I thought I’d start a thread to see if anyone would be interested in sharing their functional training exercises & routines using sandbags, barrels, logs, stones or anything else. There are a couple of threads that contain some of this but I thought maybe we could condense it. It’s great to see the interest and appreciation for functional training and to read Coach Davies contributions.
I myself have been using sandbags, stones, farmer's walks and so on for the past couple of years and for those of you who haven't tried it yet I encourage you do do so. You will get much stronger and you will notice your strength being carried over to the more conventional lifts you do. Also, it's great to get looks from people who are trying to figure out what you're doing when they see you hauling a 200 lb. sandbag around!
Anyway, I myself incorporate the various lifts in two ways depending on how I structure the cycle. One I’ll pick a lift or two and use it as a finisher for the day. For example, farmer’s walk with a trap bar. I like the trap bar better than the DB’s because the DB’s tend to bump/rub into your thighs too much when you’re walking. Or, bear hug the 200 lb. bag and carry it as far as possible for pre-determined number of reps.
There is also a hill nearby my house that is fairly steep and about 40 yards long. I use a variety of holds for the bag, e.g., bearhug and carry it up and down, right shoulder up & down, left shoulder up & down, deadlift hold up & down, squat hold (across back) up & down, and so on.
I also have a separate sandbag workout that I incorporate into some cycles that is done on a separate day. For example, I’ll train with weights on Mon, Tues, & Thur, and do a whole-body sandbag routine on Saturday. The Saturday routine consists of cleans & presses, deadlifts, floor presses, hammer curls, squats, front squats, rows, snatches and sandbag throws to mention a few things. We then sometimes finsih off with throwing stones for height and distance… a lot of fun.
Also, if you want to get a good cardio workout, get a army duffel bag and fill it with 100 lbs. of sand ( I use army duffel bags for all my sandbags - very versatile) strap it to your back and go hiking for a couple of miles... good workout! I've just mentioned a few of the things I do here. There's quite a lot more that I also do, but I've rambled on enough. Anyone else have anything they'd like to share?