A lot of people call us and asks how to choose the right boxing bag for myself, what do I need at all, what shape should the bag be, how big, how heavy, where, and how to fix it?
Basically, the answer is quite simple. The right punching bag is easy to choose as long as we know what we want. Most often, people choose between 120-centimeter boxing bags, which are already suitable for serious training in boxing, kickboxing, karate … And about 180-centimeter punching bags, on which we can perform practically all hand punches and leg strikes. However, since I know from experience that the answer is not so simple anyway, I have delved a little deeper into this question, and in the paragraphs below I give you some useful answers.
What is boxing anyway?
Today, boxing is considered a sport coached by a huge number of high school and college students. Even young and a little less young moms are frequent training attendants, so I don’t have to mention all the gentlemen at their 40 and 50+ at all. In fact, boxing is one of the best forms of recreation where the practitioner strengthens the whole body, increases strength, endurance, explosiveness, stretching, and also the coordination of movements is put to a great test. During boxing training, we also face many fears, which we overcome over time. On top of all that, boxing is also a very safe sport as there is a minimal number of injuries. There are practically none of them at the recreational groups (of course, it depends on the coach and the way of working in the club). Most workouts in such groups are performed with a lot of control and as much softness as possible. The strokes are so very light and soft. So that those who reach the goal at all (head, torso) (that they are not missed or blocked) practically just touch.
Why are punching bags different?
Boxing bags are different from each other in shape, size, weight, the purpose of use, materials from which they are made, filling, and quality.
The weight of the bag is important, but not essential. A punching bag must have a certain weight so that its oscillation on impact is within normal limits, but in our experience, it is much more important how this weight is distributed in the bag. For recreational users, we recommend that they choose bags that have a little “softness”, so that they are not completely hard.
Boxing bags are different from each other for several reasons. In the first place, the most important reason should be its usability, or. purpose of use. However, in recent years, all too often (in my opinion) we are dealing with cheap “toys” that are advertised as boxing bags, but they just look like that, because they have practically no real usefulness.
But first, we divide the punching bags according to the purpose of use:
Classic approx. 120 cm boxing bag is intended for training in boxing, kickboxing, karate, and related martial arts, where hand and leg techniques above the waist are used. This type of punching bag is one of the most popular and best-selling.
The classic approximately 170 cm boxing bag is intended for training in boxing, kickboxing, karate, Thai boxing, MMA, and all other martial arts. Such boxing bags can be used for all types of hand punches and leg kicks techniques, knee and elbow punching techniques … This is probably the most useful type of punching bag of all punching bags.
Teardrop boxing bags in different in size. The most common are two versions, a smaller one, about 50 centimeters high, and with a circumference of about 105 centimeters. Larger teardrop boxing bags or. the bags for the uppercuts are about 65 centimeters high and have a circumference of about 175 centimeters.
Angle punching bag or. the boxing bag for uppercuts is designed for hand punch training. It is specially adapted for training in uppercuts, but of course, also direct and crochet. These bags are usually about 100 centimeters high and have a diameter of about 37 centimeters (on the wide part).
The double punching bag has become slightly less popular in recent years. It is basically intended for the same use as an angle boxing bag, in that its shape is in the shape of the number 8.
Freestanding punching bags:
Freestanding punching bags, as the name suggests, do not require any form of assembly. Simply place them in the space and training can begin. Unlike classic hanging punching bags, you can easily change and adjust the space where the bag will stand. It is also very easy to store it at the end of training … Freestanding bags are mostly made so that they have some weight in the lower part of the bag (water tank, weight with sand, or something similar), and the upper part of the bag is flexible with better bags. or it moves, and in the chipper, it is usually fixed.
The free-standing boxing bag, due to its characteristics (the movement of the bag is quite different from that of a hanging bag), offers the user a much different training experience than hanging boxing bags. Freestanding boxing bags are a solution for all sports facilities with high roofs, which do not have the possibility of hanging classic hanging bags. They are also great for home gyms and various FitBox salons.
(Video on how a freestanding boxing bag behaves during training)
Speedballs and boxing balls:
A speedball on a console board is one of the basic boxing accessories. There is practically no boxing gym that does not have a platform with a speedball. They are mostly made of leather and have an inflatable core. It is very important that the speedball is made of soft leather (or artificial leather) and that it bounces nicely off the console plate and does not get lost in its speed. The speedballs are attached to a special steel swivel that rotates in all directions, so you can hit the ball smoothly from all angles. The speedball is primarily intended to improve the coordination and accuracy of strokes but also improves timing. Using a speedball will also improve the strength in your shoulder girdle. For the most part, speedballs are about 25 centimeters high, but you can get bigger and smaller as well.
Double-end balls, just like speedball, are mostly made of natural leather. Double-end balls are attached to elastic bands that are attached to the ceiling and floor (usually to some weight). The double-end ball is intended for responsiveness training or reflexes, evasions, and counter-attacks. Balls are mostly slightly larger than speedballs, or they have a slightly larger scope. As with speedballs, the core is inflatable.
A double-double-end ball with elastics is a very similar training device to a double-and-ball. by being made of two separate inflatable parts and that training with it is even more specific and varied than with a classic double-end ball.
Boxing reflex ball is the freshest of all the props we present to you. Balls have become popular jellies in recent years. They are made of a soft, usually, foam ball, which is attached to an elastic band, which is usually attached to a strap that is worn on the head. The ball is intended for training responsiveness, coordination, accuracy, dodging, and diversifying workouts.
Special boxing bags:
The uppercut boxing bag is usually made of quality and durable synthetic material. Unlike all other hanging bags that hang perpendicular to the floor, this bag is designed to hang parallel to the floor. Due to its shape and position, this bag is intended primarily for uppercut training, but it can also train direct and crochet. The size of such bags is usually somewhere around 80 x 35 centimeters.
A wall punching bag is another of the slightly “different” punching bags. If we can even call it a punching bag, given that it’s more like a pillow than a bag. The wall bag is made of compact foam, surrounded by durable and strong material, and altogether it is attached to a board and a steel frame that attaches to the wall. A wall boxing bag is a very useful training device on which you can train all types of punches.
What are punching bags made of?
Boxing bags today are mostly made of artificial materials. The exceptions are double-end and speedballs. Especially with large punching bags, the leather slowly recedes, as these bags are much more expensive than punching bags made of artificial materials. In addition, large boxing bags, if we want leather, must be made of several different pieces of leather, as they are too large to be made of just one piece. This also bothers many people, as they want a punching bag without edges, with a few stitches as possible …
Still, many people swear on the natural leather and advocate these types of bags. Some also say that training on leather punching bags is different (better) than on bags made of artificial materials. I haven’t got such experiences or I have no such a feeling, so I find it hard to comment on that. Moisture is also a problem with leather punching bags. Many boxing gyms, including home gyms, are in the basements. And if these rooms are not well ventilated and dehumidified, leather punching bags can start to mold.
All SUD’s boxing bags made in Slovenia are made of very durable and grateful plasticized canvas. Which is practically indestructible, but at the same time does not need any special care, it is resistant to water and moisture, and also the sun’s rays need a long time to live impact on it.
Very often, very strong cotton canvas is used in the production of punching bags, especially those that are slightly cheaper. These bags are relatively durable, but they are very sensitive to moisture. At the same time, they are quite rough on their surface, and start the gloves with which you train on them relatively quickly.
One of the most common materials used today in the world to make punching bags is still synthetic leather. Artificial leather is a rather broad concept. It occupies many different artificial materials that replace natural leather. In our experience, these materials are not enough durable to make punching bags.
What are the punching bags filled with?
Boxing bags can be filled with several different fillers. Some fillers are good, some are great, and some are, in our opinion, and the experience that boxers have, also bad. We will not go into this topic in great detail in this article, as we have a full article written on this topic, which you can read here. However, I will mention and briefly describe the most common fillers for punching bags mentioned above.
The scraps of fabric are pretty good, if not a very good filler for punching bags. This is probably also the most common filler in classic heavy punching bags.
Water is also one of the fillers that is very often used in freestanding punching bags, and it is also increasingly used in hanging bags. With water, the eternal problem is in the question of what if it spills. Such bags, especially freestanding, are also very difficult to carry or move, because of the weight … Water has some very good characteristics, and in some situations, this is definitely the worst filler, especially if an outflow occurs.
A special foam that we use at ours Evolution punching bags and a similar filling are also in the freestanding punching bag. You can read more about this filler in the already mentioned article. However, the filler has many very good properties.
Sink or corn kernels are also a common filler, especially for smaller, specific punching bags. This filler is widely used, especially in uppercut bags. With larger punching bags, this filler is practically useless, due to its weight and the hardness that occurs …
Air is the filler in all kinds of balls. therefore, in all punching bags that have a soul in their interior or. inflatable core.
How much space do we have in the apartment?
When assembling or hanging any punching bag must take into account the fact that punching bags for quality use or training need their own space. Some bags need more space, others less, but of course everyone needs it. Read more about assembling a punching bag with the article “How to hang a boxing bag?”.
In this article, however, we will briefly look at about how much space you need to have for a particular type of punching bag.
Classic hanging boxing bags need a minimum of about 45 centimeters of space for their oscillation, it is even better if there is a little more space. Ideally for hanging punching bags, you should have about 2 meters of space around the punching bag on all sides. In such a space, you can use a punching bag as much as possible … As a last resort, if you live in a small apartment and have a narrow hallway in which you can hang a punching bag, this will also be a good place to use it. Training on it will be adapted to the space. Unfortunately, you will not be able to practice dodging with your feet to the side, circling around the bag, and the like …
Freestanding punching bags need similar space as hanging punching bags. However, it is easier to install a standing bag because you can place it wherever you want and it is independent of attachment …
Speedballs are practically useless in residential buildings that you share with others (block, terraced houses, twins …). And not because of space, but because of the noise that the speedball “produces” when used. Noise is transmitted along the walls and the neighbors will very quickly tell you that they are not thrilled with your workouts … Otherwise, you don’t need a lot of space to mount and use the speedball. The console plate is approx. 65 cm long and approx. 50 cm wide, and you also need approx. 1 meter of space on one side to be able to stand and strike without interruption.
A double-end ball is probably the most “wasteful” in terms of space. A slightly higher ceiling, at least 3 meters, is ideal for its installation, but it is great if it is still a few 10 cm higher. Also in width or length, you will need quay some space as the ball swings at least 1,2 meters in any direction when struck.
A wall punching bag doesn’t need a lot of space. It needs a little more than a speedball to install and use. However, its use is much more friendly to neighbors as speedball, so the wall bag is also useful in multi-apartment buildings. However, you need a strong masonry wall for installation.
What do I want to train on a punching bag?
Before buying a punching bag, it is very good if you also answer the question of what I will train on the punching bag. These just hand punches, maybe even kicks, I plan to perform some other exercises with a punching bag (You can read more about ideas on how to use a punching bag for your training in this article), will it be recreation, or can it grow into something more?
If your answer is boxing, then I advise you to consider buying between the classic 120 and 180 cm bags, or. any of the lengths in between. The 120 cm boxing bag is already big and heavy enough that you can do a very good recreational as well as competitive boxing training on it. With longer bags, you only gain weight, the usefulness of longer bags compared to a 120-centimeter bag is no greater when it comes to boxing training.
If your answer is kickboxing, I also advise you to choose between the above-mentioned boxing bags. For classic kickboxing disciplines, a 120-centimeter bag will suffice, as all hand techniques and leg techniques above waist height can be performed on it. However, if you want to train on a low kick version of kickboxing, then the answer is a 170 cm bag, or longer.
If your answer is Thai boxing, or savate, then you don’t have much choice, 170 centimeter bag, or longer.
Karate training is similar to kickboxing, a 120-centimeter bag will probably suffice, but if you buy a 175-centimeter Pro-Fighter bag, you won’t miss anything.
If your answer is any of the other martial arts and you still hesitate during the length of the punching bag, simply ask yourself which punches I will use in training. If you are going to perform leg techniques in the below the waist, that is, kicks in the legs, then you will need a longer bag, if not, a 120 cm bag will probably suffice.
The table below indicates in a very simple and clear way which punching bag is suitable for which of the sports.
Sport / Lenght of boxing bag
to 100 cm
100 – 150 cm
apr. 170 cm
Thai boxing, savate
Recreation and fun
Many times people opt for smaller punching bags also due to space constraints in the apartment. However, given that the bags more or less differ only in height (classic bags), it usually doesn’t matter whether you place a 120 or 175 centimeter high bag in the corner … Just for consideration.
How quality Boxing Bag do I need?
As with all other things on the market, the martial arts market is similar. We all have a choice. In recent years, the choice in the martial arts market has become increasingly diverse. There are more and more offers from various manufacturers and suppliers. Of course, it is up to us to decide based on our needs, desires, perhaps experience, popular brands, or based on something else, which product we will buy and which we will not.
We probably all want to buy the best (in this case) punching bag for the lowest possible price. This is followed by the question of what a quality punching bag is, how long the bag must serve its purpose in order to be treated as quality. Is “shelf life” the only measure of the quality of a punching bag?
Training with a Punching Bag
You will certainly find another similar question, the answer to which cannot necessarily be written in one sentence. For me personally, the first indicator of the quality of a punching bag is its “shelf life”, or. how long it can be used without having to deal with wear and tear, tears, etc. Given the materials available in the world today and the durability they provide, I can say that it is possible to get a very high quality punching bag that will be able to serve an individual (for home use) for at least 10 years ,, probably much longer, and the price of this bag is comparable to the solid running shoes that a recreational runner destroys in one season. When used in sports clubs, where the bags are much heavier, it is slightly different. However, a quality punching bag is expected to last at least a few years.
Considering that we have been engaged in the production and sale of punching bags for more than 23 years, I can say that you do not need to deduct more than € 150 for a quality punching bag (filled with scraps of goods). If the bags are filled with special fillers, which also need to be paid for, the prices can quickly rise to € 300 and more.
On the other hand, I am not advocating cheap “toys” that are otherwise relatively cheap but are destroyed in a few uses. Because of this, SUD also does not sell various “children’s kits”, but inflatable punching bags, punching bags that are attached to the table … In all these products, in my opinion, in the first place is not boxing, or training one of skills, but only an impulsive, reckless purchase, or fun or. hec. These products mostly have no useful value, or you can use them a few times, and then they are only suitable for the trash. Because of this, I do not recommend buying similar products.
If you want a quality boxing bag, find out which bags are used in boxing clubs, which bags are used at home by individuals and are satisfied with them. Which bags, despite very long use, still serve their purpose. Which manufacturers or dealers offer you guarantees …
Prices of punching bags
As I have already indicated in the paragraphs above, I am not advocating combat equipment that does not serve its purpose. All the things we offer on our website are useful and more or less very high quality. Of course, the quality varies according to the price, especially for products such as boxing gloves, kimonos, as well as speed and boxing balls.
In the case of punching bags, we have decided not to have more affordable (less than € 80) punching bags on offer, as we know that we cannot provide the necessary quality with such bags.
So my opinion is that for a relatively high-quality boxing bag (classic), which is about 90 centimeters long and is intended for recreational boxing training, you will have to deduct at least € 90 (filled), probably some € more. If you want a more useful bag that is bigger, the price will go up by around € 20 to € 30, maybe even more. for 175 cm bags, the price will fluctuate somewhere between € 130 and more (filled).
However, if we talk about the freestanding punching bags that are on the EU market. However, it is my opinion that useful standing punching bags can be counted on the fingers of 2 hands. The prices of these bags are about 2 to 3 times higher than the prices of hanging boxing bags of the same quality. Why? Because the production of quality and useful free-standing boxing bags is much more demanding and also more expensive than the production of a hanging punching bag.
However, as mentioned, the price alone does not guarantee that the product will be of good quality. Find out from people who get to know the products, use them, and possibly have tried several different bags. So their opinion is based on the comparison.
In the end, maybe just my opinion. If you decide to buy a punching bag, in my opinion, it is worth deducting some € more for a bag that you know will serve you for 5, 10, maybe even 15 years and more than saving a few € for a bag in the beginning, which you will throw in the trash in half a year, maybe a year …