We are excited to introduce one of Century's most technologically advanced products for martial art studios, fitness gyms, and home training. Century have spent countless hours working with a group of hard hitting martial artists to perfect every component of this new training bag.
- Designed for commercial grade use to stand up to consistent, heavy strikes from hard hitting martial artists. High density foam padding for maximum impact absorption.
- The tapered base features an ergonomic design allowing for an unimpeded stance for athletes of all sizes.
- The rubber sealed fill cap keeps water where it belongs, but is easy to access to top off the weight.
- The innovative new locking mechanism securely locks the bag to the base allowing for the hardest strikes, day in and day out.
- Size: Bag - 18" Diameter x 52" Tall; Base Diameter: 28"; Total Height - 69" Tall
- Available in Black, Blue or Red
About the best standing bag you can get!
Posted by Assim on 17th Sep 2017
So lets be honest at the start; a standing bag will never be as good to train on as a hanging bag (the reason why this is the case is explained below). Also, everything pales in comparison to a person who's great at holding pads but we'll ignore that. Despite this the Wavemaster Century 2XL is a solid piece of kit and you can get a great workout on it.
It's straightforward to assemble. It comes in two boxes, one containing the cylindrical punching bag and the other containing a wide ring-shaped base that the bag locks into. There's a good video online of the people from Wavemaster showing you how to lock the pieces together but it's self-explanatory.
There's a small cap at the top of the base that you can unscrew and fill the base with either water or sand. I tried water first but this just isn't heavy enough and you end up with a bag that wobbles a lot after big strikes and is pretty easy to topple over. On top of that, the cap leaks water, though this can apparently be easily fixed with some duct tape. In the end I emptied the water out and filled it with builders sand. 3 bags from a hardware store costs less than a tenner and nets you about 60 kg of sand, which fits into this base quiet easily. There was probably enough room for another 10 kg by the end of it. Be warned, the downside of this is the small cap makes filling the base a really long process. It probably took me 2-3 hours to get all three bags of sand in there. However, after this the bag is significantly more stable and can take a really good mid level Muay Thai style round house off me without toppling over (I weigh 80 kg if that helps put it in context). It's still movable enough for me to push around my garage as I need. The downside of sand of course is that it's near impossible to remove once it's in there. So keep that in mind if you go this route. You'll need to disassemble the two components and lift the fully weighted base if you ever need to transport it.
The one major downside of the construction is the supposed locking mechanism for attaching the punching bag to the base. In their online video, Wavemaster make it look really simple. However, in practice, even with a sand filled base, someone holding the base still and two people twisting the fpunchbag, I've been unable to get it to fully lock. It doesn't particularly matter because all it means is you have to re-tighten it after a training session. That being said, for the money you expect something better.
Once fully assembled, it stands at perhaps 5 foot 9 tall. Good enough for all the work you'd need.
The base is made of a sensible heavy duty plastic. The high density foam feels has a really good feel when it takes impacts. It's certainly more satisfying that a number of other bags that are made of weedier foam, ones filled with loose clothes or mannequins made of rubber. The least impressive component is the vinyl covering. It's tough enough to take strikes without getting damaged but, like all vinyl covers, it's texture is too smooth. This impacts on the quality of strikes themselves (more on this later) and it feels less realistic that when you strike something made of high-quality leather. Yet again, for the money, you expect better.
The following is true of all standing bags, so please take this into account. The great advantage of a hanging bag is that the static area (the area that is tethered and moves the least) is at the top of the bag. As about 90% of strikes are worked in the middle to top half of the bag, the advantage of having a static area near the top becomes quickly apparent. Throw a couple of head shots at a hanging bag and the swing is minimal allowing you to work fast and hard. A standing bag is static at the bottom, near the base. This means that it moves around a lot more for higher strikes. You have to alter your striking speed to take this into account. We're only talking fractions of a second but it becomes noticeable. Having the bottom half static also means that anything that is designed to be driven into the bag (push kicks and knees for example) have a tendency to make the top half of the bag lean away from you. This always ends up redirecting the force of your movement upwards, wasting a lot of the kinetic energy as you slip along the bag angled away from you. This doesn't happen with hanging bags as it's the bottom of the bag that leans away from you. Due to the effect of gravity, it keeps the weight of the bag relatively ahead of you so you can drive in the strike and it feels more satisfying. The one place standing bags excel over hanging bags is that it's much better at taking low kicks. This would send a handing heavy bag swinging like crazy but the weight at the base keeps the standing bag really still.
The Wavemaster Century 2XL is not immune to these shortcomings but handles them much better than any standing bag I've tried before. It's solid once weighed down well so you don't get too much motion with punches. In fact, with a bit of practice I could throw punches at this as fast as on a hanging bag so long as I kept my power below 75%. Anything higher and the swing becomes noticeable. It also can't handle any uppercuts but only specially designed hanging bags and rubber manequins can.
A solid round house of front kick or front kick will get the bag rocking no matter how well it's weighed down. It doesn't topple over though and that's important (though a bigger person might manage it). It also feels really solid when you kick it. Also, as I mentioned previously, it takes low kicks like a boss and is the only standing bag I've used that's both designed to take low kicks and solid enough to take high kicks without toppling.
Knees however are a downside with this bag. As mentioned previously, driving a knee in makes the bag lean away from you and forces the energy of your movement upwards. Not only is this unsatisfying, the slippery vinyl means your knees run along the surface of the material, leaving you with a strange sore friction burn by the end of a long session. This could have been easily fixed by having a couple of grab handles at along the top of the bag for you to hold on to, allowing you to pull the bag down into your knees. A cheap but easy fix for what is otherwise a great bag. Knees are probably where this bag performs weakest (well uppercuts are but knees have an easy fix and uppercuts would require an entire redesign).
Elbows are satisfying though. The base is just narrow enough so that I can get a close enough for a decent elbow (I'm 5 ft 11) without stubbing a toe on the base.
The Wavemaster Century 2XL is a great standing bag. The best that you can buy currently in my opinion. If you haven't got the facilities to hang a bag, this is definitely the next best option. It's well made, handles punches, elbows and kicks with ease and, because it's made for commercial use, feels built to last. That being said, it does have some key shortcomings; this may be the best but it's also by far the most expensive standing bag, the components are extremely difficult to lock properly, the vinyl cover should be a high quality leather (especially for the money that you're shelling out) and it's notably poor at handling knees.
If you have the money and have to have a standing bag, this is the one to get. For now. A bag like this made of leather and with grab handles along the top would be almost perfect. As it stands I give this bag 8/10.
Excellent Bag for All Levels!
Posted by RIcky on 6th Nov 2015
I bought this bag for my home gym and it's excellent! I've trained in Thai Boxing for a number of years and had doubts about it's stability... worry not, it holds up very well and I only used water to fill it. It was easy to put together and appears to be high quality and durable.