DISCLAIMER: I realize that this question is similar to Punch bags in a rental apartment

However, this does NOT answer my question. While both ask about punching bags in an apartment, that question asks about space and where to put it, and this one asks about noise levels for different punching bags.

I live in an apartment. I have been thinking about getting a punching bag, but because the walls are very thin, my neighbors would be able to hear it every time I hit it. I have heard that it can shake the entire building, because of the internal structure. I have also looked into standing bags, such as a Wavemaster, but neighbors have complained that they slide across the floor and make noise. What kind of bag makes the least noise possible?

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    Does this answer your question? Punch bags in a rental apartment
    – Mike P
    Mar 23, 2020 at 15:54
  • @MikeP No, My problem is that it makes a lot of noise, theirs is that it takes up space and that they can't find a place to put it. The answers on that question also don't answer this question.
    – LemmyX
    Mar 23, 2020 at 17:04
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    I agree that your question is not a duplicate in the sense that it asks for something different. I disagree, however, that the answers to the other question do not answer yours. The answers basically say you cannot fix the noise issue with apartment neighbors.
    – mattm
    Mar 23, 2020 at 17:37

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The question asks what can be done if you want to use a punching bag in an apartment. What would that look like?

The problem with using a punching bag in an apartment is that you'll create a lot of loud pounding noises and vibrations. Even if your neighbors are not trying to sleep and it's the middle of the day, it will feel to them like it's an intrusion into their lives. It will feel like you're doing something to them. They're going to be irate.

So I'm sorry, if you have an apartment, you just can't use a heavy punching bag there. Find a gym that has them. Boxing gyms sometimes have an "open gym" policy at certain times of the day or week, where you pay only something like $5 to $10 to use all the facilities. Look into that first.

That said, if you really wanted to use a punching bag of some sort in an apartment, what kind of punching bag could you use to minimize noise and vibration?

The answer is a speed bag attached by bungee cords. These kind of bags are only meant for focus, timing, and combinations. It's not meant for power. The more you put power into it, the more likely it will be that it causes noise and vibration. You can experiment with different types of bungee. The more tension they have, the more power you can use. So you're looking for a pretty loose setup that lets the bag swing more easily. That way you won't be tempted to do power punches.

How you mount it is up to you. You'll find some of them are designed to be used on door frames. But that means you won't be able to do some types of training, due to the reduced angle of attack. Probably the best as far as anti-vibration and freedom of movement is concerned is to get a bag stand that's specifically for speed bags. If you can't find one, it's easy enough to make one if you're handy. Then to dampen noise transfer to the floor, you'll want to put thick foam under the bag stand. Make sure you have carpeting on your floor, also, because that will help dampen noise as well.

Hope that helps.

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