Century Bob XL Freestanding Heavy Bag Review

Century Bob XL Freestanding Heavy Bag

Century Bob XL

Several days ago, I was talking to Ted, one of my very good friends, who happens to be a very accomplished martial artist. We were talking about the importance of including heavy bag workouts in our training as martial artist.

We both got to the same conclusion: “Heavy bags play a fundamental role in developing power and endurance”.

Somehow, he made a comment about freestanding bags as an option to the common heavy bag.

Till that day I had never include a freestanding  bag neither a punching dummy in my training routine.  I have always been a great fan of conventional heavy bags. I didn’t know at that time that a punching dummy like the century bob existed. At that time water bags were the coolest hitting bags on earth to me.

But his remarks made me think that I could be wrong, so I decided to make some research to find out.

When I got home, I sat in from of the computer and started surfing the web. What I found surprised me.  According to many expert martial artist  freestanding bags, specially the ones that mimic the human body, can produce incredible results in accurate punching and power development. Because they not only improve your power but also the precision.

After looking many  different types and models. I found one that I really like.  I fall in love with it. It is called  Century Bob XL. You might heard about it.

What makes the Century Bob XL stand out from the rest?

What first caught my attention, what differentiates the Bob XL from the rest of the  freestanding heavy bag on the market is  that is shaped like a human body. This punching bag is cool. You can work on the precision of your punches at the same that you work on your power and stamina.

There is a smaller model with similar characteristics, the younger brother Bob, that is missing the groin area. It is not bad… but in this case, I think size matter!

The main difference is that the Century Bob XL comes equipped with a groin area, ideal to practice hitting with knees and low kicks. According to what many martial artist are saying, it feels like real flesh when you hit it . Did you hear that Rocky? You don’t have to go to the slaughterhouse to hit those cows anymore!

It is amazing what technology can do nowadays, a punching dummy that mimics the shape of a human body and feels like hitting human flesh. The days when  you had to beat the shit out of your sparring partner to get that feeling are over, you can beat down the Century Bob XL instead.

In case you want to know, the bag is  made of High- strength plastisol filled with urethane foam. If you are like me this will sound like Chinese to you. From what I understand from reading to others opinion…I guess that it is similar to rubber or silicon but not exactly.

Is Bob XL smelly?

You must be thinking that the thing must fill the whole house with that stinky rubber smell…. Nothing farther from the truth, the most amazing thing is that it doesn’t smell at all. The smell is zero, no funky fumes at all.

Mr. Bob is very easy to clean. To clean the dust or any transference, use a wet piece of cloth with a litle soap and that’s it. It will look like brand new.

Can this free standing bag stand a beating?

This punching dummy is tough. Some heavy punchers have been hitting that freestanding bag with every thing they got for more than several years… and the Century Bob XL takes it all. A hard puncher can barely move it.

The polyethylene base can be filled with water or sand up to 270 pounds, the choice is yours. If you don´t want the Bob XL to move is better to fill it with dry sand. Make sure that is not wet, or it will be a pain in the butt to fill up the base. You can use a funnel, or if you don’t have any, you could cut a plastic bottle in half and use it as a funnel. The opening at the base is about 2 inches around. Not very big, but enough to get the job done.

Once the base is filled  you are ready to rock and roll, but don´t forget to warm up first. It is a good idea to put a a carpet or some kind of mat under the base to mitigate the noise produced by the displacement.

You can practice a lot of things with it, punching, finger jabs, kicking, chocking… It even has a groin area to practice with your knees. You can hit it with bare knuckles, or wear bag gloves, it´s up to you. Hit it with power punches, work on your precision or… both. This is the most wonderful characteristic of the century Bob.

This free standing bag gives the feeling of  hitting a real person. The practice gets very real and adds variety to your workout. Besides I think there is nothing better on the market to work on your precision, power and endurance at the same time. Punching power and precision, a deadly combination that every martial artist wants.

How big is the Century Bob XL?

Well… its dimensions are 24x24x61 inches. The best thing is that it doesn’t take much space in case you want to storage it. If you live in a small apartment, it will suit your needs.

Another important characteristic is that you can regulate the height between 5.6″ to 6 feet tall. How tall do you want your opponent? If it’s up to me, the smaller the better. Just kidding.  You can simulate that you are sparring with different opponent sizes, which is a plus.

If you have been thinking about getting a free standing heavy bag, get the Century Bob XL it may be more expensive than a regular one, but you won´t regret it.

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  1. AKBAN says:

    This thing is awesome plain and simple. I have owned 2 and they can take a tremendous beating… tremendous. Thanks to Bob my punching and kicking power intensified a lot! I can now punch him over (rarely) which is a very hard thing to do and requires a bunch of energy and technique. 
    But I love bob and my students love bob. It is extremely durable and long lasting. Had my first one for almost 2 years until he was stolen. Got my new one today. 
    But if you want a heavy set bag, that won’t fall apart… this is it. I highly recommend it.
    1st Dan Tae Kwon Do
    1st Dan Bujinkan Ninjutsu
    Green Belt Lvl 4 AKBAN Ninjutsu
    Krav Maga, Muay Thai, Vale Tudo, 
    Military Hand to Hand, MMA

  2. Allan Thomson says:

    I love BOB he never complains when I’ve had a hard day and just want to let out all my frustrations.
    But seriously BOB is a must for anyone that’s serious about training ..
    You don’t need to be into martial arts or even boxing to enjoy a massive growling workout with BOB
    I’m a armature body builder and workout every day with BOB.
    When I first got BOB I never intended to learn how yo fight as body building is a solo sport.
    But now with the help of YouTube and all the instructional videos on fighting BOB has given me the skills to be a force to be reckoned with.
    So guys buy yourself a BOB and I promise you will never look back.

  3. John says:

    Have you tried stabbing or smacking this bad boy. Looks like a good stress reliever

  4. Gary says:

    Hi I practise head kicks on my mate Bob and tore material at the neck …. what glue can I buy that’s flexible and strong to patch my mate bob up with …pls Help

  5. Stuart says:

    Where can I buy one ??

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