Free-standing punch bag (UK)

Discussion in 'Boxing Training' started by TheWill, Feb 1, 2021.

  1. TheWill

    TheWill New Member Full Member

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    I'm completely new here, so hello to everyone!

    With lockdown in the UK I'm looking to buy a home kit to replace a heavy punch bag to train at home.

    I looked at reviews, but I can't be sure with so many options available (and also so much fake marketing going on around). On top of that, I punch quite heavily and I'm trying to avoid the frustration of having to constantly pick up the free standing bag :)

    Does anyone own a free standing bag they're happy with and would recommend?
     
  2. Likethembigroundchunky

    Likethembigroundchunky Member Full Member

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    Before lockdown one of the gyms I went to had century products - both the xxl ones and normal ones - i just found them frustrating.

    They might not fall over but they do rock around and creep. The xxl ones were OK the smaller ones were very cardio suited

    The best one was the bob xl though imo. The head is too flexible to land hard shots on but the body shape does add interesting target practice. If you want to land hard single punches or similar we just to put it at its tallest and go for its chest.

    Expensive though and it still rocks around the floor.

    Imo apart from the bob with its unique target practice they offer too many compromises for their price. If there is any way to mount a hanging one, do that instead. Even one of the cheap rdx type ones are fine, they're soft, they swing and they're light enough to take down if they're outside.

    I'd even consider one of the hanging frames over freestanding bags. My main issue with them is that the bag hangs too low, they still rock and you can't dance round them (without tripping over or worse, stubbing your toe). You can help mitigate the rocking with an aqua bag and a spring. But if its outside it will freeze and possibly burst plus its too heavy to move once its up.
     
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  3. TheWill

    TheWill New Member Full Member

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    Hey @Likethebigroundchunky I appreciate the response. It does seem that I'll have to compromise on something to workout during the pandemic or while I can't hang anything on the walls.

    When I look at something like this:

    It makes me think: overpriced and hyped - right now my opinion is that it's just a marketing trick. And note that on the video, it's the only one with a groove on the floor around it, and the guy who is punching it keeps looking at the bottom to check if it hasn't jumped out!
     
  4. TheWill

    TheWill New Member Full Member

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    (sorry fight camp!) :)
     
  5. Likethembigroundchunky

    Likethembigroundchunky Member Full Member

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    That white fight camp bag is definitely sitting in a ring, probably slightly recessed into the floor, hence why the lighting is so poor and they have to be on a stage.

    You can clearly see it in multiple bits of the video but especially when he shows how to move it at the end of the video. It gets caught on the edge and won't roll off.

    Also, even I could walk through those boxers punches.

    Not for me.
     
  6. jimmyonebomb

    jimmyonebomb Member Full Member

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    I borrowed one from my work, it was OK but found myself getting frustrated that it wasn't like a proper heavy bag! Just the way it moved etc found myself modifying how I'd punch in a strange way.

    I've just been shadow boxing and skipping, floor work etc now instead and feel it's better more realistic workout