Tips for buying a heavy punching bag

So you want to buy a heavy punching bag. They are not all the same. There are some things that you need to think about before making your purchase.

Your first question should be what kind of room or space will the bag be used in? There are many types and sizes of heavy bags. Some bags are meant to be hung. These types of bags can get fairly large and are often impractical for home use. If used in a gym setting they can be hung from the ceiling, but remember they do require very strong supports. Because of the necessary structural supports, it is often better to purchase a metal bag stand/hanger for these types of punching bags, especially if you plan to use it in your home.

You can also get what’s known as a water punching bag. These bags have a base that you fill with water to prevent it from moving around, giving it its weight. The thing about the water bag is that since the weight is at its base it has a very different and softer feel when you hit it as the bag has more give when you punch it.

Another question is what you do you intend to use the bag for? Punching bags come in several different shapes for working different techniques. For example they have longer bags for using both kicks and punches or shorter ones that are better just for punching. There are bags shaped specifically to better imitate the angles of the body, while others are shaped exactly like an opponent’s body. So, be sure to determine how you intend to use the punching bag (boxing, kick boxing, exercise, etc.) before selecting a style.

Tips for buying a heavy punching bag

The material of the bag, both inside and out, is also an important criterion to consider when looking for the bag that’s right for you. The type of fill determines the density and how much give the bag will have when you hit it. This makes a difference on the impact your body receives when you hit the bag. Some of the fill types include rubber bits, cloth and fibers.

If looking for a stiffer punching bag similar to what the pros use, look to one that has a sand core. The sand gives the bag weight and adds resistance to your punches. The drawback of this bag type is that eventually the sheathing that houses the sand fails and the sand settles to the bottom of the bag, changing the shape and feel of the bag. This may be more of an issue for some than others depending on the power of your punch.

There are essentially three types of punching bag surfaces; leather, canvas and synthetic.

Canvas bags are rougher on your skin than the vinyl or leather ones, but do tend to be the least expensive.

Leather bags are the bags of choice, as they tend not to irritate the skin and are considered the most durable; however they do tend to be the most expensive, need regular moisturizing to prevent cracking, and often have the most seams (be sure the bag you buy is at least double to triple stitched, depending on your punch strength!).

Synthetic bags have come a long way and are a good mid-range punching bag. They require less maintenance, have less seams that can fail and in most cases don’t irritate your skin.