How to Make a Homemade Punching Bag

Homemade punching bag

Boxing training and heavy bag training are essentially synonymous. If you are training to become a boxer, it is safe to assume that you will spend a considerable amount of time punching a bag. And if you do not hit a heavy bag, it is rarely by choice. Perhaps you do not have access to a bag. Fortunately, if that is the case, you can make a homemade punching bag without breaking the bank.

Homemade Punching Bag

Homemade punching bags are quite common in the sport of boxing. Many gyms lack funding so it is essential to devise inexpensive workarounds. The tire punching bag serves as a perfect example. Used tires can often be acquired for free. Once they are bolted together, the tires can be hung almost anywhere. Below you can see an example of a young amateur fighter striking a tire bag in Colombia. As you will see, the bag is fully functional and works well outdoors.

Uppercut Bag

Tires can also be sawed and bolted together in unique ways to create a homemade uppercut bag. You can see two examples in the video below. The first can be seen at the beginning of the clip, with a second variation visible at the 2:00 mark. The first works particularly well for uppercuts, while the latter is ideal for practicing hooks.


As for bolting the tires together, it is actually quite simple. Take a look at the video tutorial below to see an example.

Final Thoughts

In summary, you can make a quality homemade punching bag for the price of a few bolts and attachments. The bag will be waterproof and virtually indestructible. You will also be doing the environment a favor by using some otherwise worthless tires. If you are looking for an inexpensive bag, you really can’t go wrong with tires.




  1. I forewent the bolts and chains and used rope all the way through holding the tires together to actually hanging it. The ropes loosened up from where I tied it and it hangs low, but the rope itself hasn’t fallen apart even with lots of punching and kicking. So I guess you could forego the bolts if you wanna save even more money, it just won’t be as solid when you take it down and you need to consider how high you want to hang the thing. It’s also more of a pain to thread the rope through without hooks and such.

  2. Another good option is putting rice in a military surplus duffel bag (ca. 20$). I use the same bag for “sandbag” training (throwing, pulling, etc) and even after a year it’s still in top shape. The rice is from an Asian market, 2×50 lbs, enough to fill up the bag and use the rest in a bucket for wrist strengthening exercises.

    1. .hello, I have a question you ask,
      have you put rice directly in the military bag?
      What kind of bag?
      what is the measurement of your bag?
      how did you suspended?
      how much weight can we put it?
      it may suspend on a drawbar?
      I vien de France desolé for my English and thank you for your recomandation

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