Lift Heavy Things: Homemade Bulgarian Exercise Bag
I am always looking for a new way to lift heavy things in a way that is not only fun and challenging, but will give you the most bang for the buck. I came across the Bulgarian Exercise Bag, but buying one was cost prohibitive at $250.00, so I learned how to make my own for about $30.
Check it out here: Homemade Bulgarian Exercise Bag | None | Everyman Paleo
You can see how it is used on YouTube also: YouTube - ‪Dofitness Swing That Bulgarian Bag‬‏
YouTube - ‪40 Bulgarian Training Bag Exercises - Part III‬‏
Hope you guys find a use for this device. It gives you a kick ass workout. Enjoy.
These are cool. So many variations with one bag. I made one over the winter and wish it was heavier. I had some pea gravel kickin around so I used that. Mine is at 25#. If you need a heavy one, go with sand.
I like your idea of rolling the handles and using several ties.
I have 4 Bulgarian bags now, 10, 15, 20Kg and a loose 8kg bag for throwing and grip work.
Here are my blog posts on it - Bulgarian bag, and grip bag.
Not trying to hijack your thread, I just like to put ideas out there.
Last edited by Blah; 07-12-2011 at 04:21 AM.
Huh, I ran a search for the Bulgarian Bag and didn't see anything. I checked out your blog and like the idea of a grip bag.
The extra zip ties, once taped over, make for great grip points, kind of like finger grooves. I am all about putting ideas out there man, so please share any time.
I also agree with Monty, sand is the way to go for more weight, but I am not trying to kill myself so I went with pea gravel. I think sand would be great for a grip bag like Blah made. Great stuff!
The good thing is, if I want sand, I just unwrap one handle, dump the pea gravel and add sand. What does a bag of #40 sand cost, like $3. Doesn't get much cheaper than that. I'm all about cheap homemade equipment.
No doubt. I just did a slosh pipe which was actually less to do than the Bulgarian bag. My next project is going to be a medicine ball and maybe a home made kettle bell solution, which is loosely based on the Bulgarian bag. I will post what I come up with.
Pizzmor you can check out my blog for medicine balls, I've got some tips, and what not to do's in my articles. My first and second attempt. The second one was turned into a tornado ball, and I'm considering wrapping the first one for slams.
It was my intension to make the grip bag like a kettlebell but I cut the handles too short to have them wrap around and tie up, I also wanted the bag to stay loose for gripping and juggling with pinch grips. I can still swing, spin and catch it though.
Last edited by Blah; 07-12-2011 at 06:59 PM.
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