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Old 01-09-2009, 08:11 AM   #1
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Default SandBag ? and Other Garage Gym Ponderings

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.
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Old 01-09-2009, 09:35 AM   #2
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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.

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Old 01-09-2009, 09:55 AM   #3
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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...
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Old 01-09-2009, 11:30 AM   #4
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Sandbag: $14 surplus duffel bag, $10 in sand, $5 in heavy duty plastic bags.

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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.
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Loose chains have been suggested instead of sand for cleanliness concerns.
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Old 01-09-2009, 01:38 PM   #6
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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.
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Old 01-11-2009, 03:21 AM   #7
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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.
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For intensive purposes I agree - the sandbag doesn't have to be filled with sand. Pebbles work much better.
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Old 01-18-2009, 10:14 AM   #9
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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.
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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/disp...partmentID=154
http://www.armynavydeals.com/asp/pro...mageField.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.
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