Punching bags are a great way to practice or work out in the comfort of your home or garage. Installing them is not challenging, and there are four different options to use when setting one up in your residence.
How and where you choose to set up your punching bag may depend on a variety of factors. Renting may play a role in where you are able to install the bag. If you are hesitant to place holes in your walls because you are concerned about resale value, this will also determine what options are available to you.
There are a few things to consider before hanging your punching bag:
- What is the weight of the bag when it’s filled?
- What type of ceiling is there where you want to place the bag?
Heavy bags can be placed in a variety of ways. They may be placed hanging from a ceiling joist, or by utilizing a special mount in the ceiling. If, structurally, you are unable to hang one from the ceiling, or you are a renter, a freestanding punching bag is recommended.
What is the Weight?
As a safety precaution, and to prevent installation errors, you will need to know the bag’s weight. This will help in determining how much weight needs to be supported prior to installing the bag.
While punching bags come in a variety of weights, the average bag weighs 70 lbs. The typical range for a punching bag is between 70-100 lbs. Furthermore, commercial bags are even heavier. These are usually 200 pounds.
However, the weight is only part of the equation.
When the bag is punched, the force of the blow will have additional weight. The bag will begin to swing as a result, which will turn into centrifugal force. This force may be more than the bag’s initial weight.
In calculating centrifugal force, we use the following equation:
- Discover the punching bag’s mass
- Calculate the radius of the rotation
- Find the velocity of the punching bag
- Plug it into the equation and solve
Or you could use a calculator!
Keep in mind the bag will move up a bit while in the air every time it is punched. The weight will then return to whatever it is anchored to. Once all the calculations are done, then you can begin hanging up the punching bag.
The Four Ways to Hang a Punching Bag
First Method: Hang the Bag from a Ceiling Joist
This is the most recommended way to hang a heavy bag- chaining it over a ceiling joist. It’s usually a 2/6” board spaced out every 16”. Depending on the ceiling, it may be further apart or made from various sized boards.
In the perfect situation, you will have an open joist to hang the bag as is found in a basement or garage. If not, you may end up having to find a joist before using the bag.
To locate a joist, use a stud finder. Locating the joist in these types of ceilings is relatively easy.
Start at the edge of one wall. By using the stud finder, begin looking for the joist at 16” out. If you are unable to locate it, try at 24”. If you are unable to locate the joists, try one more time from an adjacent wall. This may be more fruitful.
If your ceiling is textured, get above it and visually inspect the area for a joist. Search for nail heads indented in the wood. This is usually where the joist is located.
Once the joist is found, locate the center of it. A thin nail can be used to puncture through the ceiling to search for the center. If, though, you are not handy, a contractor may be advisable. Otherwise, you may cause yourself extra work, and you may do damage to the house.
Once the center of the joist is found, prepare to install the hardware. This will allow you to mount the bag.
You will need the following tools:
- Power drill
- Bag and chains
Then, incorporate the following instructions to install the bag to the ceiling joist:
- A hole should be drilled in the ceiling joist beam
- Proceed by twisting an eyebolt into the hole
- Use a wrench to tighten it
- Attach the chain to the bag, then to the S-hook
- Hoist the bag up (ask another person for help with this part), then attach the S-hook to the eyebolt
- Do a few test punches to ensure it is properly attached
Second Method: Attach it to the Ceiling
Ceiling mounts come with specific hardware. The person needs to locate where the ceiling joist connects to the support beam for the installation.
The tools necessary for installation are:
- Bag and chains
- Power drill
To install the heavy punching bag, follow these instructions:
- Hold the mount in the ceiling’s location. This will allow you to mark where the bolts need to be applied
- In the places you marked, drill holes
- Utilize the wrench and/or screwdriver to place the mount in the ceiling
- Place the chains to the bag and then the S-hook
- Take the bag and hang it up on the mount containing the S-hook
Again, test the bag to ensure that everything is safe.
Third Method: Mounting it to a Wall
Some people prefer to attach their punch bag to a wall. It may also be done this way if you are unable to mount it to a ceiling or joist.
The most important thing to note is not to put the wall mount in drywall. This can only be done for masonry walls.
The necessary tools for this job are:
- Bag and chains
- Power drill
This type of mount can be installed as outlined:
- Place the mount against the wall. Mark the placement of the bolts
- In the marked areas, drill holes
- By placing the wall mount over the holes, use the included hardware to install it
- Mount the bag and S-hook to the chain
- Hang the bag to the wall mount
The last step it to ensure that it is securely fastened.
Fourth Method: The Freestanding Heavy Bag Stand
This option is ideal for renters, or if the person is averse to placing holes in the ceiling or walls. It should, though, be seen as a last resort as the stands aren’t always the most stable. Stands can move, wobble, or fall over when hit.
This can be avoided by placing a weight on the stand to secure its position. Yet, even when weighted, they can pose a safety hazard.
Hanging a freestanding punch bag isn’t difficult. Just attach the chain to the S-hook, run the S-hook to the bag, then place it on the stand.
Any of these methods will work. Where you choose to place the bag is determined both by the individual and the parameters of the house. However, people who rent may have fewer choices than an actual homeowner.
Whichever method you choose, ensure that you properly calculate the full weight you are going to require. This is especially important for options one through three. The full weight is not merely the weight of the bag, but the force that you are exerting on the bag with every repeated blow.
You want to make sure that the wall, ceiling, or joist can withstand this type of pressure beforehand. If it can’t, and the punching bag is installed, then you may have more of a DIY project than you had originally anticipated.
If you are wrapping around a ceiling joist, ensure that it is done correctly, especially if it is a supporting beam. There are several methods in finding the correct location. If you are unable to do this on your own, use a handyman or contractor before proceeding.
If you’remounting a bag to a ceiling, non-textured ceilings work best. They are the easiest to install and are less complicated.
Textured ceilings are a little bit more complex. Users may have to go above the ceiling and visually look for the joist.
If all the other methods are not an option, invest in a freestanding bag stand. This should be considered a last resort, as these bags are prone to falling over if a weight is not used to secure them. Even then, they can be hazardous.
They are not always ideal to use, but they are a viable option.
Punching bags are a great way to work out or practice at home. A daily workout is essential to personal health and has some emotional benefits as well. People who exercise maintain a more positive outlook due to the chemicals the brain releases. Knowing how to properly install a punching bag will help you reach your fitness goals and maintain a healthier lifestyle.