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What Size Heavy Bag Should I Buy?

The size and weight of the heavy bag you train on is a matter of personal preference and also dependent on where you hang it and what you are hanging it from.

Most people hang it from the main support beam of their basement using a large eye hook screwed into the wood.

If thats the case, it should easily hold a 4 ft long, 60 lb heavy bag.  Thats about the standard size any way.

If where you plan to hang the bag isn’t as sturdy buy a lighter one… No biggie.

The bottom line is that you should try training on heavy bags of all shapes, sizes and weights… and pick the one you like the best.  There’s really no right or wrong.

In addition to different size heavy bags, you should also train on other different striking equipment such as top and bottom balls, focus pads, shadow boxing in front of a mirror etc.

The “best bag” that I’ve trained on is a 6 footer that weighs about 100 lb’s.  I like the bag because it is long enough to train punches and low kicks…  Its also good for clinching and knee drills.

The average boxer’s bag is 4 feet long and about 60 lb’s. Thats adequate for strikes and mid level kicks.  That size of bag is the easiest to find and adequate for most purposes.

But once again, it depends on how solid the place is where you are going to hang it…  You  can’t hang a bag in an apartment or from the ceiling of your home if its going to shake the pictures off the walls!

If you have a good place to hang it… such as the main support beam in your basement or perhaps from the joists in your garage, I’d recommend you consider starting with basic 4 foot boxer’s bag.

The material its made of (nylon, cavass, leather) is a matter of personal preference and doesn’t make much difference.

I hope that helps….

 Randy
www.ToughenUp.comWhat Size Heavy Bag? by Randy LaHaie

The size and weight of the heavy bag you train on is a matter of personal preference and also dependent on what you are hanging it from.

Most people hang it from the main support beam of their basement using a large eye hook screwed into the wood.

If thats the case, it should easily hold a 4 ft long, 60 lb heavy bag.  Thats about the standard size any way.

If where you plan to hang the bag isn’t as sturdy buy a lighter one… No biggie.

The bottom line is that you should try training on heavy bags of all shapes, sizes and weights… and pick the one you like the best.  There’s really no right or wrong.

In addition to different size heavy bags, you should also train on other different striking equipment such as top and bottom balls, focus pads, shadow boxing in front of a mirror etc.

The “best bag” that I’ve trained on is a 6 footer that weighs about 100 lb’s.  I like the bag because it is long enough to train punches and low kicks…  Its also good for clinching and knee drills.

The average boxer’s bag is 4 feet long and about 60 lb’s. Thats adequate for strikes and mid level kicks.  That size of bag is the easiest to find and adequate for most purposes.

But once again, it depends on how solid the place is where you are going to hang it…  You  can’t hang a bag in an apartment or from the ceiling of your home if its going to shake the pictures off the walls!

If you have a good place to hang it… such as the main support beam in your basement or perhaps from the joists in your garage, I’d recommend you consider starting with basic 4 foot boxer’s bag.

The material its made of (nylon, cavass, leather) is a matter of personal preference and doesn’t make much difference.

I hope that helps….

Randy
www.ToughenUp.com

About Randy LaHaie

I’m the founder of “Protective Strategies,” a training and consulting company providing self-defense and combative fitness solutions to law enforcement, high-risk professionals and private citizens since 1994. I am a retired police officer, court-declared expert in use-of-force and critical incident performance, and a life-long student of self-defense and combative fitness. “My Thing” is to help people incorporate functional and minimalist workout strategies to improve their health, fitness and personal safety.

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