and skill?
- Where do you plan on putting it?
Let’s break it down step by step.
NOTE: When choosing, look at all of the mentioned stuff, think about where you belong, and then chose the right category for yourself. Maybe you are a mix of categories, then just consider all the information we have put here and see what suits your desires best.
What are your measurements?
Here is how you calculate it – Divide your weight by two. After that, round your result to the nearest multiple of ten. The number displayed is your bag size in pounds. Now consider other factors and make a decision that will satisfy all of the categories, as much as it can, of course.
For children, you should consider inflatable punching bags and 2 and a half foot punching bags.
What are you trying to accomplish?
You decided to buy a punching bag. There has to be a reason behind it. Get stronger, release stress, practice, we have already mentioned it before. So, what size punching bag do you need, depending on what you are trying to improve or work at?
If you want to build quickness, accuracy and go all in, Bruce Lee style, then you should use a 25 to 40-pound heavy bag.
If you want to build power and strength, then you should use a 40 +pounds heavy bag. The heavier the better.
What’s your level of fitness and skill?
For relatively novice strikers and people who don’t punch with much power, the ideal bag weight should be a little bit lighter than average.
Are you still learning the fundamentals? We recommend you use a heavier speed bag.
When it comes to new women boxers, a 3-foot bag is the right one for the job.
If you already know what you are doing, just chose it by previously mentioned criteria.
Where do you plan on putting it?
You didn’t plan on buying a punching bag without first considering where to put it, did you? That’s the first thing that you do.
If you live in a house and have a garage, then use that garage as a “gym”, if you have the necessary space that is. You can hang it in your room as well. The room should be wide, and a punching bag should be placed as close as possible to the window. Who likes the smell of sweat early in the morning, right? Also, another thing you should be careful about when using it in a room – dust.
Have you ever noticed how fast dust can “get up” in the air when you start running through the house? Choose the place carefully in order to avoid those small flaws. You can hang the punching bag somewhere outside if you have the right conditions. A tree isn’t recommended, however, lighter bags can work well on a strong branch, but be careful! If you set your mind for this one, know that you will need a longer chain and clips.
So, by now you have noticed many different types of the punching bags that we offer you to purchase. Here you can see their characteristics.
As mentioned, they allow you to work on your strength and power. They come in two types: Standing bags and Hanging bags. You have chosen a heavy bag, but which sub category is the right one for you?
Heavy punching bags are filled with water or sand. Water filled bags do less damage to your hands, they deliver a good kickback. On the other hand, sand filled bags are stronger, more durable. They endure hard punches and are ideal for kicks. If you want to work those legs as much as the arms, use a sand-filled heavy bag.
Standing punching bags
They are a good choice for an all-around workout. Perfect for kicks and punching as well. Their center of gravity is at the place where the bag meets the stand post. That allows you to work on that kicking technique with ease. A standing bag can be moved which is very practical and useful. It is ideal for a small room and makes workouts that much easier because of its portability.
Hanging punching bags
You can hang them on the ceiling or connect them to a wall. If you choose to use the ceiling, the bag can be used in all angles, allowing you to work on your movement and punching synchronization. However, if you are using a wall, then you will have only one side of the bag available. They aren’t good for kicks but you can develop some serious punching strength with them.
Uppercut bags – They also belong in the heavy bag group. They are something like a little brother to them because of their size. Something like a smaller version of heavy bags, that’s their description.
Speed bags – This group is made for quick punching workouts. They are filled with air. When hit, a short spring allows the bag to come back really fast. Use them to develop your speed, timing, and accuracy. Also, they constantly make you do hand-eye coordination workouts. They aren’t easily moved and should be placed on a ceiling or wall.
Double Ended bags – If you need an opponent, you should consider this type of bags. They come back at you, when hit, just like speed bags, only this type wants to fight back. Use them for dodging and defensive movements.
That should be enough for you to make a decision. Take all of these things into consideration when choosing. We don’t want you just to buy a punching bag from us, we want you to be happy with the decision and happy with the quality. It means a lot to us.
So, if you are a cardio kickboxer, a grappler, a basketball player, a bus driver or anything else, you can browse through our website and you should consider using a punching bag that suits you best. We have the ones that are right just for you. All you have to do is choose wisely. We have provided you with all of the information that you need so after reading this, you are a punching bag expert. However, if you want to call yourself an expert, you need some practice besides the theory.
Search, find, order and enjoy! We hope that this article helped you understand which size punching bag you should use, and also help you learn something new. The rest is up to you!