Choosing Between Hanging and Freestanding Punch Bags
22 November 2016

Choosing Between Hanging and Freestanding Punch Bags

Heavy bags are a vital component of any serious training regime designed for a boxer as the resistance they provide helps you to develop real power when punching. They can also help to improve your coordination skills and your stability. Nobody disputes the need for heavy bags as far as boxing training is concerned but there are two main types of heavy bag and there is a difference of opinion in the sport as to which type is the most useful. In this short article, we are going to look at what both types of bags have to offer, in order to help you choose one that will meet all of your needs.


The Pros and Cons of Freestanding and Hanging Heavy Bags

Before you purchase a freestanding punch bag or a traditional hanging variety, consider the following pros and cons associated with each type:


Hanging Punch Bag Pros

  • Affordability – Due to their relatively simple construction, hanging bags are less expensive than their freestanding counterparts, which could be an important consideration if you are just starting your boxing career.
  • Ability to Withstand Abuse from All Angles – The simple construction of heavy hanging punch bags is one of their biggest strengths when it comes to wear and tear. They can be attacked from any angle and will withstand years of abuse before you need to consider repair or replacement.

Hanging Punch Bag Cons

  • You Need a Strong Ceiling Joist in a Convenient Location – As you will be hanging upwards of 70 kilograms from your ceiling, you need to make sure that you will not cause any permanent damage to your home by doing so. The best way to achieve this aim is by screwing the mounting kit into one of your ceiling joists, at a point at least 2 feet away from the nearest wall. This can be a problem in smaller homes.
  • You May Need to Buy a Bag Stand – If you do not have a conveniently located ceiling joist, you will need to buy a bag stand, which will take up more storage space when the bag is not in use.

Freestanding Bag Pros

  • Manoeuvrability – You can move a freestanding bag from one location to another with relative ease. This means you could train in your kitchen one night, your garage another night, and your garden during the daytime.
  • Extra Weight – The extra weight of the stand, especially the base, provides additional resistance, which can help you to increase your power and strength more quickly.

Freestanding Bag Cons

  • Expense – They are almost always more expensive than their hanging counterparts so you will have to be prepared to spend more money on your equipment.
  • Can Fall Over – As you develop your punching power, you may find that you are able to knock a freestanding bag onto the floor, which can be annoying.

If you are still not sure what type of bag is most suitable for your needs, call and talk to a member of our team today.

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