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Installing a heavy bag

Last Updated: 12.04.19


Aside from being a great piece of equipment that enables you to develop strength while providing arm and leg resistance training, a heavy bag also lets you get an intense cardio workout. You won’t even need to have a gym membership or be a professional boxer to optimize a heavy bag. Successful home installation of this type of gear can be done in three ways.


Mount installation

Invest in a good quality mount. Most heavy bag mounts are supplied with the needed hardware for installation. Heavy bag mounts are available at online and sporting goods stores.

Use a stud finder to locate the 3 or 4 support beams or ceiling joists. Make sure the ceiling joists are in an area where you can move freely. The bag should be mounted on a central post. If a stud finder is not available, simply remember that joists are typically spaced 16 inches apart. Just use a measuring tape to measure from the edge of the wall and mark every 16 inches from there.

Some homes have ceiling joists 24 inches apart, so just use the knock test on the ceiling to double check. A hollow sound means there’s no joist, but a solid sound means there’s one on that spot.

The best spot is the intersection between a crossbeam and a joist. Centering the mount to the crossbeam provides extra support.

After drilling holes into the joist, make sure the holes are straight by using a level. The threads of three-inch wood screws should catch and thread into the joist. Make sure the drilled hole is comparatively larger than the shank of the wood screw and not its threads.

The base of the mount will be an attached 2×6 hardwood board long enough to cover the ceiling joist and provide support to the screws. Attach the mount using the supplied nuts and bolts.


Installation through a beam

The amount of space available determines where you can set up the bag. You will need to ensure you can move 360 degrees around the bag.

Locate a strong support beam running along the ceiling. There’s space between beams, typically 16 inches but some homes have 24 inches between their beams. The beam you choose should be able to support not just the heavy bag weight but also the force of the impact and the swinging.

Use the knock test or a stud finder to find a solid beam. Remember that improper installation of the bag on a ceiling beam can cause severe damage to the house since the drywall can also get ruined.

Place an eyebolt into a drilled hole on the support beam, carefully tightening it with a wrench after twisting it into place manually. Heavy bags attached through hooks can easily fall, so opt for eyebolts.

Hang the bag, attaching the chains to its corners. These should be shipped to you as part of the package. An S-hook is connected to the chains. The bag attaches to the eyebolt.


Mounting through other means

Using a wall mount is an alternative to ceiling attachment of a heavy bag. Wall mounts come with all the needed hardware to facilitate fixing. Masonry walls are suitable for wall attachment.

Screw the bracket of the wall-mount into the wall only a very short distance from the ceiling. Get a free stand if attachment to the wall or ceiling is not doable. Look at models with wheels for mobility.

Make sure the free stand is weighted down to provide stability while hitting the bag. To prevent movement, heavier bags typically need about 300 pounds of weight to keep them secure. However, lighter models can carry as little as 100 pounds of weight on their bases.

With a freestanding rack, just attach the chain on the heavy bag to an S-hook on the rack.


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