Home gyms are an increasingly popular concept, and in the majority of home gyms, you will find a boxing bag. They are a great way to add fitness into your life and provide a great workout for your whole body.
Boxing bags are incredibly popular among fitness fanatics and boxing enthusiasts alike, but it might be hard to figure out how you hang a boxing bag to be able to use it.
That’s why we’ve put together this guide on how to hang a boxing bag, which is packed with all the different options you have when hanging your bag and how you go about doing it. But first, let’s get a clear understanding of what a boxing bag is.
What is a boxing bag?
A boxing bag is also commonly known as a punching bag and is a large and sturdy bag that is designed for fitness uses and to practice punches and kicks.
They are usually constructed in a long and bulky cylindrical design, built with leather for durability, and stuffed with various materials to weigh the bag down. The majority of punch bags will be stuffed with different fabrics, however, some will be stuffed with sand or even water to provide the weight.
Boxing bags are commonly used as part of fitness routines, and there is a good chance that you will find one in your local gym.
They are popular because including a boxing bag as part of your fitness routine can help improve your fitness level and also your health. It essentially provides a whole body workout and tests both strength and stamina to help you burn calories.
Boxing bags are also commonly used by both boxers, and people who practice other martial arts to practice both their punches and kicks to increase their ability to use these strikes in combinations during organized fights.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at how you go about hanging your boxing bag ready for use.
Hanging it on a Beam
The first option you have is to hang your boxing bag from a beam. Before you drill any holes, the first thing you need to do is decide where you want to hang your boxing bag. You can either hang your boxing bag on a wall mount or a ceiling mount.
It is recommended that you hang your boxing bag in a position that allows you 360 degree access to it so that you can get the best workout experience.
You also need to consider the fact that the bag might ricochet off the wall and cause damage if it is attached to the wall. Due to this, ceiling mounting is recommended in a room that has plenty of room for you to be able to use the bag.
Next, you need to find a strong beam to be able to hang the boxing bag from. You must attach the bag to a strong and sturdy beam as it will experience a lot of stress during the time that you are using the bag.
The beam must be able to take the weight of the bag but also the impact of the hit during your workouts, so you must assess the beam first.
Once you have chosen your beam, you need to drill a hole into it and fill this hole with an eyebolt before tightening it with a wrench. Alternatively, you can use a hook, however, eyebolts will prove more sturdy when the bag is in use.
Next, you need to attach the chains to the corner straps of the bag (these will usually come with your boxing bag) and hang them on an S hook which you can then connect to the eyebolt.
Before completing a full workout with the bag, you should test out the sturdiness of the grip and make any adjustments if you feel they are necessary.
Hanging it on a Mount
Alternatively, you can hang your boxing bag on a mount instead of attaching it to a wooden beam in your home.
To do this, the first thing you need to do is purchase a mount to be able to attach it. There are a variety of different mounts available, and they will usually come with all the necessary attachments to install it.
Next, once again you will need to find a strong beam to which the mount can be attached. You should look for an area where the ceiling joists meet with a cross beam if possible.
Following that, you will need to drill the holes into the joist, ready for the mount to be installed. You should use a level to ensure that the holes are even and ensure they are drilled in the center of the wood.
You are then ready to install the metal mount. You must never install a mount onto drywall. Most mounting kits will come with a set of instructions for the specific mount that you have bought so you should follow these to attach the mount to the wood.
After the mount is attached, you should connect the chains to both the bag and the S hook before attaching this to the mount.
Once again, you must test the bag for sturdiness before you complete a workout.
Alternative Ways to Hang it
Although these are the 2 main ways of hanging a boxing bag, some people also choose to use a wall mount or a free stand.
Most fitness stores will sell wall mounts and these are usually metal structures that can be connected to the wall using a series of brackets and screws.
However, you should check that the walls of your home are safe for this installation before completing it.
Alternatively, you could purchase a free stand that provides you with more mobility and allows you more freedom with where you keep your boxing bag.
However, you should be careful when buying a free stand to ensure that it can hold the weight of your bag.
In short, your main options when hanging a boxing bag are to attach it directly to a beam in your home, or to attach it to a mount in your home.
Alternatively, you could use a free stand or even a wall stand depending on which option works best for you.