I shared on another part of the forum that I was buying a basic model of the Bas Rutten “Body Action System”, which is a self contained standing “heavy bag” built with the intention of allowing angular shots not typically possible on a heavy bag, like uppercuts and digging hooks.
It looks like this
It’s weighed down by sandbags. I’ve got 200lbs of sand in various bags on the stand, and then on top of that I stacked a 45lb weight vest and some ankle weights on top of it, just because I had the gear.
I took it for a trial run today
I’ll address the obvious: I learned how to fight by watching orangutans attack beehives. But my incompetence not withstanding, I was hitting this thing with full power shots after a significant break from heavy bag work. Typically, when I do that, my knuckles ache from being de-conditioned, but this thing’s design allows it to absorb the impact and dissipate it. It also creates weird angles to strike from, which forced me to actually aim my shots vs just throw wild leather at a bag. Especially so with the smaller surface areas.
The bottom pad is not intended for kicking, so my kicking it voided the warranty, but it’s primarily because you can’t actually commit to the kick by the design of the product. You can kick the head pad just fine, and the company will sell you extra arms to attach that allow full power kicks if that’s your game.
The sandbags DID shift a bit during my training on it, but part of me thinks I just need to figure out the best way to stack them. Even still, it was a very small complaint.
All in all, this is my favorite self contained striking tool. I have owned a wavemaster and a heavy bag with one of those all in one stands, and didn’t care for either. The wavemaster would get knocked down a lot, and the way most punching bag stands are designed give you little room for maneuver. I have drilled a heavy bag anchor before, but I don’t care to leave one hanging 24 hours a day, so it means having to set it up and take it down every session, which sucks. This, meanwhile, is very convenient, absorbs full power shots just fine, and has some great targeting areas to strike.
All in all, highly recommend if you’re in the market for one.
@twojarslave Tagging you because I know you were interested in one.