How to Make a Homemade Punching Bag

Save

Punching bags are part of the basic equipment for a boxer, but they can also be used as part of a home exercise regime or as a way to release stress and frustration. Well-made punching bags are sometimes out of reach because of price but they can be made at home, inexpensively, with a few supplies.

How to Make a Homemade Punching Bag
(Adrián González de la Peña/Demand Media)

Things You'll Need

  • Punching bag shell
  • Sand or sawdust
  • Plastic bags
  • Filler — old clothes, rags or foam
  • Foam
  • Scale
  • Duct tape
  • Chains
  • Ceiling hook
Step 1

Select a shell. Punching bag shells are available in different materials, including canvas, leather, vinyl, nylon and synthetic leather. To minimize the expense, you can use an old army duffel bag. These bags are made of durable canvas, and the cylindrical shape is similar to that of a punching bag.

Adrián González de la Peña/Demand Media
Step 2

Prepare the weight. Pack 50 pounds of sand or sawdust into a plastic bag and shape it into a ball. Place this bag in several plastic bags and tie securely. This will prevent the sand or sawdust from spilling out if the punching bag bursts.

Adrián González de la Peña/Demand Media
Step 3

Line the punching bag. Use a layer of foam to line the inside of the punching bag. This will keep the bag free of indentations and lumps.

Adrián González de la Peña/Demand Media
Step 4

Place the wrapped weight at the bottom of the bag. Pack the space above the weight with filler, such as old clothes, rags or foam, as tightly as possible.

Adrián González de la Peña/Demand Media
Step 5

Use a scale to check the weight of the punching bag. According to Doug Werner in "Boxer's Start-Up: A Beginner's Guide to Boxing," a basic punching bag weighs about 70 pounds. If the bag weighs less, follow the directions in Step 2 to create another weight. Place this on top of the fabric or foam.

Adrián González de la Peña/Demand Media
Step 6

Close the punching bag by tying or zipping it up. For extra security, you may also want to wrap the opening with strips of duct tape.

Adrián González de la Peña/Demand Media
Step 7

Attach hanging chains to the punching bag. The chain should be strong enough to support the weight of the bag and long enough so the bag hangs at a comfortable level for you to use.

Adrián González de la Peña/Demand Media
Step 8

Select a sturdy spot from which to hang the punching bag. Ideally, this should be a ceiling beam. Screw a ceiling hook into the beam and hang the punching bag.

Adrián González de la Peña/Demand Media

Related Searches

Tips & Warnings

  • The contents of the bag will settle over time. Take the bag down and add more filler when necessary.

References

Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

Related Searches

Check It Out

10 Delicious Game Day Eats That Rival the Game

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!