Free-standing punching bags are perfect for an at-home gym setup. They are portable, don't require any modifications to your house during set up, and take up much less space than a swinging hanging bag – unless your bag is scooting across the floor during your workout, of course.
One of the common complaints about free-standing bags is that they are unstable. This can be due to a variety of factors, but more often than not it comes down to the quality of the product itself. Here we’ll look at some of the ways you can keep your bag from migrating across the floor during your boxing and kickboxing workouts and explore why a free-standing bag is a great option for your at-home boxing gym.
Why does my free-standing punching bag move so much?
One of the reasons free-standing bags are so convenient is that they don’t move wildly like a hanging heavy bag. While most free-standing punching bags will move slightly when struck with powerful force, the movement shouldn’t be excessive.
Here are three (3) reasons your free-standing punching bag may be moving:
1. Light Base
Free-standing bag bases can be too light, either because they are not filled properly or they are poorly designed.
2. Slippery Flooring
Never place your free-standing bag directly on wood, laminate, carpet, or concrete flooring. Most heavy bag bases are made with plastic which will slide with each strike and potentially damage the floor.
3. Poor Quality
Not every free-standing punching bag design is equal. Some designs are top heavy, some don’t have enough weight in their base, and others are simply made of low-quality materials.
Do free-standing punching bags fall over?
For obvious safety reasons, free-standing punching bags should NOT be easy to tip over, but unfortunately, many of them do!
Most free-standing punching bags are not well-balanced, meaning a strong kick can send them sideways. Newer designs with longer profiles and secure bases are significantly more stable. You may be able to physically push the bag over if there is no weight in the base, but it should not be so unstable that it falls over from a powerful punch or kick.
How do I keep a free-standing heavy bag from sliding?
Even with a heavily weighted base, some free-standing heavy bags will still slide during an intense workout. This is where the right mat becomes essential.
Most common household flooring is unsuitable for your at-home boxing gym. The best thing to do before you set up your free-standing bag is to place a quality rubber mat in your designated workout space. The mat will provide enough added friction under the heavy base to keep your bag from sliding.
Three (3) Ways to Stabilize Your Free-Standing Punching Bag:
1. Fill the Base with Sand
Most free-standing bag bases can be filled with either water or sand, but the heavier sand offers more stability and won’t slosh around. For even more stability, we recommend that you fill the base with a combination of water and sand. The heavy base of the FightCamp bag can fit roughly 350 pounds of sand, and if you add water to that, you’ll definitely have a sturdy and stable base to keep it from moving during training.
For a step-by-step guide on how to fill your heavy base, check out this article.
2. Buy a Mat
You need to have the right workout mat under your free-standing bag. A quality gym mat will protect your floors from damage and provide traction underneath your free-standing bag, so your base doesn’t slide. A rubber mat is usually your best bet.
FightCamp’s signature puzzle mat comes in eight 2’ x 2’ squares to form a perfect 8’ x 4’ workout space. Included in every FightCamp equipment package is also the one-of-a-kind FightCamp bag ring to lock your punching bag in place.
3. Invest in a Better Bag
Many cheaper free-standing bags simply don’t have stability built into their design. If you want to be able to go all-out on your heavy bag, it is well worth it to upgrade your equipment. Boxing is a high-impact sport so your gear needs to be durable enough to take a beating.
So, if you're in the market for a bag or need an upgrade, free-standing bags allow you to build your own boxing gym right at home, but not all bags are ideal for intense boxing and kickboxing training. Do your research before buying a bag to avoid investing in one that isn’t designed for high intensity combat sports like boxing and kickboxing. If you already have a free-standing bag and are still struggling to keep it in place, it may be best to replace it with something more stable.
FightCamp’s modern free-standing punching bag is one of the best on the market. This bag is made with high-quality, durable materials and is designed with intense fighters in mind. It’s easy to set up with plenty of support available from the FightCamp team. Pioneering features like the long design, base ring, and puzzle mat mean that the stability of FightCamp’s punching bag is unmatched in side-by-side comparisons.
If you’re constantly adjusting or chasing your free-standing punching bag around the room during your boxing workouts, check out FightCamp’s equipment packages and upgrade your home boxing setup!
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