Product Type: Slam Man sports equipment
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Sam's Slam Man Olympian Challenge! - Slam Man
Member Name: McBeer
Advantages: Sturdy, well made, great workout, fantastic features, cheaper than BOB
Disadvantages: Hard to transport, more expensive than traditional punch bags
- 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!
Summary: Endless workout possibilities from the get go.