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How to Set Up a Home Boxing Gym

author image Henry Halse
Henry Halse is a Philadelphia-based personal trainer, speaker, and writer. He's trained a wide variety of people, from couch potatoes to professional athletes, and helped them realize their own strength, determination and self-confidence. Henry has also written for various fitness and lifestyle publications, including Women’s Health, AskMen and Prevention.

If boxing is your thing, but you don't have access to a proper gym, you can set up your own at home. With enough space, equipment and a little ingenuity. you can make your own boxing sanctuary.

A heavy bag, a jump rope and a mirror are the bare essentials that you need to practice punches and footwork. You can also get more specialty bags that help you work on defense and reflexes. As long as you enjoy boxing, the time spent setting up your gym will be well worth it.

Read More: How to Practice Boxing at Home

Necessary Space

Before you get any equipment, make sure that you have enough space to move around and to set up your equipment. You need around 20 square feet at least, according to an article from Commando Boxing, which is roughly the size of a boxing ring. That will give you enough room to hang a heavy bag and have room to move around, just like you would in the ring.

Ideally, you can move in a circle around whatever boxing equipment you have, including heavy bags and double-end bags. That way you can practice boxing footwork at the same time that you punch.

Necessary Equipment

The most important equipment is essential to boxing — boxing gloves. Make sure that you get gloves that weigh enough to protect your hands. Look for 14- and 16-ounce glove, which offer enough padding that you can hit your heavy bag as hard as you want. To go with your new boxing gloves, you'll need hand wraps. Get a pair of wraps or gel gloves that you can use to protect your hands.

Heavy Bag

The heavy bag is a staple in every boxing gym. You can either get stuffed heavy bags or aqua heavy bags that are filled with water and less damaging to your joints. They come in different sizes, usually from 50 to 100 pounds. Lighter heavy bags are still useful ,but they move around more when you punch them.

Hang your heavy bag from a stable beam in your ceiling using the chain that comes with it. If you don't have a stable beam, you can buy a heavy bag stand that holds the heavy bag. Whatever you choose to hang the bag should be able to hold 300 to 400 pounds.

Jump Rope

Next, pick up a jump rope to practice your footwork. It's also a great conditioning tool to help improve your stamina and shoulder muscle endurance. Just make sure that your ceilings are high enough for the rope to go under.


Hang a full-body mirror that's long enough to capture your entire reflection. Use the mirror to watch yourself throw punches as you shadowbox or hit the heavy bag. That's the best way to critique your form and coach yourself.

Ring Timer

As far as technology is concerned, a ring timer is the most important thing for your home gym. Buy one of these to keep track of time, whether it be 2- or 3-minute rounds. Some of them even have a bell sound to mark the end of the round, making you feel like you're in the ring.

Read More: List of Boxing Equipment

Exercise Mat

Exercise mats are important for your home gym, especially if you're in a basement with concrete floors. You can do bodyweight exercises, such as push-ups, planks and crunches, on the mat to help build muscle mass and improve your boxing.

Specialty Bags

Specialty punching bags, such as the speed bag or double-end bag, serve a different purpose than the standard bag. These are more specialized than the heavy bag, made for practicing speed, reflexes, and defensive moves, and you can't hit them very hard. If you have space for these bags, invest — otherwise, skip them.

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