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How to make your own free standing punch bag

Updated July 19, 2017

Practicing martial arts, boxing, and other similar sports often necessitates vigorous exercise routines in order for practitioners to improve performance. For those who are serious about their physical conditioning, making a free standing punchbag on their own can mean the difference between either achieving peak performance or stagnating at mediocrity. Crafting a free standing punchbag for use at home is an endeavour that costs significantly less than the price of purchasing one at a retail store, and making one is something that can be accomplished easily.

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  1. Roll the yoga mat up so that it looks as if it is not being used for yoga practice and then place it inside the duffel bag. For a larger punchbag, use an additional yoga mat.

  2. Add old clothes to the inside of the duffel bag in order to fill it out. Filling the duffel bag as full as is possible is the key to crafting a functional punchbag.

  3. Zip up the duffel bag. Correctly completing the first two steps should mean that once the bag is zipped up, no extra room on the interior of it should be apparent.

  4. Cut several pieces of the wood to the desired size. For those not comfortable with this step, having the wood precut when it is purchased so that it is simpler to attach together is an alternative option.

  5. Attach the wood together using a hammer and nails so as to form a stand for your punchbag to hang from. Completed stands should have a base, a few beams, and a specific location from the punchbag can rest on a metal hook.

  6. Place the chain and hook on the punchbag and then hang it from the appropriate place on the stand.

  7. Give the homemade punchbag an initial test by hitting it several times. The stand should be stable and the bag should remain attached to it.

  8. Make any needed modifications if the free standing punchbag does not function as expected. Extra wood or an item to act as a weight can make a stand more stable. A chain or hook of a different size can help with keeping a punchbag on the stand if necessary.

  9. Punch or kick the bag after any adjustments have been made. Repeat the previous step if the free standing punchbag remains unstable.

  10. Tip

    Making the punchbag stand out of steel can be an option for those who might be concerned about the sturdiness of their creation.


    Fastening your bag to a wall or door can result in damage to residence if the place of attachment is not strong enough to support the bag.

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Things You'll Need

  • Yoga Mat
  • Old Clothes
  • Duffel bag
  • Hook
  • Chain
  • Wood
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Saw

About the Author

Mya Lopez-Sanchez began writing professionally in 2008 and her work appears on LIVESTRONG and eHow. Lopez-Sanchez's professional expertise includes making sales, building relationships and technical support. She graduated from Rockhurst University with a Bachelor of Science in business administration.

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