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Punching bag types-Full list

There are 10 major punching bag types, thousands of models, and hundreds of brands that are manufacturing them.

In this article we will explain what punching bag types exist, the major differences between them, their advantages and disadvantages, and what kind of workout or martial art is recommended or best suited for them.

Of course, you know that a heavy bag workout is an important part of every training. No matter do you sport MMA, Boxing, Muay Thai or other martial art, the benefits of bag training are limitless.

Depending on these punching bag types, you may work for your technique, drilling skills, head or body defense, punching power, coordination, and speed.

Each type of heavy bag has its differences regarding size, mounting, and shape. Choosing the right one is essential for achieving your goals.

Are you interested? Let’s begin then!

punching bag types

Traditional hanging heavy bag(western style)

The most popular type of heavy bag in every boxing or fitness club. If you like chess, consider the traditional hanging boxing bag as the queen on the board.

Even if you do not use the other types of boxing bags, the traditional bag will cover eighty percent of your needs for a quality workout. It is essential for every beginner practitioner and is necessary for any advanced boxer.

Most often they are mounted to the ceiling by a chain and, in rare cases, by a rope. Their standard length is between 120-150 centimeters (4-5 feet). There needs to be more space around them because this type of hanging allows you to walk around the bag throwing powerful blows.

Depending on the filler used, they can be very hard and durable (sand), or softer which kickbacks better and makes less damage to the hands (water).

  • WithstandingThis bag is designed to withstand impacts. If you buy a quality boxing bag, be sure that she will be with you for at least a few years.
  • Power workout Improves the punching and kicking power.
  • Swinging Allows you to improve your footwork in addition to a power punching workout.
  • The best choice for developing strength and improving the muscles
  • Not so good for uppercuts.
  • Require more space for swing and  quality training
  • Need a solid base for hanging,  mounting kit, and good skills for mounting.



  • Boxing
  • MMA
  • Muay Thai
  • Karate
  • Taekwondo
  • Kickboxing

JP Boxing Bag Punching Bag Set | Heavy Punch Bag 3, 4 & 5-Feet UnFilled with Wall Bracket and Chain (5 Feet)

Patent Pending Heavy Punching Bag is versatile, specially handcrafted for you to take your practice to the next level. Whether you are a pro or a beginner it will boost up your punching strength and assist you in your MMA, Muay Thai and kickboxing training.

PostSOTF Heavy Bag Boxing Set Punching Bags for Adults Heavy Duty Hanging Punching Bag Unfilled name

CSOTF hanging punching bag has foam interlayer to slow down the impact of training and protect the body joints. Hit and kick heavy bag can improve the strength of arms and legs and release the stress of life.ontent
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ZTTENLLY Hanging Punching Bag with Gloves – PU Leather & Adjustable Height Strap – Heavy Boxing Bag Set for Adults Kids Great for Boxing, MMA, Kickboxing (Unfilled)st name

ZTTENLLY punching bag is 96 inches high and the maximum weight is 150lbs. 2MM latest PU material, stronger and more durable than traditional Oxford cloth, with high elastic pearl cotton and Oxford cloth inside.
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Traditional  Muyai Thai “Banana”  Long Heavy Bag

This type of heavy bag can be used for both hand and leg training, especially low and high kicks. They are usually 180 centimeters long (6 feet) and thinner in comparison to classic heavy bags.

Many of them have a bottom ring for better hanging to the floor in case you want to limit swinging to the maximum.

They are used by Muay Thai fighters for training mainly on their elbows, knees and low kicks so they tend to be filled with harder materials.

Because of their longer length and hard materials used, they swing less compared to classic heavy bags, which sometimes hinder active footwork.

The disadvantage is that over time the filling falls (as with all heavy bags) and because of the bigger length when you hit in the middle they curve.

Apart from this little inconvenience, they are ideal for any workout, especially if you work more with your low kicks.

  • Excellent for a combination of punches involving low kicks.
  • Perfect for “entire body attacking” techniques
  • Good for elbow and knee hits.
  • Good for Clinching Knees.
  • Excellent for strengthening the shins.
  • Don’t swing as much as a traditional heavy bag.
  • With time they become very hard at the bottom.
  • With time they become less usable for kicks and blows in the middle.


  • Kung Fu
  • MMA
  • Muay Thai
  • Karate
  • Taekwondo
  • Kickboxing

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RIP-STOP exterior shell. Triple stitched for superior quality. These heavy bags will not rip. These bags are hanging in many gyms across the world for more than 35 years and still holding up.

Fairtex Heavy Bag UNFILLED Banana, Tear Drop, Bowling, 7ft Pole, Angle Bag, HB3 HB4 HB6 HB7 HB10 HB12 for Muay Thai, Boxing, Kickboxing, MMA

Durable synthetic leather construction Industrial strength nylon web straps Straps have reinforced stitching & rivets at contact points Arrives Unfilled
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Ringside 100-pound Leather Muay Thai Punching Heavy Bag (Unfilled)

A Ringside exclusive 1″ closed cell foam liner is included in all of our filled bags to help eliminate hand injuries D-ring on bottom Heavy Duty Chain & Swivel Included Arrives Unfilled
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Freestanding heavy bags

If you do not have a lot of free space or you prefer to change the position of your training gear often, this type of heavy bag is definitely for you.

Unlike hanging heavy bags, free-standing heavy bags are attached to a stable base and most often are connected to it by a  mobile “neck”.Тhe base is filled with water or sand, which prevents the bag from being knocked over … if you do not hit too hard.

You should understand that these bags are ideal for beginners, for women and children but are not suitable for heavy punchers.

If you hit hard, you can easily knock down this type of heavy bag so they are not suitable for Muay Thai practitioners or professional boxers.

Free-standing heavy bags are a preferred choice for traditional martial arts where the focus is mainly on precise impact, speed, and coordination.

They are a very good solution if you just want to have an excellent cardio workout that focuses on burning calories.

A model I like very much is the B.O.B. (body opponent bag) who simulates a human body. For many years I have been practicing traditional martial arts, and especially this type of free-standing bag allows me to practice karate and Wing Chung techniques with open hands without risking injury to my hands.

Very useful device especially if you want to be prepared to protect yourself or your family on the street. There are no rules and gloves for protection.

  • Easy to set. No hanging for the ceiling or wall is required. Some of them come fully assembled and ready for work.
  • Softer (compared to traditional heavy bags) which protects your hands from injuries
  • Require a little space and can be easily moved.
  • Wide variety of models and shapes.
  • Excellent for practicing fast and precise hits including an open hand (B.O.B. model)
  • The height can be adjusted
  • Excellent for kids, women, and beginners.
  • Provides less impact resistance than traditional bags
  • Bad for heavy punchers. A strong hit may knock it out.
  • Unsuitable for Muyai Thai
  • Bad for developing the power of the punches and muscle strength.
  • Less durable compared with classic heavy bags( sometimes the adjustable “neck” may break)


  • Traditional martial arts
  • Self-defense
  • Wing Chung
  • Karate
  • Amateur boxing
  • Amateur kickboxing


  • Muay Thai
  • Professional boxing
  • Professional kickboxing

Title Boxing Hydro-Flex H2O Freestanding Torso Bag

Professionally contoured super-strength rubberized plastisol filled with urethane foam for amazing durability and response Base fills with water or sand for a solid and sturdy base Exclusive Flex-Neck permits the torso to move back and forth slightly when struck, to create more realistic action Ideal 72” height is made to accommodate almost every size athlete, the base is rounded for portability, simply tilt the base and roll back and forth to the training location
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JUOIFIP Freestanding Punching Bags for Adults – 69″ Heavy Punching Bag with Stand – Men Standing Boxing Bag Inflatable Kickboxing Bag for Training MMA Muay Thai Fitness

Package Contents:1 Inflatable Punching bag with stand, 1 Storage Bag, 1 User Manual. Note: If you have any questions about the product, please contact us by email, we will do our best to answer them for you, your satisfaction is the purpose of our service.
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speed bags

Speedbag. What’s a speed bag?

The speed bags are small sacks filled with air and tied to the top of a platform parallel to the floor. They can go horizontally and vertically.

This allows you to maintain your hands, improving the coordination of the hands and eyes;

With this bag, you may learn how to change the weight between your legs when hit. The focus of the speed bags is on speed, rhythm, and coordination.

When you hit the bag it returns with bouncing speed, so if you do not hit the bag at the right time, you will lose the rhythm.

That is why the workout with a speed bag increases your hand-eye coordination,  your reactions, and your fast punching abilities.

  • Ideal for achieving timing and skills for rhythm
  • Forcing you to hold your hands up (which is a must for any boxer).
  • Excellent for speed training and eye coordination.
  • Improves the endurance of the arms and shoulders.


  • Boxing

MaxxMMA Heavy Duty Adjustable Speed Bag Platform Kit 24″ + Speed Ball (10″ x 7″)

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Meister SpeedKills Leather Speed Bag w/Lightweight Latex Bladder

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FISTRAGE Speed Ball Boxing Bag Leather MMA Muay Thai Training Punching Dodge Striking Kit with Free Hanging Swivel Workout Speedball Kicking Platform Equipment (Black)

FISTRAGE Speed Ball Swivel Fixed Punch Bag is made up of top-grade Microfiber Artificial Leather, reinforced seams and robust lacing, the FISTRAGE Speed Ball is built to last your multiple training sessions. Premium Microfiber leather for extreme durability Balanced design with long-lasting bladder for optimal rebounds during fitness trainings Reinforced hand-stitching; riveted and layered to unbreakable perfection Excellent Value for Money.
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Double-ended Speed Bag (Mexican Speedbag)

Working with this type of speed bag is a bit more entertaining. Typically, they are about the size of a basketball ball which is stretched between the floor and the ceiling by two tight coils.

When you hit the Mexican speed bag, it returns like an opponent that repels you, which forces you to avoid and counter-attack.

This type of heavy bag can be adjusted according to the height and tightening of the ropes. If the ropes are tightened, the speed bag will faster bounce back.

  • Excellent to develop counter-attack skills
  • Very good for eye-hand coordination and striking speed.
  • Develop accuracy, foot working, turning, and avoiding skills
  • Head and body combo training
  • Head defense
  • Don’t develop the power of the hits
  • Hard to set up
  • Bad for kicks
  • Not for beginners


  • Boxing
  • Kickboxing (hand and body workout)


  • Kicking martial arts
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MaxxMMA Double End Striking Punching Bag Kit

Ideal for all punching action, slipping, counter-punching, and reflex Heavy duty spring bounces back for more punishment The absolute best equipment for developing speed, timing, and accuracy Kit includes base, one pair of gloves, pump, and door frame fixer
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different types of heavy bags

Uppercut heavy bags

Traditional heavy bags, despite their many advantages, are not suited to landing good uppercuts.

For this purpose, specially designed uppercut bags were created.
Their shape is such, that correct uppercuts are applied with maximum power which lands in the right place at the right angle.

These bags can be mounted on the wall or freely swinging.

  • Ideal for a workout at  home
  •  Little space needed
  • Perfect for training uppercuts from close and long distances.
  • Ideal for practicing face-to-face short uppercuts
  • Not suitable for kick training
  • Practical just for training the uppercut punches.


  • Boxing
  • Kickboxing (hand workout)

INNOLIFE Wall Mount Uppercut Boxing MMA Training Punching Target Size: S/L

Durable PU leather cover, heavy duty structure steel frame. High density and thick foam padding for perfect shock absorbing. Practice and strengthen uppercuts, hooks, knees, elbow, straight and swing. Demensions: 23.8″(Tall) x 13.7″(Width); Thickness: 11.8″(Top section), 6.3″(Low section). Without adjusted bracket. Ideal training bag for home or gym use.

Ringside Uppercut Bag Boxing MMA Muay Thai Fitness Workout Training Punching Heavy Bag

1″ foam layer padding Weight: Approximately 55 lbs. Size: 18″ X 36″ Heavy Bag Chain & Swivel Included Bag arrives filled
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Teardrop heavy bags

As the name suggests, these are heavy bags that have the form of tears. The weight is distributed so that the heavy bottom creates more acceleration and momentum.

The teardrop bags are a few feet long and are lighter in comparison to classic heavy bags.

Therefore, thanks to the tear-shaped form and the lower weight they swing significantly faster.

The bottom may reach you very fast at the level of solar plexus, so it is a perfect tool for practicing close range punches, clinches, elbows and knee kicks.

Depending on your martial style the bag may be hanged at the level of the mid-chest plexus for boxing (uppercut drills) or at the waist level for MMA and Muay Thai (clinching knees).

  • Perfect for practicing clinch techniques with knee and elbow hits.
  • Allows to land strong close hooks and uppercuts.
  • Develops timing, footwork, speed, accuracy and defensive head movements.
  • Bad for middle and high kicks.
  • Not so good for power training.


  • Boxing
  • Kickboxing
  • MMA
  • Muay Thai

Ring to Cage Tear Drop Heavy Bag – Filled for Muay Thai, MMA, Kickboxing

Filled. Made of top quality durable polyester coated vinyl, providing same durability as leather, 60-70 LBS and measures 14” x 35” ; reinforced lining. Unique shape provides the bag with a lower center of gravity making it easier to clinch and deliver knee strikes
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Wrecking ball punching bag

This type of heavy bag is designed mainly for the training of powerful punches in all directions. They are the perfect training device for every boxer who wants to work on the combination of hits on a short distance.

Some fighters use this bag for knee training but I think that it is best suited for pure punchers.

  • Improves impact strength and footwork.
  • Excellent for practicing a combination of close-range strikes in all directions.
  • Develops the ability to deep diving when the punch
  • Unsuitable for kicks


  • Boxing
  • MMA

Ringside 65-pound Body Snatcher Powerhide Punching Heavy Bag (Soft Filled)

The unique teardrop shape of this heavy bag encourages the proper form and delivery for developing vicious body punches for professional and amateur boxers Durable Powerhide construction will hold up to your most powerful assault Punching bag is soft filled to 75-80 pounds and measures 22-inch x 24-inch with chain and swivel included Perfect heavy bag for boxing, MMA, Muay Thai and contact sport athletes alike to practice kicks, footwork and punches Build strength, tone and condition your body with a muscle building aerobic workout, training and the right fitness gym equipment
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Maize bags

This special bag with a unique design is specially created for both hitting and slipping at the same time, so the maize bags are known as slip bags too.

the original maize bag is filled with maize so it’s easy to understand where the name comes from.

These types of heavy bags are similar to teardrop heavy bags with the same teardrop shape but are smaller and lighter.

Because of that, the maize bags swing faster even the teardrop bags which makes them perfect to avoid, slip and hit. They are extremely specialized in achieving this goal.

There is a standard maize bag (better for speed training) and a large maize bag(good for power training).

  • Allows to move and hit at the same time
  •  Power  or speed punching depending on the size
  • Excellent for slip techniques involving the head movement
  • Good for Hooks and uppercuts
  • Bad for practicing body hits
  • Unsuitable for kicks


  • Boxing
angled heavy bags

Angled heavy bag

This type of heavy bag is similar to traditional heavy bags, with the difference that part of the surface is angular to provide better impact from different angles.

the angled heavy bag is a combination of a traditional heavy bag and a teardrop bag. So greatly offset both disadvantages (bad uppercut landing and less power punching workout)

This unique type of evolved heavy bag makes now possible to apply correct solid uppercuts at different angles with maximum force and power.

There are single-angled and double-angled variations of that type of heavy bag. Single-angled models are best suited for MMA and Kicking Martial Artists as double angled are better for pure uppercuts and hooks respectively for Boxers.

  • All around training
  • Best for uppercuts
  • Good for angled hooks
  • Power Workout
  • Good for kicks (Single angled)
  • They are more expensive


  • Boxing
  • MMA
  • Muay Thai
  • Karate
  • Taekwondo
  • Kickboxing

PROLAST Boxing Angle Heavy Bag – Punching Bag Best for Hook and Upper Cut- UNFILLED (Black and Red)

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Ring to Cage Angle Punching Bag – Unfilled

Unfilled. This bag offers variety of punch areas to choose from, you can throw straight punches, hooks, uppercuts and body shots. Weighs 90-100 lbs. and measures 46″ tall. x 18″ diameter for upper part. x 13.5″ diameter for lower part Made of top quality 22oz heavy duty polyester coated vinyl material, this material is more durable than genuine leather.
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Once you have become familiar with all the various types of heavy bags and their specific features, advantages, and disadvantages, We hope you can make the most appropriate choice according to your needs, desires, and goals.

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