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Mmmmm, sandbag!!!

Discussion in 'Strength & Conditioning' started by BCR, Apr 3, 2007.

  1. BCR

    BCR BIGASS!!!!

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    Well, I finally built my sand bag (as shown on Rosstraining).

    Being the super shopper (aka cheapskate)that I am, I used my seabag from USMC bootcamp, got free sand from a buddy at work (had it in the back of his truck for traction), and only had to buy some contractor trash bags and twine. It cost me $16, Ross would be proud!

    On Ross's site there are instrucions for building the bag. He originally used zip lock bags sealed with duct tape, but also has instructions for using contractor trash bags. I went with the trash bags to save time.

    I filled six bags with 20lbs of sand, tied them off real good, and them double bagged them all. Then I just plopped them all in my seabag. It almost filled it up, I could use another 20lb bag of sand, but a 140lb bag is a bit extreme right now.

    This thing is an *** kicker!!! 120 pounds doesn't sound like much, but it is hella hard to get a grip on this thing. Plus the issues I'm having with my hands don't help.

    I haven't really done much with it yet though. Ross does a lot of shouldering the bag and presses, but I do plenty of lifting at the gym. So I just planned on trying to carry it up and down my driveway, which is about 200ft long.

    I sense some pain in the future!

    Oh, and as a huge bonus, I also got my hands on an empty beer keg this weekend. I'm gonna fill (or half fill) that bad boy with sand too.

    This is gonna be great! Hopefully I don't over do it, I've got so much stuff planned.
     
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    You sound like you are on the way to becoming a strongman competitor! First the beer keg, next some atlas stones!

    Great job on the sandbag. I want to hear workout reports!
     

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    Nice, BCR! I put together a similar bag per REs instructions using an army surplus duffle. I originally had 120 lbs for similar work but have since downloaded it to ~80lbs for more ballistic workouts. It's really loose now which adds an element of instability. I call it "flopsy".

    It really is a versitile tool for the backyard gym. You definitely have me beat in the cost department. I think mine cost about $40 when all was said and done. I double ziploc'd the sand and used lots of duct tape.
     
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    LOL Jack, I was thinging the same thing. I'm sure the neighbhors will be scratching their heads when I'm going up and down the driveway with a big bag in my hands, then return with a keg!

    Proactive, isn't this thing a kick in the nuts?!?! Haha

    If I planned on doing more pressing type movements I probably would've made my bag like yours. But I do all of my lifting at the gym so I just wanted to carry this thing around.

    Or maybe leave it on the ground and curl up next to it for a nap.;)
     
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    Yes, one of the greatest things about the bag is the ability to add or remove wieght depending on your needs. I have my other small sandbags totalling 40 lbs plus another forty lb bag of sand sitting in the shed. I'll probably just reinforce the 40 lb bag for versatility.
     
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    Nice work. Who says sandbag training has to be fancy or expensive?
     
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    :thumbsup: Cool...

    Coincidently, I got my sandbag ready now too. I didn't use a seabag though (couldn't find one). Not sure what you call it but I got it at the surplus store - it opens on one end, is about 24" x 30", sewn on shoulder strap that clips to the opening. Used the RossTraining method with contractor bags and 120lbs of sand for now. Did a few sets of "shouldering" and it's a good butt-kicker.
     
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    Here's what mine looks like @ 120 lbs.

    I plan on filling the keg this weekend too.

    And I even do box jumps on the rock wall behind everything. Its 30" high.

    Its the super ghetto workout center!

    [​IMG]
     
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    S.G.W.C. > LA Fitness :supergrin:
     
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    BCR - well, apparently I don't know what a seabag is becuz mine looks like yours. :thumbsup: with the keg and wall, too.
     
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    I can see it now, about 5 years down the road. H&F Forum folks open S.G.W.C.-Virginia, S.G.W.C.-[wherever yawl are], start a website and certification program...
     
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    Man, you'd better trademark that name. It has a very nice ring to it.
     
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    When you described yours I figured we had the same thing. Some people call it a top loading duffel bag, but my DI at Parris Island called it a seabag, so IT IS A SEABAG!!

    The Marines use all that wacky Navy lingo!:supergrin:
     
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    LOL! You guys are killing me!:rofl:

    We won't have a rack with dumbells, we'll have a pile of rocks.

    And sledge hammers for everyone!
     
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    LOL!

    It sounds like I'm running away from home and bringing just the necessities!
     
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    BCR, did you fill the keg yet?