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Senai 09-03-2010 08:41 PM

Freestanding Bag advice
First of all, Hello. As you can see i'm new to the forums.

I've been doing Muay Thai for the past few months but sadly I have to go back to school next week so I won't be able to continue. While there is a muay thai gym near my school I most likely won't be signing up because I won't have access to a car and small town public transportation is abysmal.

So i'm going for the next best thing, buying a freestanding bag. This way I can refine my punches and kicks before starting up again at a proper gym.

I've looked around and found:
but I'm not sure which one to get. Ideally I'd want the Century Wave Master XXL Heavy Bag but that's too heavy on my wallet. I was initially considering the Century Wavemaster II but it seems way too thin. What I want to ask is how are the other bags? I'm not too sure the ones that cover only half the base will be sturdy enough to withstand the force of punches and kicks. I'd also want to knee so how well would those fare against that?

Thanks for any advice.

North 09-09-2010 04:29 PM

Hi. Welcome to the forums.

From what I've heard, the Century Wavemaster II is designed for cardio kickboxing and the like. It's not meant for the heavy punishment of a real martial artist. As you can read on their website, the Century Wavemaster II has capacity for 100lbs less than the regular Wavemaster.

I've hit the regular Century Wavemaster before, with it filled with water. I pretty much put it on its side on the ground with each and every kick.

I've never owned or played with the Everlast freestanding bags extensively. The only time I've been able to play with one myself was at the store, when it was unfilled. But to be quite honest, it seemed really shoddy. I've also read that it comes apart sometimes.

Something I read once that may be a viable option for you, is to get the Century Wavemaster, spend the extra little bit of cash, and fill the base with some concrete. Then all you need is like a dolly to move it around. The problem I see for you with that is that to ever take it home from school you would probably need a truck or a sturdy car and a strong friend or two to help you load it up. You could also consider loading it with gravel or gravel and sand, if you can get it cheap/free. Just some thoughts though. All I can really tell you is that if you're any kind of power hitter, just filling one of those boys with water isn't really goin' to cut it.


Senai 09-10-2010 03:30 AM

Thanks for the reply North.

Yes I realized the Century Wavemaster is going to slip around a lot by watching some videos of it being used. I'm not particularly strong but I'm confident my punches would most likely knock one of those on its side. Not to mention I'd like to do kicks as well.

Filling it with concrete would probably keep it from moving around but it'd be way too big of a hassle to transport it and not worth it for me. I was thinking of filling it was a mixture and sand and water. Mixing both, letting it sit for a night and fill it up some more until it's full. That way it'd be heavier than either on its own. In addition to that I was also going to duct tape the base to the floor so it wouldn't move around. Hopefully that would keep it stable enough for me to train on.

I've also been asking my roommate and some friends if they'd like to hold thai pads for me instead since a bag and a pair of pads are about the same price and pads are so much better for training. However, I'd like to practice at least once a day and no one around me can make that kind of commitment so I guess i'll have to settle on a bag for now.

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