Step-By-Step: How To Assemble Your Punching Bag and Bag Ring
Assembling your freestanding bag is one of the first steps towards taking your training to the next level. While having a heavy punching bag isn't required for boxing training, it can certainly help you improve your power and technique.
Learning how to set up your punching bag isn’t difficult, but there are two main parts that are crucial to assembly that will be covered in this article: the punching bag and the bag ring. Let’s dive right into the first part.
How Do I Assemble My Freestanding Heavy Bag?
A FightCamp punching bag comes in two (2) pieces: the punching bag base and the bag itself. One of the most common questions asked with bag assembly is how do you attach a freestanding bag to its base?
First, you will need to fill the base of your bag with either sand or water. Sand is usually preferred as it creates a heavier base as compared to water. With just sand, you can expect the base to weigh about 350 lbs., whereas with just water, the standard base will be about 250 lbs. You may also choose to do a combination of both for an even heavier base.
After filling the base, the FightCamp bag can be assembled in three (3) easy steps. Follow along with FightCamp trainers Aaron Swenson and Flo Master as they show you how it’s done:
Take the bag and lift it directly onto the punching bag stand until it sits flush against the lip of the base.
Take the flaps on the bottom of the bag and wrap them over the lip of the base as tightly as you can.
Using the attached straps, work each strap through the buckle closest to it and pull tightly to securely fasten the flaps to the base.
After following these steps, your bag should be secured on the base. Before testing it with full strikes, shake the bag slightly to ensure everything is properly fastened and attached.
Now that your punching bag is attached to the base, you want to make sure that it is stable. You can stabilize your bag using a bag ring (included in the FightCamp equipment package).
How Do I Assemble My Heavy Bag Ring?
Assembling the heavy bag ring is easy and can be done in less than a minute.
Place your bag ring where you want your freestanding heavy bag to sit.
Roll your punching bag onto the middle of your bag ring, so that the velcro is exposed on all sides.
Place the provided curved pieces flush onto the velcro on all sides.
Just like that, your bag ring is all assembled! You can now hit your bag as hard as you like without having to worry about it shuffling all over the place.
Why Do You Need a Bag Ring?
While a punching bag ring isn’t completely necessary for your punching bag, it has a number of benefits for your training. First and foremost, a bag ring creates a stable and “locked” position for your heavy bag so it doesn’t slide around when hit. You won’t have to stop in the middle of your boxing training to drag it back into place and reset. Additionally, if you only have a limited amount of space to practice, ensuring that your bag stays in one place, such as on your exercise mat is key.
Once you have both your punching bag and your bag ring assembled, you can begin your training. Visit our blog or YouTube channel to learn more and discover workouts to try on your new bag.
The Author: Jerry Randolph (aka Flo Master) grew up in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Being bullied as a kid, he looked for ways to break away from that narrative and found his way to dancing. He didn’t become just any kind just of dancer; he became a BBoy. He became Flo Master. Flo quickly rose to fame as a dancer, performing with superstars like Usher, Ciara, Jennifer Lopez, and Will Smith. Despite this success, he felt that something was missing from his life. He knew that he wasn’t able to defend himself. Flo turned to martial arts and boxing and knew that it was the missing piece to the puzzle. Training with Jeremy Horn, Anderson “The Spider” Silva, and Erik Paulson gave Flo the real confidence that he needed as a boy in Maryland. He took his passion for dance and his love for martial arts and began working in the group fitness industry. His guiding force is to give people what he wished someone had given him when he was coming up; encouragement and empowerment. Flo Master is a Founding FightCamp Coach, eternal entertainer, and father to his two kids, who just happen to be excellent dancers and martial artists.