It isn’t just individuals looking at performing in the boxing ring that would like to have a home gym set-up that incorporates everything needed for training. Plenty of other health conscious people are now learning the value that boxing workouts have in helping to maintain a great level of general fitness.
The good news is that it doesn’t cost much to create your own boxing gym at home and in fact the savings you can make on memberships or boxing trainers can even make it cost effective in the long term.
You don’t need much space to accommodate a training area but obviously the more floor space you have the more flexible your training can be. A garage can make a perfect location, however, if you do use one you should remember than concrete floors can be hard on the joints when skipping or performing footwork routines. That is easily remedied by the use of foam jigsaw mats: a cheap and easily fitted solution.
As well as the typical equipment, such as kettlebells, dumbbells and barbells, you’ll also need boxing-specific gear. Of course, a punch bag is a must. Bag training is such an important part of boxing training, particularly if your home set-up doesn’t have the space to allow you to spar with another person.
Free-standing bags have the advantage of being easy to install and usable in any type of room, but they are less durable than hanging ceiling-mounted hanging bags that can take a lot more damage but do need a sturdy and secure fixing bracket and chains in place.
How much do you need?
A punch bag is a versatile training tool that can be used to hone various techniques, but you will benefit from having as many different kinds of bag as you can afford and have space to use them correctly.
Floor-to-ceiling ball, speed bags, hook and uppercut bags all allow you to make the most of different techniques and will add extra value to your boxing training.
Depending on where you locate your gym, privacy can be an issue. Boxing training can be noisy, so if you need to be aware of neighbours you might need to look into soundproofing your space. Windows can also present a problem. However, it’s good to be able to let a certain amount of natural light in to any gym, so the careful use of Blackout shutters can mean you get the best of both worlds.
As with most sports, when it comes to boxing there are plenty of added extras you can choose from to personalise your training experience. You will of course need boxing gloves and wraps, or other hand protection gear, such as bag mitts. If you are sparring or working with a trainer or partner you might need other protection equipment such as headgear or gum shields.
The bottom line is that it is reasonably straightforward to create your own boxing gym at home with the minimum of fuss and cost. The result will be your own personal training space that allows you to feel comfortable and proceed at your own pace.