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Best Punch Bag

February 23, 2022 8 min read

Best Punch Bag

Boxing, kickboxing, and various martial arts are as popular as ever. They provide excellent cardio fitness as well as training for self-defence techniques. And can also offer stress relief if you need a healthy outlet for all that built-up tension.  

Are you looking for the bestpunch bags for boxing, cardio exercise, or martial arts training? Look no further. Read our review of the best punch bags, available here at Factory Weights. 

We also compiled a buyer’s guide to help you know what to look for when investing in a punch bag for your gym at home. And included a guide to what the different types of punch bags are good for.

Best Punch Bag Review

3 Ft Punch Bag

Our 3ft punch bag is suitable for general fitness and cardio training. It’s lightweight (approximately 16 KG) and won’t take up much space in your home gym. This size is also ideal for women and teens.

Features a durable canvas and leather construction. The vibrant colouring and the sporty Factory Combat logo will liven up any home gym. This hand-stitched top-quality punch bag is designed to withstand all the punches you can throw at it. 

Aside from general fitness, it can be used for light boxing training and perfecting your MMA, Muay Thai techniques.

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Installation is very easy. But, ceiling fixtures to attach the chains are not included with this item.

Why It’s Great

  • Suitable for small spaces
  • Lightweight but sturdy
  • Hand-stitched quality canvas and leather construction
  • Perfect for all-round fitness and cardio workouts

Who It’s Right For

  • Women who engage in martial arts and  boxing
  • Older teens who engage in boxing and martial arts

4 Ft Punch Bag

Our 4ft punch bag is also suitable for all-around fitness and cardio workouts. It weighs approximately 20KG and therefore offers a bit more resistance than the 3ft option. 

This bag is ideal if you don’t have much available space in your home gym. And the size is suitable for both men and women.

Like the 3ft option, it sports the Factory Combat logo against a brightly coloured canvas, this product will inject some enthusiasm into any gym. 

This hand-stitched top-quality punch bag is crafted from the finest quality canvas and leather. It is robust enough to handle all heavy blows and hard kicks too.

As with the 3ft bag, it can also be used for light boxing, MMA, Muay Thai and other martial arts training.

Installation is very simple. But unfortunately, ceiling fixtures to attach the chains are not included with this product. 

Why It’s Great

  • Won’t take up much space in a small home gym
  • Lightweight but durable
  • Hand-stitched construction, top-quality materials
  • Ideal for cardio workouts, light boxing and practising blows and kicks for martial arts

Who It’s Right For

  • Men and women who want a good cardio workout
  • People who are looking for light boxing and martial arts technique training

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Best Punch Bag Buyer’s Guide

These are 5 of the most important considerations when looking to buy a punch bag for your home gym.


How much does a punch bag weigh? There is no direct answer to that as punch bags are available in different weights. The weight of the bag, as well as its size, will affect the resistance offered during training. 

A general rule of thumb is that the weight of a heavy punch bag used for boxing should be approximately equal to half your body weight. But for lighter training such as general cardio workouts, this is not essential.


What size punch bag do I need? Punch bags come in different sizes. But the most commonly found are 3 and 4 feet long. These are the sizes that we offer.

The 3ft punch bags are great for smaller spaces. They are perfect for general fitness and cardio workout sessions. This is the size that is most suitable for female boxers.

The 4ft punch bags offer more hardcore heavy bag training. This size is perfect for use by both men and women.


Because punch bags have different sizes and weights, they also offer different levels of resistance. The resistance you need will depend on the type of training you want to use the punch bag for.

Larger punch bags of up to 6ft are available. These larger bags provide additional resistance. And because of their longer length, they offer more versatility, particularly for practising low kicks. 


The different types of punch bags can also have different shapes. This is because they are suitable for different disciplines, and therefore different training techniques.

A traditional hanging heavy punch bag is most often used for boxing but will suit most martial art disciplines too. Other shapes or types may be better suited to particular disciplines.

If you are unsure of the type you need, check our guide to the different types, below. And you will find the one that is best suited to your particular needs. 


The material used for the exterior casing of punch bags can influence the longevity and durability of your punch bag. But much will depend on the frequency and type of use the bag is subjected to. 

The outer shell is usually constructed from leather, synthetic leather, nylon or canvas. This can have a direct bearing on the cost of the bag, as well as its durability. 

Our 3ft and 4ft punch bags are constructed from top-quality, durable canvas and leather. They are designed to be long-lasting, yet easy to clean.

But what are punch bags filled with? Punch bags can be filled with sand, textile scraps, or water depending on the type of bag. 

Water-filled bags are easier to fill and feel more realistic than other options. It also limits the damage to your hands that can occur with sand-filling.

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Different Types Of Punch Bags

There are several different types of punch bags, and each has its own benefits. Up to 14 types exist, but the most common types are:

  • Heavy Punch Bag
  • Double-Ended Heavy Punch Bag
  • Banana Punch Bag
  • Freestanding Punch Bag
  • Wall Punch Bag

What Is Each Type Good For?

A punch bag is a relatively inexpensive addition to make to your home gym. But is a punch bag good exercise? Absolutely. Punch bags are fantastic for an intense cardio workout that will get your blood pumping and your calories burning.

But certain types of bags are better suited to particular disciplines. So before you invest in one, think about what you will be using it for. To help you make your decision, here is a short guide to what the different punch bag types are best for.

Heavy Punch Bag 

This is the traditional and most commonly used punch bag. The heavy punch bag is suitable for hard and heavy training. It is available in various sizes and shapes, depending on the sport it is used for.

Heavy punch bags are ideal for both regular boxing and kickboxing. This type of punch bag can also be used for Muay Thai and Taekwondo, as well as other forms of martial arts training.

We offer you this traditional punch bag in a lightweight and easy to use style. Two sizes are available, and they can be used for light boxing and most martial arts training. This versatile style is great for anyone, from ladies looking for a cardio workout, to guys practising their MMA and Muay techniques.

Double-Ended Heavy Punch Bag 

This is a type of heavy punch bag that has two attachment points. One that connects to the floor and one that connects to the ceiling. 

This bag doesn’t bounce your hand back at you the way a traditional heavy bag does. This means you have to use more muscle and energy when training with this type of bag. 

Unique to the sport of boxing and used mainly by professionals, it is used to improve accuracy, speed, and coordination.

Banana/Long Punch Bag 

This punch bag is longer and thinner than a traditional heavy punch bag, hence the name, but works in much the same way.

Banana shaped punch bags are especially popular for use in martial arts training in Thailand. The reason for this is that the shape means it can be used for perfecting low kicks.  

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Therefore the banana punch bag is ideal for training in the various disciplines of kickboxing, MMA, and Muay Thai. 

Freestanding Punch Bag 

If you cannot hang a punch bag from your ceiling, but have the space for it, opt for a freestanding punch bag. This type of bag stands upright while training, thanks to a base that keeps it stable.

Aside from that difference, it provides the same intensity workout that a conventional hanging heavy bag does. If you are looking for a punch bag to use for general fitness, this will do just fine.

And like the traditional hanging heavy bag, it is ideal for use in boxing, kickboxing, taekwondo, and other martial arts. But it is usually a cheaper alternative.

Wall Punch Bag 

As the name suggests, this is not a bag that is hung from a ceiling or a stand. It is a small, angular bag that is attached to a wall. 

A wall punch bag doesn’t swing like a traditional punch bag but is suitable for fast boxing moves like straight punches, body punches, and uppercuts.

While it is useful for boxing training, its use can be limited in other disciplines. For martial art disciplines that require a lot of footwork, this will not be the right choice.

In Conclusion

Now that you know all there is to know about what makes a great punch bag, you will see that our punch bags are the best for most of your needs. 

No matter if you need it for boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai or just an intense stress-busting calorie-burning cardio workout, our punch bag will work for you. 

So pick the right size for you, and order your Factory Weights punch bag today. 

Best Punch Bag FAQs

Can I hang a punch bag from my garage ceiling?

If you are not sure how to hang a punch bag in the garage, it is very simple and convenient. And a much better idea than trying to hang it in the house, as your ceiling won’t cope with the weight and movement. 

But first, you need to make sure that the ceiling of your garage is strong enough to handle the weight of the bag. Be sure to choose a very solid and strong support beam for hanging your bag. 

And keep in mind that you will want 360-degree access to your punch bag. If your garage is used for parking your vehicle and the space is limited, this may not be a good idea. 

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Are free-standing punch bags as good as hanging ones?

Free-standing punch bags fit onto a base that provides a stable foundation. The base is filled with water or sand to keep it steady while training. 

Traditional hanging heavy punch bags are hung from attachments to the ceiling, or sometimes a stand, and swing when kicked or punched. 

A free-standing punch bag is just as effective as a traditional hanging bag.  But most gyms use hanging bags instead, as a freestanding punch bag could move too much if hit hard enough. 

What is the best punch bag to use if I engage in more than one discipline?

Are you involved with boxing as well as martial arts, or perhaps multiple forms of martial arts? We understand that you don’t want to have to buy more than one punch bag.

A traditional hanging heavy punch bag will suffice for all disciplines. But you may need the longer size, to accommodate the extra footwork training and kicks.

Our 3 and 4ft hanging punch bags can be used for various disciplines.

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