In 1996, Andrew R. Laudenslager had been searching for a
birthday present for his girlfriend. A fitness boxer, she
wanted an 80 lb. punching bag she could use at home. After
doing some research, Laudenslager found that no boxing stands
on the market were strong, stable or within his budget, so he
designed and built one himself.
The gift looked like a giant hangman stand, but within
days, friends saw the stand and wanted one for themselves.
Although Laudenslager's original stand was designed for a
100-pound fitness boxer, it was sturdy enough to be used by
professional heavyweights. Laudenslager promoted his invention
on the web, and eventually fitness centers around the nation
were demanding one to put in their facilities. In 1997,
Laudenslager partnered with his cousin, Peter Balazs
Pecsvaradi, and founded BALAZS INC.
In addition to thousands of people who enjoy a strenuous
boxing workout at home, boxing gyms, health clubs,
universities and military bases in over 100 countries use
BALAZS equipment was also used on location during the
filming of "Play it to the Bone," a recent film by
Ron Shelton's Bordertown Productions, to train actors Woody
Harrelson and Antonio Banderes. BALAZS products have been
published in magazines such as GQ, Men's Health,
Worth, Muscular Development and many others.
BALAZS INC is located in Honey Brook, Pennsylvania at 625