Best Freestanding Punching Bags Buying Guide

Most people’s first reaction when the see a punching bag is to go walk over there and start wailing at the bag.

I’ve been guilty of this numerous times and I’m sure you’ve also been guilty of this as well.

Punching bags have traditionally been the training tool of choice for both recreational and professional boxers or anyone with an itch to punch something.

They are safe to use when used properly, easy to maintain, can absorb a tonne of punishment without breaking down, and are relatively inexpensive and accessible to most people.

However as combat sports and martial arts have evolved over the years along with people’s lifestyles, a new breed of punching bags has emerged on the market such as the freestanding boxing bags.

These punching bags while typically costing a bit more than a traditional punching bag are immensely more convenient for moving around and setting up and offer a tonne of additional functions that you wouldn’t typically find in a regular heavy bag.

But with so many options out there on the market, how do you know which ones to purchase and which ones to avoid?

In this best freestanding punching bags buying guide, I’ll go over several of the best freestanding punching bags out there on the market so that you know you’ll be getting a great quality punching bag that will last you a lifetime of use.

The 10 Top-Rated Freestanding Punching Bags

Top Pick

Century Versys VS.1 

  • Large striking surface

  • Rebound effect

  • Handlebars for knees and throws

Runner Up Pick

Century VS.3 Punching Bag

  • Lots of training options

  • Great stability

  • Large striking surface

Grappling Pick

Century Versys VS.2 

  • Limbs for grappling and throwing

  • Good stability

  • Large striking surface

Boxing Pick

Ringside Elite Punching Bag

  • Tall

  • Large striking surface

  • Rebound effect

Mid-range Pick

Century Wavemaster XXL

  • Large striking surface

  • Durable

  • Reasonable price

Realistic Pick

Century Bob XL

  • Realistic target to strike on

  • Soft striking surface

  • Reasonable price

Hybrid Pick

Century Arashi 770 Hybrid Bag

  • Large training variety

  • Rebound effect when struck

  • Easy setup

Reflex Pick

Ringside Tornado Heavy Bag

  • Great fast reflex action

  • Easy to install

  • Good amount of stability

Starter Pick

Century B.O.B.

  • Realistic looking opponent

  • Durable 

  • Easy to setup

Budget Pick

Century Original Wavemaster 

  • Easy to setup

  • Decent striking surface

  • Good price

Our Top Pick: Century Versys VS.1 Fight Simulator

freestanding punching bag: century versys vs.1

The Century Versys VS.1 Fight Simulator Bag is one of the top if not the top freestanding punching bag out there on the market and with good reason.

The punching bag can be used for both stand up striking and ground training.

The outside of the bag is made out of heavy-duty vinyl to prevent tears from forming on the bag while the insides are made out of foam to absorb strikes.

The base of the bag comes pre-filled with sand to provide extra added stability and to prevent the bag from toppling over. However, if you hit it really hard, it can still topple over.

Setup with the punching bag is so easy that even a kid could set it up. Just attach the base to the bag and off you go.

No more wasting hours drilling holes into your ceiling and worrying about whether or not your ceiling will come down and fall on you if you hang a heavy bag on there.

Just attach the two parts and you’re ready to train.

If you live in an apartment or don’t have a garage to hang a heavy bag then this is the perfect solution for you.

Previous generation freestanding punching bags required you to fill the base with either water or sand to help stabilize it, however, the Versys VS.1 comes prefilled with sand at the base. Therefore, you don’t need to do any of the dirty work.

Once everything is all set up, you’re looking at a combined weight of about 100 lbs and a height of 66″ inches.

Also, in case you need to move the bag around, it’s super convenient and easy.

Now unlike traditional punching bags, this bag has a very large striking surface with more than 3 times the striking area compared to a regular bag that you can use to perform a variety of different strikes such as punching, kicking, and throwing knees. This is a very generous striking surface for most people.

Previous generation freestanding punching bags had a tendency to move around a lot when you struck at it too hard, however, this problem has been alleviated with this new line up of punching bags from Century.

There’s a natural rebound effect that occurs when you hit the bag that causes it to rebound back, therefore you won’t need to ever worry about it tipping over unless of course, you go at it very hard.

In addition, this can be used to train for reflexes and timing when striking at an opponent.

Furthermore, this bag is a lot quieter to strike on compared to other freestanding punching bags out there on the market. Your neighbors and family will greatly appreciate this.

Another cool feature of this punching bag is the handles that they have at both the top and bottom of the bag.

This allows you to practice grappling and utilizing throws when training with the heavy bag, a feat you wouldn’t have been able to accomplish with a regular hanging heavy bag.

Want to practice throws?

No problem, simply grab the handles and start throwing the bag around like a real opponent.

Need to brush up on your ground and pound?

Simply just lie on top of the bag and go wail away.

In addition, you can also practice knee strikes and other techniques due to having the handles at the top of the bag. This makes it extremely easy to have a good grip when striking at the bag.

Forget about buying an additional grappling dummy if you study mixed martial arts, you can do everything with this freestanding punching bag.

The Versys fight simulator is one of the best well rounded freestanding punching bags out there on the market. It’s improved upon the previous generation wavemaster punching bags and offers up to 3x as much striking surface area as traditional punching bags, minimizes toppling over, and has handles for grappling with the heavy bag. Setup is extremely easy and the bag comes in at an affordable and accessible price point that makes the Century Versys fight simulator our top pick.

Pros:

  • Large striking surface
  • Prevents falling over with a rebound effect
  • Extremely easy to setup and move around
  • Has handles for performing knee strikes and throws
  • Can practice grappling with the bag

Cons:

  • No limbs for performing submissions
  • Can topple over if striking really hard at the bag

Our Runner Up Pick: Century VS.3 Fight Simulator Punching Bag

freestanding punching bag: century vs.3

The Century VS.3 Fight simulator is the third model to come out of the VS line of freestanding punching bags from century. Like it’s predecessor the VS.1, it provides an excellent variety of functionality of what you can do with a punching bag including a full range of body strikes now including leg strikes, groin strikes, and leg sweeps due to the 3 prong design.

If you love to kick then you’ll love the VS.3 fight simulator!

The 3 prong sturdy tripod base now provides even more stability to the bag compared to previous generations and can take a beating without any issues and the rebound effect is not present at all.

The top part of the punching bag is extra big and wide to accommodate a wide variety of different striking options and there is even a huge handlebar that you can hold onto when throwing knee strikes onto the bag.

The bag is taller than the VS.1 and also has a wider striking surface area at the top which may be important for someone on the taller end of the scale.

In addition, because of it’s large striking surface and multiple prong legs at the bottom, multiple people can use the bag at the same time, which makes them perfect for using inside of a martial art school.

The bag is made out of a heavy-duty vinyl outer layer and the inside has foam for absorbing strikes.

Setup of the bag is also relatively easy, although you will need to tie the inner rods together with the provided velcro and then place the top over the rods. The base of the bag comes prefilled so you don’t need to worry about filling it up. The whole setup process shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes.

Once finally assembled the punching bag weights about 100 lbs and can be moved around the house relatively easy.

The only downside to the bag is its price and it being more difficult to grapple with.

As it’s the latest model from Century, expect to pay a premium for these extra added features.

The Century VS.3 fight simulator is the newest addition to come out of the VS line of freestanding heavy bags from Century. This heavy bag is very strong, durable, and has even more striking room and options compared to previous models. Stability has been reinforced with a 3 prong leg design that also allows you to now perform low leg kick and groin strikes as well to the bag. If your looking for the total package with all the bells and whistles, you’ve found it with the VS.3 fight simulator.

Pros:

  • Lots of different training options
  • Great stability
  • Large striking surface

Cons:

  • Pricey
  • Not as good for grappling compared to previous models

Best for Grappling: Century VS.2 Versys Grappling Simulator Punching Bag

freestanding punching bag: century vs.2 Versys

If you’re looking for a grappling dummy and punching bag all in one, you won’t find a better option than the Century VS.2 Versys grappling simulator.

This heavy bag and grappling dummy has been specifically designed to act as a punching bag and grappling simulator all in one.

Whether you need to practice your striking or grappling skills, this punching bag does it all.

For added stability, Century has added in a 3 legged prong for the base of the freestanding punching bag that prevents the heavy bag from tipping over or rebounding back.

Unlike other grappling bags on the market, the VS.2 has been designed to have a large striking surface with 2 arms that can be used to practice throws or submission techniques such as armbars on the ground.

It uses the same quality heavy-duty vinyl material for its outer shell as all of the other VS freestanding punching models.

The base of the bag comes prefilled with sand and setup is relatively easy as well and moving the heavy bag around the house or studio is a breeze.

The only downside to the bag, however, is that there isn’t equal weight distribution throughout the bag as most of the weight is located in the base of the bag and therefore people that use it for throwing may find it a little awkward to throw compared to a real person.

If your in need of a punching bag that you can also use to grapple, practice groundfighting drills and techniques while also being able to use it to practice striking, then you can’t go wrong with the Century VS.2 Versys grappling simulator.

Pros:

  • Has arms and legs for use in grappling and throws
  • Good stability with its 3-legged design
  • Great for striking with due to its large striking surface area

Cons:

  • Unequal weight distribution for throws

Best Boxing Pick: Ringside Elite Freestanding Fitness Punching Bag

freestanding punching bag: ringside elite punching bag

If you have no need for use of grappling or throwing and you don’t need to practice low leg kicks than the Ringside Elite Freestanding Fitness punching bag packs a lot of punch.

It’s arguably one of the tallest freestanding heavy bags out there on the market, standing at a height of 6’4″ and will make children feel like they are hitting a giant.

Unlike some other brands out there, the Ringside Elite freestanding fitness punching bag uses a heavy-duty durable synthetic leather shell to prevent rips and tears from forming on the bag, while the inside of the bag uses a special shock-absorbing foam.

There’s also a removable foam collar that you can use to increase or decrease the movement of the spring on the bag. This can come in quite handy if you want to practice your reflexes and timing when training with the heavy bag.

Furthermore, the manufacturer also includes an added base pad for protection of your feet when performing low kicks on the bag.

To help provide stability, the punching bag has a base tank that can be filled up to 270 pounds with either sand or water. This will ensure that the heavy bag remains quite stable and won’t topple over in case you are hitting the bag with a lot of power.

Now if you are planning on moving the punching bag around the house or at the training studio, then that’s not a problem either due to the rounded design of the base of the bag. This allows you to easily rotate the heavy bag to move around the house.

The only downside that I found with this bag was that the holes to fill the base with water and sand was a little on the small side. This makes it time-consuming to fill up.

If you’re looking for a big and tall punching bag that can take a lot of punishment with a similar design as a wavemaster, then the Ringside Elite Freestanding Fitness punching bag would certainly fit the bill. Due to its height, it makes it great for someone tall and it’s large striking surface makes it an excellent punching bag for people to practice strikes on.

Pros:

  • Very tall
  • Large striking surface
  • Has a rebound/recoil effect
  • Nice and sturdy

Cons:

  • Hole to fill the base is too small

Best Mid-Range Pick: Century Wavemaster XXL Training Bag

Wavemaster XXL

If you’ve ever used a Wavemaster before then you’ll love the Wavemaster XXL.

The Century Wavemaster XXL is an upgraded version of the original Wavemaster with a tonne more space for striking due to its design.

Now you can perform punches and kicks on all areas of the punching bag except for the base without fear of injuring yourself.

The outer shell of the punching bag features a durable vinyl cover while the insides of the bag uses a high-density foam that has been designed to absorb strikes with ease.

The base of the unit is made out of plastic and needs to be filled with either water or sand to provide stability to the unit. Once everything is all filled up, you’re looking at approximately 270 pounds for the overall weight of the bag.

And because of the weight distribution at the base of the unit. it helps provide stability for the punching bag and minimizes the chance of it falling over when striking.

The bag stands at 69 inches tall and measures in at a full 18 inches in diameter.

The holes to fill the bag with either water or sand has been designed to be extra large and thus saving you time when filling up the base of the bag.

Lastly, the punching bag comes in 3 different colors: black, red, and blue.

The only drawbacks to the unit is that it does tend to move around a bit when you strike at it with a lot of power, and can even topple over when you are hitting it very hard.

The Century Wavemaster XXL has been on the market for a number of years now and has developed a good reputation for being a great freestanding punching bag that is able to absorb strikes with ease. Due to it’s age, you can expect a reasonable price point when purchasing this unit. It’s functionality, durability, and reasonable price makes this our mid-range pick.

Pros:

  • Large striking surface
  • Durable
  • Reasonable price
  • Comes in a variety of colors

Cons:

  • Moves around a lot when striking hard
  • Can topple over on very hard strikes

Best Realistic Pick: Century Bob XL

Century Bob XL

If you ever get tired of just punching a rounded heavy bag and prefer to punch something else, like the shape of someone’s face then you’ll love the Bob XL.

The Century Bob XL is another great freestanding punching bag from Century that has withstood the test of time.

Unlike the Wavemaser line, the Bob XL gives you a more realistic feeling when striking at an opponent due to the bag resembling a real person with cool facial features.

If you need to practice a hook or an uppercut at an opponent but don’t want to be arrested then this is the next best thing out there.

As the dummy has a realistic-looking face, you can now hone in on specific parts of a person’s face or body to practice highly targeted strikes.

The punching dummy features a pre-formed soft foam padding to prevent injuries when striking at the bag and the base uses a durable polyurethane construction.

The XL version has been upgraded from the original with a longer torso that allows more room for striking at the bag. Now you can perform low leg kicks at a softer surface without fear of injury.

The base of the unit fills with either water or sand to provide stability while the rounded shape of the base makes moving the unit very easy. When it’s filled, you’re looking at a weight of 270 lbs.

The top can also be removed to make it easy for transport in case you need to move.

The freestanding bag can also be height adjusted from 60 inches all the way up to 82 inches.

The only downside that I found with the bag is that the dummy could have been longer so that you could practice low strikes on it such as a Muay Thai kick without fear of hitting the hard plastic of the unit.

Also the unit can tend to move around a bit if you’re hitting it at full force.

If you want a realistic looking opponent with a lot of striking area to practice pin-point accuracy punches or kicks, then you won’t find a better freestanding punching bag than the Century Bob XL. This has more than plenty of room for throwing strikes and the 270 lb base helps prevent the unit from toppling over.

Pros:

  • Can practice strikes on a realistic-looking opponent
  • The striking area is nice and soft and won’t injure your hands or feet when striking at it
  • Reasonable price point

Cons:

  • Unit tends to move around when hitting it hard

Best Hybrid Pick: Century Arashi 770 Hybrid Bag

Century Arashi 770 Hybrid bag

The Century Arashi 770 Hybrid bag is a hybrid freestanding punching bag that can be used for both striking and grappling due to its unique design that houses handlebars at the top of the bag that can be used for throwing knee strikes or throws.

The bag can be filled with water to help provide stability and can weigh up to around 100 lbs when fully filled up.

The heavy bag also features a rebound like effect whenever you strike at it similar to the VS.1 Versys from Century. In fact, both bags are nearly identical in functionality, however the VS.1 comes prefilled vs the Arashi that comes unfilled.

In addition, you can use the bag to work on ground fighting techniques such as performing ground and pound due to the nature and design of the punching bag.

One thing to keep in mind though with the Century Arashi 770 Hybrid bag is that powerful strikes will tend to knock it down and it wasn’t meant for this type of use. If you want to practice technique and accuracy then this is the bag for you, however, if you want to practice power, there are better options out there such as a regular punching bag.

If you’re looking for an all-in-one type of freestanding punching bag solution then you won’t be disappointed with the Arashi 770 Hybrid bag that allows you to work on your striking, throwing, and groundfighting skills all in one neat package.

Pros:

  • The bag can be used for a multiple of things such as striking, throwing, and ground fighting
  • Has a nice rebound effect when struck
  • Setup is very easy

Cons:

  • Bag topples over on hard strikes

Best Reflex Training Pick: Ringside Tornado Freestanding Workout Punching Heavy Bag

Ringside Tornado punching heavy bag

The Ringside Tornado freestanding punching bag is a smaller and faster version of Ringside’s other reflex type of punching bags such as the Ringside Elite punching bag. This heavy bag has been specially designed for boxers or those of us that like to punch and practice our reflexes.

There is a decent striking surface along with a recoil rode right beneath the striking area that has been designed to rebound back and forth and side to side to allow you to work on a multitude of different striking techniques that you wouldn’t have otherwise been able to practice on with other freestanding punching bags.

Now, depending on how you use it, you can even work on your bobbing and weaving skills with this reflex punching bag.

The outer layer of the punching bag is made out of durable vinyl while the inside uses a shock-absorbing high-density foam to absorb strikes.

You can fill the base of the unit with up to 140 pounds of water or sand to provide added stability and prevent the unit from falling down.

The height of the unit can also be adjusted up to 68 inches tall once fully assembled.

The only drawback to this unit is that it’s mainly been designed for punching and the surface area is a lot smaller for striking compared to other freestanding bags.

However, the heavy bag makes up for this shortfall with fast and quick reflexes when you strike at it.

The Ringside Tornado freestanding punching bag is one of the best freestanding punching bags out there on the market for working on your reflexes due to its fast and quick rebound effect when struck. Furthemore, the unit comes in at an affordable price point, making it our best reflex training pick.

Pros:

  • Great fast reflex action
  • Easy to install
  • Good amount of stability

Cons:

  • Small striking surface
  • Cannot be used for kicking or grappling

Best Starter Pick: Century B.O.B. Body Opponent Bag Freestanding Training Dummy

B.O.B training dummy

The Century B.O.B body opponent bag was one of the original freestanding punching bags that came out to the market and has enjoyed immense success.

This mannequin-like punching bag uses a high-density plastisol outer filling that gives it a vinyl-like skin, while the insides is composed of high-density urethane foam that is able to absorb strikes with absolutely no problems.

The punching bag features seven height adjustments from 60 to 78 inches tall and can be used by both adults and children alike.

The base of the unit can be filled with either sand or water and weighs about 270 pounds once fully filled.

Unlike traditional punching bags, the manufacturers have designed the bag to resemble a human which gives it a more realistic feel when training with it.

Now you can target specific areas on an opponent’s body such as their face or body without worrying about getting a lawsuit!

The punching bag is made in the USA to ensure high-quality standards and features a one year warranty in case anything happens.

The only drawback is that the striking surface is smaller compared to the new B.O.B XL model and the unit can move around a bit if you’re hitting it hard.

If you want a sparring partner that you can knock the living lights out of without worrying about getting sued in court then this is a good option. The punching bag offers a realistic look and feel for an opponent and comes in at an affordable price.

Pros:

  • Realistic looking opponent
  • Durable
  • Easy to setup
  • Easy to move around

Cons:

  • Not enough striking surface
  • Tends to move around if you hit it hard

Best Budget Pick: Century Original Wavemaster Freestanding Heavy Punching Bag

Century Original Wavemaster

This is the freestanding heavy bag that started it all, the original Century Wavemaster freestanding heavy punching bag.

There’s a reason why these things are still being used and sold today and that’s because they are very convenient, easy to set up, and maintain.

The punching bag can be easily set up in minutes. Simply attach the base to the foam body and fill it with either sand or water to stabilize the punching bag and off you go.

It’s really as simple as that.

The outer shell of the punching bag is made out of durable vinyl that can handle all of the abuse you can throw at it, while the insides are made out of a thick high-density foam to absorb all of your strikes.

The punching bag provides a good amount of resistance and rebound when hitting it.

The unit weighs about 250 lbs when it’s fully filled and this helps to prevent it from falling over although heavy strikes will topple it.

The rounded base makes it easy to roll around and move in case you need to relocate the unit at a later point in time.

The Wavemaster can be height adjusted to 7 different levels in 3″ increments from 47″ to 68″ which makes it perfect for both kids and adults to use.

The heavy bag is made in the USA so you know that you’ll be getting a quality product and even comes with a 1-year warranty so now you can buy with peace of mind!

The punching bag comes in 3 different colors as well: black, red or blue.

The main drawback with this unit though is that it wasn’t designed to absorb heavy shots and can move around and topple over if you hit it really hard.

If you’re a heavy hitter though, then I would recommend that you opt for the XXL model instead as that one was designed for more powerful blows compared to this.

If you’re looking for a great freestanding heavy bag with a solid reputation that will be used for light striking, then the original Wavemaster is a great choice. It’s very affordable, easy to setup and maintain, and can handle light hits with no problems whatsoever. It’s a great budget punching bag if you can’t afford the more pricer models out there.

Pros:

  • Easy to setup
  • Easy to transport and move around
  • Decent striking surface

Cons:

  • Can fall down from heavy strikes
  • Tends to move around a lot when hitting

Frequently Asked Questions

Who Should Buy a Freestanding Punching Bag?

Freestanding punching bags can be used by almost anyone especially those of us that study a martial art or combat sport such as boxing.

Unlike traditional punching bags that you need to hang up high on a ceiling that could potentially ruin the ceiling and drywall, freestanding heavy bags have been designed to alleviate this issue.

You now no longer need to mount the heavy bag at all and installation is so easy that even children could set up the bags.

Also, anyone that does not have a lot of room at their place would welcome a freestanding punching bag, as these typically take up less room and can be moved around the house with ease. This makes them very useful for people that move around a lot. You can simply empty out the base of the heavy bag, and detach the body from the base and off you go if your moving.

If you just need to relocate the bag, you can easily roll the base around to the new location.

Another advantage of having a freestanding punching bag is the versatility you will have with training.

Some of these punching bags have been designed to be multi-purpose meaning you can use them for strikes, for throwing and even grappling. A feat that is near impossible with conventional punching bags.

Furthermore, some of these bags have a rebound effect that you can utilize to work on your reflexes, timing, and coordination.

Lastly, some of these bags have been designed to give you a more realistic feel of striking a real opponent as they have been designed to resemble a mannequin. You can target specific areas of a person’s face or body with a freestanding punching bag.

Which Type of Freestanding Punching Bags Should I Buy?

This will depend on what you need it for.

If you’re practicing a striking martial art then a punching bag that was designed for heavy striking would be ideal with a big and strong base to support stability.

If you’re studying a grappling martial art then something like a punching bag with handles at the top and bottom for throwing and grappling would be a better option such as the VS.2.

Now if on the other hand you’re studying a mixed martial art or you want to be able to practice both striking and grappling then you may want to consider getting a punching bag that allows you to do this such as the Century VS.1.

Boxers on the other hand that only want to work on their striking and reflexes may want to get a freestanding punching bag that has a nice and quick rebound effect such as the Ringside Tornado punching bag. This will allow you to work on timing, coordination, and speed.

Should I Get a Freestanding or a Regular Punching Bag?

This once again depends on your goal.

With a regular punching bag, you are able to practice more powerful blows to the bag without fear of it moving around too much as it’s hung from a mount on the ceiling. These types of punching bags are very stable and will last you a lifetime if you take care of them properly. Unfortunately, you cannot practice certain types of techniques on these bags such as throws or grappling as they are mounted to the ceiling. Furthermore, trying to move the bag around can be a real pain in the butt.

A freestanding punching bag, on the other hand, gives you more versatile in training as you can perform strikes, throws, and grappling on them depending on the type of bag that you get. They are easy to set up, move around, and are very functional. The drawbacks, however, are that they aren’t nearly as stable as a regular punching bag and tend to move around a lot or may even topple down if you’re hitting it really hard. They aren’t really designed to be used for practicing power.

If you want the feel of a more traditional punching bag and like to practice hard shots on a bag, then get a regular punching bag if you have the room.

If on the other hand you want to be able to practice a large variety of different techniques and want an easy and stress-free setup process or don’t have a place to hang a heavy bag, then get a freestanding one.

What Material Are Freestanding Bags Made out From?

The outer shell of a freestanding punching bag is usually made out of heavy-duty vinyl whereas the insides of the bag use a shock-absorbing high-density foam to absorb your strikes.

The base of the heavy bag is usually made out of a hard plastic that houses sand or water to keep the bag stable.

Are Freestanding Heavy Bags Stable?

Freestanding heavy bags are stable for the most part especially the newer generation models unless you are striking at them with a lot of power.

In past models, the punching bag would wobble and topple over if you were hitting the bag with a lot of power. There would only be one base support at the bottom of the bag and recoil for heavy blows was basically nonexistent.

While the newer models on the market nowadays won’t eliminate movement from the heavy bag completely, they will provide much-needed stability as well as recoil to help prevent the bag from tipping over.

If you are hitting the bag with light to medium blows, the chances of them falling over are next to none.

Are Freestanding Punching Bags Easy to Setup?

Definitely!

Most freestanding punching bags take only a few minutes to setup.

Simply fill the base if it comes unfilled and then attach the body to the base and off you go.

Easy peasy.

You don’t need to worry about mounting the heavy bag onto your ceiling or finding the right tools to do it with a freestanding heavy bag.

Important Things to Consider

Craftsmanship and Quality

When trying to select a freestanding punching bag, you should always seek out a bag with great craftsmanship and quality even if it costs a lot more because you will be hitting the bag a lot.

If you purchase a cheaply made freestanding bag, it will break down very soon due to the cheap plastic or foam that is used and you may even injure yourself while using it.

There’s a reason why the reputable manufacturers charge a bit more for their products vs some no-name knock off product.

Functionality

What sort of functionality does the freestanding heavy bag provide?

Can you use it for throwing knees or throws?

Does it rebound back?

Is there an anti-topple effect build in?

Does the bag resemble a human being or does it feel nicer on the hands when hitting it compared to a traditional heavy bag?

Stability

Stability should be a big consideration when you’re purchasing a freestanding heavy bag as you don’t want to waste your time and energy always having to pick the bag back up after every strike.

Look for freestanding bags that weigh a lot or have some sort of rebound effect to improve stability.

You may also want to consider purchasing some sort of soft mat to be put underneath the bag to reduce movement and also to protect it if it topples over.

Warranty

Lastly, make sure you purchase a heavy bag that comes with a warranty, as these things do wear out with regular use.

This is especially important if you are hitting the heavy bag very hard which causes it to fall down often and potentially wearing it out faster.

Most manufacturers back their products with at least a 1-year warranty.

Conclusion

People who unfortunately don’t have the room to hang a traditional heavy bag cried out for an alternative to their woes.

The freestanding punching bag was the answer that they were seeking.

Unlike traditional heavy bags, freestanding heavy bags don’t need to be mounted onto a ceiling which makes them a great alternative for a lot of people that don’t want to hang a heavy bag up.

In this freestanding punching bag buying guide, we looked at 10 of the best all-time freestanding punching bags out there on the market today.

There’s include:

  • Century Versys VS.1 Fight Simulator
  • Century VS.3 Fight Simulator Punching Bag
  • Century VS.2 Versys Grappling Simulator Punching Bag
  • Ringside Elite Freestanding Fitness Punching Bag
  • Century Wavemaster XXL Training Bag
  • Century Bob XL
  • Century Arashi 770 Hybrid Bag
  • Ringside Tornado Freestanding Workout Punching Heavy Bag
  • Century B.O.B. Body Opponent Bag Freestanding Training Dummy
  • Century Original Wavemaster Freestanding Heavy Punching Bag

Whether you’re a striker or a grappler, adding a punching bag to your training routine can do wonders for improving your performance and should not be overlooked, however, a freestanding one may be a better fit for you depending on your circumstances and needs.

Hopefully, this guide has helped you better decide on which freestanding punching bag to purchase.

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