Training Bags Buying Guide

Human contact sports are a popular form of competition and entertainment across the globe. Competitive fighters or people who just want to stay in shape often make use of training bags to boost fitness, build strength, improve focus, and release stress. When it comes to training equipment for human contact sports, AWMA is a trusted brand and leader for providing quality products. To choose the right product, consider your training needs and where you plan to train.

Heavy Bags

The heavy bag allows users to experiment with different moves like jabs, crosses, side-to-side movements, and long- and short-range punches. Generally, heavy bags are cylindrical in shape, they come in various weights and sizes, and they hang from a hook by chains or sturdy straps.

Tear Drop Heavy Bags

Offering a unique shape and a lower center of gravity, the teardrop heavy bag helps boxers, kick boxers, and mixed martial artists build speed through striking, punching, clinching, kneeing, and kicking.

Angled Heavy Bags


The typical shape of the angled heavy bag features a larger top half curving down to a thinner bottom half. This type of bag allows users to practice uppercuts and hooks. Angled heavy bags either hang from chains or straps, or they are stationery and mounted to the wall.

Types of Heavy bag Filling

Heavy bags come with four types of filling:


  • Hard Fill (Shredded fiber enclosed in a 1-inch closed-cell liner)
  • Soft Fill (Shredded fiber enclosed in a 2-inch closed-cell liner)
  • Water
  • Sand


Hard fill bags maintain their shape very well over time. Because they have a very solid feel without much give, hard fill bags are the harshest on the body. With a little more give, soft fill bags are easier on the body. Water-filled bags offer the most human-like feel. While sand provides a firm striking surface and is easy to replace, it can settle at the bottom of the bag creating a painful, rock-hard striking surface.


Types of Heavy Bag Covering


Three types of covering for heavy bags include synthetic covering, leather, and canvas. Leather bags are typically the most durable, which makes them the most expensive. Leather and synthetic bags are similar when it comes to comfort, but synthetic bags are more affordable than leather products. Canvas bags are the least expensive option and the least comfortable.


Heavy Bag Weight


The proper weight for a heavy bag [] depends on a user's punching power and the type of workout desired. Because of more sway, lighter bags offer a higher-intensity workout because the user has to move more around them to deliver a straight blow. Heavier bags are better for users with a powerful punch, and they are more practical for boxing and building strength. To prevent injury, training bags should never exceed the weight of the user. For regular home use, bags weighing between 70 and 80 lbs. are a good choice.


Mounting Options for Heavy Bags


Heavy bags come with two mounting options: a wall-mounted bracket or a free-standing support frame. When installed properly, a wall-mounted bracket is built to withstand training bags weighing from 40 to 100 lbs. Free-standing support systems are designed for home use; however, they come with several disadvantages. The frames sometimes move during training, and they do not permit users to move all the way around the bag.


Free-Standing Heavy Bags


Free-standing bags provide an easy-installation option for training. Users can punch, jab, and kick, and the bag pops right back up. Users can find a variety of shapes and sizes, including body-shaped bags.


Speed Bags


Speed bags are small, pear-shaped products filled with air that hang from a solid support frame. Training with a speed bag improves focus, speed, hand-eye coordination, and precision. For the ultimate training session, ProForce® offers speed bags [] in six colors and two sizes: medium or large. Large bags provide a bigger target and slower movement, which is why beginners should start with a large bag and move to a smaller product with practice.


Training Bag Safety Tips


Hand wraps and bag gloves help prevent injury when working out with a training bag. Boxers, kick boxers, and mixed martial artists looking for gauze wrap, hook and loop wrap, or slide-on hand wraps often turn to ProForce® for a variety of dependable products. Learning proper techniques for moves like the punch, jab, hook, cross, uppercut, and more also helps prevent wrist injury and ensures the delivery of a stronger blow.


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