There are lots of questions like “What Size of Heavy Bag do I need?” on boxing or martial arts forums and there are also LOTS of heavy bag types on the market and getting one for your need requires some info. You will find all about the sizing of heavy bags in this short content. Also, there is a speed bag sizing guide at the end of the writing.
Heavy Bag Sizing
Will You Kick it or will You Use it only for Boxing?
First things first, this question changes a lot about the sizing and you may already know the rule which heavy bag’s weight should be half of your weight. Well, it applies when you get a punching bag for only punching. If you are looking for a heavy bag to do only punching without any kicks etc… then, 1/2 of the weight rule would be your way to go. For example, if you are 170 Ibs, then bags between 80 and 90 Ibs would be fine. These bags are generally shorter than 55″.
You may also look for a punching bag to kick. This type of punching bags are taller and swing more than shorter heavy bags especially when you kick. These heavy bags are taller than 60″ and shouldn’t be flying after your kick. When it is the case, get bigger than half of your weight. So its swing will be optimal and also it will give you optimal resistance. For example if you weigh 180 Ibs, then 100 Ibs punching bags are perfect.
Free Standing Heavy Bags
I have been a fan of free standing bags for years. They are so easy to set up and provide lots of workout types. I have been doing boxing training with these type of bags for a long time and I come to a conclusion that you need to experiment. For example, Century Wavemaster XXL just gives too much resistance and I actually had to empty the bag around 20 Ibs for getting a high quality training. Some bags have different unique features like this and you can check them out on here. Also, after you train with one, according to your training quality you can fill or empty it. And when you get stronger, you might even add some weight.
How to Choose Speed Bag Size?
What is the best size speed bag for beginners?
Speed bags are for improving hand eye coordination ,timing, physical improvement and obviously speed. There are 5″ x 8″ (Small), 6″ x 9″ (Medium), 7″ x 10″ (Large) types of speed bags. With that, punching large speed bags are easier because they are easier to hit and slower than small bags. So, these are perfect for beginners
As you gain more experience and condition, you can choose smaller speed bags. With speed bag training, your shoulders will improve significantly and have incredible muscle tone.
Even when you improve your physical condition and get used to crazy arm and shoulder burning, doing boxing training with different size of speed bags change the tension on muscles. In this way, your muscles will develop better. Also your hand eye coordination and timing improve even more. So, don’t throw away and practice with your old larger speed bags once in a while 😉
These are all sizing guides of bags for training. If you have any further questions, please leave a comment below.