A punching bag is one of the most fun ways to workout. Whether you want to work on fitness, your technique, or just relieve stress, a punching bag does the trick. However hanging them can be a serious undertaking and may not be possible in the space that you have. In order to hang a heavy bag you need to ensure that the ceiling will support the weight and you will have to fit a bracket which takes some knowledge and tools.
Even if you have a space where you can hang a bag you may not have an option to do so. Perhaps you live in an apartment or rented space that will not allow you to drill holes and mount brackets.
However don’t despair because there are some top quality free standing punching bags out there. These bags will offer you a workout just as good as any hanging heavy bag. You also have the advantage of being able to move these bags easier when you need the space.
Here is breaking grips look into the Best Free Standing Heavy Bag on the market and some of the key things to look out for before purchasing.
There is something satisfying about punching a face and body. The Century Bob Unit lets you do just that. Bob is a different take on the free standing bag and even comes with an angry face that is easy to punch.
This unit is great for working on accuracy as you can carefully pick your shots. I personally found it great for practicing body shots and found myself working harder to keep up the accuracy as I became tired.
The Century Bob is also perfect if you are looking to develop your technique as opposed to just getting a workout. It is also ideal for people looking to develop their self defense skills or just looking to relieve some stress.
Like the other Century bags mentioned above this free standing unit is well designed. I found it soft on the knuckles even when wearing no gloves. The bag is about 270lbs when fully filled with sand which ensure minimal amount of bag movement when working out.
All in all this is probably the most fun product on the list. The Bob is great for just working out, practicing technique and is super fun to hit. It is a little bit more expensive that some of the other options but the quality of the product will ensure that you will be using for years.
Century Original Wavemaster
This free standing heavy bag from Century is a very popular free standing bag that won’t break the bank.
It can be filled with either sand or water but for best results we recommend that you use sand. Sand does not come included but can be picked up from your local garden store for a couple of bucks
The weavemaster is suitable for all types of striking including , punching, knees, elbows and high and low kicks. This bag also allows you to adjust the height up and down which is great if other family members or friends want to use it too. There is just enough rebound built into the bag to give you that satisfying feeling when you land a decent shot.
The bag is relatively easy to set up and comes in three different colors.
After 15 minutes of sustained heavy strikes the bag had barely moved during our workout. This is not surprising as it is approx 270lbs when filled. The leather of the bag seems very durable and it would take a lot to damage or rip. At this price point the Century Original Weavemaster is great for anyone looking for simple free standing bag that will not need to be replaced anytime soon.
Everlast Omniflex Free Standing Heavy Bag
Everlast is the preeminent brand in boxing and have been making boxing equipment since 1910.
They have a wealth of experience in the manufacture of punching bags and the Omniflex seems to be one of the most popular freestanding bags on the market today.
The Everlast Omniflex comes with minimal assembly and can be set up in less than an hour. The base can be filled with water or sand. It takes some time to get the sand into every part of the base but is worth it if you want to ensure minimal movement. Use a small funnel or contained to pour the sand.
When fully filled the bag did not noticeably move even after absorbing my heaviest punches (I am a 210lb guy). My initial workouts with the bag consisted of high kicks and punch combinations. the bag is a bit springier than the Century weavemaster which some people may prefer. Overall I thought it provided me with a very solid workout.
One small issue I had its that the screws at the base came lose after using for a couple of days. However this is easily fixed by adding washers to the screws to ensure they do not move.
The Wavemaster Powerline is a beefed up version of the Wavemaster original.
The problem with freestanding bags is that there is a limit to the amount of power they can sustain without moving. As a result you may need to get a heavier bag to stand up to the shots. The Powerline base is actually the same as the Century original wavemaster (Both take about 250 lbs sand). However the Wavemaster Powerline comes with twice as much high density foam than the original. This means the bag is thicker and better able to absord the power.
Just like the original the Powerline can be adjusted approx 2-3 depending on your needs and comes in red, blue or black.
All in all a solid product for those out there with a little more power.
What to look for with Free standing heavy Bags
This may be the most important feature of standing bags. If the base moves a lot during a workout, it can ruin your workout. Some free standing bags are built to provide low intensity cardio workouts, and as a result will not stand up to sustained heavy punching. If the base is too light the bag can also fall over. This is very annoying when if it happens and you are more likely to stop using it.
Length of Bag
The length of the bag you choose should depend on what type of workout you want to do. Will you be just punching the bag or do you want to incorporate kicks, knees etc? If you want work leg strikes then you should look at getting a longer bag. Bags such as the
Unlike hanging heavy bags the freestanding bags do not swing. Instead they usually are designed to rebound and have some flex built in. Some bags do not have much rebound which is ok if that is what you are looking for. In my own opinion the the best free standing heavy bag all move in way that at least in some part mimics real life.