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In every combat sports gym across the world, most notably boxing gyms, you will see a collection of different heavy punching bags that often show the markings of years of constant pounding.

They are the very essence of boxing training, and they allow you to work on the various aspects of your boxing technique including punching power, hooks, straight punches, uppercuts and overhands.

They also help you to work on your footwork, upper body movement and physical endurance. Each type of heavy punching bag is designed specifically for a certain aspect of your boxing training, and in this article I will be giving an explanation of each one.

In order to pick the best heavy punching bag for your needs, you must take the following factors into consideration:


When it comes to boxing equipment, especially heavy punching bags, brands matter. Ideally, you want to go for a brand that has had a long history and experience in manufacturing combat sports equipment.

Brands such as Title, Ringside, Century and Everlast (though their lower-end bags are catered more specifically to regular people rather than proper athletes/fighters).


The type of heavy bag that you decide to get will heavily depend on how much space you have in your home. Hanging heavy bags are best, but require a free standing system or wall mounted bracket.

If neither are suitable, then the next best alternative will have to be a free-standing heavy bag. If this is the case, I wouldn’t recommend buying the Body Opponent Bags (BOB) unless you’re a martial artist, or plan on just working on accuracy and light punches.


This is the most important aspect of a heavy bag, and it will determine how many beatings the bag can take, and how long it will last. The outer material must be tough so it doesn’t tear – leather, synthetic leather and heavy duty vinyl are the best options.

The inner material is even more important because if it’s inadequately built, you’ll find that after a while of constant pounding, much of the material will sink to the bottom of the bag leaving the top area non-padded and the bottom rock solid. This will just end up damaging your hands and wrists.

All areas of the bag have to remain consistent with no area softer or harder than another. For lower end heavy bags, sand is typically used, and tend to sink to the bottom after a while. If you want higher quality, you have to aim for bags that have fiber type material that is specially compressed and inserted to maintain consistency.

Some heavy bags have a foam layer which helps to absorb punches better, and a newer type of filler is water encased within a hard plastic shell. This is designed to give the sensation of striking a live person, and these types of bags from reputable brands have typically received good reviews.


The general rule of thumb is for a heavy bag to be half your body weight. Though this rule can be broken if you’re light but still want a heavier bag for more stability. However, if you’re a hard hitting heavyweight, it’s not a good idea to choose a light weight bag.

To work on your strength and power, you need a heavy bag with a thick diameter, and most heavy bags typically have this. There are also thinner longer heavy bags also, which are Muay Thai style heavy bags. They’re designed for kicking as well as punching. If you’re a boxer, then you’ll just be aiming for the top half of the bag, meaning that it’ll swing less compared to hitting it at the bottom.

Below are the different types of heavy punching bags.


The most common and most effective heavy punching bag is the type that is hung either from a free standing support or a wall-mounted bracket. They are a staple piece of furniture in every gym.

Due to their center of gravity, consistent shape and swinging movement, they are considered to be a lot more effective than free standing heavy bags, in terms of helping you with timing, speed, power and technique.

I find it better for heavy bags to be hung using chains instead of straps, because they’re sturdier, often adjustable and have a swivel for more flexibility.


how to buy a heavy punching bagThe classic conventional heavy bag is the most commonly used type of punching bag. It’s completely cylinder shaped, thick in diameter and designed to take a pounding. You can work your combinations, strength, power, punching technique and stamina on this bag.

It’s back and forth swing motion as you hit the bag allows you to use your footwork to circle around the bag while peppering it with punches. You can also allow the bag to rest on one shoulder and work on your inside game, while you cannot do this with most of the other heavy punching bags.

Certain heavy bags have a loop beneath the bag, which allows it to be stabilized to the ground, or legs from a stand, so that it doesn’t swing as much.

You can compare 10 of the best-rated conventional heavy punching bags here

One of the best ways to work on your stamina on a heavy punching bag is to set your timer to 3 minute rounds, and for the first 2 minutes, work on your power, accuracy and short explosive combinations, and for the last remaining minute, continue with non-stop quick punches.


how to buy a heavy punching bagThe angle heavy bag is constructed similarly to a conventional heavy bag, but it’s usually shaped so that the upper half of its body is larger in diameter, with it curving downwards to a thinner lower half.

They can vary in shape, with some angle heavy bags having a thin middle with the top and bottom being larger, but they all have an angle that enables you to connect with uppercuts, as well as other angled and normal punches.


The uppercut heavy bag can be described as a conventional heavy bag hung horizontally, instead of vertically. They usually weigh between 40-60 lbs, and held up by straps instead of chains.

The type of punches that can be practiced on the uppercut heavy bag, are like the name suggests, uppercuts, but you can it’s also good for practicing jabs and straight punches.


One of the most versatile bags around is the maize bag, as its tear or round shape allow you to practice an array of punches and defensive maneuvers such as slipping, ducking and rolling under the bag.

It also differs from other heavy bags because its filled with maize (corn) inside, which feels harder and absorbs impact rather than bouncing it back. Prolonged sessions can damage your hands, so it’s wise to limit your time on the maize bag, and don’t exert too much power on it.


Hanging your heavy bag consists of two main supports, a wall mounted bracket and a free standing support frame and a wall-mounted bracket. Again, your choice will all depend on the location and space availability.


The primary solution for hanging your heavy punching bag should be via a wall mounted bracket. They’re extremely sturdy when secured properly onto a solid wall, and it must be stressed that it is properly secures and your wall is built to withstand the weight of a 40-100+ lbs heavy bag with the pressure of consistent forceful impact.

how to buy a heavy punching bagFREE STANDING SUPPORT FRAME

You will have to resort to a free standing support system if you cannot or don’t want to use a wall mounted bracket. They are designed more for home use, and you usually won’t find these in boxing gyms. The common problems with free stands are:

  • They’re sometimes not tall enough to hang a heavy bag so it has an optimal punching level for people above 6 ft. tall.
  • The frame can move around, even with weights stabilizing the legs.
  • The frame doesn’t allow for free movement around the entire bag.

However, providing you have a enough space and purchase a high quality free standing system, it’s still a good solution for domestic workouts. Some free standing systems can hold several heavy bags, and you’ll usually see double sided frames that can support a heavy bag on one side, and a speed bag on the other.

You can compare 5 of the best-rated free standing support frames here


If you’re really limited on space, then you can get a free standing heavy bag. It has a lower base, which can be filled with sand or water, with an attached vertical pole in the center, and the bag wrapped around it.

You’ll find that heavy impact will rock the base back and forth, with the entire unit tumbling over sometimes. Also, it doesn’t give you the swing and same feel as a hanging heavy bag, which limits versatility.

The good thing is that you can easily circle around it with your footwork, and it’s convenient for homes since it can be rolled on its base and stored away.

You can compare 5 of the best-rated free standing heavy punching bags here


You would normally find BOBs in martial arts gyms rather than boxing gyms, but since I’ve seen them in a few boxing gyms before, I thought I would include it also. A BOB is a lifelike mannequin consisting of an upper body constructed from high density plastics, rubber a foam interior.

It’s not very practical for practicing punching combinations or working on your power, simply due to its inconsistent shape. However, it is useful for target practice. I find that it’s more effective to wear smaller MMA type gloves rather than traditional boxing gloves for practicing on the BOB.

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Choosing Headgear for Boxing

Choosing Headgear for Boxing

If you are ready to make the leap from learning to box to actually sparring in the boxing ring, one of your first major decisions will have to do with finding the right headgear.

It can be daunting to figure out what, specifically, you need, especially since there are so many choices. And if you’re still fairly new to your gym, you may not know who to ask or whether to trust what someone tells you.

Since your decision about headgear can cost you more than a hundred bucks, here’s a little information that may help.

Here’s what I know about you…

You’re scared. And with very good reason. You know you’re about to take straight, hard punches direct to your face and you are BRAND NEW at this. Holy shit, that’s enough to scare anyone. But here’s the deep dark (not really) secret that may help you: everyone — and there are NO exceptions — everyone begins here. Every single badass in that ring has faced this knowledge (I’m about to get punched in the face!) and had to do the serious soul-searching that it takes to suck it up and do it anyway.

However — and this is important — headgear is not going to help you avoid getting punched in the face. You’ll still get punched, and it will still be somewhat of a shock, and you’ll still freak out a little bit every time it happens for a while. Headgear is not a way to avoid the inevitableYou’re going to take a shot. A bunch of them, most likely. (I think you’re gonna do great, and I have some advice that may help, so hang in there with me.)

I’m saying all this because I was so fucking scared the first time I got in the ring I wanted to put on a suit of armor and a full-face motorcycle helmet. I was terrified of taking my first punches. But since there were not any suits of armor or motorcycle helmets handy, I looked for the next best thing: a face cage.

Sigh. Let me explain about face cages.

Why face cages suck

I call all of the headgear types pictured below face cages. But technically there are headgear styles with mouthbars (green Ring to Cage, below), nosebars (red Cleto Reyes, below),and actual wire cages (black Fight Club, below). Our gym had the nosebar variety, and I didn’t care how nasty that thing was, I was not getting in the sparring ring without it.

What I didn’t know then was that I would barely be able to see in the face cage. Even the best styles (and if I had to pick, the mouth bar style is probably the least horrible choice) significantly obstruct your vision, which is a very bad thing in the ring. In my opinion, it’s not worth the sacrifice.

However, there is one decent reason to wear a face cage. If you are a heavyweight, sparring hard multiple times a week with other heavyweights, you might consider it. I don’t think this is the best way to train, but I know at least one heavyweight guy who wears one, and this is why he does it. Those dudes are no joke; they throw power, and they aim to destroy. I recommend the Cleto Reyes above, because it has a lace-up top, but the Title version in the picture to the right has a chin buckle rather than velcro, which is good. More about these features below.

And be of good cheer, ye faint of heart: If you will do the things on the list below, you may find yourself feeling less desperate for a face cage than I was when I first got in…

How to significantly reduce your desire for a face cage

This part is simple, and you can read more about each one of these items in the posts listed at the bottom of this article. But the gist is this:

  1. Spar for the first time in a gym where you’ve seen great care taken to introduce new boxers to the ring.
  2. Spar for the first time only after you’ve gotten in shape at least a little bit.
  3. Spar for the first time only with the support of a trainer you really trust.
  4. Spar for the first time with an experienced boxer who will bring the game to a level you can cope with.
  5. Consider asking your trainer if you can spar for the first time on offense only. (You’re the only one throwing punches.)

Of course, I had ALL of these conditions, and still wanted my face cage like a baby wants her mommy. Sometimes you just gotta do what it takes to get your ass in the ring. Kudos to you, no matter what you decide about headgear.

Just remember that even if you DO wear a cage, it doesn’t lessen the shock of taking your first shots; it just makes it harder for your to see well enough to do anything about it. Mine left an enormous bruise on my chin from where the not-very-well-padded chin bar hooked under my face. I only ever wore that damned thing once.

And whether you decide to buy or borrow one, I’m betting you won’t wear it more than a time or two before you decide you’re ready for less sucky headgear. Which make me sooo glad I just wore the disgusting communal gym version and didn’t pay $130 for one of these suckers.

Read on, warrior.

Stage One: Borrow Headgear

First of all, if you’re not sure yet and just want to test things out, I would *borrow* headgear rather than buying it.

Most gyms have communal headgear that you can use, and they very frequently have face cage headgear, if you’re determined you want that. In some cases they have Masters headgear with extra padding and bigger cheekguards. More on that below.

Borrowed or communal headgear is a little bit disgusting, but if you’ve made it this far in boxing, you’re probably not a clean freak and you’re at least somewhat used to sweat, spit, stink, blood, snot, grime, and germs. (Sorry for reminding you of the disgust factor. Part of the deal, no?)

A slightly better borrowing tactic is to find someone at your gym with a similar build as you and ask if you can borrow their headgear. Most people don’t like to do this, but once in a while is not such a big deal. I’ve loaned mine out and borrowed other people’s a time or two.

Either way, you probably don’t want to borrow headgear for very long. And truthfully, you won’t have to. Once you start getting some experience in the ring, you’ll have a pretty good idea about whether you’re ready to lay out cash for some headgear of your own.

 Stage Two: Buy Cheap $30 Headgear

After my first time sparring in a face cage, I went straight to the Dick’s Sporting Goods and ponied up for the thin, cheapo version of headgear. That’s the Everlast headgear I had, in the picture, except mine was red.

 Why cheapo headgear?

Because I’d been through my first sparring experience, and had learned that I was a fucking superhero. Didn’t know I had it in me! Which is NOT to say I looked awesome in the ring because I emphatically didn’t; my biggest revelation was that I could take a punch just fine. Holy shit, who knew??

So when I went to the local sporting goods store, I was plenty happy to shell out $30 and walk off with thin-ass, shiny new headgear that no one had sweated, bled, spit, or germed in. Yet.

And you know what? It was fine. Not great, but fine. And I used it for several months while I decided whether I wanted to get an actual amateur boxing fight.

The reason that this was my next decision point was that in order to fight, you have to wear USA Boxing certified headgear, and my cheap stuff was definitely not that.

Stage Three: Leveling Up to Great Headgear

I spent a lot of time researching, buying and returning, and finally purchasing my top-level headgear, and it’s served me incredibly well for several years. I ended up buying the same headgear that my trainer, who was a world-ranked pro fighter, wore. (And she even let me borrow hers once to try it out.)

My headgear is made by Fight Gear (I’d give you a link, but I don’t see it online anymore), and has all the features mentioned below.

Here’s what you want in the headgear you are going to pay $100 bucks or more for.

  • A lace up top. Check out the photo. That’s me, in my lace-up-top headgear. The funny little white thing (you see it poking up in the air in the photo at the top of this post) is where I’ve taped the laces together to keep them from flying around and popping someone in the eye. A lace up top is CRITICAL because you want to be able to adjust your headgear, and the “standard” kinds, like the Everlast that was my first version, rarely fit correctly.
  • A chin buckle, NOT velcro. Velcro wears out; you’ll learn this if you have boxing gloves for very long. But on a glove, worn out velcro can be fixed with athetic tape or glove cuffs; on headgear, you’ll have to pop for a new one. So get the buckle kind to start with, and you’ll be good to go.
  • USA Boxing Certification. You’ll either read this in the description (if you’re shopping online) or you’ll see the official patch on the side of the headgear itself. You can see the patch on my headgear in the picture above as well as the top of the post. You MUST have this if you plan to compete, but even if you don’t plan to compete, this is headgear you know is decent.
  • A velcro or lace up back. Again, this is all about securing the best possible fit for your head size and shape, including your hair. Mine has a wide velcro flap, but the lace up ones work as well.

You want your headgear to fit pretty tightly when you’re cold, because as you warm up and start to sweat, you DON’T want it slipping around on you. Again, this is critical, because you need to be able to see, and you might find yourself taking a knockout punch while you’re busy futzing with your headgear in the ring (I pulled off a nice one once this way).

Be willing to order and return until you get the size right. Incidentally, mine is an Adult Medium. And yes, there are youth sizes in headgear.

Finally, about Masters Headgear…

“Masters” is the term used to denote the category of competitive amateur boxers over the age of 35. That’s me.

Don’t get Masters headgear if you can avoid it. Sadly, a few major boxing tournaments require it if you fight Masters, and in that case, you might try borrowing one because I’d sure hate for you to spend all that money for one of these things.

The reason Masters headgear sucks is the same reason the face cages suck. On Masters headgear they heavily pad everything so that the thing weighs a ton, feels incredibly stiff, and sticks out a lot. There are also ridiculously prominent cheek protectors that impede your vision.

You can see the red Fight Gear Masters headgear in the picture; I’ve tried it on but not sparred in it. How can anyone see through that thing??

The Whole Enchilada

If you skipped to here, this is what you want to know. Borrow headgear (face cage or otherwise) your first time in the ring. Or pop for cheap headgear until you’re sure you’re ready to level up. When you’re ready for really good headgear, expect to spend about a hundred bucks, and get a lace-up top, buckle-style chin strap, USA boxing certification, and a lace-up or velcro back. Don’t get Masters headgear if you can possibly avoid it.

All my opinion, of course, and I’d love to hear your experience and comments below.

And I want to give a special shout-out to Jackie Haidar, a boxer who is making that huge step into the sparring ring. She emailed me to ask about headgear, and said some really nice things that made me grin like an idiot.

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How to Choose the Best Boxing Gloves: A Detailed Guide

How to Choose the Best Boxing Gloves: A Detailed Guide

You’ll find a wide selection of boxing gloves with various weights and styles. There are also different brands and prices. Now, with almost hundreds of gloves what will you choose? Here is a detailed guideline on how to choose the best boxing gloves suited for you. Everyone has their own way of picking gloves, but we will provide you a general idea on how people who bought boxing gloves for others and for themselves pick.

In this guide you’ll learn:
1. How To Pick the Right Size
2. How To Choose the Right Glove-Type
3. Do Brands Matter?
4. Does Color Matter?
5. Lace-Up vs. Velcro
6. Leather vs. Vinyl
7. How Do You Define a Good Pair?
8. Rules of Thumb Before Buying Boxing Gloves

Disclosure:  Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase.  Please understand I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something.  Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.


Glove size is displayed as ounce or oz. The most common sizes available are 8 oz, 10 oz, 12 oz, 14 oz and 16 oz. There are no odd sizes (9 oz, 11 oz, 13 oz, and so on). It is worth noting that glove size and glove weight are different. Sizing does correspond with the weight of the glove, but not all the time. This means buying gloves sized at 16 oz does not mean they weigh exactly 16 oz.

Sizes are classified to easily know what glove weight a boxer should train in. Glove weight is important because it has to fit your chosen method of use. For example, bigger gloves have more padding, in turn, offer better hand better protection. These are best if you hit the heavy bag, mitts and other boxing training aids. Another example is how professional boxers often train in heavier gloves. They want to get accustomed to the heavier gloves’ weight so their hands will be faster during fight night.

Below are general guidelines on what size of boxing gloves you should wear according to height and weight.

glove size

Commonly used for Sparring: 16 oz – regardless of weight

Commonly used for Competition:  8 oz and 10 oz – regardless of weight
*sometimes it depends on match regulations. In most fights, these are the normal sizes used by professional boxers.

Now you know what size you’re going to get. But before buying the boxing gloves, you should first wear them with hand wraps on. If you don’t have hand wraps with you while shopping (like most people), get a roll of quarters in your palm and wear the boxing gloves.

You could also measure the circumference of your hand before going to the store. Here is a 30-second video by RINGSIDE on how to measure hand circumference:

  • 6” – 7.5” circumference, 12oz
  • 7.5” – 8.5” circumference, 14oz
  • 8.5” – 9.5” circumference, 16oz
  • 9.5” and above circumference, 18oz or 20oz

You know it’s the best boxing gloves size for you when it has snug fit, is comfortable to wear, with fingertips reaching the top of the glove, and it won’t take a lot of force to make a fist.


To avoid wasting money, you should know what glove-type you need. There are different glove types. Each glove type has their own purpose.

1. Bag Gloves

Bag glovesBag gloves protect your hand and not what you’re hitting. These are used for heavy bags, double end bags and other training aids. Their main purpose is to protect your knuckles while hitting the bags hard. They also accustom your knuckles for harder impact.

There are two types of Bag Gloves:

1. The Classic Bag Gloves

2. The Modern Bag Gloves

The difference between the two is padding. The classic bag gloves are not recommended. Proper technique could not be reinforced while wearing these gloves. Most boxers know when they threw an improper punch because they feel it right away – may it be pain or an awkward landing upon impact. If you ever throw one with these on, you will not feel anything due to its dense padding.

Classic Bag gloves don’t offer much wrist support, cushion and doesn’t weigh as much as a typical fight glove, training glove, or sparring glove.

Meanwhile, modern bag gloves remedy what the classic bag gloves lack. They are more padded and more protective than their predecessors. Wrist support, decent cushion, knuckle protection and proper weight are very much present in these gloves. It’s the best boxing gloves if you’re into fitness boxing or you’re just starting out.

Modern bag gloves are basically training gloves that are more padded, hand-friendly and user-friendly.

2. Sparring Gloves
Winning Boxing Gloves

Sparring gloves are made to protect you and your sparring partner. It’s meant to develop skill and technique; not to knock your partner out. Most sparring gloves have balanced weight distribution — from the padded knuckles to the wrist support. They are similar to competition gloves, but they are bigger and more padded.

Gloves with good cushioning properties make great sparring gloves. 16 oz boxing gloves are the norm in spar sessions, regardless of the user’s weight, because hits won’t be as damaging than hitting with glove sizes 14 oz or below. It is also heavier and, thus, a good conditioning tool to increase endurance and stamina, especially in the shoulders.

3. Training Gloves

Winning Boxing Gloves

Almost every boxer has a pair of training gloves. These gloves are said to be made for all training purposes – heavy bags, mitts training, sparring, everything. However, you’ll soon realize it’s hard to obtain a perfect glove that can do both. Some training gloves are not soft enough for sparring or thick enough for heavy bag hitting.

These are perfect for people that are starting out and don’t know what gloves to get. Branded training gloves are also fairly cheap. If you want cheap all-purpose gloves that are mid-quality, then get ones from either Title, Everlast or Rival.

4. Fighting/Pro gloves

Winning Boxing Gloves

Fighting gloves, the gloves used for fight night, have smaller padding and more compact to hurt your opponent. This is its only purpose and nothing else. It is dangerous to use these for anything else because it will hurt your hands. Despite only having one purpose, boxers spend a great deal money for their fighting gloves.

5. Cardio Gloves
Winning Boxing Gloves

Cardio gloves are used on hitting heavy bags and mitts. That’s why they have thick padding to abosrb impact. However, don’t get these if you’re going to transition to boxing because these won’t last. They have the least amount of padding in this list and will fall apart faster, too.


6. Muay Thai/Kick Boxing Gloves
Winning Boxing Gloves

As Muay Thai and Kick Boxing are going global, their boxing glove brands are also getting more popular and have improved in quality. Their gloves have comparable characteristics with traditional training gloves and sparring gloves; only theirs are more flexible to grab opponents and use their hands during fights.




General Guidelines on Choosing Boxing Glove Type

– Buy more flexible gloves if you need it for martial arts.
– Buy thick padded gloves if you are hitting heavy bags and mitts only
– Buy heavier gloves (14 oz and up) if you are training to get in the ring.
– Buy lighter gloves (10 oz and below) if you are competing in the ring
– Buy all-purpose training gloves if you are not yet sure what to get. They are highly recommended as starter gloves

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