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Brian Lawyer
01-09-2009, 08:11 AM
So for the sandbag WOD stuff, do you really need a sand bag or would a punching bag work. I am not exactly sure what the goal of the sandbag exercises is....

Also, I am doing an inventory of my garage gym. My last major purchase is a squat rack. Then I believe I will have everything to follow Catalyst WOD. Currently, I have bumpers and platform and I have to go to globo gym for squat rack. that makes following Catalyst WOD very difficult because almost every workout calls for some combination of bumper plates and rack work.

Anyways I went back over the last two months of Catalyst athletics WOD's to see what equipment I would need. As noted above, I need a squat rack, and also a 50lb+ kettlebell, 20" - 24" plyo box, squat rack, and sandbag. Of these items, I am thinking Sandbag is the lowest priority and it wouldn't kill my program not to have it.....

Anybody else have random thoughts and ponderings.

Arien Malec
01-09-2009, 09:35 AM
Of these items, I am thinking Sandbag is the lowest priority and it wouldn't kill my program not to have it.....

Anybody else have random thoughts and ponderings.

Sandbag: $14 surplus duffel bag, $10 in sand, $5 in heavy duty plastic bags.

Cheap thrills.

Garrett Smith
01-09-2009, 09:55 AM
I used either a punching bag (canvas Everlast, had it forever) or KBs heavier than the rx'd sandbag for the CA WODs, as that was what I had. Seemed to work fine. I did have to duct-tape up the ends of the punching bag due to the unusual wear pattern sandbag work had on a punching bag...

Brian Lawyer
01-09-2009, 11:30 AM
Sandbag: $14 surplus duffel bag, $10 in sand, $5 in heavy duty plastic bags.

Cheap thrills.

That is a good idea. thanks.

Couple concerns. First I have enough trouble sweeping leaves and dirt out of my garage. My usual warmup begins with a sweeping off my lifting platform and garage. I really don't want a big sand mess to be slipping on. While DIY is a good price, not always the best way to go....haha.

Garrett Smith
01-09-2009, 11:49 AM
Loose chains have been suggested instead of sand for cleanliness concerns.

Derek Simonds
01-09-2009, 01:38 PM
Brian I made all the guts for my sandbags and have not had a leak yet. I used the contractor zip locks and then wrapped them in duct tape. Each little sandbag is 10 lb's and I throw however many I need into a bag with some filler and off I go.

I have been using them a lot already this year. Plan on some pain with them tomorrow with the group of guys that come to the garage.

Don Stevenson
01-11-2009, 03:21 AM
I've made a few sand bags and have just bought a big @ss one to load up to 100kg+ to train for a strongman comp so here are my suggestions for a cheap mess free sandbag.

1. Army surplus or camping store duffle bag. You can get them for $10 - $50 depending on how fancy you want it with handles etc.

2. Buy a bunch of woven poly sandbags from a hardware store for like $0.50 each and a big pack of cable ties.

3. Avoid real sand because it does escape and make a mess. I buy washed pebbles that are 1 - 2cm (1/2 to 1 inch) in 25kg bags.

4. Measure 10kg or 20lb of gravel into each poly bag, fold the top over and cable tie it nice and tight. I like an awkward sandbag so i pack the individual bags fairly loose so the weight can move around.

5. Make a couple of 5kg / 10lb bags for finer weight adjustment.

6. Throw as many poly bags into your duffle as required and then go nuts.

If your filling is clean and not too small you'll never get any dust etc.

George Mounce
01-11-2009, 06:28 AM
For intensive purposes I agree - the sandbag doesn't have to be filled with sand. Pebbles work much better.

Patrick Donnelly
01-18-2009, 10:14 AM
2. Buy a bunch of woven poly sandbags from a hardware store for like $0.50 each and a big pack of cable ties.

Do you have any recommendations on where to get the sandbags? I went to Home Depot today, checked the Gardening and Building Materials sections, didn't find them, asked a few workers, and they said they didn't sell them. I made sure to specify that I was talking about the sort of bags you use for flood walls.

Might just be easier to go online.

Brian Lawyer
03-14-2009, 10:26 AM
Hey Guys,
If you all don't mind, can you look over these two websites and tell me which duffell will make the best sandbag based on your personal experiences.

http://www.armysurplusworld.com/display.asp?subdepartmentID=154
http://www.armynavydeals.com/asp/products.asp?CAT=94&SUB=112&CON=2&ST=1&RC=8&imageField.x=63&imageField.y=17

Looking to keep it under $15 - 20. On the multiple size one's, not sure if small or medium is the way to go. I am thinking large is too big. I way 195lbs and I think most of the CA WOD Sandbag workouts are 25% of BW. So I would probably be loading up to 50lbs.

Arien Malec
03-14-2009, 10:43 AM
This one is simple enough to be indestructible.

http://www.armysurplusworld.com/product.asp?ProductID=17933

No zippers to burst or rip up your hands is good.

Arien Malec
03-14-2009, 10:45 AM
Oh, and you can go large and stuff with rags, or go medium. Benefit of large is that it scales up to big ass duffel (BAD).

Brian Lawyer
03-14-2009, 12:27 PM
Oh, and you can go large and stuff with rags, or go medium. Benefit of large is that it scales up to big ass duffel (BAD).

Thanks Arien, I am actually rescinding my earlier comment regarding only loading up to 50lbs. It appears Coach prescribes up to 50% bodyweight sandbag exercises which puts me around 100lbs.

R. Alan Hester
03-14-2009, 02:35 PM
Hey Guys,
If you all don't mind, can you look over these two websites and tell me which duffell will make the best sandbag based on your personal experiences.

http://www.armysurplusworld.com/display.asp?subdepartmentID=154
http://www.armynavydeals.com/asp/products.asp?CAT=94&SUB=112&CON=2&ST=1&RC=8&imageField.x=63&imageField.y=17

Looking to keep it under $15 - 20. On the multiple size one's, not sure if small or medium is the way to go. I am thinking large is too big. I way 195lbs and I think most of the CA WOD Sandbag workouts are 25% of BW. So I would probably be loading up to 50lbs.
The laundry bags hold 50-100 pounds nicely. The top-loaded, non-zippered duffel bags work well for 100-200. I have both types with the aforementioned weight ranges, and enough fabric is available to grab if you desire. I suggest lining each with four 4-mil contractor-grade bags, then secure it with tape.

Brian Lawyer
03-17-2009, 11:38 AM
So it appears I have a couple votes for the top load duffel bags. Would the medium size hold 100lbs comfortably. I was going to do the zip lock baggy's and duct tape method and make 10 x 10lb baggies of sand so my weight can be adjusted in 10lb increments up to 100lbs.

Jamie Crichton
05-25-2009, 02:18 PM
I made a sandbag using an old duffel I found in a local surplus. It's pretty simple, anyone with a few hours to spare can make one. I made 5kg sandbags, using two thick (not sure, few mil I guess) bags zip-tied and then gaffer taped up, to allow me to adjust the weight up to about 55kg. I would say that for people of average strength, this is about the lowest you'd want to go, but if you have training partners or clients that aren't that strong, it's ideal as you can easily adjust the weight.