What is the correct way to hang a punching bag?


This is how you hang up the punching bag safely

If you want to attach a punching bag at home or in your boxing club, the question of “how” quickly arises. Here we show you three different ways to hang up a punching bag and tell you which variant makes sense and when.

What you will learn in this post:

  • What options are there for fastening the punching bag!
    • When you should use which type of fastening!
    • What you should definitely pay attention to!
    • At what height the punching bag should ideally hang!

    3 options: How to attach a punching bag?

    With the exception of the speedball and double-ended ball, you basically have three options for hanging up your punching bag - whether it's a heavy bag, big berta or angle bag:

    • ceiling mount
    • wall mounting
    • punching bag stand

    Option 1: ceiling mount

    When attaching to the ceiling, the punching bag is attached to the holder using the straps or hook chain using carabiners. The snap hook is often supplied with the ceiling mount for punching bags. If you also get screws with the bracket, you should check whether these are suitable for your ceiling (keyword: wood screws).

    Option 2: wall mounting

    For wall mounting, you usually need a special punching bag holder that is at an angle and allows the punching bag to swing a little away from the wall. You can then hang the punching bag in the wall bracket using the straps or hook chain using carabiners.

    Option 3: punching bag stand

    The punching bag stand stands freely in the room and does not have to be attached to the wall or ceiling. To stabilize the punching bag stand, you can weigh it down with weight plates or other weights. Depending on the model, there are two hanging options, e.g. B. for a classic punching bag and a speedball.

    Punching bag attachment: ceiling, wall or stand?

    Most boxers would probably choose to attach it to the ceiling because the punching bag can swing freely here. How you attach the punching bag is primarily a question of statics and resilience. The classic construction under the ceiling is only possible if the ceiling is sufficiently stable - ideally made of concrete. Ceiling attachment to a wooden beam is also possible. On the other hand, your punching bag will not hold up in a ceiling made of plasterboard or similar light, thin materials, but will fall to the ground after just a few seconds. Then the bracket on the wall can be a good alternative. However, the wall must be sufficiently stable so that the punching bag does not fall out with the bracket.

    If neither the ceiling nor the wall are stable enough to hold the weight of the punching bag, or if your landlord doesn't want you to leave large drill holes, you can choose the third option for attaching the punching bag: the stand. No drilling or screwing is necessary here. You set up the punching bag stand, weigh it down and hang the punching bag on the hook. Finished!

    Hang up the punching bag: what should you pay attention to?

    Each of these mounting options has its advantages and disadvantages, which you should definitely know before you make your decision. If you are thinking about wall or ceiling mounting, the construction should be able to hold at least 50% of the weight of the punching bag so that you can train with full power. With the punching bag stand, you should place correspondingly high weights on the foot so that the stand does not tip over with the punching bag when hit hard. Always make sure that metal does not grind on metal. On the one hand, the material wears out so quickly (and it can also get warm). On the other hand, this creates an unpleasant noise that interferes with training.

    Pros and cons: attach a punching bag to the ceiling

    advantages Disadvantages
    Free commuting creates ideal training conditions Assembly incl. drilling necessary
    Punching bag can be used all around Provided the ceiling is stable
    You can put your full power into the punching bag requires a lot of space to commute
    Inexpensive assembly

    Pros and Cons: Hang the punching bag on the wall

    advantages Disadvantages
    With a long wall bracket, almost completely free swinging is possible Assembly incl. drilling necessary
    Provides more stability than a stand Provided the wall is stable
    Manageable costs Punching bag cannot swing in all directions

    Pros and cons: Set up a punching bag with a stand

    advantages Disadvantages
    No additional installation necessary Stand takes up a lot of space
    Position of the punching bag variable You can't punch around the punching bag
    You can't box at full power without the right weights
    Stand causes high additional costs

    At what height does a punching bag have to hang?

    In classic boxing, you train head and body punches. Here the punching bag should hang in such a way that you land your body hits as centrally as possible. Your clubface is from the center down. The end of the punching bag could also be imagined as the "belt line", so that this is the end of classic boxing anyway. In kickboxing or Muay Thai you also train kicks, so the punching bag should not only hang lower, but above all be longer than in normal boxing.

    How far does a punching bag swing?

    Depending on the force you put into the punch - depending on the weight of the punching bag - it swings less or more. In addition to the height of the punching bag, the distance to the wall must also be taken into account when attaching it. If you have the opportunity to fix the punching bag in the middle of the room, then use it. So you can train all around the punching bag and don't have to worry about kicking it out. If you use a wall mount, the distance is usually predetermined. As a rule, the wall brackets are about 40 cm long. The disadvantage then is that you can only work on the punching bag from two directions by standing parallel to the wall. Otherwise, the punching bag would bounce off the wall with every hit and make optimal training more difficult.

    Which anchors for the punching bag?

    On the one hand, you should make sure that the dowels fit the building structure in which you want to sink it - i.e. wooden dowels for a wooden beam, concrete dowels for a concrete wall, aerated concrete dowels for a porous concrete wall. On the other hand, the dowels should be aligned to the load. Most manufacturers against a maximum load weight. If you are unsure, choose a heavy-duty anchor or concrete anchor that is guaranteed to hold.

    Customers ask, we answer!

    How should a punching bag be hung?

    The safest option is wall or ceiling mounting, provided the building structure is stable enough and you use the right screws that are also long enough.

    At what height do I attach the wall bracket?

    Use a wall bracket with a boom that is as long as possible so that the punching bag can swing as freely as possible. Ideally, you mount the bracket about 30 cm above the height of the punching bag. You can also simply measure the length of the hook chain and use this as a distance.

    Does a punching bag spring between the punching bag and the holder make sense?

    If the punching bag swings too much for you, a punching bag spring can reduce the vibrations to a certain extent. You simply hook this steel spring between the punching bag and the holder. Please note, however, that the punching bag spring is sufficiently resilient.

    Where is the ideal location for a punching bag?

    In boxing you need space. This not only applies to the punching bag, which begins to swing as a result of your punches. If it repeatedly hits the wall or a piece of furniture, this can interfere with effective training. But you also need space when boxing in order to be able to optimally improve your footwork. Ideally, you have 1.5 m space all around. Of course, it's better if you can train freely in your apartment, in the basement or in the garage.

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