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Top 5 Best Free Standing Punch Bags Review

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.

FightCamp free standing punch bag

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.

FightCamp free standing punch bag

Pros

Set upfree 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.

Cons

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I'm an amateur boxer and blogger trying to pass on my boxing experiences and passion to anyone looking to learn or find out more about the sport of boxing. Whether that be reviews, news, training tips or my own personal journey, I'll be covering it on "Boxing Life".

12 Comments

Sujandar Mahesan

For the past few months I have been looking for a good free standing boxing bag for my house. I’m glad that I found this site because from all the listings I really like the TurnerMax Free standing punch Bag. I like its style and the design. I’m definitely ordering it today.

Thank you so much for the rundown on these boxing bags.

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Jamie

Thanks for the comment Sujandar, I’m gad this article has been useful and the TurnerMax free standing punch bag is great option! 

J

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Dan

Hi Jamie,  

Thanks for the cool review. I bought a stand up bag a while back since I just don’t have the room anywhere in my house to put one. I keep it in the garage and take it outside to use in the yard when it’s nice out. You can’t beat the convenience of it however, it definitely can’t take the beating that a regular bag can. That being said, I think it’s still a great option for people like me with limited space. Wish I saw this list before I made a purchase as the bag I bought isn’t on there and is probably on the cheap side. All of these bags look awesome. I am going to keep these in mind for the future when it wears out. Thanks again! 

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Jamie

Hi Dan, thanks for the comment! As you said they are very convenient if you want to move it around depending on your space, but they do have there limitations in terms of training. Hopefully some of these bags will give you a better idea on what to go for in the future. 

Thanks again,

J

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Cyndy

I don’t box but I have used the hanging bag a few times during my years of doing taekwondo. It was pretty fun but I do agree that the hanging bags are very firm which was quite an experience punching something that was so hard. In terms of the options you gave, I like #3 with the focus on building accuracy, that looks good as well as #4 as they offer variety with the resistance band and wrap-around strap. Have you personally ever knocked over a standing bag?

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Jamie

Hi Cyndy, 

Yes I personally prefer the hanging heavy bags as you can get a lot closer to them without your feet clashing. The free standing bag however gives you an opportunity to focus on your punching technique. I think the the Everlast option is great if you are also wanting other training elements. For your question, I’ve never knocked one over personally, but I have made them move from some harder punches. You need to make sure it has enough weight in base to stop this from happening

Thanks for commenting.

J

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Twack Romero

Looks like ‘Bob’ had a bit of a ‘seeing to’ but looked to be able to stand up to it. I’ve been toying with the idea of a free standing punch bag. I have had a hanging bag for many years, bought second-hand and in all honesty, it’s hardly ever been used due to space. The room it’s in now has loads of other stuff that has no place to go. I like the idea of a free standing bag as it would be able to go outside. Do you know if you can get covers for them ? I was also surprised by the pricing. Not as bad as I was expecting, although I think ‘Century Bob XL’ might be out of my range but the Mytra Fusion looks the business.

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Jamie

Hi Romero, 

Thanks for the comment, yes hanging heavy bags definitely need the space if you are going to use them. Potentially you may just need a slight upgrade to what you have – check out my top 10 heavy bag review here

As you said maybe an standing punch bag will be a lot more practical for you going forward. I wouldn’t go for the  ‘Century Bob XL’ if you are unsure on what to go for as it does have a slightly different feel to it over other standing punch bags when striking it. The ‘Mytra Fusion’ bag might just be the perfect solution for you! 

Hope this helps man! 

Thanks

J

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Robert

Hey Jamie thanks for this review. My brother is an amateur boxer and he was just talking to me last night about getting a free standing boxing bag. He prefers to workout at home after work instead of driving back and forth to the gym.and was thinking of putting a hanging bag in his garage. But to conserve space for his car he wants a free standing bag. I am going to share this review with him because he is the one that will be making the purchase.

I personally like the look of the TurnerMax but my brother will probably go with the Everlast Everflex being that he loves Everlast boxing gear. Perhaps if he can afford it I can see how the Century Bob XL would be better, seeing how it resembles a human and can be height adjusted. I assume the head is mounted on a thick spring to prevent it from going too far in any direction from a hard punch. Do you think it can withstand multiple hard jabs and uppercuts to the head?

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Jamie

Hi Robert, thanks for the comment! Like you said the free standing bags are a lot easier to move around as you see fit. If you are going to be working out from home they are usually a lot more practical to move than your traditional hanging heavy bags. 

In terms of your option I would go with it would probably be the Everlast Everflex. From my own personal experience of using the Century Bob in the boxing gym, it can definitely withstand multiple punches, but it does have a slightly different feel to punching any other free standing punch bags.  

Hope this helps Rob. 

Thanks 

J

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Agnes

Thank you for the thorough review.  My son seems to be interested now and then in practicing boxing but there is not enough space in our home for a normal bag so he has one in his grandfather’s garage but it would be much better for him to have one bag here and a free standing boxing bag could be a good solution. I can understand the pros of it so I’ll consider getting one for my son as a a present.  Do you recoomend Gallant 5.5ft Free Standing Punch Bag or only a more expensive one?

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Jamie

Hi Agnes, thanks for your comment! That’s great to hear your son is interested and it’s a great idea for keeping him active. Yes I think the Gallant is a good cheaper starting option to go with if you are unsure. If you know he is going to use it a lot and for few more years to come, its probably worth going for a more expensive option. Hope this helps you!  

J

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