Aqua punching bags Review

The new trend in heavy bags and punching bags is now the apparition of water heavy bags or aqua punching bags. They have many advantages such as creating a more realistic feel as well as allowing to hit harder with a reduced risk of injury. More and more brands now offer customers a few aqua punching bags in their range. We thought it is worth looking at this in a little more details to help you in your questions: What is an aqua punching bag? what are the benefits of an water heavy bag? What is the best water punching bag?

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Benefits of the water punching bags

  • It Feels more real:

Water being more flexible allow for a better landing of your punches. This will allow you to punch harder and have a better feedback from the punching bag. The water bounces better than most hard of soft fill materials. Also the human body is itself made of 65% of water an aqua punching bag will replicate this better than sand for example. This is perfect for all MMA, Kick Boxing, Muay Thai boxing who will appreciate the more realistic training conditions.

  • Less swing:

Water filled heavy bags do swing a lot less than other filled heavy and punching bags. Thanks to the physics attributes of water the bag will hardly swim even after powerful punches and kicks. Perfect for strong athletes!

  • Safer:

With a hard heavy bag when your punch is too powerful or at an off angle it can result in an injury on your arms, hands, and knuckles and then put you off training for several precious weeks. Often under estimated injuries are one of the main reason for many fighters to not reach their maximum potential. Choose a water punching bag and optimise your training time.

  • Cheaper, Takes Less Space

Thanks to the fact the aqua punching bags are filled with water they cost a lot less to send. They will be shipped empty and fit in a medium size box so shipping fees will be limited. Also because it is filled with water and not sand or else you don’t have to store the water somewhere, you can just dispose of it if you don’t need your heavy bag for a long period of time ( winter, holidays…)

We thought we would help you find the best aqua punching bags by selecting for you our top 5:

Aqua Training Bag review:

 

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  • 18 Inch for 120 Pound or 21 Inch for 190 Pound for this water heavy bag
  • For serious & beginneres Fighters as well – To improve your Punching ability, Agility, Flexibility and precision while being also not as tough on the joints
  • The material are flexible making it feel much more realistic than a conventional heavy bag
  • Multifunction – It can be used inside or outside as well as in your private gym or in a professional Gym thanks to great durability.
  • Resistant and a consistent feel – a good bonus is the 2-Year Warranty

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One of the main advantage of the aqua training bag is the huge difference in weight and volume when filled or unfilled. The 18 inch will weight 120 pounds filled but only 12 pounds when not whereas the 21 inch heavy bag will weight around 190 pound when filled but only 15 when in the parcel ready to be shipped. A great advantage if you want to move around with your punching bag.

The Aqua Training Bag has a unique design using a shell and water filling that will give you a feeling close to hitting a real opponent ( in a ring of course ). The strength you put in your punches does not have to be controlled as much as with a conventional bag thanks to the great absorption of the internal water housing.

It is also interesting to note the obvious, the aqua training bag does not have the same shape as a standard heavy bag or punching bag. It has this unique tear drop or pear shape that allow for a great number of strikes combinations such as hooks, jabs and uppercuts. The shape will also help in getting this realistic feeling and combined with the water filling and flexible material it will really give you a different level of training. We strongly recommend to try it is really fun! It does indeed feel like hitting a human body and without any pain for anybody 🙂

The aqua heavy bag is quite simple as it is only a durable and flexible commercial grade vinyl shell and water, it does also include the water filling and a solid

The Aqua Training Bag is weather proof so can be used outside or inside. Perfect or these hot summer months when you can train on your terrace / garden / patio and really we all know it is more fun to train outside and get a tan at the same time or simply just enjoy the fresh air while working out on your punching techniques! The bag is also UV resistant so good for you in sunny California 😉

Long Lasting – The Aqua Training Bag is designed to last and is guaranteed for 2 years. It will feel the same years from now as the first day you hit it, no settling or hard spots even after years of use.

What is in the Aqua training bag box?

  • Obviously the heavy bag itself.
  • Strong Shackle
  • Hose filling nozzle
  • Extra stopper

When opening the box you can be ready to punch in a few minutes. Just make sure to first attach the heavy bag to a strong support that can hold the maximum filled weight and then start filling with water thanks to the hose filling nozzle.

MMA Punching Bag Reviews

MMA, or Mixed Martial Arts, is a popular combat sport that incorporates stand-up striking martial arts, as well as wrestling and ground-based grappling martial arts. A skilled MMA fighter trains heavily in all of these facets. Heavy bag training is incorporated in both striking training, like traditional boxing or Muay Thai workouts, and also ground striking, or “ground-and-pound” workouts. Below we review some of the most popular MMA punching bags. 

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Everlast Omnistrike MMA Bag

The Everlast Omnistrike MMA heavy bag is constructed of heavy duty synthetic leather. It is stuffed with a blended mix of synthetic and natural fibers. The bag can be hung by chains or nylon straps. The Omnistrike is very unique in that it is a heavy bag designed
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specifically with MMA fighters in mind.
A common issue for MMA fighters doing heavy bag training is that the filling tends to settle to the bottom of the bag, which makes the bag too hard to kick or knee effectively without risking injury. The Omnistrike MMA punching bag addresses this issue by wrapping the bottom third of the bag in C3 foam, which is more than ideal for kicking and kneeing. There are also two handles on either side of the bag which can be grabbed on to for kneeing purposes, simulating a Thai clinch.

This bag is a good weight for wrestling drills that involve picking up the bag and carrying it any distance. If you put the bag on the floor, C3 foam acts as a good target for ground-and-pound. This bag is an exceptional piece of equipment for MMA fighters because its multiple, dynamic uses and well thought out design. It addresses every dimension of an aspiring MMA fighter’s game. We heavily recommend it for serious fighters and fitness users alike. There are not many other MMA heavy bags that can compare.

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Everlast Poly Canvas MMA Heavy Bag

mma punching bagsThe Everlast Poly Canvas MMA martial arts bag is a slightly lighter than most heavy bags that you might find in a standard MMA  gym. It comes pre-filled with a specially blended mix of synthetic and natural fibers. This means that it has exceptional shock absorbency. This shock absorbency, combined with its highly durable synthetic poly canvas, means that it will maintain its shape and should last a very long time. There is a significant amount of give when you hit this bag, which can help prevent injury. It’s a good choice for MMA fighters who are working on their kicks and knees as it is more forgiving than a heavier bag that has less give. However, it is important to always wear gloves while punching a heavy bag.

This bag comes with adjustable heavy bag chains for hanging. This MMA bag is an excellent size for children who are getting into martial, as well as lighter weight fighters, as it provides little resistance. We would also recommend it to recreational users who are not concerned with their power and are just looking to improve their fitness. We would not necessarily recommend it to heavier fighters (160 lbs and up), who would likely require a heavier bag in order to properly develop their striking power. It is, however, a good size for MMA wrestling drills involving lifting and carrying a heavy bag over any distance.

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Century MMA Heavy Bag (with Chains)

mma heavy bagThis Century heavy bag is constructed of heavy vinyl. It comes pre-filled with shredded cotton and polyester fibers, and weighted with sand. It is not packed too tight, but the filler has the tendency to settle, although not that much. It weighs in at 100 pounds, which is a pretty standard weight bag that you might see in any MMA gym. It is 52 inches tall and has a large diameter of 16 inches. These dimensions are moderately larger than a standard boxing heavy bag, giving it a bigger striking surface, which is good for kicking purposes.

It comes with adjustable chains ideal for hanging, connected to the bag by reinforced sewn web straps. The combination of the vinyl shell and the fiber filler makes this back more forgiving than most heavy bags of equal weight. In addition to punches, the smooth striking surface makes it an excellent choice for developing power in kicks, knees, and elbows. Of course, it is important to always wear gloves while punching a heavy bag in order to protect your hands..This bag should only be used by adults, as it is probably a little too heavy for use by children. It is a fairly basic heavy bag without any extra features or flash, which is fine with us. The bag is very functional and serves its purpose well. This bag is essentially the same bag as UFC MMA training bag (which is also distributed by Century), however it can usually be found at a significantly lower price. We recommend it to fitness users and MMA fighters alike.

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Definitely read the other reviews on this site for more information about the best MMA punching bags. We cover bags from top companies like Everlast, Century, Title, Ringside and more. You can also visit our interactive chart where we list the specs of over 30 of the top training bags.

TKO Punching Bag Reviews

TKO may not be the biggest name in martial arts, it is still a well known company that produces many great products. While Everlast, Century and Title are probably better known for heavy bags, TKO makes several quality punching bags that deserve consideration. In the reviews below we cover a TKO Muay Thai bag, a TKO punching bag and a TKO heavy bag wall mount. Definitely read the reviews to find out if one of these products are right for your training needs.

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TKO Muay Thai Heavy Bag

TKO punching bagThe TKO Muay Thai Heavy Bag is an average sized Muay Thai bag that you might find in a Muay Thai or MMA gym. It is 72 inches tall and weighs 125 pounds, which is comparable to most other Muay Thai bags. The bag is constructed with slick PVC coated vinyl and the seams are made with reinforced nylon, which should keep the bag intact even after heavy beatings.

The bag comes hydraulically stuffed with a blended fiber filler for even weight distribution. This is nice as it should give you a consistent resistance experience when striking any part of the bag. Some people think it’s a little softer than comparable Muay Thai bags. Also, the PVC coated vinyl surface makes it comfortable for using unprotected weapons like kicks, elbows or knees. However, like with any bag, we still strongly recommend you use hand protection (i.e. gloves) if you are going to be punching the bag. It’s easy to cut up your knuckles if you don’t wear gloves when striking.

The TKO heavy bag can be secured to the ground by the loop at the bottom if a swinging bag is not preferred or practical in the training space because of its height. Because of its softness and smooth surface, we would recommend this bag to a wide variety of people. Aerobic fitness users would get a lot out of training with this bag, as would lighter beginner Muay Thai and MMA fighters. For serious fighters looking to improve their shin conditioning and kicking power, we might recommend a Muay Thai bag that is a little harder and offers a little more resistance. All in all, a fairly decent product.

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TKO All Purpose Canvas Heavy Bag

TKO heavy bagThe TKO All Purpose Canvas Heavy Bag is significantly lighter than most punching bags that you might find in a boxing or MMA gym (unless they are training children). The bag is constructed from polycanvas and it has seams that are made reinforced nylon to keep it from bursting. The bag’s light weight means that it can be hung easier, which is especially useful for a home environment.

This bag comes pre-stuffed with a blended fiber filler. It has fairly high shock absorbency, which combined with its weight makes it a very forgiving heavy bag. That makes it excellent for avoiding injury. Polycanvas is not as smooth as other materials, so it’s possible that you may scrape yourself if you don’t wear proper training protection. Therefore we always suggest you use gloves when hitting a training bag, as you risk losing a great deal of skin off your knuckle (or knees or elbows) should you try to strike the bag with powerful bare-knuckle punches.

Due to the weight of the bag, this TKO heavy bag will definitely swing freely with even medium strength kicks or punches. Therefore we’d suggest securing it to the ground, which can be done by a loop on the bottom of the bag. Since the bag is lighter than most other MMA punching bags, it is really meant for amateur training or for lighter fighters. The general rule of thumb is to use a punching bag that is about 1/2 your body weight. So keep this in mind if you are interested in this bag. Larger adults or fighters will not get the resistance that they need from it. The bag may also be suitable for children who are just getting started in martial arts training. Overall, we think this is a very good 50 pound TKO punching bag that you should consider.

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TKO Heavy Bag Wall Mount

tko punching bag wall mountThis wall mount is definitely worth considering if you want to buy (or already have) a TKO punching bag (or actually any brand). What’s nice about using a wall mount is that it can be easier to set up than a heavy bag stand. The wall mount is also good to use if you don’t want to (or can’t) hang a bag directly from the ceiling, or a stand is too big for the room you in which you want to use the bag.

The wall mount is very sturdy and can hold bags up to 100 pounds. One of the very cool features of the mount is the pull pin swivel system, which lets you move the bag to the side when not in use. This is very convenient for home use, especially in shared space (ex. a garage). The handle on the mount extends 27 inches from the wall, so there is sufficient room for striking.

Of course, just like a heavy bag stand, a wall mount restricts 360 degree access to the bag. So you can’t practice circling and other techniques. However, other than that, the wall mount may be a good choice to hang your training bag. Training with a wall mount is a good way to practice your striking techniques with kicks and punches. Just take care to to pay attention to where the wall is as you don’t want to miss the bag and hit the wall instead. If you don’t want to hang your punching bag from the ceiling, but aren’t sure about a wall mount, you can also check out our heavy bag stand reviews to see if a stand would be a better option to use for your MMA training.

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Everlast Omniflex and Everlast PowerCore Reviews

Everlast is one the most popular martial arts equipment brands in the world and they make some of the most well known heavy bags. In this post, we review both the Everlast Omniflex and Everlast PowerCore free standing heavy bags. One of the bags we really liked and think is a great investment, while the other bag didn’t live up to our expectations. Make sure to read the reviews so that you can decide whether either of these punching bags are right for your martial arts training.

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Everlast Omniflex Free Standing Heavy Bag

  • Weight: 130 pounds (with base)
  • User Rating: 4.1

Everlast Omniflex Free Standing Heavy BagThe Omniflex Free Standing Heavy Bag is made of an interconnected matrix of webbed synthetic leather and vinyl. The bag’s height is adjustable and goes up to 67 inches at its highest setting. The base has a plastic base and can be filled with water or sand. When full, the entire bag and stand weighs 130 poounds. The Omniflex is an interesting choice for a punching bag because it features a flexible neck joint between the base and the bag, which absorbs nearly all of the force of impact. This makes this bag exceptionally forgiving to joints and fists compared to most other free standing heavy bags even when hit with heavy power shots. However, we always recommend gloves be worn when hitting any punching bag.

Power hitters will be pleased to see that the base doesn’t move at all regardless of the height setting. Rather, the bag swings back on the flexible neck to a maximum angle of about 30 degrees and then snaps right back into place. This gives the bag a more dynamic feel than most other free standing heavy bags, allowing the striker to work on developing power, timing, cardio and even some basic head movement and uppercuts.

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Since the Omniflex swings back into place with nearly the same force as it was hit, heavier punches will cause it to actually swing towards the striker, providing an ideal angle for practicing uppercuts and also giving you something to avoid with head movement. On the lowest height adjustment, the Omniflex also allows MMA or Muay Thai fighters to simulate clinch knees effectively, as they can pull the bag down into their knees, essentially replicating the mechanics of pulling an opponent into a knee strike. These are just a few examples of drills that can be done with the Omniflex that cannot be done as effectively with a standard free standing heavy bag.

We recommend the Omniflex to a wide variety of users. The bag is a great choice for trained fighters who are looking to supplement their regular training with a dynamic piece of equipment, which can be used for a variety of fight-related drills. We also recommend it for beginner martial artists who are looking to develop power in their technique without concern for injury. The Omniflex is also great for aerobic fitness users who are looking to improve their cardio and relieve some stress.

The Omniflex is easy to set up and take apart as well as move into storage. Additionally, since it is a free standing punching bag, you do not need to make any modifications to the room the bag is in and there are no hanging contraptions. Regardless of skill level, we found the Everlast Omniflex Free Standing Heavy Bag to be an excellent investment for martial arts training. It is well designed, durable, sharp looking, and should last a long time.

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Everlast PowerCore Free Standing Heavy Bag

  • Weight: 250 pounds (with base)
  • User Rating: 2.6

The Everlast PowerCore bag has a very durable surface that is made of a mixture of black synthetic leather and vinyl. Its base, which can be filled with sand or water, is made of high-density plastic. The neck that connects the bag to the base is made of the same material. While this sounds good, we found this to actually be a design flaw and we will address this later on in thew review. The PowerCore is adjustable in height, standing anywhere from 52 inches to 65 inches tall. The bag and base weigh about 250 pounds in its entirety when full. The bag is convenient and easy to set up, take apart, move, and store.

Everlast Powercore Free Standing Heavy BagThe main feature of the PowerCore punching bag is the set of three metal plates arranged in the core of the bag that help to add stability. The core of the bag is surrounded by a layer of foam, which adds protection and helps disperse force from punches, making the bag somewhat forgiving to a strikers hands. As always, however, users should be careful to wear gloves (especially power punchers).

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As mentioned earlier, the PowerCore’s neck is made of inflexible dense plastic. Because of the metal plates at the core and force dispersing foam, the design of this bag is such that the neck ends up bearing a significant amount of the impact force. Put frankly, it did not hold up well under pressure when testing it. We have also heard similar complaints from others who have said that the neck may crack after a particularly hard shot, rendering the bag essentially useless.

Therefore, while many people see the “Everlast” brand and think it’s designed for power hitters, we actually don’t recommend it to people who have significant power strikes. We also don’t recommend this bag to trained fighters, aspiring fighters, or even larger fitness users who naturally hit harder, as all of these users might damage the PowerCore. Instead this bag could be a good choice for aerobic fitness users who want to improve their cardio conditioning, but won’t hit the bag with powerful punches or kicks. This bag could also be appropriate for children, as it is short enough for many kids on its lowest height setting, and forgiving enough that they shouldn’t hurt themselves when punching it.

Everlast products are usually top of the line, but it seems as though nobody is perfect and the PowerCore Free Standing Heavy Bag isn’t a punching bag we highly recommend. We also have reviewed several other Everlast bags, so if you are looking for a more traditional bag (i.e. hanging), check out our other reviews of Everlast punching bags.

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Century BOB and Century BOB XL Review

century bobThe Century Body Opponent Bag, or “Century BOB” is made by Century and is a freestanding heavy bag that comes in regular and XL versions. Unlike traditional circular heavy bags, these punching bags are are designed with a muscular human torso and head that comes complete a glowering, menacing face. These bags are very popular because they provide as close to a realistic training experience as a punching bag can provide. Read our in depth reviews on both the BOB regular and BOB XL to decide if this is the right bag for your training needs.

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Century BOB Punching Bag

  • Weight: 270 pounds
  • User Rating: 4.3

century bob punching bagThe BOB bag stands between 60 and 78 inches tall and has 7 adjustable heights. Like other free standing heavy bags, the bag weighs in at approximately 270 pounds with a full base, which can be filled with sand or water. The BOB punching bag itself is fairly stable and doesn’t move around the floor much when hit, although it may rotate on the spot. The polyethylene base is rounded, making BOB easy to roll and store when not in use. BOB’s surface is made out of high-strength plastisol and it is stuffed with high-density urethane foam. This makes the BOB a more accurate representation of the density of a person than other similarly styled free standing heavy bags.

BOB’s body is significantly tougher than the head, with the plastic base only reaching the upper torso area. The actual plastisol surface is also little rougher than some other normal heavy bags, so unprotected glancing blows may result in the striker leaving some skin behind. We highly recommend that you use wear gloves while hitting the BOB and to exercise caution when aiming at the various targets.

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The realistic targets make the BOB stand out from other free standing punching bags. Simply put, BOBs are a more accurate simulation of striking a real person than any other free standing heavy bag on the market. They offer more realistic target practice than any other product, allowing the user to practice striking the head, neck, ribs, and abdomen. We believe that they are not only ideal for martial artists or fighters who want to work on their accuracy, but are also a fun and entertaining alternative for aerobic fitness users who just want to get a good cardio work out.

One minor drawback of the BOB is that the body is attached to the base by 6 screws. The screws have the tendency to loosen over the course of a workout. These screws can be re-tightened, however, so we suggest you keep a screw driver handy and make sure to tighten the screws periodically in order to avoid losing them. The other major drawback to the Cenury BOB that we have found is its durability. The foam and plastisol, while effectively simulating a human body, tend not to be as durable as other free standing heavy bags. For example, an exceptionally powerful striker may eventually knock their BOB’s head clean off. Less serious damage might include the nose or other pieces of the face falling off after repeated blows. However, these issues seem to be infrequent and shouldn’t be a major concern.

BOB is a little more expensive than other comparable free standing heavy bags. However, we believe that it is worth the extra cash as there is a lot than can be done with this versatile product. If BOB could give a thumbs up, he would, but since he doesn’t have thumbs we will do it for him.

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Century BOB XL Punching Bag

  • Weight: 270 pounds
  • User Rating: 4.7

century bob xlThe XL is a larger version of the original BOB punching bag. The XL still has the same muscular build and angry face as the original BOB, however, the torso has been extended lower to include thighs. This makes it one of the the largest body punching bags on the market. The bag has two height adjustments that range from 5’6 to 6 feet tall. The bag weighs approximately 270 pounds when the base is full, however the larger size makes the bag a little more stable than the original BOB. The base is made of hard polyethylene plastic and it’s is rounded which makes the it easy to move and store when needed.

The XL body opponent bag is made out of high-strength plastisol and is stuffed with high-density urethane foam. This makes striking the bag feel very much similar to striking a person. However, the surface is not as smooth as other heavy bags making it a little rough to strike. As such, we recommend that you strongly consider using gloves when you hitting the bag.

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The XL improves on the BOB’s novel design by including thighs, which adds to the versatility of the product for MMA fighters or kickboxers who are interested in practicing low kicks on a realistic target. The bag is a more accurate simulation of striking a real person than any other free standing heavy bag that we have used. We believe that it is ideal for serious martial artists and fitness users alike, as the stability allows it to take accurate power shots and combinations from fighters, while cardio fitness users have an amusing target to hit while getting a good workout in.

Although Century has improved on the design, the XL still has the same drawbacks that we mentioned in the original BOB review above. The screws in the back that keep the bag secured to the base still have the tendency to loosen after use, so we recommend that you tighten them with a screwdriver from time to time. The bag also has the same durability issues that we discussed, but again, these don’t seem to be a major concern. In general, we found the original BOB to be well-suited for realistic training practice and highly recommend it. However, if you want a bag that also allows you to practice the accuracy of low kicks in combination with the rest of the body’s targets, then the XL punching bag is also a very good choice.

If a body opponent bag isn’t something that interests you, then definitely make sure to check out our free standing heavy bag reviews for advice on other great training MMA bags.

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Free Standing Punching Bag Reviews

free standing punching bagIf you really want to maximize your training or workouts, a hanging heavy bag is an absolute necessity. However, for the majority of martial artists, boxers, and fitness enthusiasts, purchasing a hanging heavy bag is not realistic. A hanging heavy bag requires additional support structures to be installed inside your home. These support structures protect the foundation of your ceiling, allowing you to maximize power kicks and punches without worrying about causing structural damage. These installations can be extremely costly, averaging thousands of dollars, and may take days to complete. The solution to safely training at home for a fraction of the price is a free standing punching bag. They can also usually be easily rolled into place when needed and then quickly stored afterwards. This also makes them an excellent tool for aerobic fitness classes at exercise gyms. Free standing bags vary in size and quality, and as a result some are more recommended for more serious MMA or boxing fighters than others.

Made from a variety of materials, the free standing punching bag is supported on a structural base that can be filled with water or sand. Some bases even allow you to secure the punching stand with weight plates. There is an array of benefits to opting for a free standing punching bag as well as a few inconveniences to take into consideration.

PROS

Convenience
• The free standing heavy bag is one of the most convenient ways to work out and train. Since the heavy bag is not secured to a ceiling fixture, you are able to move it around your home and store it appropriately. If you are a personal trainer and want to use the free standing punching bag with a client, you can easily transport it to your studio or client’s home.

Durability
• Although quality can vary depending on the brand, free standing punching bags overall are very durable. The outside material may be synthetic leather, vinyl, rubber, or a combination of all three. Popular brands are built to be used by professional martial artists and therefore are made to absorb thousands upon thousands of kicks and punches.

Cost
• Since you don’t have to worry about installing a ceiling support beam, you will be saving yourself a lot of money with a free standing punching bag. Also, as mentioned above, the durability of the punching bag will ensure that it can be used for years to come.

CONS

Unstable Support
• Again, this will depend heavily on the brand, but you may find that some free standing punching bags are not supported in a stable fashion to allow for optimal training or workouts. Sloshing water or uneven sand within the base of the foundation may cause issues.

Limited Use of Power
• Continuing with the idea above, some free standing punching bags are not able to withstand full power kicks and punches as the bag may topple over. Be sure to read carefully when purchasing a bag to ensure it will be able to absorb a high percentage of pressure per square inch.

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Century BOB

  • Weight: 270 pounds (when filled)
  • User Rating: 4.5

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The BOB Heavy Bag from Century is one of the best free standing punching bags on the market. Not only is the striking surface made with an extremely durable rubber material but also the base is constructed from a hard plastic and PVC combination. BOB can be filled with sand or water, weighing up to 275 pounds. Your hardest kicks and punches won’t phase this realistic training tool. Best of all, it comes with a great manufacturer’s warranty.

The main feature of the Century Heavy Bag is the human shape allowing you a realistic training while still maintaining a over average durability of the material used.

We therefore highly recommend the Century BOB for all boxing enthusiasts wanting to invest in a product from the world largest manufacturer of martial arts and fitness apparel.

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Everlast Omniflex

  • Weight: 130 pounds (including base)
  • User Rating: 4.4

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The Everlast Omniflex free standing heavy bag is constructed from a durable, webbed, interconnected matrix of black synthetic leather and vinyl. The bag is 67 inches tall at its highest setting. The plastic base can be filled with water or sand, with the entire apparatus weighing in at around 130 lbs when filled.

The main feature of the Everlast Heavy Bag is the flexible neck on which the bag sits. This allows the bag to swing back at an angle of around 30 degrees on impact and then quickly spring back to its original position, without the base moving noticeably. This allows the bag to absorb significantly more force than most free standing punching bags. It also allows for wider functionality as uppercuts can also be trained on this bag, which is not something that can commonly be trained on most heavy bags. On its shortest setting it can also be hit with knees.

We highly recommend the Everlast Omniflex bag as a good supplement for trained fighters looking to work on cardio, power, reaction time, and also some basic head movement (the bag snaps back into place with close to the same force as it was hit, which means that it could potentially hit you in the face after a well committed punch or haymaker). We also recommend it for aerobic fitness users looking for a fun way to let off some steam without fear of injury. It is well designed, long lasting and and in our opinion quite simply an excellent investment. 

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Original Century Wavemaster

  • Weight: 250 pounds (including base)
  • User Rating: 4.2

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The Original Century Wavemaster Freestanding Heavy Bag is the first standing heavy bag that Century released over a decade ago, and is a staple at many martial arts gyms. It is the predecessor to an entire line of Wavemasters, each of which are based on the original with various improvements on its design.

The free standing heavy bag is made of high-density, force dispersing foam with a durable, long lasting vinyl cover. It stands between 47 and 68 inches tall depending on the height setting. The base can be filled with sand or water. The entire apparatus weighs around 250 pounds, and is available in red, blue, or black. This bag is fairly stable, and somewhat padded, but is not as forgiving as more padded standing heavy bags and could potentially lead to foot or ankle injuries if kicked too hard or improperly.

The bag is smaller than most freestanding heavy bags and so we recommend this bag to shorter adults and children, who will find it more stable when adjusted to a shorter height. As well, we recommend it to aerobic fitness users as a good cardio training tool. However, we would not highly recommend it to people over 6 feet tall, as it becomes wobbly and unstable when adjusted to their height and may slide along the training surface, or worse tip over. It is also significantly nosier to hit at this height. You can read more reviews about other Wavemaster bags here.

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Everlast PowerCore

  • Weight: 250 pounds (including base)
  • User Rating: 2.6

everlast free standing heavy bags
The Everlast PowerCore free standing heavy bag has a shell that is constructed from a durable mixture of black synthetic leather and vinyl. It has a series of three metal plates at the core of the bag, which serve to contribute to the stability of the overall bag, with foam providing protection and force dispersion on the surface. The punching bag has a high density plastic neck and base, which can be filled with sand or water. The bag is adjustable in height and ranges from 52 inches to 65 inches. It is also easy to assemble and store and weighs in at approximately 250 pounds when filled.

The Everlast bag is relatively forgiving, and the surface of the bag is fairly durable, however it does have one significant design flaw. With a name like PowerCore, we would expect this heavy bag to be able to take powerful strikes, but this is in fact a misnomer. The problem with the bag is that the plastic neck has the tendency to crack from the force of powerful strikes. The bag was simply not designed to take hard shots, rather it was designed with aerobic fitness users in mind.

Therefore, we would recommend it to aerobic fitness users as it serves that purpose well enough. However, we would not recommend this to aspiring MMA or Boxing fighters who are interested in developing power in their punches and kicks or even to larger fitness users who naturally pack a stronger punch. This bag simply cannot take the punishment.

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Power Systems PowerForce

  • Weight: 300 pounds (including base)
  • User Rating: 5

The Power Systems PowerForce free standing punching bag is one of the largest free standing bags on the market. It stands a colossal 72 inches tall, and has a 16.5 inch diameter. The bag’s cover is a mixture of nylon and canvas and weighs well over 300 pounds when the base is full. The padding is thick, however because of the size, weight and material, we would heavily recommend that users wear at least 12 oz. gloves when hitting this bag.

An excellent feature of this bag is that it contains a heavy-duty rubber coil in its two-piece base, and a removable collar that allows the bag to swivel more when hit, making this bag exceptionally stable. In this mode, it will not move around the floor at all even when hit with power shots. With the collar in place, the PowerForce bag is still very stable as it just snaps back into place after punches faster, making this mode more ideal for combination punching.

We recommend this bag to aerobic fitness users and serious fighters alike, as it serves both of these groups well. This bag is a little more difficult to set up and move around than other freestanding heavy bags because of its size and recoil spring, so some assistance is probably necessary in the setup phase. It is also more expensive than most other standing bags, however its size, stability and durability are well worth the extra money.

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UFC Punching Bag Reviews

The Ultimate Fighting Championship, or UFC, is known primarily as a mixed martial arts promotion, but what many people don’t know is that they also produce MMA gear under the UFC brand. Like any other company, the UFC heavy bags run the range from ok to great and in the article below we review 4 of their top heavy bags. Make sure to read all the reviews so that you can decide if a UFC punching bag is right for you.

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UFC 100 lb. Competition Oversized Heavy Bag

  • Weight: 100 pounds
  • User Rating: 4.1

UFC Heavy BagThe UFC 100 lb. Competition Oversized Heavy Bag is a standard weight punching bag similar to other bags that you might find in any boxing or MMA gym. The bag is constructed from durable vinyl and filled with synthetic fiber. It is available in black with the UFC logo in red letters. The bag hangs from a solid steel chain assembly with a ring at the top. This helps to ensure that the chains do not get tangled and makes for an easier hanging process.

What separates this bag from most standard punching bags is its dimensions. The bag is 52 inches tall and has a large diameter of 16 inches, making it one of the fatter 100 pound heavy bags on the market. Because of these dimensions, and the synthetic fiber filing, the bag is relatively stable and very forgiving. As such, we recommend this bag to aerobic fitness users as well as MMA athletes who wish to work on kicks and knees as well as punches. Its wide diameter creates a larger striking surface area, which really lets the striker to dig their shin into the bag, helping them to build their kicking power.

The synthetic filler is not packed too tightly making the bag a little on the softer side. However the filler does have the tendency to settle to the bottom a little bit after regular use, although not dramatically. This means that the bottom might get a little harder than the top, but not so much that it hitting it would cause injury as long as proper precaution is taken. We really like this UFC heavy bag and recommend it highly.

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UFC OcTek MMA Heavy Bag

  • Weight: 70 or 80 pounds
  • User Rating: 5

UFC Heavy BagsThe UFC OcTek MMA heavy bag is on the lighter side of heavy bags, but still not the smallest that you might find. It is constructed from synthetic “OcTek” material, which is an strong interlocking woven vinyl material, and is filled with a mixture of shredded cotton fiber and sand, making it very forgiving, yet still stable.

Rather than being suspended by chains, this UFC heavy bag is hung by the so-called “Flex4” suspension system, which are four hard compound rubber straps that makes for easy setup, provides less noise than a bag hung by a chain, and also adds to the bag’s overall stability. These two features are excellent touches, which simply illustrate how well designed this training bag is, as most bags less than 100 pounds tend to lack the stability requirements for most adult MMA fighters.

The UFC punching bag is made from durable long-lasting material that doesn’t dent easily. The oversized diameter gives this bag a larger striking surface, which makes the UFC OcTek MMA Heavy Bag ideal for a variety of strikes — not just punches, but also kicks, knees and elbows. We recommend this bag to aerobic-fitness users because it is light and forgiving, but also provides some resistance. We also recommend it to aspiring MMA fighters who are looking to develop their technique on steady punching bags without injury.

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3-Piece UFC Youth MMA Training Punching Bag Set

  • Weight: 9 pounds
  • User Rating: 4.3

The UFC Youth MMA Training Punching Bag Set comes complete with a 9 pound punching bag, a heavy gauge zinc plated steel heavy bag mounting system, and a pair of MMA training gloves. The 9 pound bag is available in black with the UFC logo in large red letters. It is perfect for younger boxers wanting to improve their sparring techniques.

The bag is made of vinyl, and comes pre-filled with shredded cotton and polyester fibers that is mixed with sand. This makes the UFC bag comfortable to hit and forgiving to the striker’s hand. Instead of chains, the UFC 9 Pound bag hangs from heavy duty web straps, which easily connect to the training bag mounting system and can be conveniently mounted on wooden ceiling supporters. The MMA training UFC Youth MMA Training Punching Bag Setgloves are smaller to fit younger
fighters hand and offer enough protection for aerobic-fitness users who want to experience the novelty of wearing UFC brand MMA gloves while exercising, however they do not provide enough protection for serious fighters or power hitters. For these users, we would recommend getting bag gloves that offer a little more protection.

The bag itself is ideal for aerobic fitness users who want to get a good workout in, as well as children and lighter fighters. It is an excellent size for wrestling drills that involve lifting and carrying a punching bag over any distance, which is something that MMA fighters might find themselves doing in training from time to time. Heavier young fighters (160 lbs and up), however, should consider purchasing a heavier bag UFC bag (or another brand) in order to properly develop power in their shots as 9 pounds is too light to offer the necessary resistance.

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UFC Training Station

  • Weight: 200 pounds
  • User Rating: 3.4

UFC Freestanding Punching BagsThe UFC Training Station is a free standing heavy bag, which is adjustable in height, ranging from 51 inches to 67 inches. The shell of the bag portion is constructed of OcTek material, which is a strong interlocking woven vinyl material. Under the shell you will find a matrix of force dispersing closed cell polyurethane memory foam style padding. The hard plastic base features core strengthening stations and resistance band channels (although it does not come with resistance bands), making this not only a training bag but a full “training station”.

Unfortunately, because of these extra features, as well as some design issues, this UFC bag has a number of drawbacks that might dissuade serious MMA fighters from purchasing it. As a free standing heavy bag, it provides enough padding for aerobic fitness users to strike with hand protection, however we would not recommend it for heavy power kicking as these strikes will go right through and reach the hard plastic centre, which could lead to potential injury. The filling assembly has some water leaking issues, and a common complaint is that some of the plastic pieces, such as the height adjusting insert or the plastic screws, tend to break after repeated use. The extra workout features also tend to break down after heavy impact. Therefore, we would not recommend this UFC training bag to serious fighters. Aerobic fitness users may enjoy the size and shape of the bag, so this could be a consideration for them.

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If you are looking for one of the best free standing heavy bags, check out our other Free Standing Heavy Bag Reviews.

Muay Thai Bag Reviews

Muay Thai has its roots in the techniques of Muay Boran, a 2000 year old Thai military martial art. In the 1920s Muay Thai evolved into a formalized sport, with Western style boxing gloves, boxing ring, and timed rounds. Today it is widely considered to be one of the most effective methods of stand up fighting, and is a mainstay in MMA fighters’ training camps.

Finding a good Muay Thai heavy bag is essential for training, but with so many different heavy bags from various brands it can be a challenge to find the right one. In the article below, we review 4 of the top Muay Thai punching bags from major MMA brands like Ringside, Outslayer, Combat Sports and Title. Make sure to read the reviews before purchasing your next Muay Thai bag.

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Ringside Muay Thai Heavy Bag

  • Weight: 100 pounds
  • User Rating: 5

Ringside Muay Thai Punching BagThe Ringside Muay Thai training bag is tall and slender, with a 70 inch height and 13 inch diameters The bag weighs 100 pounds when filled and comes in a dark black color with a Ringside logo on the upper front. The bag is constructed from top grain cowhide leather, with a once inch foam liner. This liner gives the bag a cushioned, worked in feel directly out of the box, which helps to prevent hand injury. The heavy filling prevents the bag from swinging wildly, which can be an issue with longer heavy bags. The cowhide is exceptionally durable, and ensures that the bag will retain its shape even after repeated blows.

The top of the bag remains dense, while the bottom remains forgiving, which is important for aspiring Muay Thai or MMA fighters, as it prevents injury while perfecting the devastating Muay Thai low kick. It comes with a chain and a swivel, allowing for multiple hanging options. Ringside’s Muay Thai bag was clearly designed with MMA and Muay Thai fighters in mind. We would not recommend this bag for a fighter who is training to compete under a rule set that does not allow low kicks, as they would simply be better off with a traditional western boxing punching bag. It would suffice as an aerobic fitness bag because of its relative softness, but does not hold any clear advantage over other aerobic heavy bags. Ringside’s bag is a well designed, comfortable bag that will stand up to heavy use and is a necessity in any Muay Thai or MMA gym.

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Title Classic Banana Heavy Bag

  • Weight: 100 pounds
  • User Rating: 4.5

Title Muay Thai Heavy Bag ReviewThe Title Classic Banana Heavy Bag comes in at 72 inches long and has a 14 inch diameter. The bag weighs 100 pounds and is notable for it’s rich red color (black version is also available). The bag is constructed with high-quality triple-layered synthetic leather, making it very durable. It is packed with a foam liner, which feels great when hitting it and also adds to the bag’s stability. The bag comes pre-filled with resistance fiber, which prevents the bag from warping and the filling from settling to the bottom.

All Muay Thai style bags have the tendency to swing when not anchored to the ground because of their unique long and skinny dimensions. However, while the Title Classic Banana Heavy Bag does swing, it is less than many other Muay Thai punching bags. The bag is packed very tight and can be a little harder than some other bags, but it is by no means rock hard and should work in a little bit after considerable use. The bag provides significant resistance and is ideal for developing power in all Muay Thai techniques, especially kicks.

Hand protection should always be worn while punching this bag. Similarly, kicking with an unconditioned shin might prove somewhat unforgiving. Because of this, we would not recommend this bag to aerobic fitness users as it might be too hard for recreational use. We would, however, recommend this bag more for advanced MMA and Muay Thai fighters who have built up some conditioning in their shins and need a long lasting, durable Muay Thai punching bag that won’t warp or break down when hit hard.

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Outslayer Muay Thai Punching Bag

  • Weight: 130 pounds
  • User Rating: 5

Outslayer Muay Thai Heavy BagsThe Outslayer Muay Thai Punching Bag measures 72 inches in height with a 14 inch diameter, and weighs a very heavy 130 pounds. It is constructed from heavy duty vinyl. This bag comes filled with compressed fabric, as opposed to sand, which prevents settling and empty spots (there is also an unfilled option). This bag is not hung by a chain, but rather by 4 straps that are constructed from the same heavy duty material as the bag.

This punching bag is exceptionally durable and it should stand up to powerful kicks and punches for a long time. Outslayer stands firmly behind the quality of their product and offers a very good 10-year warranty. The Muay Thai bag is also designed to hold up to to 300 pounds without warping or breaking should you want to add extra weight. However, this should only by done by people very experienced in Muay Thai as 130 pounds is heavy enough for nearly any fighter to get enough resistance to develop power in their technique. This bag might be a little hard for aerobic fitness users, but we would definitely recommend it to MMA or Muay Thai fighters who are looking for a bag to blast day in and day out.

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Combat Sports Muay Thai Heavy Bag

  • Weight: 100 pounds
  • User Rating: 4.8

The Combat Sports Muay Thai training bag is 72 inches in length and has the smallest diameter of any bag we’ve reviewed here at just 12 inches. This pre-filled bag weighs in at approximately 100 pounds and comes with a standard chain for hanging purposes. The bag is available in a dark black color and comes constructed with an outer layer of synthetic leather, which is designed to enhance durability. Because this bag is relatively light for its size, and lacks a foam liner to absorb power, it will have the tendency to swing quite a bit as it lacks the stability of heavier punching bags. It can be anchored to the floor to prevent excessive swinging if needed.

The synthetic leather material is forgiving, and feels more comfortable to strike with unprotected shins or knees than a punching bag made from canvas. However, we still recommend wearing hand protection when punching this bag. The filling does seem to have the tendency to settle with repeated use, which could cause the bottom of the bag to become quite hard and the top to develop empty spaces. This can also lead to some warping around the center of the bag over time when kicked repeatedly with heavy power. This isn’t a major problem and one way of addressing these issues is to empty and re-fill the bag from time to time if needed.

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If you want to see even more heavy bags from popular brands like Title, Everlast, Ringside, Century and more, visit our heavy bag review guide. If you are interested, you can also learn more about Muay Thai here.

Wavemaster XXL Training Bag Review

If you are looking for a great heavy bag then can save you space and money while allowing you to train at your maximum capacity then you have to consider the Century Wavemaster XXL training bag. The XXL is a very popular free standing heavy bag made by Century MMA. The bag is made with high-density foam and comes with a heavy-duty vinyl cover and a hard plastic base, which can easily be filled with water or sand. The foam filler is designed to distribute force evenly, which makes the bag relatively forgiving when punching and kicking. Unlike many other heavy bags that only come in black, the XXL has three great colors, including red, blue and black. All the colors are very nice, but we particularly like the red and blue colors since they stand out compared to other bags. Let’s take a look at all of the features that make the XXL a high quality purchase for martial arts, boxing, and cardio workouts:

Key Stats

  • Weight: 270 pounds (including base)
  • User Rating: 4.4
  • Height: 69 inches
  • Diameter: 18 inches
  • Fill Options: Sand or water
  • Weight Distribution: May vary depending on whether you fill it with sand or water
  • Assembly Difficulty: Very Easy (no tools needed)
  • Base: Hard plastic, Uncovered (no padding)
  • Striking Surface: Thick foam covered by durable vinyl
  • Support Partner: Recommended for heavy hits (power punching, elbows)
  • Noise Level (during training): Medium to High (on concrete/hardwood) – Low (on carpet)
  • Warranty: One year

Distinct Size and Features

Once assembled, the XXL weighs in at approximately 270 pounds, which includes the weight of the base. With a diameter of 18 inches and a height of 69 inches, the XXL is easily one of the largest free standing heavy bags available on the market today. In fact, the XXL’s size is what separates it from the rest of the heavy bags in the Wavemaster line.

Other Wavemaster products are significantly smaller and, although they tend to be adjustable in height, we do not find them to be nearly as stable as the XXL. The XXL’s superior stability allows for a wider variety of uses, which is one of the main reason this punching bag is great for both recreational users and also serious martial artists and fighters.

wavemaster xxlThe XXL is a newer model compared to other bags in the Wavermaster line and it was designed to be easier to fill. Water is the most common filling choice for free standing heavy bags and Century made sure that the XXL’s base is less likely to splash out of the filling cap. This helps to avoid getting the training surface wet, which could potentially be a safety issue. We do find the plastic base to be a little high for small children who run the risk of missing the padding and injuring their toes. Parents and martial arts instructors who teach kids classes should take this into consideration before allowing smaller children to hit this bag. However, as long as you are careful this shouldn’t be a problem.

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XXL Advantages

Free standing heavy bags are perfect for home use, as they do not require a large training space, nor do they require any modification to the room. At the same time, they are easier to fill/unfill and also roll, which makes them dramatically easier to store when compared to traditional punching bags. It is for this reason that we would recommend the Century Wavemaster XXL training bag to people who are looking for something that can be used at home and don’t want to hang a heavy bag from the ceiling.

The XXL is also excellent for cardio-based exercise classes at fitness gyms, as they can easily be rolled out when needed and then put away when the class is done. The XXL makes an excellent addition to any aerobic-kick boxing class, as the primary function of a free standing heavy bag is to develop cardio. Most other smaller free standing heavy bags would not necessarily meet the stability requirements necessary to train fighters who are looking to compete in MMA or boxing. However, since the XXL’s size and stability allow it to stand up to power shots better than most standing punching bags, we recommend it to aspiring fighters as an excellent supplement to their training.

With adequate space, a fighter can practice drills using their footwork with an emphasis on circling or angles against a stationary target and then apply these drills in sparring practice or in fights. Distance and timing, however, are not as much of a factor with free standing bags when compared to hanging bags because they remain stationary. This is why we suggest the XXL punching bag as a supplement for people training to be fighters, in addition to their more dynamic hanging heavy bag workouts.

A quick video to show the Wavemaster XXL free standing bag in real conditions:

Things to Consider with the XXL

For the best stability, we have found that it is best to fill the XXL with sand. Water will inevitability move back and forth with each punch or kick, which may cause the XXL to move across the floor and potentially tip over. Filling the XXL with sand will ensure a much more stable base, alleviating the concern of punching or kicking too hard.

Sand also removes the concern for storing the XXL in a hot or cold environment. We would not recommend storing the punching bag outside exposed to weather; however, it is possible to place it within a garage or basement setting. If you were to fill the base with water and let it sit in an area with a low temperature, the water will freeze and potentially crack the hard plastic base. Sand eliminates this possibility as it works well with extreme temperatures.

If you live in an apartment or close quarters neighborhood, the noise level of the XXL may become a problem depending on the surface you place it on. We would recommend a carpet or very padded surface. Placing the punching bag on concrete, hard wood, or tile has been found to be extremely noisy as the XXL may move across the floor or the base may constantly be moving in an up-and-down fashion, producing a consistent knocking noise. Also, placing the XXL on hardwood or tile may damage the surface.

It’s also very important to note that the Wavemaster XXL is not a completely rigid punching bag. The striking surface moves with punches and kicks for a number of reasons. First and foremost, if you were to strike a completely rigid, unmoving stand, the risk of the base and/or padding holder (the plastic piece within the padded surface) breaking would increase significantly. The XXL has a slight ebb and flow of movement to disperse impact tension equally throughout.

Secondly, a moving bag is far more realistic to hanging heavy bag, which are the most ideal for training. Thirdly, when fighting an opponent, he/she will not be staying still. Training with a bag that moves in response to your strikes is ideal for developing realistic strikes and fighting techniques.

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Comparison to Other Wavemaster Heavy Bags

century wavemaster xxl heavy bagIn many ways the Wavemaster XXL punching bag is the ideal free standing heavy bag and while expensive, we believe the bag provides very good value for both recreational fitness users and serious martial artists alike. However, there are a few other Century Wavemaster heavy bags you may want to consider. These include the Original, Powerline, Cardio and Kid Kick.

Wavemaster XXL Scoring Zones

The Wavemaster xxl scoring zones is the newborn from Century. It allows a more precise training with the help of differents scoring zones displayed on the punching bag. You can use it for both kicking and punching for heads and body shots. It remains a heavy bag with a weight of 270 pounds when filled.

Original Wavemaster

The Original Wavemaster is the first Wavemaster punching bag that Century released over a decade ago. This bag is significantly smaller and not nearly as padded as the XXL. While a very good bag itself, well trained martial artists or people with significant power may find the padding on this bag inadequate.

Powerline Wavemaster

The Powerline Wavemaster was developed for power hitters who want the benefits of a free standing heavy bag, but with additional padding. It has double the padding of the Original, and although adjustable, it is still significantly smaller than the XXL, which means it’s not as versatile of a bag.

Cardio Wavemaster

The Cardio Wavemaster is much softer to strike than the Original model, however, since it is clearly intended for aerobic workouts, it lacks the stability necessary for developing power. This punching bag should only be used in pure cardio workouts where significant power in kicks and punches isn’t used.

Kid Kick Wavemaster

The only other Wavemaster to consider is the Kid Kick Wavemaster. As the name implies though, this bag is designed for kids. It is significantly smaller than the Original and it is also based much closer to the ground, which makes it an ideal choice for kids who are too small for other bags.

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Competitors to the XXL

Several brands make free standing heavy bags that compete with the XXL training bag, including Everlast, Title and Ringside and even the UFC. There are many different bags that range in size, price and quality. You can also check out our complete Century Wavemaster reviews for more information on other great products.

Century Wavemaster Punching Bag Reviews

Century MMA was founded in 1982 and is one of the world’s largest martial arts accessory brands. Century has been making several very highly rated heavy bags for many years. We go in depth with four Century Wavemaster punching bag reviews, including the Original, PowerlineXXL and Cardio.

Wavemaster free standing punching bags have several advantages. First, they require significantly less space than a hanging heavy bag because they do not swing. Second, they are easier to set up as they do not require a hanging apparatus or any modification to the room. This also means that there are no concerns about the bag falling from the ceiling due to improper installation. Finally, Century heavy bags have rounded bases, so they can be more easily moved, which is good if you don’t have a set space for your training equipment.

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Original

  • Weight: 250 pounds (including base)
  • User Rating: 4.2

The original Wavemaster punching bag comes equipped with high-density foam and a vinyl cover. One of the advantages that this free standing bag has is that the height is adjustable and ranges from 47 to 68 inches tall. This makes the bag good for people of various heights. The base can be filled with either sand or water, and when it’s full it weighs approximately 250 pounds.

The heavy bag comes in several vibrant colors, including red, blue and black. The vinyl cover is built to be heavy duty and durable, which means that you can expect it to be reliable and last a long time without getting and tears or holes. However, it can also be tough on the hands so we strongly recommend you wear proper hand protection before punching it. The bag comes with a foam filler that is designed to absorb the force from punches and kicks evenly, which helps to keep the bag stable and yet forgiving. One important thing to note though is that it’s not as padded as some other free standing heavy bags, and could potentially lead to foot or ankle injuries if kicked improperly or too hard.

This bag is smaller and thinner (diameter is just 13 inches) than many other free standing heavy bags, so if you are a bigger person or have powerful kicks you may want to go with another heavy bag like the Powerline or XXL, which are both reviewed below. The Original is ideal for shorter adults and children because it is more stable when adjusted to a shorter height. People over 6 feet tall will find it wobbly and unstable when adjusted to their height. Another downside is that the bag will be nosier to hit when it’s extended to it’s limit.

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Powerline

  • Weight: 270 pounds (including base)
  • User Rating: 4.4

Century Wavemaster Powerline Heavy BagsThe Century Wavemaster Powerline is very similar to the Original. The bag is available in the same colors, has the same adjustable height (47-68 inches), similar vinyl cover, is well-built, and more. However, the one major difference is that the Powerline has much thicker padding than the Original, so it has a bigger diameter of 17.5 inches.

If you have powerful kicks then the Original’s padding might not be enough and you can hurt your feet. The Powerline is designed to solve this problem by providing enough padding to absorb heavy kicks. If you have strong kicks or are advanced at martial arts then you should strongly consider getting this bag over the Original. You can also check out the XXL, which is an even bigger option than either the Powerline or the Original.

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Wavemaster XXL

  • Weight: 270 pounds (including base)
  • User Rating: 4.4


Century Wavemaster XXL Heavy BagThe Century Wavemaster XXL punching bag is free standing and comes with a vinyl cover and high-density foam filler. The bag stands 69 inches tall and is 18 inches in diameter, which gives it a larger surface area than many other products on the market. Unlike the Original; however, the height is not adjustable. The base can be filled with either sand or water, and when full weighs around 270 pounds.

The XXL comes in Red, Blue, and Black, so you have the option to choose the color you like most. The vinyl cover is heavy duty and durable, meaning that this should be resistant to heavy striking and long lasting. However, just like the Original, gloves are recommended so that you don’t cut up your knuckles when punching the bag. The foam filler in the bag is designed to specifically disperse force evenly, which keeps the heavy bag stable. Because of the heavy base, as well as its size, this bag does not move very much, which makes it one of the more stable free standing heavy bags available.

This punching bag is good for martial artists who are working on basic technique with some resistance and is ideal for both home use and at a martial arts or fitness gym. However, experienced fighters training for boxing, or MMA might want a more dynamic, hanging punching bag. You can see the full XXL heavy bag review here.

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Wavemaster Cardio

  • Weight: 170 pounds (including base)
  • User Rating: 4

Century Wavemaster Cadio Heavy BagsLike other heavy bags in the Wavemaster line, the Cardio punching bag is a free standing bag that comes with high-density foam filler and a strong vinyl cover. It has four height adjustments that ranges between 53 to 65 inches, which makes the bag good for people of differing heights. The bag also comes in red, blue and black.

Unlike the other bags; however, the Cardio Wavemaster punching bag is much smaller with a diameter of 10.5 inches. It also weighs considerably less at roughly 170 pounds, including the base. The reason it’s smaller and lighter is because it was designed for cardio work and not for developing strength or power. The bag can be very effective for cardio training, but it is much less stable so you don’t want to be hitting it with powerful punches or kicks. If you want to work on strength or power then you should consider the Original, Powerline, XXL or another heavy bag from a different brand.

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If you want a free standing bag, but aren’t sold on one in the Wavemaster line then definitely check out our other reviews. We review some of the top free standing heavy bags from several different MMA brands like Everlast, Ringside, Title and more.