I received this inflatable punch bag as a present from a family member and at first I was not really sure about the effectiveness of an "inflatable" punch bag and to be honest I was totally impressed with the amount of fun and exercise this product has to offer.
The punch bag takes around 3 to 5 minutes to inflate which is okay considering you only inflate it from scratch once. The weight distribution is good as the bag comes back at you after each punch or kick thanks to the heavy sand weight at the bottom of the bag that causes it to bounce back.
The bag is around the height of an average sized person so you can pretty much have a "fight" with this bag. This does tend to release a tonne of stress after a long and hard day. So if you are having difficulties in life this will definitely put a little smile back on your face.
And it gets even better as all of this happens while your exercising so you are having fun, releasing stress and doing sport at the same time. This product is 100% worth the money (around £10).
I Would definitely recommend.
I've learnt the hard way that marketing is a powerful tool, and that if someone wants to sell you something then the truth can be bent quite a lot. Everlast a generally a reputable manufacturing company who have a good range of exercise equipment, and so when I saw this punch bag for under £20 on amazon and read the product description, I thought it looked a bargain.
What you get is a punchbag a little over 5 foot tall that has to be blow up with a foot pump. This in itself gives you a little warmup for your legs and gets your heart pumping, but it doesn't take too long. Just make sure you pump it up quite well. Because it's full of air it then needs some sort of ballast, and this comes with the base, which you need to fill up with water. This does go some way to keeping it steady and it means that the whole thing doesn't go flying across the room every time you punch it, but it only controls the base being firmly rooted to the spot, and doesn't do anything to the actual bag.
The bag itself is now full of air, and the way that it and the base are connected means that there's a lot of give and this is where I have issues with using it. For a start, I stand a bit taller than it, so when I'm punching I have to make a conscious effort to not miss the top of it depending on where I want to aim. When I do connect well, and this isn't every time, I then have to wait while the bag realigns itself and becomes upright again. This is because it's full of air and acts almost like one of those blow up toys that kids have that you knock down gently and they come back up again. It's a bit sturdier than that, but the impatience with not being able to string a bunch of punches together very well is rather frustrating.
If I were smaller and this had a bit less give in it, I'd probably rate it a lot higher than I do. The build and generally quality of the material is actually very good, so I'm not criticising that, it's just that this product is suitable more for someone shorter and with less of a powerful punch. If you wanted to use this for aiming purposes, or if I was crouching and punching, then this may prove more useful, but as it is I find myself getting frustrated with it.
Other small niggles include the fact that it can take up a bit of room, so you have to watch where you inflate it. I'd recommend actually inflating it in the room you want to use it in order to make it easier moving it around; and also bear in mind that it rocks all the way back so you'll need a good circumference of room around it. You may need to top up the air in it every couple of days as well - it seems to deflate very slowly so as you barely notice until after a couple of days.
So, this is clearly not one for me - it did cost less than £20 so I'm not surprised that there are limitations to it, but I guess it would pay to read more consumer reviews about a product before buying it and not relying solely on the manufacturer who is naturally only going to focus on the positives and not mention any drawbacks or limitations it may have. Ultimately, this would be a decent product for someone wanting a gentle workout who isn't too tall, but for my purposes it just didn't work.
This inflatable punch bag was purchased by my other half however he failed to read the dimensions or do any pre purchase research and ended up with something that is not suitable for his size and punching power however it is ideal for a wee thing like myself who can benefit from a light impact but high energy work out as I have very little in the way of punching power and that is ideal for this product. It is not suitable for men in my opinion. It cost just under £15 from Amazon so at least he did not waste much of his own money.
The big plus side of this device is that you can deflate it and that means it does not take up much room when stored. The base that provides the stability needs to be filled up with water and as you do you can feel it gaining the weight it needs to keep the punch bag in one position. It is easy to do but can be a bit messy. It comes with a foot pump and you get a bit of a workout while pumping up the two upper and lower levels of the punch bag, in all then there are three stages to the set up.
I'm 5 ft 4 in so the top of the bag is about level with my eye line, this makes it ideal for me but not for my 6ft 2 in partner and one of the reasons he does not use it, the other reason is that it could not handle his weight of punch.
For me it is fine to take out any frustrations I may have and I do work up a sweat when using it. The main limitation is that it does get a bit boring after a while, I find that I use it as one of the exercises in a mini work out routine that I do which includes a bit of skipping and some stomach cruinches as well a few other exercises using free weights. This breaks up the exercise and gives me an all over body workout.
You do need a bit of space to box in as the bag will rock back and then spring up into the upright position. It is easy to deflate however you do have the hassle of then inflating it all over again but this is not big problem, I only really deflate it when I know I will not be using it for a few days. It is worth getting if you are not very tall however do not expect too much from a £15 purchase.
I have wanted a punch bag for a while for general exercise and I came across this, a cheap alternative to your regular punch bag. You have to pump it full of air so it is easier to put away and put up than a regular punch bag. It is also much lighter than your regular punch bag. When I got it out of its box I took all of the items out. First , I had to fill the base with water so that only the top section moved when I hit it. This was easy enough. Next I had to pump up the two sections of the bag. This was also simple but I would strongly recommend doing this in the area where you are actually going to use the bag because it is quite tall when fully blown up and hard to move around corners etc. I then started hitting it. There was no need for gloves as it didn't hurt your hand but the heavier the gloves you use , the fitter you will become. As soon as I started I noticed that with every punch it flew back wards and it took no effort to punch at all. This made it terrible for exercise as you had to put in hardly any effort to make it move and when you did punch it hard , you had to wait for it to come back ! This bag isn't made for professional boxers or exercise experts but it is extremely fun for all the family especially for kids who want to just have lots of fun punching and kicking it without hurting themselves ! It is also cheap and surprisingly strong when you think it is just a inflated piece of plastic ! Overall , a great buy for someone who just wants to relieve stress or anger by smacking this or for a family with kids who want to have fun ! Not so great for some one who wants a solid work out and to improve their punching strength ! I would recommended this to anyone who wants to have fun or relieve stress!
This is a great punching bag, if you ask me. I bought it a few months ago in a half-hearted new fitness regime I was starting, and while my gym membership lasted only two weeks, and everything else fell by the wayside, I'm still using this punching bag. It doesn't take up much space, so I stand it up next to my TV and spend half an hour on it while watching my favourite programmes or listening to my favourite music. It doesn't take too long to blow up - although you'll have to keep topping it up every couple of days at least, depending on how much time you're spending punching hell out of it - and it's pretty sturdy too, so that one hard punch won't mean it'll rebound back up into your face. And for about a fiver, I don't think you're going to find anything else that fits the bill like this does. A must, cheap buy for anyone who wants to a lighthearted fitness regime. Like me.
When i first embarked upon a diet and fitness program, i was adamant i didn't want to join the gym. So with a budget in mind, i purchased various pieces of exercise equipment and turned our spare room into a home gym.
Amongst the equipment i purchased, was this inflatable punch bag. I paid £8 for it from Asda at the time, and it came boxed with a puncture repair kit and inflation instructions. It didn't take me too long to blow up, roughly three minutes maximum so i wasn't left breathless and dizzy.
Once inflated i had a few test goes on it, i spent a few minutes kicking and punching it and was really impressed by it. It doesn't tip over either, just bounces back at you as the black base has a ring of sand weighing it down which is handy. The big difference between this and a proper punch bag is it didn't hurt my hands to punch it, nor did it hurt my feet to kick it. I was receiving the full work out without any impact damage, a definite bonus in my eyes. I also found that my stress levels greatly improved using the punch bag, i let off lots of steam during my work out and afterwards felt relaxed and my concentration improved. I guess taking out all my pent up stress and aggression on the punch bag gave me some sort of stress release.
The only negative i have regarding this product is that every few days it loses firmness and i have to spend maybe 30 seconds adding a little more air to it. I guess that goes for anything inflatable though and it takes no time to do, just a bit annoying when i'm in the mood for kicking off some steam and i have to top the punch bag up with air.
Overall i am very happy with this product and i would recommend it to anyone who would like to have a stab at getting fit, not only are you taking up minimum space- it can be moved about really easily and you aren't committing to anything too pricey if you get fed up with it.
I left my gym a while ago and decided that I could keep myself fit, I find that boxing exercises are incredibly good for toning and burning calories and wanted something I could use around the house to punch up a storm and keep myself in great shape.......unfortunately this wasn't it.
The reason I chose this over a conventional punch bag was space, I don't have a garage and really can't justify putting a heavy punchbag up somewhere in my house as it wouldn't fit in, would put a lot of pressure on the walls and doors and simply wasn't practical. This seemed like a really good idea, so after reading reviews on this website and seeing that the inflatable punch bag was available for under £14 (£13.73 on Amazon) I asked for it for Christmas, I figured it was inflatable so I could blow it up and put it down at my own convenience, it was floor weighted so would put no pressure on my ceilings or walls and people had talked about getting good use out of it, so I thought it would be worth asking for, for Christmas.
I've had this almost a month now and have to admit I will keep it as it might prove useful for my partner, or my kid when they are 9 or 10 years old, but it really doesn't cut the mustard for anything other than gentle sparring or boxercise.
Setting it up:
This isn't as easy as you'd imagine, for an inflatable item, when you open the small box, you see the footpump and the inflatable punchbag and it seems like it would be a breeze, however there is a three part process to setting it up, the base has to be solid and heavy to ensure the punchbag doesn't fly across the room everytime you hit it, so you need to fill it with water. This isn't too tricky, but you need to do it in a bath, or via a hose as the base can get quite heavy and can't be held whilst your doing it, unless you have a strong friend. You then get to work pumping up the upper and lower levels of the punchbag, it should take about 5 minutes to do and once done you have a solid base and two (hopefully) solidly inflated areas of your punchbag to punch to your hearts content. Remember when you now move the item to your preferred position that it is a lot heavier than it was so do so after stretching and with caution.
Once the bag is fully inflated it stands at 5'2 of bright yellow Everlast advertising, I asked for this partly because of what I had read and partly because of the brand, Everlast are my favourite boxing brand and their punch bags are generally top quality. This might be but unfortunately, there are a few glitches that I just haven't really come to terms with that have stopped me making full use of it.
As a bag it is fine, with a weighted base, the large oblong bag rocks back and forwards when hit, but the harder you hit it the more it rocks back and forward, but not in a way that gravity would suggest, so unlike a real punchbag which moves with momentum, this almost bounces back meaning you can't build up a rythym in your punching at any time, also it doesn't take kindly to too many big hits, hit it hard a couple of times and it just flies around and you just lose any desire to use it. For short steady, accurate jabs without power, it is fine and does what you would hope, but that doesn't really offer me a full workout, or what I hoped for from the item.
My other big beef with it, although it was only after receiving it, that I really appreciated the problem, is how short it is. The item is 5'2 and for somebody who is 6'1 it limits your punching range to body shots, which are not the most popular punches anyway unless you are Ricky Hatton. This means that I can't really jab properly or hit straight crosses, can't hook and uppercuts are alright but I can't do it with too much power.
I accept I should have considered the size of the item before asking for this and that it would suit somebody shorter much better.
This is not a bad item, for kids and anyone under 5'8 I think this is a really good way to exercise and tone, it offers an opportunity to box in your own living room or kitchen for under £15 and in a form that can be easily packed away, transported and then used again. The product looks ok, is fine on weaker punches and could help somebody develop their strength and flexibility quite easily, unfortunately it's not for tall people or people who want to really get a few shots away. Which is disappointing but I guess fairly obvious when you look closer at its size (My mistake)!
I've had my Everlast Inflatable Punching Bag for a couple of years now, and I have to say not only do I love it, but I am very impressed with it's longevity - I've only had to pump (a little) more air into it once in all that time. I bought, and use, my Punching Bag for stress relief. It stands in the corner of my room and when I need to let out some anger or frustration I drag it to the middle of the room and knock ten bells out of it. It's very resiliant and has taken a lot of punishment, but is still going strong. The Punching Bag is perfect for this use, but is also marketed as giving a great exercise workout (which I agree with) and fun for the family. I can see it as being a good way to get children interested in boxing and giving them some exercise. Obviously the product is not meant for serious boxers!
The Punching Bag itself comes complete with foot pump and puncture repair kit (which I've never had to use). To set it up you fill the base with water, which can be a bit tricky to be honest, but once it's done you never have to do it again. The base is very tough and there's no need to worry about it leaking. You then fill the Puching Bag with air using the supplied foot pump. I found this quite hard, and have to admit the foot pump is pretty flimsy. It is now ready to use. Once set up the Everlast Inflatable Punching Bag stands at approximately 1.6 metres. The water in the base gives it a really solid grounding and allows the bag to rebound really well. No matter how hard you hit it, it always pops back to the right position (very quickly). It really does provide a good, fun workout, and I wouldn't be without mine.
I've currently seen this product for £3.99 in Argos which is an awesome price. I would also suggest buying some boxing mitts to use with the Punching Bag as it can be quite hard on your fists! I got a pair of Everlast practice ones for around a tenner.
***Note - review was posted on Ciao back in August and my punchbag has taken a fair beating since then***
I decided when I got home this morning that the Everlast Power Tower Inflatable punch bag that I bought 2 years ago deserved to be finally taken out of it's packaging. As I'm getting older I am becoming more and more concious of my weight, health and fitness and realise that these things are not something you can just take for granted and you have to work hard if you want to stay in shape so aside from adopting calorie counting to keep track of my daily food consumption I am also trying to find new ways to stay in shape.
I do tend to go for regular walks during lunch at work and try to walk as often as possible. We live in a society that has become dependant on motorised transport for the simplest of tasks like going to the shops that is a 15 minute walk away. Simply walking to the shops in the morning for your paper or that loaf of bread would meet the current guidelines of getting the minimum of 30 minutes of exercise a day.
On day's like today at the weekend where I find myself at a bit of a loose end and it's raining outside I needed to find something else to help me get that minimum level of exercise and I guess to help me vent some frustrations too so I thought about the sad unpackaged punchbag sitting up in the loft all lonely and here I am writing about my first experience using it.
***what is the everlast power tower inflatable punch bag***
Well the giveaway is in the name really isn't it. This punch bag is a fully inflatable punching pillar which allows you to focus on improving your co-ordination and flexibility, vent that pent up stress and burn calories at the same time.
***What do you get***
When I bought my punching bag a couple of years ago it came in a relatively small rectangular box, with a picture of the punchbag on the front and some information about the use of this particular piece of exercise equipment. Opening up the box, inside you get a folded flat power tower punch bag contained inside a sealed packet, a foot pump , and a repair kit / deflator kit along with the standard instructions for use. So after unpacking it all I decide it's time to inflate following the simple steps.
***Inflating the power tower***
After removing the power tower from it's sealed packaging I unwrap the tower and quickly locate the cap at the bottom where I remove the plug which is basically a screw on cap and a plastic plug inserted into the hole. I have to admit, I struggled a little to get the plug out and after about 1 minute of wrestling with it, it finally came free. The base of the tower is water weighted and you basically just fill the base with water straight from your tap. We have an outdoor tap so it's outside we go to fill it up. Hmmm not so easy to fill then.....there's water everywhere and I've managed to soak myself and the base doesn't look as though it's filled properly but try as I may, I can't get anymore water to go in. One of the important things to remember is that water tends to get very heavy and so if you're holding it under an out door tap your arms are bound to get tired - note to self - perhaps try it in the bath next time. As soon as the base is full, or as full as you can get it simply put the plug back in (easier going in than coming out) to prevent any of the water you've just filled it with running out again.
So now you're left with a filled base but an uninflated tower, so it's time to fill up the air chambers. There is both an upper and a lower chamber. The instructions advise you to fill the upper chamber first, so it's time to ge the foot pump out. First things first is to open up the valve. The pump I find has 2 attachments, a narrow one and a slighly larger one. The instructions tell me to use the narrow funnel so that's exactly what I'm going to do. It's the same process for both the upper and the lower chambers.
The instructions specifically state that only a low pressure pump should be used to inflate the punch bag, as a high pressure air pump line could damage the bag itself and then it would be useless. It's important also not to over inflate the bag so the recommendation is for there to be a few wrinkles still visible after inflation because too much air can damage the seams.
10 minutes and a bit of sweat later - it's like having a workout just inflating this bit of kit - and I finally have a fully inflated 5 foot 2 inch punch bag.
***Using the power tower***
Now that I've spent the best part of half an hour preparing the tower for use, it's time to test out it's capabilities, so i look out the dusty shorts and T-shirt and get to work.
I'm pleasantly suprised at what this punch bag can take. I have been hitting it full force now for about 20 minutes and it hasn't missed a beat. The weighted base allows the top to rock back and forth with each and every blow and on the odd occasion I hit it so hard that I really did have to dodge out of the way because of the knock down / instant up motion. I've even had a go at kicking it with my feet - without shoes of course because this would surely damage the PVC construction of the bag. After bouncing around the garage like a numpty for the last little while I really have worked up a sweat and can feel my muscles start to ache already. I don't really use my arms a whole lot when it comes to exercise and I do have the dreaded bingo wings (only slightly) so I think doing this for the next few weeks will certainly help to tone up those loose bits and I can feel my heart pumping so I know I've also got a good cardio workout out of it.
***Do I recommend the power tower***
Firstly, if you have space to put this and are serious about exercising then definately go for it. You can get this for £14.99 in Argos, so instead of wasting £30-50 on that gym membership every month - make use of the space you already have at home. Box in your garage, jog on the pavement or in the forest. There's lots of things you can do to keep fit without having to spend your pennies. If you're looking to burn calories, vent stress and just generally get a great workout then this really is a great piece of exercise equipment, it's durable, effective for fitness and cost effective. Although I'm not going to deflate mine and take the water out, you can do this and it's so compact and easy to store, you don't need to worry about it taking up space that you need for other things, but due to the amount of time it takes to prepare I would definately recommend leaving it inflated. As I said before, it took me about half an hour to prepare my punch bag and once you've gone through all that you might end up with no time at all to use it.
This really is great for anyone. Young, old, short, tall, it doesn't matter. The punchbag is 5 feet 2 inches tall so is slightly taller than me and I found it so easy to use. It was incredibly reactive to my kicks and punches and you could probably have a lot of fun with your kids withi this.
Half an hour on this and I'm already feeling the effects so it must be doing something - although you might feel silly punching into this it's a lot of fun and I'm really glad I decided to take this down from the loft because leaving it up there would have meant that i wouldn't have been able to get the great workout that I have done already this morning, and it's only 9:30 - ready for the day ahead, it's off to shower and enjoy the rest of my day.
***The additional bits***
Over the last month I have spent a solid 30 minutes most mornings pounding away at the everlast power tower. Over this period of time, the power tower has maintained it's level of inflation whilst continuing to provide me with a great work out before heading off to work. I find that this is a great way to start the day and thoroughly recommend this form of exercise to anyone who's interested in keeping fit.
I wear proper Reebok boxing gloves (you have to wear something to protect your hands) when I use this and the power tower doesn't seem to mind. My initial impressions still stand and I love my power tower and don't know why it took me so long to get it down from the loft. I feel healthier and fitter than I have in a long time and I can already see those bingo wings beginning to tone up.