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Sandbags That Won't Rip

For anyone using sandbags, what material are you using so that you can do lifts and not worry about it ripping when it hits the ground and from handling it?

Wrap em with duct tape.

Spend a few extra $$ and get the sandbags from Josh Henkin. He has a great filler bag as well so you don’t get leaks or tears.

http://sandbagexercises.ifsstrength.com/products.html

I have some at home and they’re holding up great!

I used contractor’s bags and Duct tape to make the sandbags, and then I purchased some of Josh Henkin’s canvas sandbags. I can change weights as needed (I made several different sizes) quickly and easily.

As long as you wrap the sandbags well with plenty of Duct tape, they shouldn’t leak. When placed in the canvas bags (or duffle bags), they should be tough enough to handle the abuse.

Here’s a guide to creating your own sandbags:

http://www.warriorforce.com/sandbagconstructionkit.pdf

That’s what I used to create my own. It’s great to have a 100lb bag at home that you can heft around whenever you want to, and it’s fine to use in an apartment as well. If you drop it, it just sounds like a body hitting the floor, and it’s soft, so no worries about damage.

[quote]blooey wrote:
Here’s a guide to creating your own sandbags:

http://www.warriorforce.com/sandbagconstructionkit.pdf
[/quote]

^^^Nice link.

Something else you can try is to use fillers other than sand. I’ve had really good success with rice and pea gravel. For the bladders I have been using the ones available from Iron Mind. The rice, while not as heavy as sand, actually does a better job at creating a less stable load.

You gotta shell out out the money for quality. Otherwise, you’ll get skin rashes from sand bags or just keep breaking them. IronMind’s are the best. (In fact, everything they produce is the best in class.)

http://www6.mailordercentral.com/ironmind/prodinfo.asp?number=1390

[quote]CaliforniaLaw wrote:
You gotta shell out out the money for quality. Otherwise, you’ll get skin rashes from sand bags or just keep breaking them. IronMind’s are the best. (In fact, everything they produce is the best in class.)

http://www6.mailordercentral.com/ironmind/prodinfo.asp?number=1390 [/quote]

I have the Ironmind set, and I think it sucks. The yellow bags you fill with sand leak everywhere because of the material, and the big blue canvas sack is not shaped so you can use different sizes. And it doesn’t have a good way to close the end other than the strap and zip tie method.

The Ironmind set is only good if you want to do various heavy carries, but it’s not ideal for various exercises (cleans, snatches, presses, etc.). I am now using the canvas bag to hold gym equipment and I threw out the yellow sand bags since they suck!