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The Olympics are here! Hoorah! What could be more inspirational than having thousands upon thousands of high performing, professional athletes coming to compete in your country? Olympic fever is running high in the streets and I can't help but involve myself, even when it comes to my reviews. Therefore, I welcome you readers to compete in Sam's Slam Man Olympian Challenge!
- Search and purchase
- Study your opponent
- Fight Day
The Olympics are here and you feel like you should be achieving your very own fitness feats. Work is getting stressful (especially when roads are shut and tubes are closed for special events) and your desktop stress ball just doesn't seem big enough any more. Time to take on a Slam Man!
Firstly you don't want to rush into any form of activity so you may want to do some research. There are several punch bags on the market, each with their own features. You can pick up a standard heavy bag for around £70, but this is just the typical cylinder shape and has the hassle of needing to be hung somewhere. Next there are punch bags with a stand. While a blow up one isn't the most durable and not very serious, they are very cheap. The two main competitors are the Slam Man and BOB. BOB stands for Body Opponent Bag and is very similar to the Slam Man, but highly priced at £350 making it £100 more expensive. Therefore I decided to undertake the challenge of fighting the Slam Man. Bring it on!
After a well thought out decision of purchasing the Slam Man, you may have to wait a few days for the delivery. There's no need to sit back and wait for the big day; training must begin! After all, no one wants to be unprepared.
Upon the arrival of your opponent (Slam Man) you may notice a problem. He may look intimidating with his broad shoulders and toughened jaw, but weighs a mere 10 bags of sugar. Of course for transportation reasons it's delivered empty, but with spirits high there's always a bright side. This can be the start of your training! Put on those trainers and have a jog down to your local building suppliers to raise your heart rate and get the blood flowing. Now comes your heavy lifting workout. For filling the Slam Man to its maximum capacity you'll need some sand, and plenty of it. This can be picked up at any builders for around £3 per 20-25kg bag. Whilst I have some friends who have purchased a standard bag of building sand, I used my head to purchase the dried paving sand. It doesn't take a genius to realize that dry sand will flow 10 times quicker into the base than a clumpy, damp bag. Once you've made your purchase, simply carry it back home. Prepare yourself to do this several times however as the Slam Man can take up to 140kg (It states 100kg in the manual, however I have managed to fill it with an extra 40kg). I admit carrying 140kg of sand may not be the best recommendation to anyone and if you have a car it can definitely save a lot of time and effort. However I had to prepare the hard way as I don't have access to any form of transport. Nonetheless, it got the blood pumping!
Filling the base with sand took me around 10 minutes. As I chose dry sand I simply poured it into the 2.5" holes through a homemade, cardboard funnel. I do have to admit this was my second attempt at filling it. At first I thought a base filled with water would be enough but the weight is simply too light to withstand a few punches. The Slam Man would still stay upright, just sliding all over the floor. The biggest pain was getting the water out via a syphon I made. Due to all the pain of trying to remove this water I can recommend to never try it yourself! Stick with sand and there won't be any problems. Well, there is one problem. Once the sand is in you're pretty stuck when it comes to transportation again. Obviously you can take the sand back out of the hole it was put into, but this is nowhere near as easy. This is not impossible however, as I have moved mine to three different houses and up and down stairs.
Study your opponent
So your Slam Man is standing strong with a hefty base firm on the ground. It's time for you to size up your opponent. He stands tall, but whether it be 5 foot or 6 you decide, as the Slam Man can be adjusted to three different heights. He has a firm head on a solid neck attached to an even broader pair of shoulders. The top half of your opponent resembles a well-built boxer so there is plenty to hit. Once you get past the waist it is just the base, but this is not a problem for any athlete like yourself as it is an upper body workout. Don't be afraid of the punches you may get in return however as the Slam Man has no arms! What more could you want from a boxing opponent?
The areas which are fit for punching are the face and torso, which are a padded, but firm, teal foam. Don't let the word 'foam' fool you however as even these are painful to punch without gloves. The rest of the body and base are a hard plastic which seems very durable. After knocking mine about a fair few times it has hardly been scratched and mines been dragged up and down stairs, along concrete pavements and through grassy fields.
Within the teal head and torso there are a number of red lights; 8 to be precise. These are your training programs and targets. Two are positioned for the eyes with one positioned for the mouth. This is in the perfect location for a punch to the jaw which can cause an instant knockout in reality. Five lights are in the torso to resemble the lungs and kidneys, which once again are used for target practice. Straight in the middle of the chest you will find a scrollable wheel, similar to a wheel in the middle of a computer mouse, just a lot larger in size. This is to adjust sensitivity of the lights and how hard they need to be hit until they switch location.
Moving your eyes lower towards the bottom of the base you'll see a small, black, screwed-in box. This is your electronics control. This is where you can really set the tempo of your workout and how hard you want your opponent to be. So you've watched your opponent carefully and studied his characteristics. Now it's time for the real deal and let yourself at him!
The Big Day
No more trash talking, it's time to get involved. This is what you've been preparing yourself for! Your Slam Man stands there staring at you with his piercing red eyes. What will be your first move?
You have 15 to choose from if you wish. Using the controller box on the base you can select which routine you wish to use, which ranges in difficulty. The controllable factors are whether its single punches or combinations, how quick the lights flash for combinations, how hard you have to connect with the body and how long the workouts last. Although this is Sam's Slam Man challenge don't tire yourself out too soon on the difficult levels. It's always best to build up from the beginner routines.
Technique and form are very important for all sports, especially when you're punching something weighing in at 140kg! Without any gloves or mitts you can badly damage your knuckles and if you try to hit it with all your might you may even end up with a broken wrist. Safety first! The Slam Man does come with 12oz gloves but these aren't the best quality so I would recommend getting some of your own. I picked up a pair of grappling mitts (Mixed Martial Art style) from Sports Direct for about £12.
Once you're technique is fine and you've got yourself through a few default workouts you'll definitely start to notice an improvement in a number of areas. Firstly these workouts build your heart rate very quick and you should be in a sweat after a minute or so. This is great for your cardio and general health. Secondly your hand-eye coordination should dramatically improve with the help of the combinations. The beginner levels for combinations are fairly slow but towards the expert levels they become quite challenging!
As well as using the built in workouts, you can decide to beat up your opponent however you want. After using the standard workouts I moved on to using audio tracks, which shout out combinations. If anyone's interested then you can search for Bas Rutten's MMA workout. I think these two go together fantastically. As well as punching I have even used it to grapple with! As it has a broad pair of shoulders and neck I have used it to practice martial art choke holds from the front, side and rear. However you decide to use it, I'm sure you will win by unanimous decision!
So you took up the challenge and successfully beat down your opponent! A pat on the back is well deserved as it can be a very hard workout. Don't look for bragging rights however as your opponent could hardly fight back! How can you now progress onwards and up towards being the supreme Olympian? Easy, don't give it up! It's very easy to do a workout once or twice then never see that piece of equipment again, but by keeping a constant but varied routine you will see your progression. If you do want to celebrate your heroic victory over your opponent then why not have a party hosted by the Slam Man himself. Invite a few friends over and see what they think of it. I do warn you however, try not to leave it set up in a public area like a communal kitchen. It can make a lot of people jump out of their skin at night when they think someone's robbing them! I know this from first hand experience.
Finally, what else can you use the Slam Man for? Maybe not conventional but I've used mine to show me what my Halloween outfit would look like, as a hat stand and even as a giant doorstop. My sister's boyfriend even dressed his up as a snowman for his little one at Christmas. The possibilities are endless. However, like I previously mentioned, lets just hope you make the most of these possibilities more than once every four years!
I've wanted to write about a Slam Man for some time now, but due to the fact that I was on the verge of purchasing another one for my son's 21st birthday, I didn't want to give anything away. Now that he has received it at the weekend all is safe to reveal!.
This piece of exercise equipment has been around for many years and seems to be making a bit of a comeback at the moment. Basically aimed at people who are into boxing and wanting to build their stamina and reflexes up. This comes in two main parts, with the large square base, that then has a long round barrel tube in the middle and of course the main part (which houses the computer for the lights that will randomly come on in different sequences when training) that is shaped like a mans torso and head.
There are 15 different training programmes to choose from starting from a slower pace and building up to a much faster pace. The idea of this, is that the lights on the torso and face will come on in a set order or when you get better you can select it to randomly come on in different sequences each time and you have to punch that part . So as you get better you can increase the speed and also set the timer to come on for a set amount of time and it will tell you how many punches you have thrown in that time. Can also be used for training in kickboxing as well.
This Slam man is made from a very high density polyethylene plastic and comes in black with a teal colour torso and face. You could buy it in silver a few months back ( this was what we first purchased back in September)but that was a limited edition. Adjustable at 6 feet tall it can be altered for whatever height suits you.
The Slam man is quite light to move about, until you fill him with water or dry sand. My son tried the water version first, but found that it wasn't enough to keep it still when he punched it, so had the bother of trying to empty it which wasn't the easiest thing in the world to do!. So next he went to B & Q and got the sand that was recommended (240lbs!), making it much firmer to the punches. He also purchased some car mats to put the Slam man on, as it is not recommended for laminated floors as it will scratch then badly when it moves around slightly. It is also recommended that you keep this away from any walls as this will also get marked up as the Slam man may hit this as it is being punched.
It comes with mitts, dvd and boxers eating plan. So if you need to destress, improve your fitness or generally just enjoy punching things then this is the perfect gym equipment for you, although it doesn't come cheap at £229 ( this is the cheapest that I could get mine for, but someplaces were charging up to £399!!). It doesn't take up much room and of course like the exercise bike it could finally get used to hang your clothes on!!!.
A well thought out piece of equipment for building up your stamina and fitness so I will give it 5 Dooyoo stars as I know that the first one I bought gets quite a bashing on a regular basis.
A friend of mine, for some reason I will never understand, recently got into cage fighting, the latest legal combat spot that for the past ten years has swept the world by storm. Of course I did not question his sanity over this issue (as he is much much bigger than myself!) but I did question his logic when he told me he had paid £400 for a plastic man to train on! This I had to see and being a fitness fan I was keen to have a go and relieve my stress on the device he was raving about!
The Slam Man is basically a dummy intended for use when practicing boxing, MMA, striking or just for a general all round work out, ideal for stress relief. It is very easy to assemble I am told and there was a video with it as well as comprehensive instructions. Its blue and black and weighs around 125g which is mostly composed of the dry sand inside designed to give the slam man resistance to even the most fearest strikers. It is around 6 foot tall and can be adjusted by about a foot either way if required. Also handily included are the gloves which are well made, feel comfortable and are very handy (sorry for the worst pun of the week!)
The main feature of the slam man is the lighting sequences which instruct you where to hit, how hard to hit and what order. There are around 15-20 programmes and each one tests different levels of fitness and reactions. Its a fun tool and helps keep training focused. Its mainly focused on improving the upper part of the body with also focus on striking accuracy, control and an all round cardio vascular workout. Hitting the pad is also quite satisfying and good for busting out stress.
The slam man responds well to hits and it doesn't hurt the hands or feet. It is durable and well made and feels solid without, as I have said, hurting too much. It is difficult to store though which is one issue as is the crazy price and considering the room it takes and the noise it makes its really not ideal if you share a house or live in a flat as it makes quite a thud. For £400 you are far better off getting yourself a gym membership. It does give a good workout but unless you are a MMA nut or you are into home gyms Id avoid this as its too narrow and focused and for the price a good treadmill and rowing machine could serve better.
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I purchased my Slam Man approximately 8 years ago. I was a regular at the gym but wanted something at home as well. I didn't just want to get an exercise bike, rowing machine or treadmill (they always end up a cluttered clothes horses), but something a bit different and I found the Slam Man. I had spotted it on MTV on an episode of Cribs, unbelievably it was the Prince of Darkness himself, Ozzy Osbourne puching one in his gym with Britney :-) written on its forehead. I browsed the internet and found it advertised with www.boysstuff.co.uk for £299. My friend just bought one from Argos for £250
When he arrived it was a simple set up with the instructions and video. The base which needs filled with 100kg approximately of dry sand (4 bags from any diy store or merchant). The top is two-tone, black and blue. The blue is a soft moulded body with 8 lights and the programmer. The two halves are fitted together and the unit stands approximately 6 feet tall and has 2 further height adjustments available.
The programmer sets the sequences for the training programmes, 15 running from beginner to expert. Each programme determines the length of workout, how long each light is lit for, how much amount of power in each punch needs to be used to put the light out. So after set up it just a case of putting on the 120z gloves (included) and get punching.
Sometimes I don't always use the light sequences and just use the Slam Man as a stress reliver after a hard day at work or something just annoyed me.
The training programmes have a great ability to improve hand-eye coordiantion, reflexes and the cardio workout benefits core and upper body strength. These are really great advantages but it does have some disadvantages, even with all the weight in the base I have noticed that it will move and I sometimes have to stop mid-workout to move it back to where I started. This alone can also be a workout due to the weight :-).
If I was asked for anyway to improve the Slam Man for future next generation then I would say lack of movement is a factor. I've used conventional punchbags and a lot of the workout is footwork, keep moving left-right. So if they increased the weight in the base to stop the slide, and if they could make the top oscillate, similar to a desk fan. This operation combined with the light sequences would give an exceptional workout.
Overall, its a great bit of equipment and I would recommend it to anybody wishing to get fit, lose a few pounds, and just getting the satisfaction when hitting it. 10/10
I have owned this for the past 6 months, and it gives you a fantastic workout, especially if you are into combat sports. Unlike a punchbag, he literally stands, weighed down by sand for you to unleash your power at him. The mini computer attached to his body allows you to co-ordinate punches and also doubles up as a timer. The lights go up in sequence and you literally have to punch the lights out. Not only can you punch him, but you can also give your legs a workout by kicking him. When he's just stood, not being used, put a hoody on him and he can be used as an intruder deterrent! The materials he's made of are really tough and durable. If you fill up with 100kg of sand you're on you way to a great workout. With the slam man you get a booklet and cd explaining how best to deliver punches - for anyone who's a novice and a diet guide, which I found useful. One issue I did have with him was the way sand has to be put in - very time consuming, especially if you ever have to move house. They should have thought that one through a bit more and had some form of opening at the bottom. This retails at £189.99 in most places depending on if you have a preference of colour (for which you will have to pay extra).
hi just bought a slam man for my 40th birthday and i think its great !!! read some of the other reviews before buying and thougth will i or wont i .....im glad i did !!it took me 30mins to fill with dry sand (dont know were people got 4hrs from) dont use damp or wet sand you have been warned it will take for ever to fill !!great for stress relief ....great work out .....if youve got a spare 200 quid buy one it is great and he doesnt hit back ....:o)
I recently purchased the SlamMan for working out and getting back into boxing and I thought this would be a motivating way to do that since the SlamMan is like an interactive sparring partner without punching back. Unfortunately, it requires a ton of sand, which takes a long time to fill and not to mention extremely difficult getting it out. Also, when I first put it together and took my first punch the chest sensor went flying off and I had to try and put it back on manually. I was also trying to push the buttons on the computer and it no longer beeped each time a light appeared. Oh, which if you are going to use the SlamMan I highly recomend using it indoors with dim lights, because I had it outside and there is noway to see which lights are coming on due to the natural light. Another issue I had was its made of really hard material, so you don't want to it too hard where it will hurt your wrist. Working out my second day I was throwing body shots and it's extrememly loud due to the brackets in the back, it's a loud rattleing sound. Also, I hit a body shot and the bracket too came off! At this time I'm ready to ship it back, so I call to find out how I can do so. They said to just take the sand out and ship it back. I paid around $200 for the SlamMan including tax and shipping. I went to UPS the next day and they were going to charge me $112 just to ship it back! I was not about to pay a total of $312 for an item that broke the second day. So, I took a stab and went to Play it Again Sports and they took it off my hands with an exchange of a Everlast punching bag and I have been using that ever since and love it! Brings it back to basics! The SlamMan seems like it would be fun for kids and someone that is new to boxing, but beware of the novelity of it wearing off.
A boxing partne that does not hit back!!! In theory this sounds like a great bit of equipment but please read this before buying one and then make your mind up. I wanted one of these things for ages but when I got it I was not so happy.
The slam man costs around £200 and £210 inc delivery. It must be filled with 100kgs of sand (water is no good) this is a further £12 - £15, you will need to buy some better gloves as the ones provided are poor (sparring gloves are best) extra £15. Ready to go???? nope!!
Filling Slam Man with sand is not as easy as it sounds.. the hole in which you do this is very small and if your sand is slightly damp then it will take anything up to 4 hours.
Do not buy this if you do not have a garage as it makes a huge echoing noise when hit indoors and your neibours and family will go mental. A back garden is no good as you need it to be slightly dark to see the lights (as I found out) Slam Man was sold to me as something that could take any amount of workout level from novice to professional but after a few days when the manufactuor had to collect it for repair they told me it was not really for a high impact work out (so why call it 'slam' man) Once it was returned to me after a week it broke down straight away again with various faults.
I then had to get my money back once it was collected but nobody was in a hurry to pick it up. I may have had just a dodgey model but even if it worked i DO NOT THINK IT IS WORTH THE MONEY, in fact I would pay no more that £50 for one.
I would like to introduce you to Gilbert out lady-man slam man.
I bought Gilbet for my partner as an early christmas present about 4 months ago. He really enjoys boxing and hitting things and because of our new arrival in the baby department he has no time to go down to the gym anymore to do his boxing.
So enter Gilbert.
He's a strapping lad, standing between about 5"5 and 6" (unlike most men you can alter his height.)
And guess what ladies!?
You can punch the crap out him and he doesn't mind!
Gilbet came in a box with very little assembly, just slide on his torso and screw on the back panel. Unfortunatly he also requires just under 250lbs of sand which is not included, this is a real pain in the butt, where the hell do you get that amount of sand from without taking a wheelbarrow and spade to your local kids sanpit?!
After having a look about our shops and garden centers, (Never thought to look on the internet duh) we opted for the garden hose and filled Gilbert up with water. Not as heavy but is seemed to work. God help us if he springs a leak.
His face is shaped just like most men, he has eyes, a mouth and a nose. His eyes and mouth are made of three red lights, they are his face targets.
His torso has five more targets each set slightly into the dense plastic so they dont get dammaged.
Gilbert has is very own computer which consists of 5 programs at 3 different levels. He has a timer and punch count.
The mode and start/stop buttons are very large making it easy to press them when you've got your gloves on.
The programs vary, i use program one on level one. Go me.
When i press start the lights flash is a particular order. You have to punch it before it moves on to the next target. At first you feel as though your not getting anywhere but as you start to know the pattern you can predict the next light and be ready for it.
Gilbert has a punch sensor on his chest so if your like me and your punches are like water then you can turn the sensor down so you dont have to hit him as hard, it also means if you like a challenge you can turn it up so that you really have to bash him good to get the point.
Another program is designed so that the light doesnt go out until you hit it this is great if you set the sensor up so you need to wallop him, great exercise.
When Gilbert arrived he was the perfect gentleman and brought some gifts with him.
A video, nice big boxing gloves, a manual and an eating plan.
It's a shame that the video is not a DVD as we had to drag out video player out the loft to watch it.
Although pretty simple and with terrible acting skills by the girl who pretends not to know anything it is very informative.
They take you through all the different punches that you should be using on cetain lights, the uppercut being my favourite.
To be honest the eating plan was nothing speacial, i think f you were serious about boxing and heath then you would choose something that didnt come free with a slam man, the internet being the best resource for this.
The gloves are great but they are huge and difficuly to get on if you already have one on. My partner chooses to wear his own less padded gloves because he said when you punch hard with the padded gloves your wrist can role because of the roundness of the gloves, this can cause sprains and pain. Of course i have not expienced this as i have never hit him hard enough to 'role my wrist'.
So after getting Gilbert he was getting used everyday, Jordans whole family would come over to beat him up. Poor Gilbert, in saying this he did get his own back a few times on the wize guy's who tried the kicking his head routine. We had a few sore shin's that day.
I still use him on the odd occation because in all honesty he is a great way of exercise. You work up a sweat in no time and its very enjoyable not to mention stress busting.
It is loud when he gets punched hard and because he's just filled with water he does wobble a bit and he's hard to move if you need to hoover behind him, i think he is best suited if you have a room for gym equipment and no neighours.
Gilbert now is sad and alone, as i said before he rarely gets used anymore and as i speak he is watching me from the otherside of the room wearing a long blond wig and an old dress, its a shame.
Be aware of this before you buy a slam man, the novelty does wear off and he's not cheap. Gilbert was £250 and you still would have to buy the sand to put in him.
Please remember that a slam man is for life not just for Christmas.
SlamMan is a stand alone punchbag in the shape of a man, complete with head, torso and base.
My sons bought one online and couldnt wait to have it delivered,
They ordered it from www.boysstuff.co.uk on a 1 day discount for £199 and free next day delivery, which was good at the time as they are priced around £250,
The SlamMan stands 72 inches high and is made from high density moulded plastic,
The height can be adjusted to suit you,
The torso and face is embeded with target lights which you have to punch to put them out,
There is also an adjustable strike sensor which means you have to punch harder to put the lights out,
The mini computer allows you to choose from 15 programs, and has a timer and scorer and comes with one size fighting gloves, instructional video and eating plan.
When delivered the slamMan comes in 2 parts,
~torso and base~ and weighs 29lbs,
before setting it up you must fill the base with..wait for it ...240lbs of sand!
This had to be ordered and delivered seperately at a cost of £13 and once the sand is in it makes it very difficult to move due to the weight, so plan where you want to put it.
Once assembled my sons set the programme and had a few rounds with him and found it quite good~
You do have to punch a few times to put the lights out but it adds to the fun, the only thing is the punching noises are so loud!
my son has wooden floors so that does'nt help and the noise echo's through the flat ,I feel sorry for the neighbours,
They have had the slamMan for 4 months now , at the begining they used it almost every day,
they still use it quite often and it does build your stamina and upper body strength, but most of the time slamMan stands sadly in the corner of the room.
This is a good piece of equipment but I think more suited for use in a garage or the garden, its not really suited for a flat or such due to the noise and vibration from the punching,
and because of this you can be restricted to when you use it,
the instructional video was watched once and they tried the eating plan but got fed up!
They also felt the gloves were too padded and too big~ but dont try punching slamMan without them, my son did and bust his knuckle,
Before buying you should put a lot of thought into where you will put it, but in the right place this is a good item which should last a long time and give a lot of fun and get you fit.
The best thing is SlamMan does'nt punch back!
Made of high density plastic~
Duplicate a boxer's workout -Increasing Speed & Power~
Designed by a professional boxer~
3 training levels~ beginner, intermediate & advanced~
5 boxing and 1 manual program~
8 large target lights flash in patterns and help improve your hand-eye co-ordination~
Adjustable sensor lets you know how hard to hit targets~
8 height adjustments to vary your workouts~
12 oz professional boxing gloves~
1 year parts and labour warranty~
When the base is filled, slamMan is ready for punching~
Lots of online shops sell these.
Having owned several punch bags in my time and having a few hundred quid burning in my pocket for a bit of a boys toy!, One of my work colleauges told me he had just purchased this slam man!... This lead me on to seeing why this toy cost him £284...
On first impression the slam man looks hysterical, only when you say "Hang on, thats for real", do you take its function seriously... I wee'd myself when I saw what my work mate had brought (he was a big overweight at the time) you had to be there I guess...
The slam man comes in 2 parts, the torso and the base, the torso then attaches to the base, once you fill the base with sand, once you plug the computer in its ready to use. There are 2 entry points into which you can pour sand into the base.
The slam man is a life size model resembling a torso, featuring a computerised system with integrated lights within the body. The computer is situated at the bottom of the torso (groin area) so you can see your statistics.
The torso is adjusted to the height you want ranging from around 5 ft 6", - 6ft 6" by lowering a catch at the back of the slam man.
What are these LEDs/Lights?
There are lights Integrated, or shall i say moulded into the slam man, 2 lights represent the eyes, 1 light for the nose, 1 light for the mouth, and a series on the chest of the torso... These give the impression the torso has a face and body, these are approximately match box sized and recessed into the mould...
Whats the computer for?
The computer has several setting allowing you to train to a certain pattern. If the light lights up on the slam man, your objective is to punch the light until it goes out, depending on the strength setting which you can adjust by a little wheel at the bottom of the torso, depends on how hard you have to hit the light for it to go out. (this can take some effort - ha ha ha) This computer itself takes 2 pencil batteries. (AA - I think) and it features an auto shut off so it doesnt drain the batteries when your on the floor passed out! :P
The computer will randomly light up lights on the slam man, you have to follow the computer, data is then recorded and statistics are given following the programme you selected. telling you how many punches you have thrown, how long you have been punching etc.
What are these programmes?
The slam man has 3 modes, and 5 levels for each mode, the levels indicate what speed the lights are animated, the higher the level, the faster the lights appear, (remember its your job to follow them by punching them!!! - This is somewhat exhausting :P even after 10 secs!!!)
The modes are the programmes in which you can train differently, you can set it to allow you to punch harder to knock the light out before getting your next light to punch out, or you can set it to randomly display lights for a quick burn out session, (meaning, leaving you in a heap on the floor dying!)
All these programmes are timed, so you can work out for a specific time, or to calculate how long it takes you to realise your unfit... no joking 10 secs was my limit! :P (at first)
What do I like about it?
Well its a true boys toy. There's no real need for it, a punch bag is just as good, yes the computer makes it all fancy and more fun, but when all said and done i just want to hit something, im not bothered about how long for!...
Mine sat in the living room for a while in the corner, I grew quite attached to it, I even put a dress on it and it became a member of our household... oh by the way, the lights are LEDs, and yes, they do light up... turn the living room lights out at night and turn the slam man on and you have one very scary monster looking at you, especially if its wearing a dress ;)
The slam man itself is quite big and would need no less than 10 ft sq to use fully... It can with stand ANY punch without falling over, but it does rock, so this is why the space is needed and depending on your flooring can move about abit when punched vigourously.
Its made of tough black plastic and a softer plastic in key panels to the torso where the LED's are embedded, you can punch this all you like, you aint gonna break it!... I tried!... no chance...
What dont I like about the slam man...
It took 5 bags of sand to fill the slam man, well over 4 hours to fill it... so be warned, the holes to pour the sand into are small and i ended up using a funnel and cup, my work mate had to do it like this too, it took him the same time also...
If you are filling with sand make sure its 100% dry, or it will clog up and you will feel like you are putting a grain of sand in at a time :( dry sand will take minutes not hours to fill.
Once filled with dry sand, pour some water into it, as much as you can... This will make it even more heavier and sturdier.
The slam man is a professional product my gym has one of these and charges £3 per 5 minutes to use... Trust me 5 minutes is long enough... :P
It can take a punch as mentioned above and as long as you have the room, a garage is ideal, then this will always outlast yourself... I did try kicking it, (properly) and you can kick box with it, if you can kick someone's head or chest that is... if you cant, doenst matter just use your fists, if you can dont tell me, i'll only feel less superior :P
Overall a bloody good bit of kit for the professionals and consumers... Great talking point, and very handy with its computer programmes too. Never had a problem with it, im still using the batteries it came with...
Come with training golves (one size fits all)
This is a heavy item so expect a postage charge if ordering... I paid an extra £20 for saturday delivery.
How much is it?
Well ive owned my slam man now for over 2 years and i paid £284 for it from www.boysstuff.co.uk ;) -
They are currently on ebay for £240 (Buy it now) or if you want to wait for a bargain, ive seen them go for under £100!!!...
This item is heavy so if you do buy second hand make sure you have at least 3 strong friends with you when collecting, or else forget it... it weighs nearly 300lb when filled.
An estate car is also advantageous, i dont think a fiesta ect will do the transport job, unless it sits out of the sunroof!, now that has got to be seen!... (dont forget the dress though!)
The Perfect opponent. Someone who's big, mean and got a reputation for being able to take a punch...and doesn't hit back! This full size dummy will not only improve your reflexes, but used enough should also make you lose a few pounds of flab-the ideal christmas present after a couple of rounds of christmas pudding and cream. Designed to train Martial Arts expert's and boxer's to speed up reflex and punching/kicking techniques, the Slam Man is now being used by everybody from Pro's to stressed out office workers. Made to take the hardest punches, the Slam Man is housed in an indestructible, super tough Polyethylene plastic body with soft 'target area' foam to absorb and dissipate impact energy. As the full instructional video tells you, simply put on the Pro-Training Gloves, (included), and follow the sequence of flashing lights by responding with punches. As an all round exercise the Slam Man is great. You'll feel your reflexes get sharper, your agility improve and without realising it you'll get aerobically fit. What stops the Slam Man from falling over? Well, you need to fill the base with approximateley 240 pounds of sand (available from DIY stores like B & Q, Homebase, builders merchants, etc). It's not just a gimmicky punch bag either. The Slam Man is BIG in America where non other than boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard held some incredible exhibition bouts. After training on Slam Man Sugar Ray would challenge anyone to punch harder and faster! Needless to say he was never beaten. If you're like me, the thought of static aerobic stairmasters and rowing machines really does bore me to death. So, when something like this comes along it gives us a huge grin factor and saves the school geek from a thrashing! (Or probably the other way round knowing my luck). Overall I liked this a lot, and was thinking of buying one (it was my friends which I used), until i saw the one major do
wnside, the price. But still, if its not you paying, this is the ultimate toy.
The Perfect opponent. Someone who's big, mean and got a reputation for being able to take a punch...and doesn't hit back! This full size dummy will not only improve your reflexes, but used enough should also make you lose a few pounds of flab-the ideal christmas present after a couple of rounds of christmas pudding and cream. Designed to train Martial Arts expert's and boxer's to speed up reflex and punching/kicking techniques, the Slam Man is now being used by everybody from Pro's to stressed out office workers. Made to take the hardest punches, the Slam Man is housed in an indestructible, super tough Polyethylene plastic body with soft 'target area' foam to absorb and dissipate impact energy. As the full instructional video tells you, simply put on the Pro-Training Gloves, (included), and follow the sequence of flashing lights by responding with punches. As an all round exercise the Slam Man is great. You'll feel your reflexes get sharper, your agility improve and without realising it you'll get aerobically fit. What stops the Slam Man from falling over? Well, you need to fill the base with approximateley 240 pounds of sand (available from DIY stores like B & Q, Homebase, builders merchants, etc). It's not just a gimmicky punch bag either. The Slam Man is BIG in America where non other than boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard held some incredible exhibition bouts. After training on Slam Man Sugar Ray would challenge anyone to punch harder and faster! Needless to say he was never beaten. If you're like me, the thought of static aerobic stairmasters and rowing machines really does bore me to death. So, when something like this comes along it gives us a huge grin factor and saves the school geek from a thrashing! (Or probably the other way round knowing my luck). Overall i liked this a lot, and was thinking of buying one (it was my friends
which i used), until i saw the one major downside, the price. But still, if its not you paying, this is the ultimate toy.
Produced by www.Online-Shop-Guide.co.uk Upon viewing Slam Man for the first time you can tell this is not going to be an average piece of exercise equipment. Slam Man is in fact the first of its kind and just calling it a "Interactive Punch bag" doesn?t really do it justice, but it does give you an idea. The robot resembling Slam Man features 7 touch sensitive targets, each lighting up as a prompt to attack. Punching or kicking the lit targets one after another, within a certain time or with a certain amount of power is what makes training with Slam Man a entertaining but tough aerobic exerciser. Features Weighing in at 256KG (when the base is full with sand) and standing in at 6ft (adjustable) the Slam Man has a daunting presence. The sheer weight of the Slam Man will stop even the heaviest of punchers from toppling the Slam Man. The durable plastic coating covering the body and face of Slam Man (the target areas) also help to absorb most of the impact dealt by your strikes. The gloves and training video supplied with the slam man are also both of a high quality. Slam Man is customisable to suit your level of fitness. There are a total of 15 built in exercise programs each consisting of a different sequence of targets with varying amounts of time allocated to each. You may also alter the force in which a target (light) must be hit to allow you to progress onto your next target. All of these options are found either on the Micro computer or the sensor adjustment dial, both are simple to program and adjust. In Practice Using the built in exercise routines Slam Man really does help to motivate and keep enthralled the most inert of people. The micro computer allows you to view your results post workout, allowing you to view your progress and in turn set new goals. Slam Man however, is not all fun & games - the sessions with Slam Man are tough but should not only build your aerobic fitness but also sp
eed up and sharpen reflexes. If I stopped the review here you would be led to believe the Slam Man is a un flawed piece of exercise equipment, sadly it does not. Depending upon the surface Slam Man is placed many will have to endure the Slam Man rotating during the course of the workout causing you to either stop and turn the equipment around or follow the Slam Man in circuits. After a reasonable amount of use you may also find the "Durable" plastic coating covering the target areas of Slam Man, to be not as durable as claimed. Within a month of use the Slam Man was left with a broken nose, a cracked eye and eventually a broken back after the metal support snapped The customer support provided by Fitness Quest, the manufactures of Slam Man is however excellent. Any questions regarding slam Man are normally dealt with efficiently and if necessary replacement parts are also sent promptly. Verdict The Slam Man Is a unique and somewhat revolutionary piece of equipment. The Slam Man manages to turn the typically tedious exercise session into a fun but nevertheless productive workout. However the stark flaws in the design of Slam Man cannot be ignored and really let down a otherwise excellent product. With the price tag currently set at £299 the Slam Man can only be recommended as a aerobic exerciser, those looking to pummel the Slam Man as a replacement punch bag may find themselves frequent callers of the Fitness Quest Customer care line. Produced by www.Online-Shop-Guide.co.uk
Slam Man offers aerobic conditioning, muscle toning and is a great stress relief. Moulded foam striking surface that returns back to shape after each hit. Includes boxing gloves, instruction video and Boxers eating plan. 5 Exercise programs with 3 levels of resistence programs.