How to fill a Muay Thai Heavy Bag

All of our Heavy Bags are sold empty to keep the shipping costs as low as possible for our customers. So, if you’ve just received your Fairtex heavy bag and are wondering “How do to fill a Muay Thai Heavy Bag“, check out this straight forward guide below. We’ll break down what material to use as stuffing, how full it should be, and discuss the best way to fill your heavy bag.

What material do I use to fill a Muay Thai Heavy Bag?

Shredded textiles is the best option. You can use your own old, worn out clothing. Be sure to remove zippers or buttons as their sharp edges can cause injury to your bag and yourself.

Old sweaters, socks and boxer shorts with holes in them, old pajamas, scarfs, t-shirts, shorts, worn out rags, and anything else you can find will work. Well-worn jeans are OK, just be sure to remove all the hardware (including belt loops).

You’ll likely need to find other sources of textiles, the volume of clothes needed to fill even a small heavy bag will surprise you. Check out local thrift stores and ask your friends for any clothes they’ve grown out of or worn out. A lot of people have clothing laying around that is “not quite good enough for the donation pile”, with holes or stains – this is an excellent way to re-purpose that fabric! If you do need to buy textiles, old towels, curtains, sheets, and blankets are great options.

    

How heavy should the punching bag be?

Please check the weight suggestion from the manufacture. It is important that you don’t over fill the bag. Too much weight can make it susceptible to tearing with repetitive impact. See below for a list of the heavy bags we currently sell, along with their recommended weights.

What’s the best way to fill a Muay Thai Heavy Bag?

Shredding the fabric helps to keep a uniform distribution inside the heavy bag. Pieces of fabric will settle more evenly inside your bag than if you shove a bunched up sweater on one side and a pair of jeans on the other. Ideally, you want a mixture of different fabric throughout the bag. This is easy to do; you can use a strong pair of scissors to cut the fabric into strips. A rotary fabric slicer will be even quicker (and a bit easier on your hands, ask your mom & aunties to see if anyone has one you can borrow). Don’t cut the fabric too large, you want the pieces to lay relatively flat inside the bag.  Large chunks of fabric can create gaps as the bag settles.

Filling a large heavy bag can be tricky. Try opening the bag at the top and rolling the sides down so you can better access the bottom of the bag. Fill approximately 1 foot of the bag with fabric then stand on it to help compact the fabric. If the opening is too small to allow for this, you can use the end of a broomstick to push the fabric down. Continue filling the bag 1 foot at a time, pushing the fabric down as you go. Inside the bag will settle with use, you may need to top it up after a few weeks.

If you are looking for additional weight (within your bag’s limit), you can anchor each foot of fabric with a sandwich bag filled with sand. If you chose this route, please be sure to completely tape the Ziploc bag shut. This prevents the bag from bursting and the sand sinking down the to bottom of the bag. Small sand bags should be in the middle of the bag so that you’re not striking directly onto them. Alternatively, you can place a few at the top of the bag, to keep the entire mass of clothing from riding up.

Another idea, is to find a cheap, used punching bag for sale on a local classified site; open it up and use its contents to fill you new bag.

Benefits of filling your own heavy bag:

The obvious benefit of buying an empty bag is saving money on shipping. But, the best benefit of filling your own heavy bag is being able to customize the feel of the bag. The weight of a bag determines how much it swings with training. A light bag will swing a lot with impact, heavier bags will offer more resistance. Filling your own bag allow you to fully customize the swing of your bag and the firmness you’ll feel on impact. Being mindful of the weight recommendations above, you can fill the bag more as you get stronger to create more resistance.

Purchasing an un-filled heavy bag will save you money on shipping and gives you total flexibility on how it’s filled. Remember you’ll need a ton of textiles and a good cutting tool, fill it only to the manufacturer’s recommended weight, and make sure you compact the stuffing as you fill the bag.

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Let us know how you make out after filling your own punching bag. Do you have any additional tips to add?

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