If you’ve ever seen Rocky, you have almost certainly considered taking up boxing. Or, if you’re too young for that film reference, maybe Creed, The Fighter or Southpaw was enough to inspire you. Either way, boxing is truly one of the most intense sports to take up, but with commitment, you’ll find a release that few other sports or exercises can deliver. It’s a great way to rid yourself of inner aggression and stress. On top of that, you’ll get into pretty great shape as a result, too.
While films may make us believe the only way to get into boxing is to head to the gym, find a trainer who doesn’t want to do it and overcome an obstacle which is seemingly impossible. The truth is, boxing can be as easy as buying a punching bag, setting it up in your garage at home and punching it as hard as you want. Here’s a selection of 5 great options that will take whatever beating you hand them.
1. Tech Tools Boxing Ball Set
This freestanding Tech Tools Boxing Ball Set comes in both adult and child options, so if you have kids, boxing can become a parent-child activity. The set includes a heavy, durable base, which can withstand your daily workouts, while the ball itself is inflatable and mounted on the end of an adjustable pole. To keep you on your toes, the pole is attached by a heavy duty spring which ensures your opponent (the ball) is never going to be knocked down, no matter how hard you try.
2. FDW Heavy Duty Punching Bag Stand
The FDW Punching Bag Stand is another freestanding option that can hold up to 330 pounds of weight. You’ll also find three spikes on the base to allow you to increase the stability of the stand by weighing it down should you desire. Plus, if you want it to remain fixed in place, there’s also three brackets, which allow you to screw the stand into the floor or any surface underneath. Do note that this stand does not come with a punching bag.
3. Dripex Freestanding Punching Bag
Available in red, black and blue, the Dripex Punching Bag sports a fillable base, which provides impressive stability during workouts. There’s also twelve suction cups on the underside to further help the bag remain in place. Plus, it stands at 175 cm tall, which is great for adults and teens alike. The bag features dual TPU absorbers, which allow you to hit the bag from any direction without concern. The springs inside the shock absorption can also be removed should you desire a slightly more intensive strength workout.
4. Everlast Powercore Freestanding Heavy Bag
With an adjustable height ranging from 54 to 65 inches, the Everlast Powercore Bag is a great option for those who have more than one person in a household who fancies a boxing workout or wants to practice self-defense moves. The base can be filled with water or sand to provide stability, and the power transfer ring around the pole helps minimize movement after being hit. When the base is filled with water, the bag gives you a nearly 250 pound target to work with. You’ll also find high grade shock absorbing foam on the outside, which helps prevent any injuries during impact.
5. Century BOB Body Opponent Training Bag
With almost 200 5-star reviews on Amazon, the Century BOB Body Opponent Bag is one of the best reviewed options on our list. Not only does it provide the same stability, shock absorption and quality as many of the bags on the list, it provides a far more lifelike experience as you punch, kick and chop this man-shaped bag. This fact also makes the BOB great for practicing other martial art sports like karate and MMA.