Training on a punching bag is good for you no matter your age. But, picking the best punching bag for teenagers isn’t an easy task. That’s because teenagers all grow at different rates. There are some 13-year olds that are over 6 feet tall, whilst others are still waiting for their growth spurt.
As a parent, we recommend that you buy your child a punching bag that will match their size now and for years to come. There’s also the predicament about which type of punching bag is best for a teenager. We’ll look at this too, free-standing punching bags are the easiest to get started with. But, having a hanging bag can also be fun to train on.
Keep reading to find out which we deemed the best punching bag for a teenager.
Our Top Picks
- 0.1 Century Wavemaster Original
- 0.2 Everlast PowerCore Bag
- 0.3 Tech Tools Reflex Bag for Teenagers
- 0.4 RDX Punching Bag Set (4 or 5 FT)
- 0.5 Everlast HydroStrike Water Bag
- 0.6 Century BOB XL
- 0.7 Everlast 70 lb heavy bag
- 0.8 MaxxMMA Air/Water Punching Bag
- 1 Punching Bag for Teenagers FAQs
- 2 In Summary
Century Wavemaster Original
The first punching bag for teenagers comes from Century Martial Arts. The Century Wavemaster Original is a perfectly sized bag that teens can grow into. It’s considered a heavy bag, but its strong base ensures that it won’t move a lot as a hanging bag would.
What we love about the Century Wavemaster is that it’s so simple to set up. You don’t have to worry about where or how to hang it. The bag can be set up, ready to pound on in a matter of minutes. Here’s what to do:
- Take all pieces out of the box
- Set up the base
- Fill the base with water or sand (any heavy substance)
- Place the bag on top of the base
It’s that easy, four simple steps. Your teenager will have a standing punching bag up in their room for when they need to relieve some stress. Filling the base with sand will make the bag more secure, but water is easier to empty. Still, whichever substance you use, you’ll be able to roll the bag on its side or tilted on the base to another location.
If you’re thinking this may be too big for a teenager, we’ll argue that it isn’t. An adult can easily knock this bag over with their full power, so for a teen with half the power it will be just right. As we said before too, they’ll grow into it.
The bag has 7 different height settings ranging from 49 to 68 inches. Century make some of the highest quality punching bags you can find.
- Trusted boxing brand
- Made in the USA
- Adjustable height
- Easy to move to another location
- Quite expensive
Everlast PowerCore Bag
Another free-standing punching bag now, this time from Everlast. The Power Core bag is like the Wavemaster Original, but with some differences. Everlast’s bag for teenagers is also height adjustable but has a shorter range. You can set it between 52 and 65 inches.
This bag from Everlast has a slightly smaller striking surface too. There are both pros and cons to this. It is perfect for setting up in your teenager’s bedroom, garage, or spare room if you have one. When the base is full the bag can weigh up to 250 lbs.
Everlast is a well-known boxing brand, so you can be sure that the materials used are of top quality. In fact, they offer a 120-day warranty guarantee in case of any issues with the bag. The outer material used is nevatear which is highly durable. Everlast doesn’t state that it can be used outdoors, but we’ve tried it, and it can.
The one downside to this bag is that it’s on the costly side. The Century model above is still expensive, but a bit cheaper than this.
- Made with highly durable materials
- 120-day warranty guarantee
- Adjustable height
- Everlast is known for high-quality products
- Very expensive
|Material||Nevatear outer material|
Tech Tools Reflex Bag for Teenagers
Yes, that’s right, another free-standing bag. But, this time it’s a reflex punching bag instead of a freestanding heavy bag. Tech Tools offers four variations of this reflex bag, you have kids, youth, adult, or pro. You might think the youth version is best for a teenager, but to punch this bag you have to have your foot on the platform. That’s why we recommend the adult version.
It’s not for experienced fighters like the pro, and you don’t have to remain with one foot on the platform. The speedball on top is also a good size for punching. Tech Tools even state that the adult version is perfect for teens of 13 years and above.
Like the other bags, this one is also extremely easy to set up. Fill the base, pump up the speedball, and attach all items together, that’s it. As you can see in the image, a spring sits at the base of the metal rod which is how the ball rebounds after hitting it.
The bag can be adjusted from 48 up to 58 inches, so teenagers can grow into this before needing to upgrade.
The beauty of this bag is that its easy to move and use anywhere in or outside of the house. You can even take it on vacation with you as it’s highly portable. We recommend this bag for teenagers if they’re beginners in boxing or another fighting sport.
- Perfect bag for teenagers
- Height adjustable
- Great for increasing reaction time
- Small punching surface
RDX Punching Bag Set (4 or 5 FT)
Time for the first hanging punching bag for teenagers. We bring you an option from RDX another famous MMA and boxing equipment manufacturer. This punching bag set comes in two sizes and two colors. You can pick between a 4 or 5-foot bag, we recommend the latter for a teenager.
The 5-foot bag weighs between 44 to 48 pounds, whilst the 4-foot weighs between 40 to 44 pounds. To be honest, both sizes and weights are acceptable for most teenagers. You can also add extra filling to both bags if you want them to be heavier.
Included in this punching bag set is everything you need to get started. You have the wall bracket and ceiling hook which will support the weight of the bag. Then, a set of steel chains, a swivel, and a D-Shackle. So, you have a couple of different ways to hang the bag.
Then, there are more items in the set which are accessories. These include:
- Boxing gloves
- Boxing hand wraps
- Jump rope for boxing
- Hand gripper
- 2x key rings
Basically, your teenager will have a complete set to get started. It makes a perfect bag for punching and kicking, obviously, the 5-foot bag has a larger surface.
- Comes in two sizes
- Extra items included in the set
- Extra filling can be added if necessary
- Floor anchor not included
|Weight||40-48 pounds (prefilled)|
|Material||Maya hide leather|
Everlast HydroStrike Water Bag
Next up is Everlast’s water punching bag, named the HydroStrike. When the bag is fully filled with water it weighs a total of 100 pounds. What’s great about water punching bags is that upon impact it doesn’t feel like hitting a brick wall. This is what makes this punching bag a good option for teenagers. In fact, you don’t have to fully fill the bag so it could be 80 pounds with less water.
The Everlast HydroStrike bag comes with everything you’ll need to hang it. You’ll find the hanging bracket, chains, quick link, and sweeper nozzle in the set. You can hang this bag inside or outdoors as it’s made from durable PVC material. In fact, Everlast gives customers a 2-year warranty guarantee with this punching bag.
What we love about this bag is that it’s lightweight when unfilled. This means that you can drain it and move it to another location easily.
- Extremely portable
- Easy on your joints
- Can be used outdoors
- 2-year warranty included
- Can be difficult to fill up
Century BOB XL
Time for another punching bag from Century Martial Arts. Century is well-known for producing the best punching dummy bags, and that’s what we bring you with the BOB XL model.
This realistic punch bag is the largest of all Century’s punching dummies. Even though it’s the largest, it is still suitable for a teenager. In fact, this type of bag is arguably the most fun for teens as it is as if you’re sparring with an opponent.
Like the other Century bags, this is extremely easy to set up, it just takes a few minutes. The base of the bag should be filled with water or sand and can hold 270 lbs. The outer material is high-strength plastisol and inside is urethane foam.
This bag can be easily moved to another location by rolling it. The height is also adjustable ranging from 60 to 82 inches! We love this as your child will be able to use it for many years.
- Height adjustable
- Life-like opponent
- Easy to move around
- Very expensive
Everlast 70 lb heavy bag
As you can see, we’re big fans of Everlast punching bags. This Everlast 70 pound heavy bag is the ideal size for a growing teenager. The bag is available in two colors, platinum and black or black and red. The platinum option will get marked easier, but you can let your kid decide on the color choice.
This bag comes prefilled with a mix of sanitized synthetic and natural fibers. This combination gives a resilient punching surface. On the top of the bag are four nylon straps that attach to the chain for hanging. At the bottom of the bag is a double-end loop, so for increased security, you can attach an anchor to this. The outside material of the bag is made from premium synthetic leather. Whilst it could be used outside in good weather we recommend not to risk it.
Like with the other Everlast products in this list, they’re all made from quality material. It also has the standard 120-day warranty guarantee.
- Perfect weight for a growing teenager
- Double-end loop pre-attached
- 2 color options
- Reports that it gets marked easily
|Weight||Up to 270 pounds|
|Material||High-strength plastisol & urethane foam|
MaxxMMA Air/Water Punching Bag
Now for the last bag on our list of the best punching bags for teenagers. This kit comes from MaxxMMA and includes a jump rope, hand wraps, and washable heavy bag gloves. The gloves are one size (L/XL), so there’s a chance that they might be too big. But, you can find a cheap pair of boxing gloves that are suitable for teenagers.
The MaxxMMA bag included in the kit is 5 feet in height and has an adjustable weight. You can adjust the weight from between 70 and 140 pounds. MaxxMMA has created a new bag type that features air and water inside the bag. The bladder inside can be filled with water and air to reach 140 pounds. The one downside noted is that if it’s half-filled the top of the bag is too soft.
This bag from MaxxMMA also comes in a 3-foot version. Depending on the height of your child this may be better. The 5-foot version is great for low kicks as well as punching though. Also included in the kit is a cushion wrap. This added protection is great for teenagers. The outer material is made from premium synthetic leather so it’s nice to punch.
- Comes with extra items
- Life-like feel on impact
- 2-year free replacement (inner tube only)
- Pump and water hose included
- A pain to refill the bladder with air
|Material||Premium synthetic leather|
Punching Bag for Teenagers FAQs
What to consider when buying a punching bag for a teenager?
There are a few things that you need to consider when buying a punching bag for a teenager. As their bodies are still developing you don’t want a bag that’s too hard. We’re going to break down what you should be looking at when making up your mind.
The rule of thumb when it comes to the weight of the punching bag is that it should be half your body weight. So, a 160-pound teen can use an 80-pound heavy bag. Remember that teenagers are constantly growing, so it makes sense to buy a bag that’s larger so they can grow into it. For example, we recommend a 100-pound punching bag for a teenager of 160 pounds. Obviously, if you go for a reflex bag or speed bag the weight of the bag doesn’t need to be considered. All the bags that we’ve reviewed above are acceptable for growing teenagers of 13 and above.
When we say material the main part we’re talking about is the outer layer. There are a few types of materials used for this depending on the bag type. These are:
- Genuine/Maya hide leather
- Premium synthetic leather
- Durable PVC
- High-strength plastisol
All these outer materials are perfect for teenagers as they’re soft.
The material inside also needs to be considered. For example, sand-filled bags definitely aren’t acceptable for teenagers. Most punching bags consist of shredded fibers which are easy on the hands-on impact.
Water punching bags are great for teenagers as they absorb the impact of the punch. Being filled with water makes them softer on the hand and wrist joints too.
Type of Punching Bag
As you can see by going through the list, there are many types of punching bags suitable for teenagers. The most popular are heavy bags and free-standing punching bags. Then, there are water bags which are a type of heavy bag, and finally, reflex bags that aren’t heavy at all. In fact, the latter focuses on reaction time and movement.
Is a hanging or free-standing punching bag better for a teenager?
Both types of bags are great for teenagers. Free-standing punching bags are simple to set up so you can be using them within a matter of minutes. Heavy bags take a bit longer to set up though.
Heavy bags generally have a larger surface compared to standing bags. That’s unless you get the Century Wavemaster XXL which comes with a high price. Having a larger surface to punch and kick can be fun for teenagers.
The choice also depends on how much space you have in your house, garage, or outdoors. If you have limited space then a free-standing bag would be best. If not, you can explore a hanging heavy bag too.
Can these punching bags be used outdoors?
Yes, some of these punching bags can be used outdoors. For one, the water punching bags, and reflex bags can be. Also, some of the free-standing heavy bags can be as long as they’re covered or brought inside after each use. If you keep a boxing bag outside, we recommend that you cover it from the elements when it’s not in use.
Are all bags mentioned suitable for teenagers?
Yes, every punching bag that we’ve included in our list is suitable for teenagers. You should have no worries buying any of these bags and letting your child unleash on them.
There you have it, 8 of the best punching bags for teenagers. We hope that we’ve given you a good idea of what type of punching bag is best for the youth of today. With so many options available it can be a hard choice, especially if they’re total beginners.
You can’t go wrong with any Century bag, so the Original Wavemaster could be your best bet. Second to that, RDX offers a boxing kit complete with gloves, wraps, and more.