(Updated December 2020)
To start off this review I wanted to give you some background and advice on how a hanging heavy bag can actually benefit you. The heavy bag is probably one of the most common pieces of equipment every great boxing or mma champion has used which does show there must be some benefit to them.
My aim will be to show how heavy bags help you, the pros and cons, the weight of bag you should consider and my 10 best heavy bag options further below to guide you to make the best decision on which bag to go for.
What is a hanging heavy bag?
The hanging heavy bags is piece of boxing equipment which hangs either usually from the ceiling or from a boxing bag stand.
They can in fact come in a whole variety of different shapes and sizes. For example, boxing bags are generally shorter and chunky to withstand more powerful punches, while MMA bags are a lot thinner and longer to complement leg kicking.
How does a hanging heavy bag help you?
The hanging heavy bag is probably one of the first pieces of equipment you will consider using and is extremely important and effective for boxing and mma training. The heavy bag is particularly good for developing strength, stamina and punch/kicking technique.
Using the heavy bag is very much an aerobic exercise which means you can get a full body workout from using it, this can see you lose a lot of calories from one good session with it. (Check out my heavy bag workout for beginners article to get you started.)
Heavy Bag Pros and Cons
Like with everything, there are pros and cons to using and setting up a hanging heavy bag which will be important for you to consider.
A good and solid heavy bag are usually in fact a lot cheaper to purchase over a decent standing punch bag. If your budget is more limited and you have the space definitely go for a hanging heavy bag in my opinion.
Generally hanging heavy bags are in fact very durable and depending on what one you buy, it can last you a good few years. Most are made for vinyl or synthetic leather which means they are more likely to last long and withstand from splitting. You can also get some bags with gel or foam linings to make them slightly softer when you punch/kick them.
They are also able to withstand very powerful shots a lot better than your average standing punch bags. If you are planning on using a bag for kicking as well a bulkier bag this will help you to improve your overall strength due to firmer resistance from them.
As the bag is hanging from the ceiling (ideally) you are able to have the freedom to move around the bag as you use it. You can also get up close to the bag and practice fighting on the inside without your feet hitting anything.
The other great thing about hanging bags is that they can swing, which means it forces you react, move and position yourself correctly for you next attack. This will really improve your offensive skills a lot, unlike a standing punch bags which are always stationary.
The hanging heavy bag can be a bit of a nuisance when it comes to setting up as you will need a space for it to hang and you preferable have a robust wooden or metal beam on the ceiling. Here is a great article on a way to set up a hanging heavy bag on wiki how.
Another option to set up this is to purchase a hanging heavy bag is to get stand. You find some reasonably priced stands to complement you bag choice on Amazon here.
This is something many don’t consider at first as you need to have your heavy bag in a location where you have the space for it to hang and most importantly enough for you to move around the bag so you can train properly with it.
Now this is a very minor con for me, but hanging heavy bags will swing the harder your punch or kick them. If you are a beginner this can be something hard to get use to a first, but I try to turn this con into a positive by making myself move around the bag.
What weight of heavy bag should you buy?
This can very much vary depending on the bag you get overall I would recommend bag 70lbs – 120lbs if you are buying this for a home gym. If you plan on doing leg kicks consider using a lighter bag or you could cause some serious injury.
What are the best heavy bags?
With so many heavy bag options out there to choose from, I have compiled a list of 10 fantastic options for you to consider for your training and get you started in your home or gym in 2021.
1. Title Boxing Greatest Heavy Bag Ever
Title have created an outstanding hanging heavy bag and their claim is very much in the name ‘greatest heavy bag ever”. This is a real tough bag that has been packed with poly-micro fiber fillings which will stop the bag from sagging overtime which makes it a great investment if you want a bag that will last a long time.
Title boxing have designed this to give an ‘ideal impact and life-like striking surface feel’. A great longer term bag to consider for a gym or home gym.
2. RDX Training Heavy Bag Kit
RDX have come up with an excellent heavy bag punch package combination which includes a 4ft-5ft heavy bag with 5 different design options to choose from.
To help you out further they have included a swivel chain and ceiling hook for you to hang the bag when you install it – and no it doesn’t end there, they also throw in a pair for RDX boxing training bag gloves and hand wraps so you can get training straight away. They also have included a grip strength tool and skipping rope and mini boxing gloves to hang for your car dashboard.
A really decent package for any beginner looking to get started in training or this could also make a great gift for someone.
3. Outslayer Filled Punching Bag
Outslayer Punching Bag is a 100 pound professional heavy bag made in USA. The Outslayer heavy bags are known worldwide for outstanding quality and durability which they are incredibly confident about it withstanding the test of time with a 10 year warranty.
This boxing bag is filled only with fabric which means you won’t experience excess sinking and hard / hollow spots as with other brands it will happen to over a short period of time. This is without a doubt one of the best heavy bags that will have you punching in years to come.
4. Ringside Filled Leather Heavy Bag
If you are just looking for a very traditional old school leather bag, this Ringside bag might just be the one for you. This is an extremely durable bag due to the powerhide material it is made from which makes it ideal for long term usage.
The bag also handily comes with a bag swivel and chain for which will make it a lot easier for you when installing.
5. Everlast C3 Foam Heavy Punch Bag
Similar to the Omni strike bag above, this bag has a C3 foam panel which covers the vast majority of the bag, Everlast state this is too ‘increased cushioning, support, and force dispersion that serious hitters need during heavy workouts.’
The bag comes in around 4ft and weigh at 32kg which means it’s ideally suited for those just practicing boxing.
6. RDX MMA Uppercut Angled Heavy Punch Bag
Now if you have done any type of boxing training on a heavy bag before you will now that it is quite difficult to practice your uppercuts on traditional bags. RDX have created a great option for those of you who like to throw these punches which help you perfect this punch combination.
They have also thrown in a pair of sparring and bag gloves to get you started with this bag.
Or why not check out my top 10 uppercut bags review here.
7. Everlast Traditional Heavy Bag
Another really solid traditional bag created by Everlast which can come either 70lbs (best suited MMA) or 100lbs (boxing/striking users). Everlast have also included some bag gloves and hand wrap with this package which is ideal for beginners. There is also an elastic bungee cord to add more resistance to the bag.
8. Ringside 100-pound Muay Thai Punching Heavy Bag
If you want a lighter bag to punch and also kick, Ringside have created an adapted bag of the above (number 4 punch bag) into a Muay Thai/MMA heavy punch bag. This comes with all the same features as the above – created with powerhide leather, bag swivel and chain.
9. Title Boxing Soft Strike Heavy Punching Bag
Title have come up with another very efficient heavy bag which was designed so boxers have a ‘less dense, more lenient hitting surface to help alleviate sore knuckles, wrists, elbows and shoulders’ The bag can come in either 70lbs or 100lbs pound and has a synthetic leather finish to it.
10. Everlast Hydro Strike
Everlast have created their own interpretation of a water based filled punch bag that provides a life-like feel when punching.
In the case of these bags being different, the Everlast Hydro Strike punch bag is slightly longer than the original Aqua punch bag, so it gives you a more even punching area to throw different combinations.
The Hydro Strike weighs in around 100lbs once filled, make sure when purchasing the bag you buy a heavy duty chain to hang with it.
Hope you enjoyed this review and hopefully this will help you make the best decision. Make sure to check out more of boxing reviews here or why not check out my top 10 free standing punch bags if none of the above pick your fancy.
Also let me know in the comments below which option you might like to go for?
Thanks for reading!