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  • Sandbag Workouts

    I've just archived a load of sandbag fitness workouts on my blog so if you want some training ideas, take a look:

    Sandbag Fitness: Workouts

    Oh, and todays workout might make you sick:

    Sandbag Fitness: Todays Workout - Sandbag Strength Complex
    Sandbag Training For MMA & Combat Sports
    Sandbag Training Guide on Kindle
    The Complete Guide To Sandbag Training
    Brute Force Sandbags
    www.facebook.com/sandbagfitness
    http://fitedia.com/ - Health and Fitness eBooks, video, audio and workshops

  • #2
    THIS is the weekend I make my sandbag and try my first workout. No excuses. I’ll use one of yours as a starter, not sure which yet, but I look forward to the pain.
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    • #3
      Hey coach this store is near me, could you take a look at which bag you think is best? looks like they're all canvas, it's an Army Surplus store. Thanks in advance. I'll call them and find out if they have it in stock, maybe you can give me two selections in case one is out of stock? I'd like to pick it up today.

      Duffle Bags
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      • #4
        What are some ideas for inexpensive sandbags suitable for workouts?
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        • #5
          Originally posted by supersellen View Post
          What are some ideas for inexpensive sandbags suitable for workouts?
          Check out the link I posted, look up an army surplus store in your area, looks like you could get one for under $20-30 depending on size. Some stores without websites might even be cheaper. I don’t care to throw down up to $50-60 on one though, it’s an investment, and I’ve spent more on less useful stuff in the past.
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          • #6
            These three all look ok:

            3339 OLIVE DRAB TOP LOAD CANVAS DUFFLE BAG

            3488 BLACK SIDE ZIPPER CANVAS DUFFLE BAGS

            4479 SIDE ZIPPER CANVAS CAMOUFLAGE DUFFLE BAGS

            But to be honest it's impossible to really tell until you've got it in your hands - just make sure the sand is sealed inside something before going into the duffel bag.

            The store on my blog has examples of stuff-sacks that can work well and they are very cheap too. Just buy a bag of builders sand, put it inside the stuff sack (maybe with a little extra duck tape too seal any holes) and away you go. I got about 70 workouts out of mine before it split then I just added a bit more duck tape so it's still going now (sort of).

            Sandbag Fitness: Store
            Sandbag Training For MMA & Combat Sports
            Sandbag Training Guide on Kindle
            The Complete Guide To Sandbag Training
            Brute Force Sandbags
            www.facebook.com/sandbagfitness
            http://fitedia.com/ - Health and Fitness eBooks, video, audio and workshops

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            • #7
              Thanks! I'm going to fill up freezer bags and tape them up I think. Ross Enamait suggests going with about 5lb mini mags and securing those, while still allowing for sand movement inside the bags, to minimize leakage. I trust that he’s tried several variations and if he advocates that one it must mean that the mini-bags don’t take away from the unpredictability of the sandbag. It’ll take a while and I’m going to have to eyeball for weight (don’t have any kind of scale) but it will also make it easier to adjust weight going forward.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by iniQuity View Post
                Thanks! I'm going to fill up freezer bags and tape them up I think. Ross Enamait suggests going with about 5lb mini mags and securing those, while still allowing for sand movement inside the bags, to minimize leakage. I trust that he’s tried several variations and if he advocates that one it must mean that the mini-bags don’t take away from the unpredictability of the sandbag. It’ll take a while and I’m going to have to eyeball for weight (don’t have any kind of scale) but it will also make it easier to adjust weight going forward.
                This is the approach I took when building my sand bag last week. I used 1 quart ziplock bags and scooped three 8 fl oz cups into each bag. This left the bags at ~ 85% full, which is a littler more full than I would recommend. The bags weigh about 3.3 lbs, and a 50lb play sand bag filled 15 of the 1 quart ziplocks. I used duct tape to cover the zipped seal. Then I put this bag inside of another ziplock bag and used duct tape on its seal. For now I'm just using a handful of these mini-bags in a backpack for weighted pullups and pushups.

                FWIW, the quality of the ziplock bags doesn't inspire a lot of confidence. I got the ZipLoc brand with the little plastic zipper/slider dealie, and if I were to do it over again I'd just get the regular kind with the seal that presses together. Regardless of the brand of bag or type of seal, I think that the plastic will end up tearing sooner rather than later if subjected to some of those sandbag workouts I've seen. If you completely wrap the innermost bag with duct tape, I think it would last waaaaaay longer. If you want it to last, I'd recommend spending the ~ $5 on a roll of good duct tape and going to town. If you get a 50+ yard roll, it should easily be enough to cover 100lb worth of sand in those mini bags.

                Like you, I'm shopping local milsurp stores (and Amazon) for a suitable bag for the sandbag workouts. FYI, the bags that Coach Palfrey linked to are also available on Amazon, just in case you don't want to wait for your local store to get them in stock.
                Last edited by The Big L; 03-25-2011, 11:08 AM.

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                • #9
                  I purchased an olive colored canvas bag from Amazon, the smallest one they sell, and used it as the shell to make my sandbag. On the inside I used two 3 mil Husky construction bags (one inside the other, you can find these at Lowe's, link below) and filled them with 25 pounds of play sand. I squeezed out all the air I could and wrapped the top with zip ties and finished it with duct tape. I can fit 6 of these bags into the canvas bag (150 pounds total). I've torn all the handles off the canvas bag but it's still 100% functional after more than a year of heavy use and has never sprung a leak.

                  I think the bag cost me about $25 to make, total.

                  Husky 42-Gallon Clean-up Bags:
                  http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053

                  Canvas Military Duffle Bag
                  http://www.amazon.com/Canvas-Militar...1080160&sr=8-1
                  Last edited by Jokaman70; 03-25-2011, 12:09 PM.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by iniQuity View Post
                    Thanks! I'm going to fill up freezer bags and tape them up I think. Ross Enamait suggests going with about 5lb mini mags and securing those, while still allowing for sand movement inside the bags, to minimize leakage. I trust that he’s tried several variations and if he advocates that one it must mean that the mini-bags don’t take away from the unpredictability of the sandbag. It’ll take a while and I’m going to have to eyeball for weight (don’t have any kind of scale) but it will also make it easier to adjust weight going forward.
                    For a long time I just put 2 25kg/55lb sandbags into a rucksack and lifted that. I left the sand in the polythene bags that it came packed in and they never split. Plus, they have enough space inside them to allow the sand to move around. I guess what I'm trying to say is just experiment and see what works. And good luck!
                    Sandbag Training For MMA & Combat Sports
                    Sandbag Training Guide on Kindle
                    The Complete Guide To Sandbag Training
                    Brute Force Sandbags
                    www.facebook.com/sandbagfitness
                    http://fitedia.com/ - Health and Fitness eBooks, video, audio and workshops

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Coach Palfrey View Post
                      For a long time I just put 2 25kg/55lb sandbags into a rucksack and lifted that. I left the sand in the polythene bags that it came packed in and they never split. Plus, they have enough space inside them to allow the sand to move around. I guess what I'm trying to say is just experiment and see what works. And good luck!
                      The ones I got are tightly packed and actually seep out the sides already. Even if I were to put them in bigger bags I don't think the sand would do what it should. I mostly want to split them up for ease of scalability or whatever, I don't care to spend an hour or a little more filling them up, taping them and all that. I don't have a means to measure it, but 10 somewhat same sized bags should be roughly 5lbs (once I empty a 50lb bag) I can also use the smaller bags on a backpack, if I wanna go for a run or something I can strap it on, etc. I got the olive colored bag with the zipper though not the top load. Time to get to work.
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                      • #12
                        I loaded 80 lbs of wood pellets into a duffel bag and it works well. No danger of leakage.
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                        • #13
                          I'm back from building. Took close to 2 hours to fill up + tape 20 small sandbags but I can already tell it's going to be worth it. Trying to put 100lb bag on my back to do squats actually proved to be too much... hey, I'm just starting out! I removed about 6 bags so guestimating that the bag is around 60-70lbs now, hard to tell without actually weighing it of course.

                          One thing, the lady at the surplus store told me I was getting the smallest bag, but it's still really huge. Long, rather, so instead of a big "rock" type bag I have more of a long sausage link looking thing and since the bag is not all the way full it's a little annoying when the bags move off to the sides. This may prove to be more of a positive but upon first try it was rather annoying. I don't have time tonight for a workout but I'm going to do two or three sets of Zercher squats before taking a shower... right now. Peace!
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Grumpy Caveman View Post
                            I loaded 80 lbs of wood pellets into a duffel bag and it works well. No danger of leakage.
                            I wonder though if wood pellets are as whimsical as sand when it comes to sloshing about, like if the feel is similar? Either way I'm sure you're getting a great workout.
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                            • #15
                              It's definitely not squishy like a partially filled sandbag. I'm going to look for some smaller canvas bags to make lighter weights with and see.
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