How To Assemble A Free Standing Heavy Bag For MMA Training
Need to know how to assemble a free-standing heavy bag for MMA training? To assemble a free-standing heavy bag, you must first determine the type of bag that you have or will purchase. There are typically two types of free-standing heavy bags used for MMA training: the kind that comes with a traditional swinging heavy bag and a (usually metal) frame stand that allows for proper support while using, and the kind that comes with a fill-able base and a heavy bag-type cover that slips over the top.
To set up a traditional free-standing heavy bag for MMA training:
- Remove all pieces from the packaging. Many of the larger parts will have been pre-assembled for ease of assembly at home, but regardless, there will be instructions in the box. Lay the pieces out to make sure you have everything listed, and prepare the tools. Most likely, you will need a screwdriver and a wrench or pliers, at the minimum.
- Read through the instructions. This will help you get a feel for the general assembly.
- Decide on the location you want to bag when finished. As indicated by its name, the bag is quite heavy, and once on the stand it can be somewhat cumbersome to move. This is a good thing, though, as it means it will likely be difficult to move or knock over when you're doing your MMA training.
- Once a location has been selected, begin assembling the lower portions of the stand. Some instructions suggest assembling the bag on its side and then standing it up after you're done, while others suggest starting at the base and working up.
- Once the stand is assembled, and there are no extra parts that should be in use, prepare the hanging chain for the bag and attach it accordingly. With assistance from another adult, hoist the bag up and attach the chain to the appropriate location on the stand. It should now be ready for a test run.
To set up a free-standing, base-filled heavy bag for MMA training:
- Decide on the location where you want the finished product. Unlike the free-standing traditional bag, these bags are exceptionally heavy with their bases filled and it is unlikely that you will want to move it without the use of a dolly or other device.
- Set the base in the desired location and begin filling. Some bases are only one piece and are meant to be filled with water, sand or gravel (like for fish tanks, for example) through a small opening in the top, which is later plugged. Other bases require mild assembly after adding the water or sand.
- If the base requires additional assembly, first fill the base with water, sand or gravel. Water in the house can be risky, if damage to the base should ever occur, so many prefer sand or gravel unless using the heavy bag in a garage or outside. For a slightly heavier fill, a combination of water and gravel can also be used.
- After filling, place the neck plate on the base. Secure it with the proper bolts and then follow with the flex neck part, also securing it with the proper bolts.
- The connecting pole is usually made with treads to screw directly into the neck portion. Attach this part of your free-standing heavy bag next. Following the connecting pole and neck parts, foam pieces may be included to cushion the base and parts from the attacks it will receive during your training.
- Attach the adjusting pole, which usually also contains treads to screw into the base foundation. This part will likely have latches or slots that allow for the height adjustment of the final piece.
- Finally, slide the heavy bag cover over the adjusting pole, fitting into the desired height position. Give it a test run to see that everything feels and works right. Enjoy your MMA training!