If you are a martial artist who wants to train at home, you need a heavy bag. With a heavy punching bag, you can get a great workout without needing a pad holder. The bag can be used to work on your technique, timing, combinations, conditioning, or any other aspect of your game.
Regardless of your martial art background, a heavy bag is a piece of equipment that can help you improve. There is a reason why all the best fighters in the world use the heavy bag as an essential part of their training.
Now that you understand the importance of using a heavy bag, the next thing we need to talk about is setting up a heavy bag. Most heavy bags require you to hang the bag from a hook attached to either a ceiling or wall bracket. The only heavy bags that don’t require you to hang are free standing bags, which I do not recommend you use.
If you don’t want to drill holes in your wall and ceiling, then you need to purchase a heavy bag stand that will hold the heavy bag. Bag stands are not attached to anything and do not require drilling into a permanent structure.
This article is going to break down everything you need to know about heavy bag stands and help you make the right selection for you home needs.
Heavy Bag Stand Designs
When you are looking for a heavy bag stand the design is the first thing you should think about. Some heavy bag stands are designed for specific sports like Boxing, and don’t give you enough room to throw kicks properly because of the bars may be in the way.
Heavy bag stands that are designed for kicking will have the bag stand legs wider apart. This allows the bag to swing and gives you the ability to move around the heavy bag and work on your footwork in addition to your strikes.
The bag stand holders that are mounted to the ceiling or wall are sturdier, but require you to drilling into the structure of the room. These are the types of bag stands that you will find used in Boxing or Muay Thai gyms that you visit. Unfortunately, most people training at home don’t have an area that they can properly mount a bag stand on.
When choosing a heavy bag stand you need to measure the amount of space you have available in your room. Don’t make the mistake of buying a massive stand that takes up space that you don’t have. The smaller Boxing bag stands are better for people who don’t have big spaces in their homes.
The cheapest way to hang a heavy bag is to buy a heavy bag hanger that attaches to your ceiling beam. You drill the bag hanger to your ceiling beam and then hang your heavy bag chains around the loop. You can also use a universal heavy bag hanger that can wrap around any exposed beam that you may have in your home.
Weight Limit on the Bag Stand
Something else you should consider is the weight capacity of the bag stand. Most bag stands should have a weight capacity of around 100 lbs. This means you can hang up to a 100lb bag on the stand without running into any issues.
If the heavy bag is too heavy for the bag stand’s capacity, it can cause the beam to bend down. Even worse, if you are mounting the bag from your ceiling it could even collapse on you.
Most heavy bags are 100lbs or less, so you probably won’t run into this problem. Just be aware that the weight of your heavy bag will play a factor in the bag stand that you choose.
The construction quality of the heavy bag stand is going to depend on how much you pay. A mid-level bag stand should provide you with a decent build that will last you. At this price range, you may notice some creaking when you hit the bag.
Cheaper bag stands are made from steel tubing and are light weight. This helps save on the cost of materials and makes the shipping cost cheaper as well.
The lighter weight bag stands will also tend to sway back and forth. To prevent the bag stand from moving, you can put weighted sand bags on the base of the bag stand. The added weights will prevent the base from jerking after every time you strike the bag with power.
Setting up Your Bag Stand
Most heavy bag stands are quite easy to setup. Your bag stand will arrive in a large box that is full of long pieces and parts. It will come with a step by step manually on how to properly install the stand. If you can set up your Ikea furniture, you shouldn’t have a problem building a bag stand.
The setup process may take some time if you are not good at installing things by hand. You may want to get the help of a friend if you find some of the pieces too heavy. Once you start installing the stand you will be done in under 30 minutes.
After installing the heavy bag stand, the next step is to attach your heavy bag to the stand. This process can be difficult if you have a 100lb or more bag. I usually pick up the bag itself and get someone to attach the hooks around the loop of the bag stand.
Remember that heavy bags are sold separately from the heavy bag stands, so you should already have the heavy bag ready when you are installing your heavy bag stand.
The cost of the bag stands will range from $100 to $1400 depending on what stand you get. The reason for such a wide variation in prices is because the cheaper bag stands use less materials and use cheaper steel tubing for the stand. They weigh less weight and require you to add weights to prevent the stand from moving around.
Premium bag stands are made of heavy duty steel and usually come with lifetime guarantees. In addition to the warranty, they also have better designs that allow the bag to swing and give you more space to move around.
For around $300-400 you can get a decent stand that will get the job done. You may experience some squeakiness when the bag is swinging, but these stands should give you ample space to work on your footwork as the bag is in motion.
Top Heavy Bag Stand Picks
Best Overall Bag Stand
Century Cornerman Bag Stand
The Century Cornerman bag stand provides the best design to allow you movement around the bag. This is something that is very important if you want to work on your footwork when you train. The right angle of the bag gives you more space than the other bag stands on the market.
This bag stand has a 100lb capacity, which is something you should keep in mind if you have a heavy bag that is heavier. I like the design of this stand because it gives you good movement compared to the other stands.
The stand comes with a manufacturer warranty included when you buy it. It is made from durable steel to ensure that it stays strong when your heavy bag is swinging around. The design of the stand helps prevent it from slipping around.
The bottom legs of the stand are adjustable to ensure that you can fit it in your home. Since this stand is bigger than some of the other stands you find, I would make sure you measure the space that you plan to set the stand up in to ensure that you have adequate room for the stand.
Good for Movement
The right-angle design of this stand allows you good movement when you are working on the heavy bag. While other stands have narrow legs that come close together, this stand has legs that are far apart. While the stand may creak a bit, it is a good design that is good for Muay Thai.
Another Excellent Choice
Outslayer Muay Thai Heavy Bag Stand
One of the best heavy bag stands on the market is the Outslayer Muay Thai Heavy Bag stand. Unlike some of the other stands around the same price, this stand gives you space to move around the bag and work on your angles.
It comes 7.5ft tall to ensure that you can place any sized heavy bag on the stand without any issues. The 10-year warranty certificate will also give you piece in mind that if anything goes wrong, you can get replacement parts if needed.
The Outslayer heavy bag stand comes with 4 unfilled bags that you can add to the base of the station. This will prevent the stand from moving when you strike it. The assembly of the stand is very straightforward and easy.
Good Overall Stand
If you don’t want to get a wall or ceiling mounted bag stand, the Outslayer is a good option that isn’t going to break the bank. I suggest you fill up the bags with sand and place it on the base legs of the stand so it prevents it from swinging around.
Best ‘No Budget” Bag Stand
Balazs Universal Boxing Stand
The Balazs Universal Boxing stand is a premium stand that is the best on the market. This stand can support up to 300lbs and comes with a life time warranty included. This is one of those products that you buy once and use forever.
The heavy weight of the stand ensures that you don’t have to buy extra weight to keep the stand in place. This is noticeably if you are used to a stand that moves after hard strikes.
You can upgrade the stand platform to include a speed bag or even hang more punching bags from the stand. This is the perfect heavy bag stand for someone with an unlimited budget who wants to buy the absolute best punching bag stand out there.
The stand can fit a punching bag up to 6 ft. long and the design gives you space to move around the bag without worry about tripping on the legs of the stand.
Best Heavy Bag Stand on the Market. At a price point of over $1000, you need to have a pretty large budget if you want to afford this premium stand.
Best Affordable Bag Stand
Everlast Two Station Bag Stand
For people looking for the cheapest option the Everlast Heavy bag stand is an option. This stand offers you the ability to hang a heavy bag and also a speed bag on the stand.
The biggest issue with this stand is the legs of the stand come out near you bottom of the heavy bag. This means you can’t move around the bag when you strike it and can only strike the bag from the front.
With such long legs, it doesn’t give you the option to move around the bag when you are striking it. One way to solve this is to drill the bag stand directly to the floor and cut off the legs of the stand, making them less protruding. This is only an option if you have concrete or something you can drill into to keep it from moving.
This heavy bag has a capacity of 100 lbs. and will be able to hold most heavy bags on the market. Expect the bag stand to creak and move when you strike it, but other than that it will work.
Good Entry Level Bag Stand
If you are looking for an entry level bag stand to work on your Boxing skills, this may be an option. This is not a bag stand you can use for Muay Thai because the legs go too far out and don’t give you room to move around.
A good heavy bag stand will make all the difference in the world when it comes to training at home. It is important to choose a bag stand that will offer you enough versatility for your training. If you want to work on your footwork when you are hitting the heavy bag, it is important to look for stands that allow you to move around the bag.
Some bag stands are restrictive and only allow you to hit the bag from the front side. Not only is this frustrating, it can also be a detriment to your development as a marital artist. Striking involves constant movement and balance, which is why you need a bag that offers you space to move.
The weight capacity of the heavy bag is something else that should be considered. If you plan on hanging a heavy bag that weighs over 100lbs you will need to find a bag that can hold that weight capacity.
Of course, your heavy bag selection will be limited to your price range. For the right price, you can get a quality heavy bag that will provide you good support for your heavy bag. Keep in mind that you will need to install the bag stand when it arrives at your home.