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All Things Strength


Want to take your conditioning workouts up a notch? Throw in a bit of sandbag training. Love it.

What to get

The equipment is pretty simple. I personally use an Ultimate Sandbag (which I highly recommend – full review); and there are also several DIY options (the basic idea here).

In terms of space, the workouts don’t require all that much – though it’s great if it’s available. As long as you have room to swing the bag in front of you and to press it overhead, you’ll be fine.

What to do with it

There are many, many ways to train with a sandbag. Here are a few of my favourites :

There are also a number of superb sandbag exercises on the High Octane DVD, and in Matt Palfrey‘s Sandbag Training books ( his latest is Sandbag Fitness – 150 High Intensity Workouts ). Highly recommended.

Where to find out more

There’s actually quite a bit of info (both online and offline) available on sandbag training methods, including :

Final thought on sandbag training

Sandbag workouts are one of the few forms of training I perform daily. Once you try them, you’ll quickly see why. Beautiful things.