Whether you're a weekend warrior or a serious mixed martial arts fighter, having a punching bag in your own home gives you more opportunities to work out. If you're a person who weighs more than 170 pounds, you'll typically need a heavy bag of more than 100 pounds to help you increase your punching power in any significant way, according to Boxing Depot. While a heavy bag such as this requires a heavy beam in your ceiling for safe installation, actually installing the equipment will not be a serious time investment. You will need at least two people to install the bag safely.
Run a stud finder along the ceiling to locate a ceiling joist. When you locate one, place your measuring tape along the edge to ensure it measures at least 6x6 inches. Select a location for the bag based on the location of an appropriate joist, keeping in mind that you need about 5 feet of clearance around each side of the bag for safe movement.
Prepare to use two eye bolts -- or the number needed for your particular bag mount -- that are about 2 inches longer than the ceiling joist.
Hold the ceiling mount up to the location of the joist and mark the locations for the eye bolts with a pencil.
Drill a hole from top to bottom of the ceiling joist, using a drill bit that is the same size as the eye bolt. You will need access to the attic or the top side of the joists in order to do this. Repeat this step for each eye bolt that is part of your setup, using the pencil marks as guides for the proper positioning of the holes.
Slip the eye bolt into the hole from bottom to top, and place a washer and then a nut on the top side of the bolt. Tighten the nut with pliers, and then further tighten by holding the nut with pliers and placing the handle of a screwdriver through the eye of the eye bolt to hold it in place. Depending on your attic setup, this may require two people; one to hold the eye bolt in place, and another to tighten the top side with pliers. Repeat this for all the eye bolts in the mount setup.
Lift the bag up up toward the bag mount, and then have a second person hook the bag chains to the ceiling mount hook.
- If you do not have a 6x6 or larger ceiling joist, you will need to reinforce the existing joists before putting a bag in the ceiling. Since the integrity of the structure is at stake, talk with an engineer or a building expert about the best way to do this for your situation.