The Way You Should Choose Your Punching Bag

My name is Johnathan Marshall, and I’m going to show you which punching bag you should buy based on your body weight and skill level as well as how to properly use it. But first, let me tell you a little bit about my experience.

I’ve been training in various martial arts and kickboxing for almost 6 years now. One crucial aspect to any martial art is the development of power through the use of the punching bag. In the time frame of hours, I have racked up close to 400 hours on the punching bag alone, so I know a thing or two.

Before I recommend you a punching bag, I want to discuss precisely why you need to train on the punching bag.

The Top three main reasons why a beginner should be training daily on the punching bag.

  • Technique and Power – First reason why by continuously hitting the punching bag day after day, you gradually improve your technique and arm speed. Also the quicker you punch, the more power you can unleash. while in the process you will also develop those important shoulder muscles, and helps you learn how to use your shoulders, hips, and legs in the punching motion.
    • Here is a fact for those of you that don’t know, 75% of your punching power is generated through your hip and leg movements, so you need to practice those movements over and over.
  • Developing combinations – Second reason is combination development is crucial for striking styles. It’s very important to have these combos drilled into your muscle memory so that you can literally do them without thought. You have to be able to do them while under fire and it will come natural. Until you have done the combos thousands of times.
  • knuckles and wrists condition – Third reason is very important because people don’t understand that it is easy to break your fingers when punching someone in the face or skull. I never been in a fight, or even a couple street fights before, are extremely vulnerable to this problem. One slightly wrong hit with your knuckle, and the supporting hand bone will crumple making your hand USELESS until you get surgery on it. You have to condition for YEARS in order to ensure this does not happen.

Now that you have accepted the power of punching bag training, let’s find you a good punching bag.

    Everlast 70-Pound MMA Heavy-Bag Kit

  • Kit includes 70-Pound, heavy bag, heavy bag gloves, 108-Inch hand wraps
  • Heavy bag stuffed with a custom filling of natural and synthetic fibers blended with sifted sand
  • Heavy Bag gloves and wraps for protecting your hands against the abrasion of the bag

Adjustable height customization chain Bungee cord for adding greater resistance to the bag

You can get this bag on sale through Amazon here.

For Ages 8+, Women Beginners

Everlast 40 pound punching bagEverlast 4004 40lb Traditional Bag

I will recommend a 40lb sack for light-weighted amateurs – kids and little ladies. This is a decent beginning bag for the weight class and on account of the light weight; it will keep any issues with wrist cracks or anything like that. Despite everything I suggest you begin with half power then work your way up as you feel good.

You can buy this cheapest online through Amazon here. Shipping Charge is Minimal

Just so you know, the image of that bag on Amazon is not the correct image. The bag will be about half size.

For Adult Beginners (Male + Female)

For the beginning adult, there are multiple options for you. These are the recommended bags and here is why:

80lb punching bagThe Everlast 4008 80lb Punching Bag

I know a great number of macho folks out there are presumably saying ‘BS I’ll be OK with a 100LB bag’. Truly, on the off chance that you have never hit the bag, you will end up hurting yourself on a 100LB bag. Oh my goodness a little story. I used to host these gatherings at my home and all the guys would see the 100lb punching bag and after that start hitting it. For the most part every one of them will start complaining wrist pain. Know why? Because their wrists weren’t used to slugging it out on a 100lb bag. One guy even fractured a small bone in his wrist and had to go to the hospital to get it xrayed(he was a bit drunk at the time and didn’t realize it!).

You can get this bag on Amazon here for cheap and with relatively low shipping charges.

I personally started out with a 80lb bag and worked my way up.

wavemaster punching bagCentury Wavemaster Freestanding Bag

This is extraordinarily another option to the 80lb hanging pack if you are a type that don’t like mounting a substantial bag on your roof, or on the off chance that you need a more compact gadget that you can move around. One thing I like about these sorts of bags is that they tend to push ahead around on the floor a bit when you hit it. It helps you learn appropriate situating and progressing forward.  I will suggest this if the hanging bag doesn’t work for any reason.

Again, you can get this through Amazon cheap – also includes free shipping so I recommend you get it there.

bob punching bagThe BOB Heavy Bag

Here is a very cool punching bag, and to be honest up until now I haven’t considered mainly because of the price. If you have the money laying around, this is a excellent and wise investment. This ‘bag’ is really shaped like a 240 pound man so it gets you used to seeing a target like that. It also gets you used to targeting certain points on the body. This is going to be my next buy even though I am way past the 80lb stage.

You can read my full review of the BOB punching bag here , as well as find links to where you can buy this bag for cheap

For Experienced Adults

100lb everlast punching bagEverlast 100lb C3 Punching Bag

This can be obvious; I’m a devotee of Everlasting 😉 This is the 100LB bag I use every day. Am suggesting this for grown-ups with 1-5 years of age. Hit this infant consistently until your clench hands are a strong square and your wrists do not give anymore. Since it measures more than most bags, this likewise makes nice kicking bags and also it won’t “snap” an excess of when you hammer your legs into it.

You can get this on Amazon here they have really fast shipping so this is one of the better places to buy it.

For Professionals

Ringside Powerhide 100 lb Heavy Bag – Soft Filled

If you are professional, most likely you don’t need me to tell you what to buy. But on the small off chance, I recommend the Ringside Powerhide 100lbs punching bag. This is perfect for you heavy hitters with conditioned hands and wrists. This is my next weight upgrade coming this year.

You can buy this online through Amazon here.

Alright, now that you have selected your bag, let’s talk about what else you’ll need.

  • Soft 2″ foam liner provides a comfortable hitting surface.
  • Bag weighs approximately 100lbs.
  • Measures 14″ x 42″
  • D-ring on bottom
  • A Heavy Bag Chain and Swivel are included



Best tips to help you take good care of your brand new punching bag:

  1. Don’t not setup your punching bag outside –  For one good rain and your new exercise equipment is a 300lb water logged retched sack of mold. Believe me, do not let these things get wet
  2.  Also wrap the mid section of the punching bag with duck tape. This will help keep your punching bag from deforming from continuous use. Trust me this will make your bag last a lot longer. Make sure you wrap it tight enough that you see a bevel around where it has been taped. See the diagram  below (masterful art skills):
  3. If your bag chain uses hooks to connect to the bag, I will prefer you duct tape the openings so that they are closed. This will prevent your bag from slipping out of the hooks.
  4. Are Thinking about mounting your punching bag in your house or apartment from the ceiling, If so I suggest you add a coil spring. Without it, your house will feel like it’s in an earthquake every time you work out.
  5. All ways keep your bag about 5 feet away from any walls. At my training school, the sheet rock walls near the bag have been caved in from hitting the bag so hard it slams into the wall behind it.
  6. When hitting the bag, all ways avoid making the bag swing back and forth too much – this puts a lot of strain on the mounting device and can cause it to rip out of the ceiling or rafter. This will also keep the stitching where the bag connects to the bag chain from ripping – this can ruin a punching bag.

Stay tuned, and feel free to comment below. Any questions, comments, or suggestions are very welcomed, so please do so below!

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