I just read the Charles Staley bootcamp article and noticed the sandbags. If anyone knows the bag that was used and where to get some, that would be greatly appreciated. We perform some of the strongman and odd lifts at my hgh school and my bags keep breaking.
Hey Buddy, Go to a local Army Surplus store or find one on line. Buy a heavy duty top-loading canvas duffle bag, not the cheap zipper type($15-$20). Go to your local bulding supply store and buy several 40 lb bags of sand, (around $3.00 / bag). Leave the sand in the paper sacks that it comes in. Line the duffle bag with a Hefty trash bag. Put in as many 40 lb sacks of sand as you want and tie off the grommets on the duffle bag with clothes line. (Roll the extra material down if you need too). You now have a heavy duty bag that will not break from repeated drops to the floor. Remember picking up bag of sand is much harder than picking up a comparably loaded barbell.
This is a great idea. It is actually what I'm planning on doing for the most part. The difference is that I'm planning to get the small size sandbags to put into the duffle bag. This way, I can take those small bags and use for a variety of different exercises like farmers walks and one arm presses.
Rizsa, I do sell sandbags at my site, www.joshhenkin.com. I know you can make your own, but these were made for lifting and are much cleaner and durable than the old duffel bag technique. If I can help answer any questions in regards to sandbag training let me know. I have a manual available and a DVD about to be released on the subject matter.
When i made my sandbags i used builders sand from the local hardware store. I went over to the local farm supply store and they gave me a bunch of empty nylon sacks for free. They were sacks which were used to hold animal feed and they work really well for sandbags. One cool thing about sandbags is if they start to get too light you can add a bit of water to the sand to increase the weight!