Boxing is a great way to get in shape. It is a physical activity which builds muscle and gives you an aerobic workout at the same time. Extremely good for building a strong heart and cardiovascular system, boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, Jujitsu and other martial arts forms promote healthy weight management as well. From head to toe, inside and out, these types of striking and kicking activities deliver overall health.
Whether you enjoy any of the above-mentioned pastimes competitively or just to get a good sweat, you need something to punch and kick. Speed bags, hanging bags and standing training bags have been used for decades to fine-tune boxing and kicking techniques. You can find them in prices to fit any budget, and order them online for quick and easy delivery to your front door. The following 5 training bags are perfect for boxers, mixed martial artists and others looking to benefit from a combination of aerobic activity and strength training.
(All of the following products have been rated at least 4 out of 5 customer satisfaction stars on Amazon, and are among the bestsellers in their respective categories.)
1) Last Punch Heavy Duty Punching Bag with Chains (4.0/5.0 Amazon customer satisfaction rating):
This professional quality, canvas punching bag is great for boxing practice. For kickboxers, Muay Thai and other kicking sports, it does the job as well. The bag itself is 33 inches tall, equipped with heavy-duty chains for maximum support. From the bottom of the bag to the top of the chains this training bag measures 50 inches overall.
The bag is manufactured by Lastworld, a company that makes martial arts and boxing accessories and training tools, as well as hunting equipment and outdoor recreation items. The bag arrives empty, and can be filled at your discretion. Load the bag with old clothes, cotton, plastic bags or sand, hanging from a stout beam or ceiling stud, and you are ready to train with the best of them.
2) Century The Original Wavemaster Freestanding Training Bag (4.6/5.0 Amazon customer satisfaction rating):
This freestanding training bag is offered in your choice of black, blue or red. It is designed to offer rapid rebounding from kicks, punches and arm strikes, and has 7 different height adjustments from 47 inches to 68 inches. When the base is filled with sand or water, the unit weighs approximately 250 pounds, so it is stable and safe for all types of boxing and kicking training.
One really nice feature is the rounded base. This allows for easy “roll away” storage when you are done training. Consistently listed as one of the top 5 bestsellers in the Punching Bags category at Amazon, The Century Original Wavemaster Freestanding Training Bag is perfect for boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai, Jujitsu and other martial arts. A full 95% of 378 previous purchasers on Amazon have given this training bag a favorable 3, 4 or 5 star customer satisfaction rating.
3) Everlast PowerCore Freestanding Heavy Bag (4.0/5.0 Amazon customer satisfaction rating):
This heavy bag boxing and kicking trainer is offered by Everlast. The Everlast company has been in business more than 100 years, focusing on boxing training tools and accessories, and is recognized globally in that field. Since this is a freestanding heavy bag, it is portable. This also means you don’t need to drill a hook into your ceiling or rafters for overhead support.
Everlast provides an improved design over previous models, with tri-disc foam padding which provides safety and durability. This item provides excellent recoil thanks to the special PowerTransferRing collar made by Everlast. This product can routinely be found ranking as one of the top 5 bestsellers in the Heavy Bags category on Amazon. Fill the base with water or sand, and this 5′ 10″ boxing and kicking trainer is ready for use.
4) Century Wavemaster XXL Training Bag (4.5/5.0 Amazon customer satisfaction rating):
Century makes an excellent entry-level, freestanding training bag (which we reviewed above). This product is an XXL version of that item, offered in red, blue or black. It is perfect for martial arts training, filled with high density foam and covered with a durable, high-quality striking surface.
This extra-big training bag stands 69 inches tall and measures a full 18 inches in diameter. Definitely recommended over smaller, shorter training bags if martial arts and other kicking activities are your cup of tea.
5) Everlast Elite Leather Speed Bag (4.0/5.0 Amazon customer satisfaction rating):
This speed bag gives you a good upper body workout, improves your eye-hand coordination, and provides a challenging aerobic workout. Made by the Everlast boxing supply company, the Elite Leather Speed Bag is a definite step up from cheap, entry-level models. It is offered in medium and large, frequently ranking as the #1 overall bestseller in the Speed Bags category at Amazon. Everlast makes this product from top grain leather with reinforced seaming, which means durability which will last for years.