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The boxing bag, also known as punching bag, evolved along combat sports. Today the boxing bag is used not just in boxing, but in different fighting styles like MMA, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, etc. Punching bags come in different sizes, materials, shapes and weights, and due to this variety, they can now be adapted to different household requirements.
Until recently, the most common place to hang a heavy bag was the ceiling. Right now, boxing bags can be easily hooked to a wall, with the help of wall-mounted brackets. Most recent developments in boxing equipment brought to life the free standing punch bags, which stay in position thanks to a base the can be filled with water or sand-like materials, allowing the boxing bag to sustain the hardest of blows.
And since boxing workouts are also a great way to improve your conditioning, you don’t need to train boxing to incorporate a punching bag in your fitness routine. A few minutes on the heavy bag will help strengthening chest muscles, hips, legs and wrists, while helping with your balance as well.
The height of a traditional boxing bag vary between 3.9ft and 5ft, but the most common format is the 4ft boxing bag. Free standing punch bags however, can go up to 5.9ft.
Old school punching bags were filled with sand, but those fell out of use because of their tendency to lose weight and density. The materials used in modern boxing bags can vary but they are usually made with a synthetic leather lining and filled with fabrics and/or sawdust. The seams are normally made of polyester lines for greater resistance.
"Which boxing bag is right for you?"
Boxing bags are more commonly found hanging from the ceiling or a beam. One advantage of that setup is is that it allows you to emulate the movement of an opponent instead of just a fixed target.
If your space has structural limitations that prevent you from hang the boxing bag on the ceiling, you can get wall-mounted hook which safely holds your boxing bag at a suitable distance and allows you to punch in almost any direction.
There’s also the option of free standing punch bags. These punching bags have a large base base normally filled with water or sand like materials that keep them in place. However, they do not allow the height to be adjusted like those that are hung from a ceiling or a beam.