Whether you want to start boxing in the studio or gym or want to set up a small boxing booth at home: If you're wondering how much weight a punching bag should ideally have, you've come to the right place!
How much does a punching bag weigh?
The weight of the punching bag, along with size and shape, is one of the most important selection criteria. However, it is not enough for you to use average values or the recommendation of a friend as a guide when it comes to the weight of the punching bag. You should look very carefully at what you want to train - and pay attention to your individual physical constitution. Fortunately, there are punching bags in different weight classes, so that every boxer can find exactly the right punching bag. The individual body weight always plays a major role in the selection of the punching bag, but in principle you can use the following guideline values for the kilograms of the punching bag:
Punching bags up to 25 kg are suitable for very light people or for simple fitness and cardio training.
Punching bags up to 30 kg are suitable for people with a body weight of up to 60 kg and moderate fitness and cardio training.
Punching bags up to 40 kg are suitable for people with a body weight of up to 80 kg and a demanding workout.
Punching bags over 50 kg are suitable for people over 80 kg body weight and a very intensive workout.
How heavy should a beginner punching bag be?
If you already want to know how heavy a beginner's punching bag should be, you can take a look at the list above. Punching bags up to 25 kg are a good entry-level weight for beginners. But you will find out more details later... ...because first we would like to show you the decision criteria that are important when it comes to the weight of the punching bag.
Decision-making aid: How heavy does a good punching bag have to be?
How heavy a punching bag should be depends on a few factors. So ask yourself:
What would you like to train on the punching bag? Speed, clout?!
What fitness level are you at? How high is your hitting power?
how heavy are you yourself
Now to the question “How heavy can a punching bag be?” To get ahead, you should also know that a punching bag reacts differently to your punches and punching techniques depending on the weight. On a light punching bag, you can primarily train speed and coordination, since a light punching bag will swing a lot. So you have to work with high responsiveness. On the other hand, if you want to improve your endurance and punching power, a heavy punching bag is an advantage. He swings less and you can hit better.
Also: For a heavy punching bag you need more power; therefore muscle power! But: With these considerations you must not forget your own body weight. You should always consider the factors “light punching bag” / “heavy punching bag” in relation to your body weight. For a boxer weighing 90 kg, a 25 kg punching bag is far too light, even if he wants to improve his speed. The light punching bag will just fly around his ears.
How heavy can a punching bag be?
Theoretical explanations certainly don't really help you. Therefore, we would like to give you a few tips on the weight of the punching bag:
1. Choose a light punching bag if you're just starting out, don't have a lot of punching power yet, have a low body weight, or primarily want to train speed and coordination. The punching bag should weigh between 25 and 50% of your body weight. This also answers the question "How heavy should a punching bag be for beginners?"
2. Choose a heavy punching bag if you have already built up a lot of punching power, have a higher body weight, want to train demandingly and want to work on your endurance. The punching bag should weigh between 50 and 75% of your body weight.
Punching bags for boxing training - our recommendation
PU punching bag standard (4ft)
With a length of approx. 122 cm (4ft) and a weight of 28 kg, the PU punching bag is a real standard in punching bag training. It is ideal for people weighing up to 60 kg - especially beginners and boxers who want to train fast punches.
The Balboa Jumbo punching bag is also approx. 122 cm long. With a weight of 40 kg but significantly heavier. So it rightly bears its nickname "Jumbo". This makes it the ideal punching bag for people weighing up to 80 kg.
Yes, that really is a gigantic punching bag: 137 cm long and a proud 65 kg heavy. If you're a heavyweight boxer or just want to push your limits in punching power, this is the right choice for your punching bag.
To put it very pragmatically, you could now throw all our tips overboard again: In the end, the ceiling or the beam to which you want to attach the punching bag must be able to hold the weight. In any case, before you buy your punching bag, make sure that the construction is sufficiently stable. ;-)
When buying a punching bag, you don't just have to answer the question "How many kg does a punching bag need?" find, but also on others, for example: what size should a punching bag be? We have dedicated a separate post to the answer to this question, as there are a number of factors that need to be taken into account here as well.