Martial Training Equipment – Heavy Bags Review

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The heavy bag. You see them in almost every gym; from boxing to MMA traininf facilities. What are they for? How do you use them? What are your options? What are the pros and cons of each type available? In this article, we are going to discuss three option, the pros and cons of each and how to get them.

What is a Heavy Bag for and How Do You Use it?

Heavy bags are the next step up from shadow boxing or practicing forms. You can use them as a physical surface to unleash the power potential you built during training. You can hit them full force without risk of hurting anyone. You can practice your structure and forms; using the bags as a contact surface and teach yourself movement flow from one position to the next. They are a multi-useful device intended to improve your martial skills and prove the effectiveness of all your strikes and some can even double as grappling dummies.

Century Aerobic Wavemaster


Specifications:

  • Size: Bag 10.5″ Diameter X 40″ Tall; Base diameter-22″
  • Weight: Approx. 170lbs when filled
  • Colors: Blue, Red and Black

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Pros:

  • Free standing – This means that there is no drilling, no need to find a stable place in your training area to mount it to and no worry about damaging the ceiling or walls of your training facility. You can move the bag anywhere you want and practice. Because of no frame, the bag doesn’t take up much space in storage and is easily carried when empty.
  • 360° training potential – Practice  your footwork while working on your forms and power. Depending on the bag’s placement in the room, you can dance around and wail on the bag to  your heart’s content.
  • Height adjustable – A quick twist and you can raise or lower the bag. This means practicing your high kicks – if you use them – by placing an object on top of the bag and kicking it off. If you want to practice lower strikes – low kicks or make stronger strikes without knocking the bag over, you can lower the bag all the way and go crazy.

Cons:

  • Free standing – As you use the bag, the pressure of your strikes can move the bag around and out of range. Not necessarily a “con”, you can practice adjusting your range or put a non-slip mat under the bag to prevent movement.
  • Easily knocked over at higher extensions – If you are a taller person and require the bag at a higher extension, you stand the risk of knocking the bag over. That means pausing in your training to pick the bag up so you can continue.
  • Bag prep after moving – If you need to transport the bag to another building, you have to empty the base and then refill it. If you use sand to fill the base, it means cleanup and the need to have either more sand to fill the base when you get to your destination or a way to store the sand and transport it with the bag. If you use water, you need a place to dump the water or you risk training area water damage. Once you get to you destination, you need a water source to refill the bag and the time to do so.
  • Cannot use the bag as a grappling dummy.

 

Everlast Dual Station Heavy Bag Stand Value Bundle


Specifications:

  • Breathable 100% cotton hand wraps for comfort and support
  • Everlast 70 -lb or 100-lb Nevatear Heavy Bag with reinforced webbing and adjustable heavy bag chain
  • Leather bag gloves with padded palm grip for stability
  • Everlast Dual Station Heavy Bag Stand, it holds both the Heavy Bag and Speed Bag
  • BONUS: Everlast Leather Speed Bag

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Pros:

  • Free Standing – This means that there is no drilling, no need to find a stable place in your training area to mount it to and no worry about damaging the ceiling or walls of your training facility. You can move the bag anywhere you want and practice.
  • Free Swinging – Practice your timing on the bag as it reacts to your strikes.
  • Two practice areas – Practice for speed and timing as well as power and form. The bonus speed bag increases your training ability so you can switch from one training mode to another without losing stride.
  • Easy bag replacement – Need a heavier bag? Want to add a hanging dummy? Just detach the one you have and hang the new one.
  • Ready to use – If you don’t have gloves and wraps to use with a bag, there is no need to purchase them. Gloves and wraps come with the bundle.
  • Versatility – The heavy bag can be taken down and used as a grappling dummy.

Cons:

  • Space needs – This device requires a wide open area and special positioning for full access to both training platforms.
  • Limited range – Because of the frame, your training circumference is limited. You have about a 180° training area on the heavy bag and up to 270° on the speed bag.
  • Limited Portability – The bag never changes weight so you are wrestling with the bag at either 70 lbs or 100 lbs. The multiple pieces means more space while transporting the device. The frame is bulky and requires assembly/disassembly for transportation.

 

Century Bob XL Combo Pack #1


Specifications:

 

  • Freestanding heavy bag with life-like upper torso
  • Polyethylene base holds up to 270 pounds of water or sand
  • BRAVE® Open Palm Training Gloves
  • Century® Speed Rope
  • 2 x 12 lb. Century® Strive Medicine Balls

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Pros:

  • Free standing – Has the same benefits the others share – no drilling, no mounting and easy transportation.
  • Multi-directional training – Practice from almost any angle.
  • Height adjustable – A twist and lift/lower and the bag is at the correct height for your training needs.
  • Multi-phase Training – The speed rope and medicine balls allow for cardio, timing and strength training; switching from one to the other with little effort.
  • Added gloves – The open-palm design and finger-less feature means no need to change gloves or remove them to switch from one phase to another in your training.
  • Upper torso striking surface – Now you have targets – head, solar plexus, kidneys, underarms, etc. The head will react separately from the torso when struck – giving a reality feel to practice.

Cons:

  • Free standing – As you use the bag, the pressure of your strikes can move the bag around and out of range. Not necessarily a “con”, you can practice adjusting your range or put a non-slip mat under the bag to prevent movement.
  • Easily knocked over at higher extensions – If you are a taller person and require the bag at a higher extension, you stand the risk of knocking the bag over. That means pausing in your training to pick the bag up so you can continue.
  • Bag prep after moving – If you need to transport the bag to another building, you have to empty the base and then refill it. If you use sand to fill the base, it means cleanup and the need to have either more sand to fill the base when you get to your destination or a way to store the sand and transport it with the bag. If you use water, you need a place to dump the water or you risk training area water damage. Once you get to you destination, you need a water source to refill the bag and the time to do so.
  • Cannot use the bag as a grappling dummy.

 

Recommendations


Heavy bags are a good way to practice your power without endangering a training partner. They are also a workable substitute when a partner is not available. Additional accessories are available to add to bags – armed jackets for the torso bags or attachable Wing Chun arms – so you can customize your training experience. The bundled packages give you a more well-rounded training. The truth of the matter is that there are many options for your training, but the heavy bag is almost a necessity as you gain in skill and power. I recommend getting one that fits your needs.

 

 

 

 

Author: Brent Duncan

2 thoughts on “Martial Training Equipment – Heavy Bags Review

  1. I must say that this bags are very good for muscle training but also for mental condition. When you are angry or depressed you can unleash full power on this bags. One that I like the most is Century Bob XL Combo because it have that upper torso that looks like a real person.

    1. Another benefit, Daniel, is endurance training. Five hundred to one thousand punches or kicks on a heavy bag is surely going to test/build your endurance. I like the BOB, too, because of the ability to visualize and pick my targets as I work on precision and focus. After all, what good is power if you don’t have the control to hit your target?

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