Awesome low-tech fitness with sandbags

Last night I introduced sandbag training to my physical training regime. Freaking awesome! If you’re looking for a low-tech workout that’s an alternative to expensive gym memberships or costly home equipment, sandbags are it. If I didn’t love powerlifting and iron so much, I would happily never go back to the gym again and go completely primitive with my physical training.

I did a 20 minute training session with a 30kilo/66lbs bag of sand and was completely exhausted by the end with every muscle fired up! It was THAT good. And the added beauty of it was I did it outside in a small corner of my cold garage. Totally primitive! Totally awesome!

I know I may be sounding a little over excited about sandbag training, but really folks, I enjoyed it that much and can’t wait for my next session.

I’m currently in a StrongLift 5×5 strength cycle, but as soon as this cycle is complete, I’m going to do an exclusive sandbag training cycle.

Here’s last night’s workout:

Today’s Training Session – Garage Days*

8 Sandbag Power Cleans
8 Sandbag Shoulder to Shoulder
8 Sandbag Row Single Leg
8 Sandbag Shouldering
8 Sandbag High Pull

30 – 45 sec rest interval

Complete as many rounds as you can in 20 minutes.

*I love the idea of giving each workout a unique name like you would a mixtape, which I think is indicative of the creative nature of sandbag training.

Get Started

It’s really cheap to get started. I opted to by the Wolf X unfilled sandbag from Amazon for £17.99 and then bought 2 bags of builders sand from Homebase for £2.40. That’s £20.39 all-in for an amazing workout.

There’s loads of information on the Internet about sandbag training. If you’re interested, here’s an good article by Matt Palfrey to get you started. Also, if you need a good demo of what the exercises look like, this video is great.

Strength has a higher purpose,



As I am going to be adding more fitness related posts, I best get this disclaimer in now:

The author, i.e. me, is not responsible in any manner whatsoever for any injury that may occur through following any of the material contained here.  The activities, physical and otherwise, described herein are for informational purposes only, and may be too strenuous or dangerous for some people. The reader(s) should consult a physician before engaging in them.

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