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    want to Lift Heavy Things but don't have access to weights or a gym

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    I've been eating paleo for about 6 months now but I've only recently began exercising (though I have been playing sports recreationally for a while now). Been doing bodyweight exercises for the past 2 weeks. I want to start Lifting Heavy Things because I want to gain weight and muscle. But I do not have any kind of weight set nor the money needed to buy one or a gym membership.

    I have seen some threads on here advocating sand. 50 pound bags of sand cost around $3 at Home Depot, so that certainly solves my money problem. But can I get big using only sand bags and, say, deadlifting them in a recycling bin?

    Again, I'm a beginner when it comes to weightlifting.

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    I'm sure Coach Palfrey will be along shortly, but the short answer is yes, with the proper programming you certainly can get some good results from sandbag training. I've also found really heavy rocks to be useful during times when I had no access to equipment. I've even seen people who use cement buckets.
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    Yeah I was using cement buckets for a while, pretty ghetto. I know you can deadlift & squat sandbags.
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    Mark's free primal fitness ebook has you use your body weight as heavy lifting but as you progress you should search here and his blog for how to make sandbag weights, and other such home made weights.
    Found Mark's post on sandbags http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-s...#axzz207ejDIPg
    Last edited by KerryK; 07-09-2012 at 04:08 AM.

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    I'll add a vote for Convict Conditioning, by Paul Wade (Amazon.com: Convict Conditioning: How to Bust Free of All Weakness Using the Lost Secrets of Supreme Survival Strength (9780938045762): Paul Wade: Books). Changing the leverage has you moving considerable amounts of weight. And the progressions (if you follow them) prevent injuries from too much, too fast.

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    The easiest and cheapest thing to do is add those home depot bags of sand into a larger duffel bag or backpack. You can get very strong with sandbag training. Start with something simple like a deadlift and oh press session, and a squat and floor press session.

    The one major issue with sandbag training is that you won't be able to oh press or squat anything that you can't also clean - but that will just make you more of a badass.

    Don't get bogged down by the differences between sand, rocks, logs, barbells, kettlebells, dumbbells etc. On a simple level, if you can deadlift something that weighs 400lb+ then you're strong.

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    Bottom line (to piggyback Coach Palfrey's response): Lift heavy stuff. Get stronger. Lift heavier stuff.

    As long as you keep getting stronger, it doesn't matter what tools you use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coach Palfrey View Post
    if you can deadlift something that weighs 400lb+ then you're strong.
    You're setting the low bar kinda high, Coach! (In other words, you just called me a weakling)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichMahogany View Post
    You're setting the low bar kinda high, Coach! (In other words, you just called me a weakling)
    Sorry man. I was actually going to say 500lb+.

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