Sure you can hang a bag. Just make sure it isn't too heavy and it is
secured. Here is a video clip of Ross Enamait, M.S., CFT hitting the bag in
He's definitely whipping that bag's ass. I've got a 100 lb bag hanging off a
joist in my garage and it hurts my arms to really pound it. Of course, I've got
some hardware in them so I guess I can't have everything.
Getting back to topic: I just drilled a small hole through the joist and hung
the bag on a bolt with great big fender washers to prevent the bolt from eating
the joist. It works fine.
This might also help with the stress on the structure, and maybe the
(or http://tinyurl.com/4rto8 ) if that link gets broken. Never tried
these so don't know if it will just bob up and down or not, esp. with
a 100-150 lb bag.
Based on feedback from people at my martial art's club and from a
martial arts store owner's personal opinion:
1) Over time you can damage the floor joist and/or the flooring above
the heavy bag. The 100 lbs heavy bag will swing from side to side,
creating a swinging torsion on the floor joist from which it hangs,
lifting/loosening the subfloor which over time can damage the flooring
above it. For example if the heavy bag is hanging in the basement
underneath the kitchen, and the kitchen has ceramic tiles, these may
crack. If its hardwood, the hardwood may become squeaky over time.
This is what a (very honest) martial arts store owner warned me when I
was shopping in his store for a heavy bag.
2) I've also had some people at my martial arts club tell me that
they've damaged their floor joist with their heavy bag, twisting its
shape (i.e. its now curved).
3) And everybody tells me that its loud. People in your house (most
notably those in the room directly above) will hear it unless you
punch and kick like a sissy :)
That being said, any punching bag is loud, including the free standing
ones like the Wave Masters. You can try hanging it from the metal
I-beam (if its exposed in the basement) which I've heard eliminates
most of the problems listed above when you hang it against a floor
joist. However hanging it from there will be louder than from a
wooden floor joist.
Hanging it in a garage is a good alternative, as is getting a hanging
cage for a heavy bag (literally a metal frame from which you hang the
bag). The main problem with the cage is that they are tall and you
need a basement with at least a 8' ceiling clearance. Some versions
also require you weighting the cage down with dumbbell plates so that
it doesn't tip over or move around. There is a version by Century
called the CornerMan that sits in a corner and doesn't require weights
to hold it down however the legs extend 9' in both directions from the
corner. Its also designed for a 70 lbs bag.
The hanging cages are usually around $200 - $300, but I've seen some
professional models sell for $1,500. The professional models are
usually designed to provide you with a less restrictive access to the
heavy bag VS the cheaper ones (i.e. you have more freedom around the
bag). You'll know what I mean if you see/try both models.
Its possible to get brackets that mount directly against the studs in
a wall, and hang the heavy bag from this, but I've heard that these
are worse than hanging the bag from the ceiling. Especially since the
bag will always be swinging and hitting the wall possibly creating
large indentations in the drywall (again, unless you punch like a
Depends on the house and the beam, but in general I've found the
rattle the whole place.
Pick up a free standing bag frame. There were some good 2-station
frames for about $125 used on ebay.
The beatings will continue until morale improves.
email@example.com (Don Wagner) wrote in message
FWIW, I bought and have used this bag stand
(or try http://tinyurl.com/6aqzw if that link gets broken)
(the heavy frame version) about a year and a half ago, using it with a
150-lb leather heavy bag. Unless you like to dance in circles around
the bag, it's pretty good IMO. If you hook a bungee or elastic cord
to the bottom you can pretty much punch the crap out of it without
worrying about it teetering (if you choose not to weight the back or
drill the base into the floor). However, when doing hard kicks, even
with the bungee cord attached to the bottom, you have to 'time' your
kicks to reduce excess swingage.
I just hang mine with chains from the steel support beam, as you mentioned.
I prefer a free-swinging bag that isn't tied down and is allowed to sway.
Sure, you will get some vibration from the bag swaying, but as long as
your support chains aren't connected to anything that could be damaged,
alls you'll get out of whacking this dude is some noise upstairs :-).
I'm not as wild about bag frames as some others here. although that is
I hung mine in my garage from two joists. I drilled two holes through
the joists and threaded the chain through the two holes. I then cut two
2X4's the distance between the joists and nailed them in as supports. I
figured the heavy bag pulling "down" on the chain would cause the joists
to bow in towards each other, so the 2X4's would counteract that force.
Ghetto engineering I know. It works pretty well and hasn't shook my
garage down yet. I don't imagine you'd have much luck watching a movie
or quietly reading the floor above you if you hang it in the basement.
I'd suggest a pair of steel angle irons, which would allow you to spread
the load over 2 or better yet, 4 joists, and take some of the pounding.
They would make a T shaped item, which can take a ring to hold the bag.
My son used to shake the floor and rattle the windows. We tried it from a
joist and the steel beam same results. Then I made a mounting place out of
2 x6 stock L shaped and cross braced across 3 studs and attached it to the
sill plate and the concrete wall. End of problem. My description was
lousy. I will upload a picture if you like.
I tried that one time. I kept trying to practice heating and AC repairs on
the bag, but I don't think it did much good. The guys on alt.hvac kept
telling me to get some training.
I tried training CPR, and also training factory assembly work. None of those
What kind of training do you do?
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