Speed Bag Rack

As I mention in many of my videos I hang my speed bag platforms on a free-standing rack.

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Here’s a look at one version of the rack. This was built to accommodate a speed bag platform on each side.

Why?

It’s free-standing – so there’s no vibration into the walls or roof.

It’s easy to add, remove, or re-arrange platforms – which I do frequently.

It’s portable – because the whole thing is rough cedar 4″x4″ and 2″x4″ boards held together with 1/2″ bolts.

Occasionally, people ask for plans or construction details.

I’ve built several of these, for a variety of reasons, and honestly never did it in a very methodical fashion.

Beyond that, I will say I’ve built this in 5′ x 5′, 4′ x 4′, and the current configuration is 48″ wide by 30″ deep.

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This version of the rack was built to accommodate two side by side platforms on each side – for a total of 8 speed bag platforms. These platforms have a 24" drum.

In that spirit, here’s a bunch of photos, that should help anyone who is interested in creating something similar.

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Another view of the large rack…

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Notice how the side supports (the 2" x 4"s) are staggered to make construction easy. Nothing was really measured to put this together.

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Another view of the side by side platforms.

The whole thing is bolted together. Why bolts? Because you can tighten them – but also it’s easy to take this thing on the road.

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You can unbolt the thing, and pack it into a U-Haul trailer. There’s two racks in there – on their way from Florida to New Jersey.

Here’s some random close-up photos of the nuts and bolts. 1/2″ hardware is expensive. I suppose you could use smaller bolts, but I’ve never tried it.

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Being made from wood, this thing is light and easy to move, but it can also be used as storage for all kinds of things. (Like speed bags.)

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One beauty of the rack, you can bolt your platforms to it – which makes changing platforms a snap.

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Double bolts in the 2x4s makes it super stable once everything is tightened.

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Closeup showing the inside and how the side 2x4s are staggered. This has two benefits – it’s easier to build it – and you can have different heights on the sides. This is helpful if you are hosting a group of speedbaggers of varying heights. (Hopefully you have adjustable speed bag platforms too).

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How tall is this thing? I arbitrarily used 8′ cedar. As you can see, my garage ceiling is pretty low. There’s really no need to make it taller than 8′

Does this thing work? Yep – I’ve been using this rack (or some variation of it) for about 14 years now.

We’ve even hosted multiple speed bag celebrities at the house – here’s one you may recognize:

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I had the privilege of learning hands-on from Alan Kahn – author of the speed bag bible. This was in May 2007.

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If there’s anyone that can teach you the speed bag – it’s Alan Kahn – author of the Speed Bag Bible.

I built two of these racks and trucked them to Keyport, New Jersey for the first Speed Bag Annual Gathering 2010 (Speed B.A.G 2010).

Here’s some photos. This was an incredible experience, and pictures can’t do it justice.

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People came from all over the country (and Australia!) to punch the speed bag for 3 days (day and night.)

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It was the experience of a lifetime – friendships were formed that last to this day.

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Here’s the rack setup in Real Gymm – ready for some punching.

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One more view from SPEED BAG 2010. The smaller rack was used outside only.

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