May 11, 2011
A sandbag is really just a bag of sand. Jeff Rice explains how to save a few bucks by making your own.
The benefits of using sandbags as part of your CrossFit training were well covered in Josh Henkin’s CrossFit Journal article It’s in the Bag (July 2009). Sandbags are large, irregular, heavy objects—like many things one might encounter in real life. And because the heavy things that fill the world don’t always come with 28-millimeter-diameter steel bars attached to them, any functional training program would be well served by including lifting and moving irregular objects like sandbags.
Many sources exist for commercially produced sandbags. The problem I have had with these commercial products is that they have always seemed fairly expensive compared to their complexity. Spending over $50 for what is essentially a duffle bag filled with sand has never sat well with a do-it-yourselfer like me. With that in mind, I set out make my own sandbags using inexpensive and readily available materials.