“ Manufacturer: Fit-Box / Type: Fitness Equipment „
In my garage I have a variety of gym equipment. I often make additions to this as I try to stay in some kind of shape. One of these additions was a punch bag which I thought would help with my fitness, upper body and release stress. I got the bag home and then realised I had nothing to hang it from. So then I set out on a new adventure to find an adequate bracket.
The bag I had was an old one from my friends boxing gym. It is huge and weighs around 150lbs. So I knew I had to get a top end bracket to support it. I was advised a about a brand called Fit-Box as they were the brand my gym uses for their brackets. I eventually chose the Fit-Box 3ft Pro Folding Wall Bracket for Boxing mainly because it is recommended for bags up to 80 kg.
The bracket itself is made of black metal. You need to build it up yourself with the given nuts and screws. This takes around 10 - 15 minutes and the instructions are clear and easy to follow. Epoxy powder coated for indoor or outdoor use. Attaching the bracket to the wall is not easy. You are supplied screws but I had to ask my builder mate to fit it as I was worried I would ruin my garage. Apparently it is "Epoxy powder coated for indoor or outdoor use".
The bracket sticks out from the wall with a couple of feet. This gives ample room for the bag to move. A good feature is that the bracket can fold down completely to free up space in my garage.
If secured to the wall properly the bracket is superb. It holds the full weight of the punch bag and handles all of my haymakers with ease. The hold drops down with the bag moving with punches but not going out of control.
I paid £75 from Gymworld.co.uk. Although this is pricey I have no reason to think the bracket will last for many years if not my lifetime. Over the past year I have used it around 5 times a week almost every week. There is no sign of wear or damage.
On a quick check online this is now available for £73 from Gymworld. I would recommend it to anyone using a heavy punchbag. Although a bit pricey it does everything I require from it.
Both my boyfriend and I are really into our fitness and regularly attend a local gym. The one thing our gym lacks is a punch bag however so my boyfriend wanted one for the home. We had a stand up punch bag that was on a stick and waited with a base of sand, however the movement with this is very different to a hanging punch bag.
Most punch bags come with a bracket, however some are sold separately. This one happened to be sold separately so we had to buy a separate bracket to hook it up. The main criteria for the bracket was that it needed to be able to hold a large amount of weight and that it needed to be easy to set up. (His job)
==Price and availability==
The bracket was bought online from a fitness store and it cost £19.99.
==Description and set up==
The punch bag weighs quite a bit and if you are going to give it a good few right hooks you need to secure it right. The whole bracket comes in bits but does not take too much assembly. There are about 8 different screws to fit it together and the pack includes washers and wall plugs. Once assembled the whole thing is quite heavy itself and needs screwing into a wall. You can screw it to an outside or internal wall but it need to be brick or stone. We have ours in the garage. Another quick point to mention is that you need somewhere where you have enough room to move around freely. The bar sticks out about 2 feet so the punchbag falls two feet from the wall. This is enough space for it to swing nicely without it being too restricted.
The bracket is good quality with no sharp edges and has a nice black finish. It feels really secure, thanks to my personal handyman and comes with everything you need to attach it. The design of the bracket is much more secure feeling than others as there are four screws needed to plug it in and most of the weight is balanced on the long back bar that lays flush against the wall. This evenly distributes the weight.
Lastly, the hook is not a hook but a loop to fasten the bag to, some punch bags come with a material slip to slip over the hook, however this needs fastening on and takes slightly longer to do.
I like this bracket as it is reliable, it is the first for us and will hopefully last us a long time. I bet when we sell the house we will try and rescue the bracket so that it can come with us! My boyfriend loves this punch bag and he spends quite a lot of time training with it. I use it occasionally but it is not my favourite piece of equipment.
Fit-Box 3ft Pro Folding Wall Bracket for Boxing has a great feature is the removable eye bolt end, when hanging a heavy bag you inevitability get some wear this is now easily replicable.