Working out with sandbags used to be a football or mixed martial arts thing, but now more than ever, people are filling up a sandbag and making some fitness moves. You can, in fact, often use sandbags instead of weights or kettlebells on some moves. And this equipment is playground sand and sandbags that can be purchased at Amazon and some sporting goods stores.
The Benefit of Sandbag Use
You can both increase muscles and sculpt while burning calories with your sandbag work. A great thing about the sandbag is the ability to increase the weight of sand within the sandbag when you advance to higher levels. This gear will increase your workout levels and add a twist that brings new intensity in different ways that will challenge you.
Some Sandbag Moves:
- Press Jacks
The traditional Jumping Jack can turn into a press jack when you do the same foot movements but raise and lower the sandbag over your head. This is a great cardio move.
- Weighted Squats
Grab your sandbag instead of weights or dumbbells and squat with the sandbag against your chest. Be sure to keep your back straight and lower your rear. Be careful to not lean forward. Use good squat form.
- Sandbag Pull-Throughs
Go into a strong plank position on your hand and toes. Place a sandbag on the ground to the right parallel to under your body and somewhat outside and behind your right hand. Grab the side of the bag and pull it straight across to the left past your hand and repeat this bring the bag back and forth across without breaking your plank.
Can you think of other moves you can do? Who is ready to go to the hardware store to buy playground sand? Yes – that same sandbox sand. Nothing is fancy about this, but it packs a punch. Have fun !