Body Opponent Bag (BOB)
The Body Opponent Bag is definitely one of the best known punching dummies on the market. Century designed the dummy to be shaped similarly to a real person, right down to the angry/aggressive facial features that make you want to hit it hard.
The dummy has 7 different height settings that range from 60″ to 78″ tall. This gives you a wide range of target levels to practice with. It also makes the BOB good for martial artists of multiple sizes. The dummy weighs in at around 270 pounds when the base is filled with water or sand. The heavy weight is designed to keep the bag relatively stableeven if you punch or kick it very hard.
What We Like
The BOB dummy is a lot of fun to strike with punches, kicks, elbows and more. With a regular bag you don’t really have any specific target to hit, but the realistic features on the dummy make it great for aiming and targeting specific areas on the body. This is especially helpful if you want to work on the accuracy of your striking.
The bag is fun to strike and the surface feels good when both punching or kicking it. However, due to the realistic features (i.e. rougher edges than a normal bag) we do recommend you use some kind of martial arts gloves or you could risk injury. The bag’s weight of 270 pounds keeps it relatively stable when struck. If you are packing a lot of power or are very experienced you may find the dummy moves around too much, but in general for most people it seems manageable.
Since the Body Opponent Bag is freestanding this makes it easy to set up in your home. It is also much easier than using a traditional heavy bag that needs to be hung from the ceiling. While the BOB is certainly heavy when filled, you can roll it if needed. This is great if you want to move the bag into the middle of the room to practice and then move it out of the way when you’re done with it. You can also empty the base if needed which makes it transportable if you need to take it somewhere.
What We Don’t Like
Overall we think this is probably the best punching dummy available. However, it is a little pricey, so if you are on a budget you may want to consider a regular heavy bag as they are usually cheaper. You should also make sure that you really want a dummy and not a regular bag. Therealistic features are great, but they are also limiting in that you will need to be very aware of the areas on the bag you are targeting (i.e. unlike a regular bag you can’t just throw punches and kicks anywhere at the bag and get the same consistent experience). So while we recommend this bag if you want to work on precision striking, it’s not necessarily that good for working on other things like power. If you’re looking for a bag you can develop power with then check out ourreview of the Century Wavemaster XXL.