When selecting a
heavy bag, there are many variables that need to be considered
Do you want a hanging bag or a freestanding bag?
Hanging bags may mount to the wall or ceiling or to a bag
stand. Click here to see
our wall and ceiling mounting options. Click here to see
our bag stand options.
Freestanding bags, on the other hand, stand alone. Their
bases may be filled with sand or water. Click
here to see our many freestanding bags.
What sort of filling is best?
Heavy bags may have a thick synthetic foam filler for shock
absorbency, while others are filled with shredded rags and
sand. These bags have a more solid feel and provide a lot of
Still other manufacturers offer heavy bags that may be
filled with water. Water-filled bags are much easier on your
hands and wrists, in fact your whole body, than a traditional
bag because the water helps to absorb the impact of your
punch, however, it still provides a great workout. An added
bonus is that because the bag is shipped unfilled, it is much
less expensive to send.
Should you get an unfilled bag? If so, what should you
fill it with?
An unfilled bag is a good alternative, especially for
international customers, who do not want to pay the high cost
of shipping a pre-filled bag. The bag is filled with bits of
rag or other soft material and small bags of sand for added
weight. Pre-filled bags are hydraulically stuffed, so you will
not be able to achieve this if you fill the bag by hand.
However, we have not had an unfilled bag returned. We
recommend talking to your local fabric shop to see if they
have anything you can use for filler. Click
here to view our selection of unfilled heavy bags.
What size bag should you get?
Heavy bags range from 25 pounds to 200+ pounds. You want to
have a bag that is sufficiently heavy to not move around too
much while you are pummeling it. For the average person, a bag
in the range of 70-100 pounds should be heavy enough. Most
gyms, fitness centers and health clubs prefer 100-150 pound
bags to accommodate extensive use.
What type of outer covering should you choose?
The covering really depends on your budget and expected use. A
leather bag will last longer than either a synthetic or canvas
bag, but is more than twice the price. For the home user or
commercial club that is unsure how much use the bag will get,
we suggest a synthetic bag. We recommend a synthetic covering
over a canvas one because the synthetic bag is much easier to
clean and resists mildew. For professional, military or heavy
commercial use we suggest a professional leather bags. If your
budget can afford it, you may want to opt for the professional
bags which are the most durable.
Click here to view
our selection of heavy bags.