The Bob XL Freestanding Punching Bag has to be one of the strangest pieces of gym equipment I’ve ever bought! That said, it’s also the most versatile and useful pieces of training gear I’ve had the pleasure to use.
For those not familiar with the Bob XL Freestanding Punching Bag it is a heavy bag shaped like a life-sized guy, minus the legs! Instead, the legs are made up of a heavy-duty stand which can be filled with sand or water. This makes it very heavy which is great for training but not so great when it needs to be moved. Fortunately, the base is round so it can be ‘rolled’ out of the way. I keep mine in the garage and roll it up to the wall when I’ not bashing seven bells out of it!
A number of other ‘human’ style heavy bags are available with the even more oddly named Terry Torso punching bag man an alternative. Martial artists like myself prefer this style of bag to others as we can use them for target training as well as basic workouts. For example, I practice elbow strikes to the side of the head, spinning back fists and ‘atemi’ strikes to the eyes. For martial arts training, you may also want to consider a kick shield.
An adjustable height stand offers good flexibility and allows other members of the family or training partners to use them. This is also great for martial arts training as you can practice punching to opponents taller and shorter than yourself. The danger otherwise is to always punch at our own head height.
I recommend the use of a good pair of MMA gloves or boxing gloves when training with your ‘Bob’ as they have a hard exterior! This also means they last a long time and that makes them very good value for money.
The Bob XL Freestanding Punching Bag is a top recommendation for me – whatever your training needs you can improve cardio capacity, core strength and striking accuracy training with one.