Mud Run Training TOTW: Build a Killer Homemade Sandbag

Sandbaggin’ It!

This week I posted a killer sandbag workout for an intense change of pace to your everyday mud run training. Sandbags provide many training advantages due to their incredible versatility and malleability – a constantly shifting load means that you will get a bonus workout for your stabilizer muscles plus the awkward shape makes it a great tool for grip strength. To learn more about the benefits of a sandbag workout go here.

If you’re running out to buy one or ordering something like the Ultimate Sandbag online, you can easily spend anywhere from $50-100. But really, there’s no need, as a homemade bag will provide some serious bang for your buck. Building your own takes just a few minutes and some common household items. Here’s how…

What you need:

  • Duct Tape
  • Heavy Duty Garbage Bags or Contractor Bags
  • One 50 Pound Bag of Play Sand
  • One Cheap Canvas Duffel or Laundry Bag

To Make Your Homemade Sandbag:

Mud run training | homemade sandbag

Get a 50 lb bag of play sand. I got this at Home Depot for about $3.50.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mud run training | homemade sandbag

You will also need a roll of duct tape and some heavy-duty garbage bags or contractor bags.

 

 

 

 

 

Mud run training | homemade sandbag

The last item you need is a cheap duffel or laundry bag. I picked this up at a craft store for $7.00.

 

 

 

 

To assemble:

Mud run training | homemade sandbag

Step 1. Open the sand and get a garbage bag ready. If your bags are not heavy-duty, double them up.

 

 

 

 

Mud run training | homemade sandbag

Step 2. Pour into garbage bag. The easiest method is to cover the open bag of sand with the garbage bag, then flip the whole thing upside down to pour the sand.

 

 

 

Mud run training | homemade sandbag

Step 3. Form the bag of sand into a nice round shape that somewhat matches the shape of your canvas bag, then squeeze out the air and tie a knot at the top of the bag.

 

 

 

 

Mud run training | homemade sandbag

Step 4. Wrap the garbage bag with an outer layer of duct tape. This will help prevent it from rupturing. Don’t wrap the tape too tightly, you want the sand to be malleable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mud run training | homemade sandbag

Step 5. Once you finish wrapping the sandbag with duct tape, drop it into the canvas bag.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mud run training | homemade sandbag

Step 6. Zip or close up the bag. I used a laundry bag for this version and sealed it up with two zip ties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Completed bag. I cut off the strap and tucked the top loops into the knot. The twist ties help form a nice long handle that is great for gripping.

Step 7. Completed bag. I cut off the strap and tucked the top loops into the knot. The twist ties help form a nice long handle that is great for gripping.

 

 

 

 

 

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4 comments… add one

  • Chad Januskiewicz December 2, 2011, 12:43 pm

    Thanks Paul. Great idea.

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  • Annie January 7, 2012, 11:30 am

    I just finished mine!! :-) The only thing I did different was put a couple pieces of tape over the zip ties so if I was tossing it, it wouldn’t hurt my hands so bad if I did happen to catch it there.

    Reply
  • Rocco Jones February 29, 2012, 1:33 pm

    What type of material is the bag made out of? Cotton, canvas, polyester? And how is it holding up to the rigors of our workout?

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    • Paul - "Mud Run Maniac" March 1, 2012, 10:34 pm

      Hey Rocco, I made the sandbag from a pretty cheap canvas laundry sac that I picked up at a craft store for around $7-8. It holds up great. I mostly take it to the beach or toss it around on a football field. It’s perfect for needs right now and fit the budget! It’s great for dragging and hurling over my shoulder. I’d like to stitch on a couple handles to allow me to do more exercises with it, but really, the fact that’s it’s a durable 50-pound sandbag gives me plenty to work with. Thanks for checking in and reading the blog. Let me know if you have any ideas/improvements in mind.

      Best,
      Paul

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