Last updated on September 19th, 2018
If you are on a tight budget and you cannot afford to buy even a cheap heavy bag, that does not mean you have to neglect at home boxing workout.
You just have to follow the DIY punching bag guide below, and you will have a piece that functions almost like “real” equipment. And, it costs you only a few bucks.
What you need is a durable sack, a plastic bag, materials for filling, and a hanger and ropes for hanging. It is so easy even a kid can make it.
From the following video, you can learn how to make a punching bag at home easy.
It is obvious, isn’t it? But let me give you a bit more advice on how to make a homemade punching bag that is going to be the most suitable for you.
1. How heavy are you?
It is recommended to use a bag that is about half of your weight. So, in case you are 180 pounds, you need equipment which is about 70-90 pounds. This way it will not swing too much nor be too stationary so that you can throw power punches on it as well as practice your timing, accuracy, etc.
On the other hand, if you want to use the bag mainly for cardio training, lighter equipment is maybe more suitable for you since it forces you to move more because of the swinging.
2. The size of the bag
To tell the truth, I do not know how long a typical seed or potato sack is, but I think that are about 40 inches or a little bit longer. That is OK since it provides enough surface to practice the various punches. However, if you want to kick it as well, you need something longer.
In the video, the guy used the potato sack as the shell which is the best choice I think. It is very durable and cheap. But, you need to use a plastic bag inside to avoid the filling coming through the small holes.
The main problem with that fabric is that it is somewhat rough so wear boxing gloves to avoid bruise.
3. Filling the bag
Well, you can use a lot of types of material to fill your homemade heavy bag. Pieces of rugs, clothes, sawdust, foam, sand, etc. are all OK.
However, if you use just light filling such as sawdust or foam, it is going to be too light. If you only use clothes or sand, then it will be too heavy and hard.
So, the best is to combine the materials. When I fill it, I mainly mix fabric and foam layer by layer. This way the filling does not sink, and the surface is not too firm nor too soft. You can check out my tutorial here.
Anyway, you can quickly add or remove filling to find the optimal weight and hardness for you.
Since we use a rope, it is easy to hang the bag somewhere maybe on a tree or beam. But, the best way is to buy a hanger for a few bucks since it swivels so the bag will move better. Pay attention to correct installation to prevent falling and injuries!
Have no space? You can also make a DIY heavy bag stand.
How to make a punching bag out of tires?
Another way is to use tires. Check the following video how to do it.
Will such a bag provide a good workout experience?
It will not be a Title or Ringside level equipment, but if you do your job well, it is going to be a good training partner. Not to mention you can save hundreds of dollars.
Do you have any questions? Other ideas on how to make your own punching bag? Share with us below.