What Size Punching Bag Should I Get?

One of the most important features of a heavy bag, which directly affects the quality of your training, is its weight. However, deciding on what weight punching bag should someone get is usually troubling for the potential buyers.

This is why we are here and in this article we are going to answer the question “what size punching bag should I get” + some useful tips.

What Weight Punching Bag Should I get?

The general rule when buying a boxing bag for training is that it should be around half of your weight. However, there are some other things to consider which can influence your decision.

Why Half of my Weight?

This is just a recommendation and not a strict rule. Usually, half of your weight is a good starting point.

The thing is – if your boxing bag is too light it will swing too much and it won’t allow you to have a good workout.

On the opposite side, if the bag is too heavy then you won’t get any swing when you punch it.

Which is bad because:

  1. You will feel like hitting a wall. Therefore, you may hurt yourself. That’s why you should always wear a pair of heavy bag gloves.
  2. The swinging of the bag imitates the moving opponent. Your opponent will move in a fight and the ultimate goal of a heavy bag is to simulate an opponent.

How are you Going to Use the Punching Bag?

First of all, the most important thing when deciding about the weight of the punching bag is its purpose. What are you going to use it for?

If you need the boxing bag for some cardio workouts at home aiming to lose weight then you most probably don’t need a super heavyweight boxing bag.

However, if you need it for building your strength and forming a powerful punch then you are better off with a heavier option.

Where are you Going to Use the Punching Bag?

If you are going to use it in your home and if you are short on space then a free-standing punching bag would be a good option.

You can check out the Wavemaster XXL which we reviewed here. Or you could directly check it out on Amazon.

However, if you have some space and you want a heavy bag then that’s great!

You can hang it from the ceiling(see some tips on hanging a heavy bag here) or you could buy a wall-mount or a heavy bag stand(like the one in the picture).

Height of the Heavy Bag

Height is also another important factor when we are talking about size.

Shorter punching bags may be good for boxing workouts because you only need to punch it. However, when you add kicking to the game, things change.

You need a lengthy bag if you want to kick it, especially if you want to practice your low-kicks. A good choice is the Ringside Muay Thai heavy bag(on the picture above).

Also, your kicks will definitely be more powerful than your punches. Therefore, you will need a heavier bag.


We hope that this answers all your questions.

If we could sum up the article in a few words it would be like this: decide on what you are going to do with the heavy bag, then choose a suitable product for you.

If you still don’t know what you are going to use if for then a good general rule is to buy a punching bag weighting half of your body weight.