There are many benefits to using a speed bag in your training. Some of them obvious, like increasing speed. Some of them not so obvious, such as encouraging fighters to keep their hands up and ready to protect themselves. Every aspiring boxer or MMA fighter should be regularly training with a speed bag as much as they can to improve their speed, timing, accuracy and much more.
Even though speed bags won’t necessarily be the main focus of your training, more time should still be spent hitting pads and sparring, they do tend to be popular in gyms. But oftentimes, gyms only have one or two speed bags and there’s always someone on them; someone who can already use it comfortably.
Luckily, you can buy speed bags, and their accompanying platforms, to install in your own home. It’s incredibly handy to have your own speed bag platform set up and ready to go whenever you like. Depending on your home situation, you might not have room for a full gym or to have a permanent heavy bag hanging up, but almost anyone can make the room to install a speed bag platform for personal use.
We’ve collected several speed bag platforms that are both cost effective and easy to set up with minimal mess.
The Best Speedbag Platforms and Swivels Reviewed
Everlast Elite Adjustable Speed Bag Platform
This platform is 24 inches in diameter which allows for any size speed bag that you want to install without the platform itself being overly big and intrusive. It’s easily installed onto any wall mount you have and then just as easy to adjust the height depending on the individual needs of the user.
It even includes the swivel, two brace boards, assembly hardware and full-end padding so you have everything you need to attach your speed bag and get training. It’s also compatible with double-end bags and double-end anchors.
XMark Fitness XM-4441 Adjustable Speed Bag Platform
XMark Fitness have included a heavy gauge steel frame to attach the platform to the wall. With cheaper constructions, hitting the speed bag can end up causing irritating vibrations to run through the wall which can end up annoying both you and your neighbours. The heavy gauge steel frame is far more sturdy than usual frames which prevents said vibration.
The wooden drum platform is 24 inches in diameter and 1.5 inches thick to make sure that the whole device is a strong and sturdy as it can be.
The platform is also made of hardwood with a smooth furniture finish; no harsh, rough wood texture.
XMark Fitness XM-2811 Adjustable Speed Bag Platform
Everyone is built different; some people are short and others are tall. XMark cater to people of any size by allowing their speed bag platform to have 15 inches of adjustment. If you plan on sharing the platform with someone who is significantly taller/shorter, then you won’t have any problems with this platform.
The platform can be installed onto both wood and concrete so you should have no problems with setting it up in your own home/gym.
Like the XM-4441, the drum is made of high quality 1.5 inch hardwood that will stay strong no matter how many times you bounce the speed bag off of it. Some platforms with cheaper drums will eventually be worn away or damaged by the speed bag, but not with this one.
MaxxMMA Heavy Duty Adjustable Speed Bag Platform and Speed Bag
When buying speed bag platforms, you’ll normally have to purchase the speed bag itself separate. This is great if you already have speed bag(s) lying around or if you like to change the size of the bags regularly, for when different people use it for example.
But if you don’t already have a speed bag to hand then it can be a bit annoying. Though you can attach almost any speed bag to our listed platforms, it’s no doubt easier to just buy an all-in-one set. This is what MaxxMMA are offering.
Everlast Professional Speed Bag Swivel
The most common part to be replaced on speed bag platforms is the swivel. This is the little metal contraption that attaches the speed bag to the platform itself.
Unfortunately, the swivel is where many companies (none that we’ve listed) cut corners and costs and provide shoddy equipment. If you already have a speed bag/platform then it’s a good idea to purchase a good quality swivel like this one from Everlast. This will allow the bag to more smoothly and more fluidly so you can get the optimal results out of your speed bag training.
It’s worth buying a good quality swivel right off of the bat so you don’t have to waste time replacing it a later date.
All of these speed bag platforms and swivels are easy to set up and install in your home. You don’t need a whole lot of room; you can put them in any corner or wall in your home and use it when needed. When it’s not needed, it’s fairly low-profile and doesn’t stand out like a sore thumb or look messy like some other training equipment would.
The platforms are also easily adjustable, so you don’t have to spend all of your precious time constantly re-setting it up and calibrating it.