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Installing your own heavy punching bag can be a simple process, but you must always keep safety in mind. A heavy bag will need adequate support from both above and to the sides, since it will swing around. Before installing the bag, consider how you will use it and look to manufacturer instructions for any brand-specific advice.
Determine where to put your punching bag. It should be placed in a corner or other out-of-the-way location where it can swing freely but not impede other items in the room.
Find out if there are any weight limits on your floor or ceiling. Most house beams can easily support the weight of a 150-pound punching bag, but apartment buildings might have limits you should check into.
Select a support structure for the bag. An overhead beam in the ceiling or a structure made specifically to hold a punching bag will work. The latter may be preferable as it is designed to hold the weight of the bag and can withstand constant use.
Measure the height of the support from the ground and subtract the height of the bag. This will help you decide how high off the ground you want the bag to hang. To determine the height of the bag, see if the bag has a labeled sweet spot. The sweet spot will feel right when you hit it, not too hard and not too spongy. Start out with the sweet spot at eye level and move it up or down as necessary for your height and use.
Install the hanging chain on the support structure at the height you have chosen. If you are using a support beam you will have to wrap the chain around it or screw in eye-bolts that can hold both the chain and the bag.
Attach the bag to the chain with the S-hook or other hardware that came with the bag. You may need a partner to help you lift it. The bag should swing freely and you should not hear creaking from the structure. Pull down on the bag and make sure it doesn't come loose at all. If it does, you need to either reinstall it or place it elsewhere.