To start off this review I wanted to give some advice on how a free standing punch bags can actually benefit you and give you my best 16 free standing bag options further below which will help you make the best decision on which to go for.
Before I go into this detail on all the bags, here are my suggested best 3 options for you to choose from first.
|Best Overall||Boxing Life’s Choice||Best Value|
|Bag||Century Original Wavemaster Punch Bag||Ringside Freestanding Punch Bag||Dripex Freestanding Punch Bag|
|Height||Adjustable 4ft – 5.6ft||6.4ft||Approx 6ft|
|Price||Check price on Amazon or Century||Check Price on Amazon||Check price on Amazon or Dripex|
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 freestanding 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 my top online boxing courses 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 are the best freestanding punch bags?
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.
*Make sure to check out more detail, images and ratings on each punch bag below the table.
|Punch Bag||Cover and Bag Filler||Base||Size|
Gallant Max360 Strike Free Standing Punch Bag
|5cm-thick EPE foam||Floor sucking base and can be filled with water or sand||6ft|
Dripex Freestanding Punching Bag
|Stainless steel tube stand is encased in multi-layer construction: 2mm thickened PU leather striking surface, high-density EPE foam, eco-friendly fabric buffer||Floor sucking base and can be filled with water or sand||Approx 6ft tall|
RDX F6 Kara Free Standing Punch Bag
|Made with multi-layers of the finest and most resilient Maya Hide leather with high density foam padding||Floor sucking base and can be filled with Water or sand||Approx 6ft|
Ringside Freestanding Boxing Punching Heavy Bag Black
|The shock-absorbing foam is encased in a durable vinyl shell||Filled with water or sand||6.4ft|
Century Bob XL
|Made of high-strength plastisol filled with urethane foam||Filled with water or sand||Adjustable from 60″ to 78″|
|6. Everlast Powercore or FIT bag||High synthetic leather and Tri-disc foam rings, wrapped around the collar||Filled with water or sand||Adjustable from 132cm (52″) to 165cm (65″)|
Mytra Fusion Free Standing Bag
|High grade synthetic leather PU leather and Stitched using a RAW Triple-needle fleece Pico-thread||Filled with water or sand||Approx 6ft|
FITVEN Free Standing Punch Bag
|Stainless steel tube stand, fabric cushion, high-density EPE foam and 2mm Premium PU Leather||Floor sucking base, filled with water or Sand + Spring feature||Approx 6ft|
Adidas Free Standing Punch Bag
|High density foam for optimal shock absorption and Synthetic leather layer.||Filled with water or sand||6.4ft|
Century Original Wavemaster Punch Bag
|Consists of high-density foam, covered with durable vinyl||Filled with water or sand||Adjustments from 47” inches to 68” inches|
Century Wavemaster XXL
|Consists of high-density foam, covered with durable vinyl||Filled with water or sand||5.6ft (larger striking area)|
Max Strength 360 Free Standing Boxing Punch Bag
|High quality and durable 3 Layers material, ECO friendly PU, cushioned fabric and foam around steel bar||Floor sucking base. Filled with Water or sand||6ft tall|
Core Home Fitness FightMaster
|Reactive rod system attached to each pad/target. These rods have been set up to replicate punching a focus mitt||Weights required||Adjustable from 5’0″ to 6’6”|
Nexersys Interactive Punch Stand
|Commercial grade steel and high-density foam to provide the ultimate user experience. High-density foam with multi-axis relief reduces user impact||Not required||N/A|
FightCamp Free Standing Punch Bag
|Consists of high-density foam, covered with durable vinyl||Filled with water or sand||5.6ft|
1. Gallant Max Strike 360 Free Standing Punch Bag
The Gallant Max Strike 360 free standing punch bag option is an upgraded version of the original 5.5 Gallant Punch bag. If you are going to pick between the two I would highly recommend you pick this if you looking for a higher quality and durable punch bag to last you a longer time.
This is still a great lower budget bag to consider and is definitely one of the more affordable quality options you can buy today. Gallant have added many design improvement including suction cups on the base and 12 ‘numbered spot’ design cover to help improve your accuracy and combinations.
2. Dripex Freestanding Punching Bag
The Dripex Freestanding punching bag is a high quality free standing punch bag which has spring features which will move the bag as you punch it.
Dripex have designed this to be ultra silent and have a 360 shock and noise absorption. A great option if you are wanting to keep the noise down as you workout.
So you will have seen from the top of this article I gave this the best value. That is because of the overall customer satisfaction it has been given all round.
The base is one of the best options with 12 strong suction cups to go with it and can be used outside too. Most people have been able to use water or sand with no issues at all.
3. RDX F6 Kara Free Standing Punch Bag
RDX KARA 6ft XXL Free Standing Punch bag comes with a massive extra wide punch bag spanning 35cm. This is a custom made for the ultimate punching and kicking experience. It is created with a multi-layered anti-tear and maya hide leather filled with high density foam provides ideal resistance and optimal shock absorption.
RDX have also created a Octa-Truss Technology with 17 heavy duty suction cups attached to 8 sliders which provide rock solid stability for aggressive training. The base can be filled with water or sand due to wider filling hole and a complimentary funnel. This free standing bag is perfect for kickboxing, MMA, boxing or even regular cardio workouts.
4. Ringside Freestanding Punch Bag
Ringside have created a beast of a freestanding bag an easily one of the best on this list for you to consider. Standing at 6.4ft this is one of the biggest freestanding bags you can get. With a very large surface this is ideal for boxing or kickboxing training with it being suitable for heavy punches and kicks.
The base can be filled with either water or sand, but it is recommended you try fill with sand to make as sturdy as possible. However many have reviewed how sturdy this is compared to other freestanding bags with very positive experiences.
The set up of this bag has been the biggest issue for many and you might need hand at first. But once you have this baby all set up, all that won’t matter anymore.
5. Century Bob XL
The Century Bob XL is by far one of the best options out there due to the mimicking a human which makes it a fantastic and quality option to go with.
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.
Check out MMA and UFC star Conor McGregor using the Century BOX XL punch bag to give you an idea below.
6. Everlast Power Core or FIT Free Standing Heavy Punch Bag
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 slight recoil spring on the neck of the bag to help with power punches so it doesn’t move off balance at the base. the bag to have some movement as you punch it.
There are two models of Everlast’s Free standing punch bags which are pretty much the same if I’m being honest. The Powercore and FIT. The FIT version comes with some additional fitness kit and is only available in the UK from what I can see.
In terms of the features for this it comes with a very large base that can be filled with sand or water to keep steady.
One thing to note is that this bag is probably best for those that just want to work boxing / punching workouts.
7. Mytra Fusion Free Standing Bag
Now Mytra Fusion free standing 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 help and remind you change up your workout each time you practice.
The Mytra Fusion bag has a heavy duty base which can hold 270 pounds of water or sand for stability. Having read and looked at some reviews people are generally delighted with this bag once using, but struggle with the initial set up. Something to keep in mind if you don’t like a huge set up!
This bag should definitely help improve your focus and punching accuracy. Or why not check out my Top 5 Target Punch bags here.
8. FITVEN Free Standing Punch Bag
The FITVEN free standing punch bag is very similar to the above Dripex as it comes with a very similar spring and noise reduction spring. Reading many reviews it has a lot of positive reports and is great option for beginners.
The base can be filled with water or sand and comes with 12 suction cups to help give greater stability when striking. I have to admit that this bag has a slightly better design look with the FITVEN branding. It also comes with a pair of 12oz boxing gloves you can use alongside the bag.
9. Adidas Free Standing Punch Bag XXL
The Adidas Free Standing punch bag is another heavy duty punch bag standing at 6.4ft. Very similar in size to the above Ringside bag, but as far as I can see is only available in the UK or Europe. If you are based in North America, check out the Ringside bag above instead.
In terms of the bag itself, it has a very large surface area fro striking, elbows, knees and kicks. This makes it a brilliant option for those that practice any form of Mixed Martial Arts.
Overall from reading reviews, many people having positive experiences. However it might take couple of people to set up initially. Sand is also recommenced instead of water to give a much more steady experience.
10. Century Original Wavemaster Punch Bag
Century is well known for creating the best free standing punch bags on the market. The go to option for many is the original Wavemaster which many of the above bags have tried to replicate in some shape or form.
This can be used for striking and kicking training making it an optimal option for those looking for full martial art experience. However, I would say this bag is probably better suited for punching.
The punch bag area is also adjustable from 4ft – 5.8ft making it a reasonable size for most to use for their training.
11. Century Wavemaster XXL
Now if the Century 2XL Wavemaster wasn’t big enough! Century wanted to make even bigger bag. This is obviously the largest of all the Wavemaster punch bag range, with main difference in this one being the larger base unit. The larger base helps to fit more water or sand so you can have more stability when punching
The great thing about this bag is that it has twice the striking area than the original Century Wavemaster (see above). If you like to practice kicks along side you punching route, this could just be the free standing punch bag for you!
12. Max Strength Free Standing Boxing Punch Bag
MaxStrength Free Standing Punch Bag is brilliant option to go for is you are based in the UK. Standing at 6ft it comes with a heavy duty base with suction cups for even great stability.
Looking at reviews, most seem to be happy when striking this bag thanks to its use of high density foam and durable fabric padding.
It is recommended to probably pick at least 3-4 bags of sand for the base of this free standing punch bag.
13. Core Home Fitness FightMaster
Now Core Home Fitness FightMaster is probably the most unique free standing punch bag on this list which they describe as “The ultimate target striking training station for your home.” They have done this by creating a patented reactive rod system attached to each target.
These rods have been set up in way to replicate punching a mitt, by offering a slight “give” in the pads on impact that has that lovely ‘pop’ when you connect.
This standing punch bag is slightly different and more on the expensive side. But if you are looking for something a bit different this could just be for you!
15. Nexersys N3 Interactive Punch Stand
Nexersys is an American based company that creates interactive Boxing fitness products for commercial and home gyms. This includes their famous N3 Elite Boxing Trainer Station and Cross Body Trainer.
The punch bag stand provides a personalized experience through interactive & intelligent training with an attached screen tablet. It also comes with N3 head pads which give bilateral movements when you strike them. This helps to give a similar feel to when you hit the mitts with your coach. There is also a torso based punch pas as well to practice body punches, kick and knees.
This is probably the most expensive item on the list, but if you have a big enough budget this might be go to option for your home gym!
16. FightCamp Freestanding Punch Bag
FightCamp is a workout subscription that brings authentic, trainer-led boxing workouts to any home. Thousands of people are loving this interactive, intense and empowering workout, led by experienced trainers including former professional fighters.
The FightCamp’s free standing bags is one of the best you can get with a large strike area for punching and kicking. It makes it and ideal all round option to use.
The only thing to keep in mind to keep this free standing bag you will need to buy all the other packages including their workout subscription, gloves, hand wraps and punch trackers. This could be the best option if you are a complete beginner that wants to learn boxing from home.
*Please note – some of these are manufactured separately in US and UK so make sure to check first. If you are fromm the UK you might want to look at my UK edition of best ‘free standing punching bags’ here to consider.
Also let me know in the comments below which option you might go for.
You can check out more boxing equipment reviews here or why consider some other boxing training equipment here:
- Sparbar Boxing Review
- Top 10 Best Hanging Heavy Bags – Reviewed & Rated
- Best Century Free Standing Punching Bags | Review
- Amazing Home Gym Boxing Equipment And Ideas
- Century BOB Punch Bag Review | Features And Set Up
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