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If you are shopping for a new boxing bag but are unsure of what you really need, you may benefit by researching the various boxing bags on the market. Each kind of bag is designed for a specific purpose, fighting style and athlete, so learning about the different types of boxing bags can help you decide precisely what bag will best suit your requirements.

Heavy Bags

Heavy bags are used by fighters to improve their overall punching techniques, but especially heavy ones such as power punches. These bags hang from the ceiling or a mount and are oblong with rounded bottoms. This hanging position allows them to withstand heavy blows, as they sway with each knock and then come back for more.

Double End Bag

Double-ended boxing bags come in a variety of shapes and sizes but are traditionally round or teardrop-shaped. Commonly referred to as striking bags, these small speed bags are usually suspended from the ceiling and attached to the floor as well, earning them the “double-ended” moniker. Depending on the boxing style, these may be used to increase speed and hand-eye coordination or foot reach and leg strength in kickboxing.

Free Standing Punching Bag

Although they are virtually identical in appearance to heavy boxing bags, freestanding punching bags do not require ceiling mounts, hooks or stands to utilize them. These heavy bags stand freely on the floor, where you can jab, power punch and roundhouse to your heart’s content. One of the additional benefits of freestanding bags is that, since you do not need to drill any holes or affix them permanently in one spot, they are ideal for apartment dwellers and others with limited space and modification options.

Uppercut Bag

Also similar in appearance to traditional heavy boxing bags, uppercut bags are large and cylindrical. In addition, they hang from the ceiling or another mount just as heavy bags do. The difference is that, while heavy bags hang vertically, uppercut bags hang horizontally. As the name denotes, these bags are ideal for practicing the old uppercut.