Do you want to build muscle and loose fat? Do you want a total body strength and conditioning system that will fit in the trunk of a compact car? Do you want a complete home gym system for under $65 dollars? Then build yourself a sandbag!
Sorry, I was trying to sound like the infomercial guy, but I am serious. Sandbag training is awesome and cheap! The equipment list that you will need is as follows:
-Duffel bag any old bag will do but I prefer the army surplus kind because of the durability (you Squids and Jar-Heads will know them as seabags).
-Contractor grade trash bags they have to be heavy-duty contractor grade or they won't hold up. You can get them at any big box home improvement store.
-Zip-ties and Duct tape I'm guessing that we are all familiar with those items.
-Sand found at any hardware store, the beach or in the neighbor kid's sandbox.
I quickly priced all of these, and even if you had to buy the sand, it comes to a mere $61.00. Chump change.
Pour roughly 10 lbs. of sand into multiple trash bags. Close the bags off with a zip-tie, allowing room for the sand to shift in the bag. Trim the tale of the zip-tie and cover with several wraps of duct tape. Double bag by repeating the process. Now you should have a small pile of 10 lb., double thickness, plastic sandbags.
Place the plastic bags in the heavy outer bag until you reach the desired weight. (Caution: It does not take a lot of weight to make this a killer tool. I suggest roughly 25-30% of your body weight for beginners.) Draw up the excess fabric until there is some room for movement but not a lot. Secure the excess fabric with duct tape. Done!
Here are a couple of tutorial aids:
Now, what the heck do you do with this thing, we'll talk later. Just build one!