Review : SandBells

This is a very interesting idea - a cross between a sandbag and a dumbbell, the SandBell.

SandBells are available in a range of sizes, from 2lb right up to 50lb. Although there are a number of ways to use them (see the video below), the smaller ones are ideal for my favourite use - grip work.

Before I get into the many ways of exploring grip training with the SandBells, this video will give you a good idea of exactly what they are :

Grip Work

The SandBells increase the grip component of a number of exercises, by providing a shifting weight and a slightly more challenging target to grip. As shown in the above video, these exercises can occasionally take the place of your regular dumbbell, kettlebell and medicine ball work.

In addition to that, there are also several ways to use them specifically as part of your grip training. Here are just a few ideas :

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These things are tough. Made from Neoprene, they're designed to take quite a bit of abuse. Throw them around, slam them against the wall - have fun. Indoors and out.

Filling the SandBells

SandBells are generally shipped empty (nice and light), and filled with sand/steel shot on site. As each SandBell has a nozzle (OK, Ngazzle) built-in for quick filling. Despite the silly name, the Ngazzle does make things quite a bit easier.

Essentially the SandBells are filled via a funnel, the nozzle is tied off with an elastic band and tucked back inside the bell itself.

Great, where can I get hold of some?

Ever used a Hyperwear Weight Vest? Same place. Available individually or in sets. Filled or Unfilled.

Final thoughts on SandBells

Overall, I like the SandBells Whilst I certainly wouldn't replace any of my current training tools, they're ideal for a substitute when it's time to spice things up a little. Extremely versatile tools.

Scott Andrew Bird

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