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Don’t let your heavybag shake your house apart

Jarring, noise, and vibration from the punching bag can destroy your house.

It’s a bad idea to mount a heavy bag from the structural elements in your house. I understand that it’s tempting to hang it from the rafters in your basement, or from the ceiling joints in your workout room, but this is a recipe for trouble.

Unless you only use your punching bag once in a blue moon, you can literally shake your house apart during your punching workouts. The noise, jarring, and vibration not only destroys your drywall, it also drives your family and neighbors crazy.

But fret not, there are some options for you to try.

Modern construction is all about efficiency

Old timber frame house

An old timber frame house

In the old days, houses were built from timber frames. The timbers were braced with diagonal supporting elements, and the entire structure held together on its own regardless of whether it was covered with sheathing. These structures were overbuilt — that is, they were built so strongly that they could withstand just about anything. Wood was plentiful, labor was cheap, and engineering was in its infancy; houses were built strong and no thought was given to using the least amount of building material possible.


These days, it’s a different story. Modern frame construction relies on plywood to tie all the parts of the framing together. There are no oversized timbers or diagonal bracing; the plywood keeps it from all falling apart. Two-by-fours — which, in the past, would have been far too flimsy to use as structural elements in house construction — are braced and held in place with sheets of plywood or oriented strand board. Modern construction methods save labor, they require no real skill to implement, and they are efficient.

But modern construction methods are vulnerable to the stress of heavybag training.

How to hang your heavybag in a modern house

It’s not a good idea. Really.

But if you must, here are are a few things you can try.

Heavybag spring on top, bungee cord on the bottom

Stick a heavy-duty spring between the heavybag mount and the chains. This is a good way to reduce the pounding vibration that might otherwise destroy your drywall.

This heavy bag is secured to the floor with a bungee cord.

This heavy bag is secured to the floor with a bungee cord.

The only problem is, the spring will cause your bag to jump up and down a bit more than normal. The way around this is to hook up a bungee cord to the bag’s bottom D-ring attachment point. It will keep the bag from hopping up and down on the chains, and it will keep it from swinging as much (which is especially useful if your bag is not heavy enough). A strong bungee cord is sturdy enough to stop the bag from jumping when you hit it with a good, snapping punch.

Everlast makes a heavybag anchor that you can fill with water to a weight of 45 pounds or so. Check it out the user reviews and specs at Amazon

Rubber bushing between the mount and the attachment point

You want to reduce vibration and transfer of kinetic energy through the heavybag mounting hardware to the ceiling joist or rafter to which you’ve attached it.

One way to do this is to make a rubber bushing and put it between the hardware and the rafter. Try using an old piece of auto tire tread or some other long-lasting, wear-resistant rubber. Cut it to shape with some heavy shears.

Too much vibration? Change your heavybag mount


If you currently use a mount that attaches to a single rafter, you should consider changing to one that is screwed into two rafters.

Supporting the heavybag from two structural elements instead of one helps share the load and reduce the vibration in vulnerable areas.

This sort of mount gives you the added benefit of raising the bag up higher between the beams, so if your heavybag is mounted too low, this is a way to fix the problem.

Reduce heavybag vibration by changing from ceiling-mounted to wall-mounted

If you have masonry walls (like in most modern basements), you can use a wall mount. If your walls are made of framing, forget it.

Punching bag wall mounts range from the el cheapo $30 dollar models all the way up to super-strong $500 designs that do everything except give you workout advice.

Make sure to get a wall-mount that lets you swing the bag out of the way when you’re done working out. A little touch like that will gain your appreciation over time. If the heavybag takes up too much room, you’ll be tempted to get rid of it. Switching to a wall mount just might save your workouts.

Free-standing heavybag stands

If you just can’t make the ceiling or wall mounts work, take down your punching bag and hang it from a heavybag stand. There are models ranging in price from less than $150 all the way up to more than a thousand dollars.

You can check out lots of stands at Amazon, click here: Free-standing heavybag stands.

While heavybag stands are not as nice as a ceiling-mount, lots of times they’re the only viable option for using a traditional heavybag.

Free-standing heavybags

When all else fails, you might have to bite the bullet and get rid of your ceiling-mounted heavybag.

Free-standing punching bags are not my favorite, but they’re great for people who need to work out indoors.

Check out the selection at Amazon: Free standing heavy bag.

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Ian July 3, 2010 at 4:55 pm

I have a steel beam in my house. I had a welder make me a hanger out of 4 x 4 steel tubing with a loop on the end. It bolts on to the beam with 2 3/4″ u-bolts. Between the beam and the tubing I put 1/2″ of heavy rubber and between the chain and the mount a heavy duty spring. It dosen’t skake the house at all.

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admin July 5, 2010 at 10:50 pm

Sounds great! The rubber bushing and the spring makes a big difference when it comes to excessive heavybag noise. I wish I had a steel beam in my house!

Amazon sells a heavybag mount that fits on steel I-beams: Steel I-Beam Heavy Bag Hanger
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Ian July 23, 2010 at 8:48 am

I seen that type of holder. The problem with that is that it mounts to the bottom of the beam and if you don’t have high ceilings in the basement the bag is too low.

I had a clamp like that too and I was hitting the top six inches of the bag.

The nice thing about them though is there is no vibration.

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seve August 4, 2010 at 2:29 am

The cheapest option is to suspend your boxing bag with a number of bicycle or motorcycle inner tubes(new or good used ones are also OK and usually being thrown out by most stores),reduces vibration considerably and gives a similar feel to hitting a person ,I have done it for kick boxing bags also.

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Ian August 14, 2010 at 12:19 am

how long do they last?

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nathan February 14, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Seve, I am definately changing the chains that connect the bag to the spring for some tubes. I’ll have to come up with a trick to attach them. I’m thinking of attaching a carabiner to the the spring and folding the inner tubes twice so that the bag will hang closely under the spring. I hope this works because my neighbors commented on me “playing basketball” in my living room.

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Dennie Diablito August 14, 2011 at 9:59 am

Great post which should be a must read for all online advertisements for Heavy Bags. I was going to wall mount a heavy bag to wall studs but after reading your article I’m going to have to reconsider my options. Thanks again!

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sterling September 25, 2011 at 2:30 am

a good way to reduce noise and vibration is to buy special insulated chains and replace them they are plastic coated and really help with noise and vibes

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Timothy November 7, 2011 at 4:39 pm

I wanted the ability to move my bag out of the way and so Ive mounted a barn door track to a 2×6 which spans across 4 beams, and drilled holes for coder pins to keep the bag in place when using it. Havent done anything about the noise/vibrations, but Im thinking lining the beamside of the 2×6 with rubber will work great.

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mary December 26, 2011 at 5:07 pm

I would like to hang my new heavy bag onto a brick wall. I have no idea how to do it. Do I need special masonry screws? Should I drill the screws right into the brick or should I make the hole bigg and cement the screws into the holes. Help.

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Tommi September 26, 2012 at 3:15 pm

I think that all the problems you refer to have to do with houses made of wood. I suppose there is no problem hanging a heavy bag from a concrete slab… am I right???

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bob September 26, 2012 at 8:54 pm

hi buddy, to help you out on hanging your bag of a brick wall simply use dyno bolts they are by far the best and only option you should consider. Look them up they are designed for this type of purpose. how it works is u drill a hole in the wall stick your dynobolt inside it adn start to adjust the bolt as you do the bolt expands inside the wall gripping it like nothing else once its dyno bolted it wont come out untill you are ready to loosen the bolt and it will come out with ease.

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bob September 26, 2012 at 8:56 pm

There shouldnt be any problems with hanging your bag from a concrete slab given that it is not cracked, loose or obviously with any signs of it falling apart.

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Ashley gierzak March 27, 2013 at 10:14 pm

my fiance and I just bought a freestanding bag and of course brought it home and started wailing on it…until out upstairs neighbor knocked on our door to make sure we weren’t murdering each other. Is there a way to quiet down the bag to avoid annoying our neighbors?

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fernando hariis August 31, 2013 at 8:31 am

for the article saying don’t use a wall mount hanger if your going to put it on wood stud? that not true , here what you can do cut out pieces of rubber from a tire now make sure you mount the hanger from outer walls of the house and not the inner walls most outer wall pick up the weight of the house making them more sturdy Take the pieces or rubber and mount them behind your hanger on the studs the rubber when absorb any shock to the wall (option also with that you can put braces of wood in between your studs to keep the movement down)get a spring for your chain and slide bicycle inner tubing over your chains to eliminate noise from your chains

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