As I told you before, I love having my power training on angled heavy bags, because I love doing uppercuts, kicks, corkscrew punches and all kind of combinations. But I’ve been having some trouble with the ceiling at home, so I started to look for a free standing option that will still make it easy for me to punch it like I want to. After some research and investigation, I finally decide on the Century BOB Body Opponent training bag, which is basically a well-built dummy with detailed anatomy standing on a heavy base that keeps it stable.
At first I was a little shocked when I saw it assembled, because it seemed more tall than I would have wanted it, but soon after I realized it was just the top height adjustment, out of the seven possible levels. If you think about it, it’s actually a great feature, not only allowing people of different heights to practice on it, but also shaping after the different styles approached.
I’m very excited, as Muay thai, for example, is all about just the type of kicking this mannequin lets me practice. While it kind of ends abruptly right below the waist, it gives me a lot surface to practice my high kicks and punches. Also, its neck is kind of flexible, so the head moves as it is hit, which really gives it a taint of life-likeness. It’s detailed anatomy makes it very different from a heavy bag, makes me practice precision blows to the vital zones, and it helps me focus a lot more.
What I also love about is that I can disassemble and use it to improve my MMA fighting techniques, and I can move it about my house however I please: I just take the dumm off and roll the base to where I want it.
As for how it feels, at first I had the impression my punches made it wobble too much, only to realise it is exactly what makes it seem more realistic. The elasticity and the fact that you can see how the force of the blow affects the torso make you focus and improve your agility. It also gives you a good idea on the motion aspect of the techniques you’re applying in a real fight scenario.
Some punching bag reviewers have said that the BOB isn’t very enduring in the long run, and that it comes at a too higher price, considering that. However, I feel like I’ve made a good investment, since I like to train, not destroy equipment in raging outbursts like I know some people do. For cardio exercise, for maintaining a good blood pressure, for improving my strength and for keeping up with my fighting practice, this punching mannequin is just perfect for me, and I was just too excited about getting it, not to share it with you.
Here’s a great review of the Century BOB