To start off this review I wanted to give some advice on how a free standing punch bags can actually benefit you and hopefully my 5 options further below will help you make the best decision on which bag to go for.
What is a free standing punch bag?
Unlike the more common hanging heavy bag, a free standing bag has a heavy base which is generally filled with sand or water. This helps to keep the bag steady, solid and upright as you practice your punching combinations against it.
How will a free standing punch bag help you?
Personally I feel that free standing punching bags are very useful for those that don’t have access to a boxing gym/normal gym nearby to practice your punching skills. You do occasionally see more expensive ones in the gym, but generally they are best for those that have enough space to put this in their own home, garage or anywhere else practical.
These bags are a brilliant option for those wanting to learn to box from home and alot easier to set up than your traditional hanging heavy bag which could prove to be a nuisance if you don’t have enough space to hang it up.
If you are complete beginner to boxing, it might be worth checking out the FightCamp training experience review to get you started.
To make life easier for you here is a list of the pros and cons of a free standing punch bag and how it could help you out below.
Set up – free standing punch bags are generally a lot easier to set up than your traditional hanging bag. They usually have minimal installation which means you can get started with training straight away.
Adaptable – You have the ability to move the bag around to the most appropriate place for your training. Also, once you have finished your session you can move it out way to give you more space.
Softer – These bags are generally not as firm as hanging bags which makes it a lot softer for your knuckles or legs when you are punching or kicking during your workout.
Train from home – Standing boxing bags are ideal for working out from home with the ability to practice punching combinations, punching from range and footwork around the target. As I said above, it’s great for those that don’t have regular access to a gym.
Stability – as the bag is upright it generally designed to stay in place upright. If you have a powerful punch this can sometimes move or even knock over some bags, so be careful!
Training Limitations – there is only so much you can do to train with a free standing bags. It’s a lot harder to practice punching from close range due to heavy base, your lead foot can also sometime clash with this. This type of bag is also very much a stationary target with no movement taking place which can be bad for your boxing foot movement.
Cost – Now the downside to this is that free standing bags can be quite an expensive purchase if you want a quality bag. If you do decide to go ahead, consider it as an investment in yourself to improve your boxing skills and overall fitness.
What standing punch bags should I consider?
Well there is so many options out there for you to try out, but first and foremost I think you should consider the following bags to get you started somewhere. I have put these in order of lowest to high cost for you to consider your budget.
1. Gallant 5.5ft Free Standing Punch Bag
The Gallant free standing punch bag option is great lower budget bag to consider and is definitely one of the more affordable quality options you buy today. Gallant have also created multiple designs to choose from, but I would definitely consider going for the ‘numbered spot’ design to improve you accuracy and combinations.
Learn more on Amazon here (UK only): Gallant Black-Target Free Standing Boxing Punch Bag
2. TurnerMax Free Standing Punch Bag
TurnerMax punch bag is just that slightly bigger bag than the above Gallant standing at 6ft. Made from a high quality synthetic leather and packed with EVA foam, your punches will get a bouncy and flexible feeling as you strike the bag while you practice. Probably one of the better quality and affordable free standing punching bags out there.
Learn more on Amazon here (UK Only): TurnerMAX Free Standing Punch Bag
3. Mytra Fusion Free Standing Bag
Now Mytra Fusion stand bag is great option if you who are just looking to really practice your punching or kicking accuracy. It comes with twelve punching dots in its design which can help you practice different attack combinations helping you and reminding you change up your workout each time you practice. This bag should definitely help improve your focus and punching accuracy.
Learn more on Amazon here (UK Only): Mytra Fusion Pedestal 6ft Boxing Bag Free Standing Punching Target Boxing Stand
4. Everlast Everflex (Power Core) Free Standing Heavy Punch Bag + Resistance Bands
Everlast have also come up with high quality product which is on the expensive end, but is probably one of the best quality traditional free standing punch bags out there. This high density foam bag is designed to be flexible and extremely durable with a ‘spring action response’ for the bag to have some movement as you punch it.
Everlast have also included a resistance band and wrap around sit up strap for you to train other areas or your body which could help break up your exercise routine. Check out former world champion Andre Ward use the previous Power Core model (North America) of this to give you an idea of the spring response below.
Learn more on Amazon here (UK only): Everlast Everflex Free Standing Heavy Punch Bag with Resistance Bands
Learn more on Amazon here (North America): Everlast Power Core Free Standing Punch Bag
5. Century Bob
The Century Bob is by far one of the most expensive options out there and if you have large budget to afford this, it’s a fantastic and quality option to go with (Probably best suited for gym owners). As you can see from the above design, ‘Bob’ is created to be human like, this is to give you a far more authentic experience while you practice your punching combinations. It is also comes with a fully adjustable stand depending on your height. I recommend you check out this handy review by ‘Fit2Box’ before you decide to go with this.
Learn more on Amazon here: Century BOB XL with Base Unit
*Please note – some of these are manufactured in the UK so make sure to check out below for further ‘free standing punching bags’ to consider:
Hope you enjoyed this review and hopefully this will help you make the best decision. Make sure to check out more of boxing reviews here or why not check out my top 10 hanging heavy bag options review.
Also let me know in the comments below which option you might go for.
Thanks for reading!