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.