Regardless of what form of contact sport you practice, a heavy bag is one of the most essential pieces of equipment to optimize your training. Though we commonly associate a heavy bag with the sport of boxing, it is used in a vast array of different sports including martial arts. It is therefore not surprising that a common and understated query is ‘how to hang heavy bag ?’.
Whether you are setting up a gym, or simply putting up a heavy bag in a space you have at home, it is important that it is installed properly to ensure safety and maximum durability. There are various ways one can go about installing a heavy bag, this blog intends to show you not only the various ways to install a heavy bag, but aslo the best ways.
Should I Hang it from the Ceiling?
Perhaps the most obvious and practical way to install a heavy bag is to obvious. A ceiling mount, not only makes the bag extremely durable, but also increases the mobility of the bag, allowing it to move freely in relation to the user. It allows the user to move and train in opposition of the bag, better simulating a match setting where one moves in relation to their opponent.
Unfortunately, a ceiling mount is not always practical, especially for people whose space does not structurally allow for one. Ceiling mounts typically work best at gyms and other professional settings where the mount can be reinforced and there is enough space to optimize the bag’s use.
In a less practical home and domestic setting, ceiling mounts may damage the ceiling they hang from or even effect the floor above. It is important to ensure the adequacy of the room where the bag is installed. Space and structural capacity will be your biggest concerns.
Can I hang it from the wall?
In the case where one does not have the facility for a ceiling mount, a heavy bag can also be mounted to the wall. Wall mounts are best on walls that are structurally strong; installing a heavy bag on a plywood wall is probably not the best idea.
Also, you may also want to ensure that the impact on the bag during your training is not felt in the room behind the wall where the bag is mounted. In a domestic setting, a room like the garage may be the best locale for a wall mounted heavy bag to avoid disturbing other rooms in the building.
Bear in mind that a wall mount has limited durability; note that you will not be able to circle around it completely, nor will the bag swing as freely as it would with a ceiling mount. This may put constraints on your training. Nevertheless, a wall mounted heavy bag will typically require less space and is a viable alternative if a ceiling mount is impractical.
What about a bag stand?
Another technique of installing a heavy bag is to employ a bag stand. Bag stands are typically around 7 feet tall and 4 feet wide. A good tip is to bolt the stand to the floor whilst you train to ensure it does not tip over and fall. The best trait about bag stands is their portability; a heavy bag on a bag stand can be dismantled or moved to a different location when necessary.
A bag stand would be extremely practical for domestic settings where space is limited. The bag can be constantly moved to create space for other activities. A bag stand can also be used outside or in a more open setting where there is no ceiling or wall to mount the bag to.
Using a bag stand is similar to using a wall mounted bag; it allows the heavy bag to move quite freely, giving you similar results. This makes it a very workable option for hanging a heavy bag.
There are some drawbacks to using a bag stand though. A bag stand typically limits the range of movement around it because of the position of the stand itself. Bag stands also take up substantial amounts of floor space. Many professionals, given the option, choose a wall mount over the bag stand, especially if they play to employ kicks and other hard hitting routines in their workout.
All those methods don’t work for me…
In the case where you do not have the structure or space for a bag stand, ceiling or wall mounted bag, you may consider a free standing heavy bag. Free-standing bags usually have a base filled with sand or water, preventing them from tipping over.
Free standing heavy bags are also easy to move in comparison to wall or ceiling mounted bags; though they are heavy and you will need help to move them. The greatest advantage of a free-standing bag is there is no installation necessary, no need to drill holes in the walls or bolt it to the floor. Like ceiling mounted bags, you can also move around the bag in 360 fashion which optimizes your training.
Unfortunately, free-standing bags have very little range of movement; unlike a ceiling mounted bags, they do not sway back and forth but instead remain stationary.
In truth, there are various ways to hang a heavy bag. What is most important is how you intend to use it. Before installing your heavy bag, you must consider the type of training you hope to use it for. For example, a free-standing bag is less conducive to a workout that employs a lot of kicks. But at the same time, your workout may not require the tedious installation of a ceiling mounted bag.
It all depends on your training routine and how you intend to use the bag. Again, safety and durability will be your biggest concerns when hanging your heavy bag. Do not compromise the quality of your heavy bag’s installation in favor of a cheaper and riskier alternative. Like the old adage goes, ‘better be safe than sorry’; hang your heavy bag the right way.