Homemade sandbag.


Venerated Contributor
Apr 29, 2011
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Afternoon lads.

Been looking at new ways of training lately, MMA, conditioning, sprints, crossfit and all that.

Got a few bits and bobs i'm getting for myself. Now i've been looking at sandbag to train with. As fireman carries, throwing, lifting, squating with and pressing with ! Anything possible really.

Now i've looked around and on ebay theres a few.


Looks like a bolldy good bag, with plenty of handles so you can change your grip and waht your doing with it. BUT god damn they are expensive.

I've sen a few home made ones and i think they are the route to go down. Big duffle bags and, what ever amount of sand you want.

I was wondering, will they work ? Won't the sand leak ? Bag isn't capable of holding that weight ? They probably will but, is it worth spending a bit more for purposly made sandbags, or go the cheap route and possibly have to buy a few down the line ?


I was thinking possiblt this one ?

Stokey this is probably a thread for you, seeing as you have the same interests as me in this sort of training.


Venerated Contributor
Aug 18, 2009
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i just got a sports bag, poured a couple of sandbags in there from b and q, and duct taped the bag but taped around the handles, was like a tenner and works fine


Yes they work, place the sand into plastic contractor/rubble type bags (tough and durable) I double bag mine then put that inside of a duffel bag or Hessian sack, these do need replacing from time to time but you can pick them up for free in the right places so no worry there.

I?d never shell out cash on these ready made ones, you could make and fill many homemade bags for less.

Also steer clear of handles, the beauty of a sandbag is its hard to hold, you have to wrestle it around handles take away a large grip proportion of the tool.

If the duffle bag you have has them on I personally would cut them off or tape them down.



Venerated Contributor
Apr 13, 2010
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My mate who is a fitness instructor pointed me in this direction.
Old school kit bag :http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-Large...Collectables_Militaria_LE&hash=item1c256cc28c
then add the sand kept in there bags for obvious reasons from B&Q or equivalent DIY stores. I put a couple of heavy duty bin liners in mine also just to help keep it all together inside and tie it up once in.
It turned out to me mega strong and durable.