Review: The Firstlaw Spider heavy bag mount claims to have the best noise and vibration reduction available, and with smooth swiveling bearings and combinations of dampening springs and rubber straps allow your heavy bag to move in any direction, while eliminating most of the noise.
I recommend pairing this spider mount with the Ringside 100 lb Powerhide bag, because the mount can hold up to 140 lb heavy bag.
Review: This Title Boxing Spacesaver Wallmount is designed to hold bags up to 150 lbs in restricted and small spaces. Simply mount it to wood stud or masonry wall, preferably on a wall you don’t share with neighbors and you can hang your favorite bag.
I recommend pairing this heavy bag wall mount with the Title Boxing Wave H20 cylindrical bag.
This water-filled bag moves much less and is shorter and more compact than a traditional heavy bag, which is why I love it for apartments or gyms without much space.
Plus, the bag can be drained when it’s time to move out making it really easy to move.
Wallmount is compact and ideal for small spaces.
H2O bag has minimal swing and movement.
Bag is compact size yet quite heavy.
This solution requires mounting to a wall.
If you can mount the bag, but your space is really cramped, this is the ideal solution.
I understand not everyone is able to use a mount, due to restrictions by apartment owners. If that is the case for you, consider a free-standing heavy bag. I have a few free-standing bags in this list, plus I have an entire list of the best free-standing heavy bags here.
Review: The Power Systems PowerForce free-standing heavy bag is for those of you who cannot screw holes in the wall, and do not like bag stands.
There are several reasons I chose this free-standing bag for apartments and small spaces.
One, it is very stable and won’t dance around the room as you punch and kick it. The base can be filled with 270 lbs of water or even more with sand.
Two, it’s really tall and has a long punching/kicking surface, so it works as well for punching as well as kicking, knee jabs, elbows and so on.
Three, It is set on a spring that allows the bag to absorb the shock of kicks and punches, so the bag does not move around a lot.
Freestanding means no holes in the wall, and no awkward stand to get around.
Tall, bag, 77” is enough for any athlete.
Long striking surface, perfect for kicks and punches alike.
Heavy base, won’t move around.
This is one of the more expensive options, but it is one of the best.
A high-quality punching bag and the best heavy bag for apartments if you want a free-standing heavy bag.
With any heavy bag, including the heavy bags in this list, you need to use heavy bag gloves or risk pain and injury to your hands. Check out these heavy bag gloves and pick up a pair while you pick out your punching bag.
The Silencer Hanger Mount + Amber Fight Gear Heavy Bag
Review: The best thing about this solution is the “Silencer” wall mount reduces noise by up to 58%. If you use a heavy bag in an apartment, you know the biggest problem is noise, and 58% is quite a significant reduction.
Pair “The Silencer” heavy bag mount with an Amber Fight Gear heavy bag.
Review: I chose the Century Versys Fight Simulator for small spaces because it has a narrow base and it works for all combat sports that use kicking, hitting and punching.
This free-standing heavy bag can be taken to the ground for ground and pound, or used in a standing position.
This bag is a great solution if noise is an issue where you plan to use it. Since the bag bends as you punch and kick, the bag absorbs the energy. It does not have the rattling, noise and vibration that a traditional heavy bag does.
Compact narrow base.
Good for punches and kicks.
Not too noisy, absorbs impact.
Not for power punching, tends to move around.
A great free-standing bag for compact spaces that allows you to perform all types of strikes without making a lot of noise.
Review: The Century cardio bag is designed for high energy cardio workouts like cardio kickboxing in small spaces or where drilling holes and mounting a bag is not practical.
This free-standing heavy bag has a long punching and kicking surface, and can be tipped and rolled out of the way when you don’t need it.
It has a lighter base than other free-standing heavy bags and is a great choice for women.
Can be tilted and rolled out of the way.
Long kicking and punching surface.
Height adjustable up to 65”.
Low profile base for low kicks.
Not designed for power punches and heavy hits and kicks.
Best punching bag for small spaces and apartments if you need a cardio type heavy bag.
Even though the Century Cardio Wavemaster is more lightweight than others does not mean you don’t need gloves. You should always wear gloves with this and any heavy bag. If you need to pick up a pair of women’s heavy bag gloves, check out this list of the best heavy bag gloves for women.
Buying Guide to the Best Punching Bags for Apartments
Using a heavy punching bag is, without a doubt, a great way to train for combos, practice kicks, train for speed, agility, precision, timing and accuracy for virtually all combat sports, including boxing and MMA.
Many athletes live in an apartment and want the advantages of heavy bag training, but living in an apartment or having a small workout space can limit your options.
Here are the two biggest considerations if you live in an apartment or have a really small workout space.
Keep these two things in mind, and you are on your way to finding the right solution for your situation.
How Much Noise Does Your Heavy Bag Solution Make?
This is probably the most important thing to think about if you live in an apartment.
Hitting a heavy bag causes a vibration that reverberates through the walls and your neighbors can hear it.
The chain the bag hangs from will rattle, and the surface of the bag will make noise as you strike it.
Even how densely or loosely packed the heavy bag is filled can affect noise.
Some of the best solutions are noise-dampening ceiling mounts, believe it or not.
I know drilling holes and mounting hardware in an apartment can be tricky because you need permission or risk a security deposit, but if you can get away with it, a noise-dampening heavy bag hanger is one of the quieter solutions.
How Much Space Does Your Heavy Bag Solution Take up?
If your space is small, a heavy bag stand may not be ideal. They are awkward, and you have to move around them.
A heavy bag on a bag stand actually takes up more space than a hanging heavy bag or a free-standing heavy bag.
Your best bet, if space is the issue, is a free-standing bag with a base so heavy it will not move, or a hanging heavy bag with a noise-dampening hanger.
If I Don’t Have a Space for Heavy Bag in My Apartment What can I Use Instead of a Punching Bag?
If a heavy bag or a punching bag are not an option due to noise or space, consider either a doorway speed bag or a free-standing speed bag.
Doorway Speed Bag
The EZspeedbag Portable Doorway Speed Bag (link to Amazon.com) is a solid, stable speed bag that you can mount in a doorway, without drilling or making any holes or damaging the doorframe.
It offers a great stamina building workout and allows you to practice precision, speed and timing.
Free Standing Speed Bag
Another option is a free-standing speed bag like the Ringside Fitness Reflex Bag (link to Amazon.com). This bag is height adjustable, has a heavy base so it won’t move around, and can sit in a corner, out of the way.
This bag allows you to work on your footwork, agility, throwing punches and accuracy. If you jab the bag with some force, it will come back at you with decent power, making it fun and challenging at the same time.
What’s Better, a Free-Standing Heavy Bag or a Heavy Bag Stand?
Heavy Bag Stand
I am not a fan of heavy bag stands. They are rarely very stable they take up space, and they are challenging to get around because you won’t be able to maneuver 360° around it.
Heavy bag stands are not ideal for tall guys either, as they sit too low for guys over 5 feet 10 inches.
Free Standing Heavy Bag
I like a free-standing heavy bag much better. You can move all the way around it, there is no metal frame to accidentally hit, kick or trip over, and sometimes, the way they move around can be an advantage.
After all, real sparring partners do no stand there like defenseless dead weight, so why train that way?
Will hanging a heavy bag break your lease, cause you to lose your deposit, or get you kicked out? Will a hanging bag make so much noise you disturb the neighbors?
You should carefully consider these things before you hang a heavy bag at your place. The above 7 solutions are ideas for a heavy bag in an apartment that may work for you, so check them out!
How Much Room do You Need for a Punching Bag?
Outline a space in your workout area of either 8 x 8 feet for a short, compact bag, or 9 x 9 feet for a full-size heavy bag. You need the bag to hang in the center of the square you marked off, because you need to be able to hit the bag from all sides.
8 x 8 feet is the minimum amount of space I would recommend for a heavy bag.
How do I Reduce Noise from a Heavy Bag?
There are a few ways to reduce the noise from a heavy bag, depending on where or how the bag is making noise
How to Reduce Noise from Your Glove Hitting the Bag
Get two old belts and an old large beach towel. You may have these on hand, but if not, hit up a thrift store or Wally world and pick them up cheap.
Wrap the towel around the bag and secure it with the belts, one at the top, and one at the bottom.
It’s not the most beautiful solution, but it completely muffles the noise from the punch.
How to Reduce Noise from a Free-Standing Bag Moving Around
There are two things to do if your free-standing bag moves around and makes noise. First, try and fill the base heavier.
If you have it filled with just water, empty the water out.
Then, fill the base to the top with real sand. After it’s filled with sand, add as much water as the sand will take. Now the base should be much heavier and not move around so much.
Another thing you can do is place a rubber gym mat under the base that will prevent slipping, sliding and moving.
How to Reduce Vibration and Reverb from a Hanging Heavy Bag
The best way to reduce noise, vibration and reverberation from a heavy bag that hangs on a mount is to replace the mount with a noise-dampening mount.
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