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Best Free Standing Punch Bags UK – Our Top 7 Picks 

 June 18, 2020

by Lucas

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Ever wanted to be able to train/spar at home?

Wanted your own bag at home but got nowhere to hang it?

Or ever woken up in the morning and wished you could just throw a couple of 1-2’s or a wheel kick to get that oomph into your day?

We hear you! I now have a hanging heavy bag at home, but when I lived in a studio I purchased a free standing punch bag and it’s still one of my favourite things I’ve ever owned. Any time I walked past it to the bathroom I would stop and give it a three piece combo and it never got old. If you love boxing, you know why. I good three punch combo can never get old!

Punching bags have evolved somewhat of late with the emergence of MMA and also a few new tricks in the industry when it comes to boxing training. You no longer need to be nailing hooks and railings into your walls and ceilings to get a punch bag at home. In this guide, we’ll tell you all about free standing bags and what we think are the best free standing punch bags on the market.

What’s a free standing punch bag?

Century Versys VS1 Fight Simulator 100LB

We love this versatile free standing bag by Century.

If you’ve got a spare corner in your house and would like a punching bag that doesn’t require any hooks or chains or drills or hanging stands, then a free standing punching bag is what you’re after.

You may have seen them in some gyms, especially MMA gyms, or at some better martial arts/boxing stores. They are basically a regular punching bag, but they are fixed on a weighted base, which is usually filled with sand to keep it grounded.

When filled with sand, most weigh around 100-140kg. This means they don’t move much with a simple jab or jab-cross, but with enough power you can definitely get them to budge or even hit the ground (which is fine, it’ll bounce back up, or just pop it back up if not).

What to look for in a good free standing punch bag

Weight

A freestanding punch bag will move when you hit it at full force, and while they can take a decent beating, but they certainly won’t absorb impact like a proper hanging heavy bag. The best free standing heavy punching bags will have a decent size base weight at least 100kg, and ideally up to 150kg. This means they will hold their ground when you’re really throwing those bombs and working it.

Materials

Everything should be made with at least PU or Maya hide leather and with stainless steel tubing. Look for high quality foam on the inside. Good quality stitching is essential for longtime durability (you’re going to be pummelling the thing, after all!)

Size and shape

They vary in height and surface area. Some bags are shorter and fatter, some are long and skinnier and some are shaped like combat dummies.

Delivery

Of course you don’t want to be pulling one of these things onto the tube or even hauling it in and out of your car. Make sure you order from a place that offers free or cheap delivery. We like Amazon for this purpose but some other stores like RDX will do it for you too.

The best free standing punch bags in UK right now

We’ve done the legwork for you and reviewed the top free standing punch bags available to UK buyers. Our top picks are as follows:

DripeX 175cm Free Standing Punch Bag

Dripex Adult Free Standing Boxing Punch Bag, Heavy Duty Punching Bag Stand with Suction Cup Base - 69'', Black
  • Height: 175cm
  • Height adjustable: No
  • Weight: 182 lbs (83 Kg)
  • Bag material: PU leather
  • Bag filler: Layered EPE foam
  • Base filler: Sand/Water

Really great product here from DripeX. Made with high quality tear-resistant materials, you should have no problem giving this one a good beating without it falling apart.

It stays secured to any even hard surface with suction cups which prevents the sliding that can disrupt your session. It also has dual TPU absorbers that achieve 360 degree shock absorption so you can get a stable bag workout in.

The tube stand is stainless steel and the bag is layered with a high density EPE foam so it absorbs contact and feels like a real punching bag rather than a block of concrete – exactly what you want!

For the price, we think it offers awesome value.

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Dripex 175cm Free Standing Punching Bag
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Dripex 175cm Free Standing Punching Bag

  • Shock absorbing system.
  • Floor suction cups on the base to prevent sliding.
  • Stainless steel tube stand .
  • PU leather with EPE foam and tear resistant fabric.


Everlast Powercore Freestanding Punch Bag

Everlast Powercore Freestanding Punch Bag - Black
  • Height: 132 cm (52”) to 165 cm (65”)
  • Height adjustable: Yes
  • Weight: 250 lbs (113 Kg)
  • Bag material: Synthetic leather
  • Bag filler: High Density Foam
  • Base filler: Sand/Water

Everlast might not make the best boxing gear on the planet but most of the gear is still pretty darn good. This free standing bag is no exception.

One of the few bags with an adjustable height, the hitting surface on this one might be slightly smaller but it makes up for that with its versatility. The base is recommended to be filled with water and brings the weight to 113kg which makes it very solid.

Everylast uses their own Tri-disc Foam which disperses impact evenly through the bag. IT also has a Power Transfer Ring at the base which manages the recoil and absorption so the bag is flexible but still sturdy to give you an uninterrupted workout.

We also think it just looks smart and should be a nice addition to the corner of a workout room or apartment. Little more expensive than some of the others though, so keep your budget in mind.

Everlast Powercore Freestanding Punch Bag
201 Reviews
Everlast Powercore Freestanding Punch Bag

  • Height adjustable between 132cm and 165cm
  • High density plastic neck for flexibility.
  • Tri disc foam structure to absorb impact
  • PowerCore steel plate technology to improve durability.
  • PowerTransfer Ring to manage absorption and recoil


XN8 5.5ft Free Standing Punch Bag Stand

XN8 5.5ft Free Standing Punch Bag Stand Heavy Duty Kick Boxing Dummy Target Martial Arts MMA Training
  • Height: 5.5ft (168cm)
  • Height adjustable: No
  • Weight: NA
  • Bag material: MOTI hide leather
  • Bag filler: EPE Foam
  • Base filler: Sand/Water

The cheapest stand alone punching bag on this list, which still manages to hold its own. Built with MOTI hide leather on the surface and quality EPE foam padding inside, it’s just as sturdy as the bigger and more expensive bags when taking hits. At 5.5ft (168cm) it’s also a decent size, with a decent base height ensuring the bag recoil isn’t too extreme when you’re getting your bag work in.

Underneath the base you have 10 suction cups that prevent sliding, plus a heavy duty connector between bag and base to support 360 movement of the bag. Overall a really great bag for a great price, and should suit the needs of any beginner-intermediate fighter, whether child or adult.

Note this also comes in a larger 6ft model which weighs over 150kg when filled. More expensive, but one of the best free standing heavy punching bags if you want something more sturdy.

XN8 5.5ft Free Standing Punch Bag Stand
75 Reviews
XN8 5.5ft Free Standing Punch Bag Stand

  • Very affordable!
  • Good size for a cheaper bag at 168cm.
  • Suction cups under base prevent sliding.
  • Top quality PU leather
  • Heavy duty connector with base reduces recoil and movement.


Century Versys VS1 Fight Simulator 100LB

Century Versys VS1 Fight Simulator 100LB
  • Height: 5.5ft (168cm)
  • Height adjustable: No
  • Weight: 110 lbs (50kg)
  • Bag material: heavy duty vinyl
  • Base filler: None required

The Century VerSys is a bit different to other free standing punching bags in that it’s supposed to go to ground rather than recoil. You can practice takedowns and ground and pound along with standup making it an ideal training bag for MMA.

The bag does rebound naturally when you hit it, but with enough force it will go to ground, you can also take it ground as a training “partner” for your takedowns and top/side control before standing it up to bring your workout back to the feet.

Not the ideal bag for boxers but for anyone doing MMA could be a more versatile choice that will help you round out your home training with a fuller workout.

Century Versys VS1 Fight Simulator 100LB
390 Reviews
Century Versys VS1 Fight Simulator 100LB

  • Able to train on ground or free standing.
  • Suited for MMA fighters.
  • Practice takedowns, standup and ground and pound all with the one bag.
  • Durable heavy duty vinyl
  • Pre filled base requires no additional sand or water filling.


Century BOB Freestanding Punch Bag

Century BOB Freestanding Punch Bag Height Adjustable 60-78 inches
  • Height: 152-200cm
  • Height adjustable: Yes
  • Weight: 122kg when filled
  • Bag material: High performance plastisol
  • Bag filler: High-density urethane foam
  • Base filler: None required

The Century Bob is quite a well known training dummy and is heavy and sturdy enough to be used in place of a free standing punching bag. Adjustable in height up to 200cm, it’s suitable for people of all heights and the dummy itself is soft enough to use with or without gloves (obviously use gloves if you’re hitting hard).

What’s the Century Bob good for? It’s better suited for more advanced fighters looking to practice combos and accuracy. A good example would be a jab-cross-body shot, where you’re really focusing on connecting hard with the cross, and then nailing the body shot right in the liver. Most boxers will be familiar with this classic combo and how important it is to be pinpoint accurate with each shot, so a training dummy a Bob gives you the opportunity to really hone your technique and precision, with clear targets rather than just a generic bag.

If you’re just a beginner and this is your first home punching bag, it would be best to go with one of the other basic (and cheaper) bags on the list and focus on perfecting your basic techniques before playing around with a Century Bob. We admit it does look very cool though 😉

Century BOB Freestanding Punch Bag
903 Reviews
Century BOB Freestanding Punch Bag

  • Original free standing Bob dummy by Century.
  • Heavy set so won’t slip or move.
  • Plastisol covering absorbs contact well without hurting your hands.
  • Realistic sizing for good accuracy training.
  • Better suited for intermediate-advanced fighters.


Gallant Black-Target Free Standing Boxing Punch Bag 

Gallant 5.5ft Free Standing Boxing Punch Bag Stand Black Target - Excellent Quality Heavy Duty Adults Punching Bag Kick Boxing, Martial Arts, MMA Dummy Training Home Gym Equipment - Next Day Shipping
  • Height: 160cm
  • Height adjustable: No
  • Weight: Not given
  • Bag material: PU leather
  • Bag filler: EPE foam
  • Base filler: Sand or water

The Gallant 160cm is a pretty standard small-size free standing bag, with a narrow but high base. Packed with 5cm thick EPE foam and surfaced with PU grain leather it’s made from good quality materials for the price.

The tube stand is made of rubber which gives it some weight, though we would prefer to see suction on the bottom to prevent sliding, especially since it’s a lighter bag.

That said, it’s a very popular bag, one of the most popular on Amazon in fact. We think the XN8 above is a slightly better deal, but will admit the design of the Gallant is pretty slick and unless you’ve spent time in the ring you probably won’t be knocking this thing over too often anyway! We do like the narrow base as well which makes moving it and keeping it in a smaller home an easier affair.

Gallant Black-Target Free Standing Boxing Punch Bag
1,489 Reviews
Gallant Black-Target Free Standing Boxing Punch Bag

  • Padded with 5cm thick EPE foam all round.
  • Great design.
  • Narrow base for easy storage/moving.
  • Covered in PU Grain leather.


RDX B1 Free Standing Punch Bag

RDX Free Standing Punch Bag Boxing Bob Heavy Duty Dummy Kickboxing Punching Stand Martial Arts Grappling Torso Opponent Body Fitness Workout MMA Target Pedestal Training 5.6 FT

  • Height: 5.6ft (170cm)
  • Height adjustable: No
  • Weight: Approx 100kg when filled
  • Bag material: Maya hide leather
  • Bag filler: PU mould
  • Base filler: Sand or water

This RDX free standing punching Bob is a cheaper alternative to the Century Bob we listed above, and we’d say it’s almost just as good. It’s about 20kg later and the height isn’t adjustable, but for the price it’s a pretty darn good training partner.

Made from RDX’s usual high quality Maya hide leather on top and padded with layers of foam and PU mould, you can be sure it’ll stand up to some pretty good abuse too. The 92cm body section also is a very close replicate of the average fighters body, so you know when sparring day comes around you should have all your shots practiced with pinpoint accuracy!

Unfortunately it’s often sold out so if you do find it in stock, consider yourself lucky!

RDX B1 Free Standing Punch Bag
37 Reviews
RDX B1 Free Standing Punch Bag

  • High quality Bob style training bag
  • Free standing with heavy 80kg base
  • Layered with PU mould, shock sheet and laminated foam.
  • Surfaced with high quality Maya hide leather.


Some tips for your free standing punch bag

Don’t fill it too early!

One of the most common mistakes people make is they get a little excited after it’s delivered and start filling the base with water and sand right away.

Free standing bags are very difficult to move after they’re filled, usually weighing over 100kg. Make sure you move it to the spot you want, then fill it after. Will make life much easier, trust us 😉

Wear gloves

As with all training, protect yourself. Whenever you’re doing bag work, wear gloves! In fact any time you do any kind of striking training, whether it’s on pads, bags or sparring, you should always be wearing gloves. The only exception would be shadow boxing. If you don’t have gloves, check out our guide on the best boxing gloves under £100.

Clean it

All the bags on this list are waterproof. After each session, give it a quick wipe down with disinfectant or alcohol wipes. They’re all made of high quality faux leather too, so as long as you’re not soaking it in alcohol it shouldn’t damage the material at all. Keeping it well cleaned between workouts will ensure it doesn’t smell and lasts for years!

Our top picks!

Here’s a summary of our picks. For classic free standing bags, we definitely like the DripeX Free Standing Boxing Bag, or the XN8 Free Standing bag as a budget option.

For a hybrid training tool for both MMA and boxing, we like the Century VerSys – not quite as sturdy for pure stand up, but the versatility makes up for it.

Overall though we think training dummies are the best tool for free standing bags, and the RDX B1 Heavy Duty Training Dummy gets our vote overall.

Item
Good for MMA
Century Versys Fight Simulator Bag
Good for boxers
DripeX Free Standing Boxing Bag
Best budget option
XN8 Free Standing Bag
Best Overall
RDX B1 Free Standing Heavy Duty Dummy Bag
Preview
Century Versys VS1 Fight Simulator 100LB
Dripex Adult Free Standing Boxing Punch Bag, Heavy Duty Punching Bag Stand with Suction Cup Base - 69'', Black
XN8 5.5ft Free Standing Punch Bag Stand Heavy Duty Kick Boxing Dummy Target Martial Arts MMA Training
RDX Free Standing Punch Bag Boxing Bob Heavy Duty Dummy Kickboxing Punching Stand Martial Arts Grappling Torso Opponent Body Fitness Workout MMA Target Pedestal Training 5.6 FT
Brand
Century
DripeX
XN8
RDX
Height
168cm
175cm
168cm
168cm
Full weight
50kg
83kg
100+ kg
100+ kg
Style
Hybrid
Classic
Classic
Dummy
£385.00
£105.99
Price not available
Price not available
Good for MMA
Item
Century Versys Fight Simulator Bag
Preview
Century Versys VS1 Fight Simulator 100LB
Brand
Century
Height
168cm
Full weight
50kg
Style
Hybrid
£385.00
Good for boxers
Item
DripeX Free Standing Boxing Bag
Preview
Dripex Adult Free Standing Boxing Punch Bag, Heavy Duty Punching Bag Stand with Suction Cup Base - 69'', Black
Brand
DripeX
Height
175cm
Full weight
83kg
Style
Classic
£105.99
Best budget option
Item
XN8 Free Standing Bag
Preview
XN8 5.5ft Free Standing Punch Bag Stand Heavy Duty Kick Boxing Dummy Target Martial Arts MMA Training
Brand
XN8
Height
168cm
Full weight
100+ kg
Style
Classic
Price not available
Best Overall
Item
RDX B1 Free Standing Heavy Duty Dummy Bag
Preview
RDX Free Standing Punch Bag Boxing Bob Heavy Duty Dummy Kickboxing Punching Stand Martial Arts Grappling Torso Opponent Body Fitness Workout MMA Target Pedestal Training 5.6 FT
Brand
RDX
Height
168cm
Full weight
100+ kg
Style
Dummy
Price not available

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