One of the most simplistic types of home gyms that can gives great options for cardio, strength training, mobility work and stress relief. Let’s take a look at how you could build a complete home boxing gym of your dreams.
What makes a home boxing gym the option for many – is how versatile it can be. Especially if you’re in the world of calisthenics, where bodyweight exercises are your primary form of workout. Having essentially a boxing gym in your home is a great complementary exercise.
Getting started is also a very easy task and doesn’t have to be quite costly. A set of boxing gloves and punching bag is plenty to get you started. Growing your gym from there would entirely be up to you when finding out how it fits with your lifestyle and where you want to take it.
Boxing is also a great addition to an already established routine that you may have. A source for building strength, HIIT conditioning and cardio. You can also use it as a warm up or cool down before the workout of your choice.
There are also more resources now with on demand workouts to keep your routine fresh.
Things To Consider For A Home Boxing Gym
Before getting into specifics on what equipment would help round out your home boxing gym. There are some things that you should consider before hand.
- Space. Although punching bags and boxing gloves themselves would not consume too much space in your gym. You would need to consider the room needed for you to physically move around. For a comfortable workout where there would be a lot of movement around the bag itself, you would ideally want an area of about 5×5 feet where you can place your punching bag in the middle. And still have plenty of room to move around.
- Budget. A home boxing gym can be as grand or as simple as you want it to be. Having top of line brand name equipment and gear would not give you a better or worse boxing workout. If you’re just starting out, start small. Gloves and a bag is the most you would need in the beginning. As you grow in the sport and in the workout, you could start adding other equipment like speed bags or hanging bags.
Boxing Equipment For A Home Gym
Now that we figured out our space and budget, let’s get into the meat of what is needed for a home boxing gym and optimize our space.
It wouldn’t be much of a boxers gym if there were no boxing bag. But which type of bag is the question. For a more in depth article about punching bags for home, we go over it in this article.
For most, a free standing punching bag would likely be the best option as it is most cost effective and easy to set up. It would also give you great versatility in moving it around as you need.
If your space allows it, a hanging heavy bag is a preferred option by many boxing enthusiasts, however set up for this would require a bit more work, and your space itself would need supporting beams or stable frames in order to accommodate the bag.
Boxing Gloves and Hand Wraps.
Another one of the essentials if you were to box at home. You will see plenty of choices when it comes to boxing glove. Horse hair stuffed, leather, synthetic leather are all versions of boxing gloves out there. Finding the pair that fits well and is well padded is a decent option for most beginners.
Protect your hands when boxing. You will need to get proper hand wraps for added security to your hand. It may seem pointless since you are using gloves that are already well padded. But there is still space in the glove where you hand could shift when punching and causing an injury.
You can read how to measure and find the perfect fitting glove here.
Often overlooked for any type of home gym, having the proper flooring should be one of the top of mind priorities in any gym. We’re not talking about hardwood, concrete or carpet, but more specifically a type rubber mat that helps protect your original floors and equipment.
Finding the right type of mat gives you better grip when moving around, and with the small amount of cushion provided, helps with the pressure on your joints.
Home Boxing Gym – Nice To Haves
Maybe you have plenty of room in your home gym or just have some money left over in your budget. There are a couple of items that can help make your home boxing gym more like…well… a boxing gym.
Although these items aren’t totally necessary to have in your gym. It does give you added benefits to have all your fitness needs in one place.
Weights & Calisthenic.
If you’re boxing, there would likely become a time when you would want to get stronger, and your current routine just doesn’t cut it. A couple of ways to meet those needs is creating an area where you can comfortably do push ups, sit ups and other types of body weight exercises.
Adding some dip bars or parallettes are budget friendly choices, they don’t take up any room and can be easily put away when not in use. Alternatively adding a dumbbell rack or bench presses are other options if your budget and space allow.
Heart pumping workouts are needed for any type of exercise. Boxing is no different, in fact cardio is a key part in any well rounded boxing routine. Getting outside for some fresh air and a long run can easily satisfy that part, and probably a more recommended way of getting cardio.
However, investing in a treadmill or elliptical could be a better solution for those who want a cardio workout nearby or if they just want to do a complete workout in the comfort of their own home.
This might be the solution you’re looking for if you have limited space and want to get multiple workouts with one station. A power tower is closer to an all-in-one type workout equipment where you can perform pull ups, dips and if you add a bench, you can get some strength training in as well.
Power towers would typically work better if your room had higher ceilings to give enough head room for pull ups. There are also some heavier duty power towers that have a hanging area for heavy bags or gymnast rings.
If a complete home boxing gym is what you want. Opt-in for some boxing shoes and skipping ropes. Although these accessories will give you more of a boxer feel then what it is needed for a boxing workout. Getting the whole experience may be what you are looking for.
Boxing for fitness is not typically what people consider when starting their fitness journey. Joining a gym, purchasing weights and treadmills for their home, is more of the norm when looking to reach their health goals.
Building a home boxing gym is not only simple and easy. The workouts available are fun, challenging and one of a kind. You won’t have to worry about getting bored of any repetitive exercises. It’s also a great full body workout that hits many areas of what a well rounded workout should be.