Training on a punching bag isn’t as easy for people living in apartments. You need to make sure to get the right size, weight, and shape punch bag. That’s why we’ve put together this list of the best punching bags for apartments.
Here we bring you eight different punching bags that will fit in your apartment. You never know when there’s going to be another lockdown after 2020! So, make sure to get a bag at home, just in case the gyms close again.
- 0.1 Century Wavemaster XXL
- 0.2 Century BOB XL
- 0.3 Century Wavemaster Original
- 0.4 Everlast Omniflex Bag
- 0.5 Everlast PowerCore Bag
- 0.6 Ringside Fitness Reflex Bag
- 0.7 Everlast 2 Station Heavy Bag Stand
- 0.8 Quiet Punch Doorway Punch Bag
- 1 Punching Bag for Apartments FAQs
- 2 In Summary
First up is the Century Wavemaster XXL, also not the last from Century Martial Arts. This is one of the largest punching bags on the list, but don’t worry, it will still fit in your apartment. As you can see, this is a free-standing punching bag with a large base.
When delivered, the item weighs 24kg. Once it’s erected though the base will need to be filled with sand or water. Once filled, this base will weigh approximately 270 lbs, if you use sand then it will be heavier. The fact that this bag has a heavy base means that it won’t move a lot when in use. You can move around it throwing punches and it will remain fixed in place.
The whole item is 69 inches tall and has a diameter of 18 inches. Though, the base is larger than 18 inches in diameter. Even though this is a large option, we think it’s the best because it can take a beating and still won’t topple.
- Won’t topple when in use
- High-quality materials
- Reputable brand
- Made in the USA
- Might be too large for small apartments
- Quite expensive
|270 lbs (base)
Next up is another punching bag from Century. The Century BOB XL is the largest punching dummy bag from them. We’ve selected this one over the original as it’s heavier, meaning there’s less chance that it topples. Even though it’s heavier it’s not bigger, so won’t take up more space.
This punching bag comes with a similar base unit to the Wavemaster XXL, it can also be filled with 270 lbs of water/sand. We recommend that you use sand as it’s heavier, and it’s easier to empty. Otherwise, you could end up with water all across your apartment floor.
This punching bag also has seven different height settings ranging from 60 to 82 inches tall. So, if you have space to practice high head kicks in your flat then this is a great option. Go for this bag over the Wavemaster XXL if you prefer a realistic look.
- Adjustable height
- Makes training more realistic
- Can be rolled easily
- Good for all apartment sizes
- Quite expensive
|270 lbs (base)
Now for Century’s Wavemaster Original, the smaller version of the Wavemaster XXL. It doesn’t have the same low-profile base that the larger version has, making it more portable. As with the two other models from Century, the base should be filled with water or sand. The heavier option is sand so that’s recommended for inside an apartment.
The height of the bag can be adjusted to seven different settings. The lowest is 47 inches and goes up in 3-inch increments to 68 inches. This makes it a great punching bag for teenagers, and adults. It also means that it’s good for punching, kicking, and fitness training.
If you’re looking to save a bit of money and don’t need the larger XXL model then this is a perfect fit.
- Seven height settings
- Cheaper than the larger options
- Easy to move
- Made in the USA
- Smaller striking surface
|47” to 68”
|270 lbs (base)
Now for a smaller punching bag from the popular boxing brand Everlast. The Omniflex has a low base and smaller striking surface compared to other models. The main body comes connected via the steel reflex neck. It’s ideal for an apartment as it doesn’t take up a large amount of space.
The bag is adjustable when it comes to height, and the tallest is 67 inches. It’s easy to change from the knob on the steel pole. All Everlast’s products are made with quality materials. The outer material uses Nevatear synthetic leather, with dense foam padding inside. The spring at the top of the base is also super sturdy.
This punching bag is perfect for jabs, hooks, and even kicks due to its low profile base. The base will take approximately 130 pounds of water or sand. As with the others, it’s best to use sand to make sure it remains stable.
- Well priced bag
- Height adjustable
- Made by a reputable boxing brand
- Great for cardio training
- Small enough to fit anywhere
- Smaller striking surface
|130 lbs (base)
Everlast has another great punch bag for apartments in its Power Core bag. This is sturdier than the Omniflex as it has a much heavier base. If you fill the base with sand it will weigh 370 pounds.
It is also height adjustable ranging from 54 to 65 inches tall. So, it’s two inches shorter than the Omniflex. Still, out of the two, this one will be able to handle harder punches. The outer material is Everlast’s nevatear synthetic leather so you can be sure it’ll last you a long time. Also, inside is EPE foam so you can punch it without gloves, although it’s best to use a good pair of heavy bag gloves.
- Height adjustable bag
- Very sturdy base
- Good for cardio training
- Easy to move
- Not good for use outdoors
|250-370 lbs (depending on base filling)
It’s time for us to include a true reflex punching bag. This bag comes from Ringside and has a much smaller striking surface compared to some of the others. The loaded spring at the top of the base makes the speedball rebound fast, giving you a hard cardio workout.
In the middle of the steel rod, you can easily adjust the height. This goes from 49 to 69 inches, so it’s a good range making it a suitable punching bag for women and men. The base is also very small but will remain stable once it’s filled. If you fill it with sand, the base will weigh 240 pounds approximately.
As this bag acts like an opponent in its rebounds you need to make sure it has enough space around it. You don’t want to be breaking things whilst training in your apartment.
- A small base which makes it portable
- Reputable manufacturer
- Good price
- Small striking surface
|240 lbs (base filled with sand)
So, this one isn’t a punching bag itself. It is a heavy bag stand that also features a speed bag platform. If you prefer to use a hanging bag over a free-standing model then this is ideal. Once assembled you can attach your heavy bag and speed bag and start pounding away.
It is tall, but as it comes in the box it should fit inside your apartment. You’ll need to measure the space before ordering. Here are the dimensions:
- 47.6″ W x 66.5″ L x 87″ H
- Clearance space – Side: 4Ft. x 6Ft. Ceiling: 7’ 3” H
As well as this, you can’t hang a bag heavier than 100 pounds on the stand. We also advise that you place the stand on a protective mat, just to prevent any damage to the floor.
We also want to make it clear that this item doesn’t come with any punching bag, it’s only the stand. But, Everlast has many high-quality hanging heavy bags that you can buy with it. Here are two of the most popular models:
- Allows you to have a speed and heavy bag
- Holds up to 100 pounds bags
- Ability to add weights to the pegs for more stability
- No bag included
|47.6″ W x 66.5″ L x 87″ H
|Max 100 lbs bag
This bag from Quiet Punch is the first punch bag designed for apartments and hotels. It is called a doorway punch bag as you set it up within your doorway. Pretty simple.
The way it has been designed ensures that it doesn’t make a loud noise when using it. So, you won’t have the neighbors telling you to be quiet.
When buying this bag you’ll get full details on how to set it up. Two tension rods fit across the doorway, then a knob mechanism to create more tension. This is what allows the user to be able to punch it without it collapsing. It’s claimed that you can set it up in under a minute once you’ve done it a few times.
The downside to this bag is that it has a very small striking surface. It also costs quite a lot of money for its size. But, it is fully portable, meaning you can pack it up and take it in your suitcase or wherever you’re going. It can be assembled between any doorway which is 28 to 36 inches wide.
- Extremely portable
- Very quiet when in use
- Lightweight model
- Access to training videos via an app
- Small striking area
- Expensive for the size
|12 x 12 x 3 inches
Punching Bag for Apartments FAQs
Is a punching bag too loud for an apartment?
Whether a punching bag is too loud for an apartment depends on a few things. How thin are the walls is one. If you can hear your neighbors banging around then they’ll probably hear your training.
Putting the bag on top of a mat like a thick BJJ mat will reduce the sound that it makes. This is because the base won’t be moving on the floorboards.
Also, if you’re on the ground floor then we doubt your neighbors will hear you. Many people have punching bags or other noisy exercise equipment in their apartments. There’s also the choice to buy the Quiet Punch model that makes little to no noise.
Can I use a punching bag in my apartment?
Yes, nothing is saying that you can’t use a punching bag in your apartment. The only issue is if you have a clause in your contract that says you cannot. Or, if your neighbors complain to your landlord you might have a problem.
It all depends on your situation. You can even speak to your neighbors about it before getting it, they might not care about a bit of noise. There’s also the option to add soundproofing foam or get a mat as we mentioned above. Both of these options come at an extra cost though.
What’s the best punching bag for an apartment?
As you can see from our list above, the best punching bags for apartments are free-standing ones. If you are looking for the heaviest bag then the Wavemaster XXL is the best option. If you like the realistic bag style then go for the XL Body opponent bag.
Otherwise, any of the other punching bags are still great for apartments. The Everlast models are smaller than Century’s so they might be better suited for your home.
How do you put a punching bag in your apartment?
All punching bags that we’ve listed come unassembled. So, once you’ve taken all the parts out of the packaging then you simply put it together inside the apartment. Free-standing bags can be set up within minutes as you can connect the top to the base, and then fill in the base.
If you want a hanging bag, you’ll need a heavy bag stand to attach it to. This will also come in separate parts for you to build inside your apartment. Make sure to build it in the area where you’re going to keep it as you don’t want to have to dismantle it to move it.
How much room do you need around a punching bag?
We say that you need at least six to seven feet around the punching bag when you’re using it. This is so that you don’t remain static when hitting the bag, you’re not going to improve that way.
You don’t need 360 degrees access to the bag, but you want to make sure it’s 3-4 feet away from a wall or other objects. You don’t want to go breaking your partner’s favorite vase!
Buying a punching bag is already a hard task to pick the right one. So it’s no wonder why finding the best punching bag for apartments is even harder. Luckily for you, we’ve brought you eight great punch bags that will fit in an apartment no matter the size.
Make sure to check how much space you have, you can even draw a box of how big the needed area is. This is important to do before ordering any of them. Returning anything is a hassle, but returning a punching bag is even worse.