Making your own sandbags

by Lori and Michelle on April 7, 2011

Looks like many of you have either achieved your dreams or are still working towards your dreams! You all inspire us everyday to keep reaching for ours.  And one of those dreams of ours is to be as healthy and fit as we can be… bodyrock tv helps us reach those goals.

Now you all know a few basics of bodyrock tv workouts to get your started but what if want to increase the workouts even more? Or see Zuzana doing a few exercises with her sandbag and wonder how you can do the same?

Well you are in luck because today we are sharing how we made our own sandbags. Sandbags are a great way to add in some ‘weight’ and super easy to make yourself.

Michelle and I did bodyrock tv for about 7 months before we really added in extra ‘weight’ to increase our intensity in our workouts. So… yes you can grow muscle by using your own body weight, we did it and increased our strength!!! But we are at the point where we want to take our workouts to the next level and we feel with the extra weight of sandbags will help!

In regards to doing bodyrock tv workouts the only real equipment we use is the Gymboss Interval Timer (best thing ever) and a jump rope.

**we have used a chair and broom stick, Zuzana has talked about before in substitute for her reverse push-ups (does pretty well)


Lately Michelle and I have wanted to try new things for our workouts and using a weighted sandbag is perfect! Now you can buy your own sandbag but making your own is fine and cheap :)

Here is how we made ours:

We got this pink bag at the Donna Marathon for free , but any bag would do.

Cheap top dollar bags of rice (one 5lb bag and one 2lb bag is what we use). Could use anything, sand, beans, etc.

Equals about 7 lb bag!!

Sometimes we throw in our 3lb weights for extra bonus – making a 10lb bag!

Now really no excuse to not be able to lift at home

Sandbag in action…thank you to our lovely model.

We have been using the sandbag for a few weeks now, not at every workout, but a few times a week.

We are still new to using the sandbag, but we are looking forward to more workouts with it.

Twins Question: What is your favorite DIY gym equipment? Ever make your own sandbag? What is your favorite at home gym equipment?

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Ashley April 7, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Whoa. Look at your rockin’ arm muscles!!! Love the tone in your legs too!

Ela April 7, 2011 at 3:05 pm

What fun! You look gorgeous and toned, and I love ‘make your own’ tips for fitness props.

lindsay April 7, 2011 at 3:17 pm

oh such a great idea! briliant!

Pure2 April 7, 2011 at 3:34 pm

aww thanks Ashley :)

Pure2 April 7, 2011 at 3:34 pm

haha thanks Ela! yes making things yourself is great :)

Pure2 April 7, 2011 at 3:34 pm

Thanks Lindsay! it took us awhile to finally getting around to this post LOL

Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food April 7, 2011 at 3:50 pm

great idea! :)

Pure2 April 7, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Thanks Jen!

Hayley April 7, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Thanks for the sand bag how to! Good idea to make your own. I was really intimidated by Body rock at first because zuzana is so ripped, and I don’t think I’m that strong…but everyone starts somewhere and I really need to do more strength training because I’ve been a cardio junkie lately. I’m off to pick up some bags of rice :)

MarathonVal April 7, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Honestly, I think you’re brilliant. I would have never thought to put other items into a backpack or other bag to use as weights… love, love this idea!

Pure2 April 8, 2011 at 5:33 am

thanks Val!

Carrie (Moves 'N Munchies) April 8, 2011 at 6:37 am

umm.. coolest thing ever alert!!!
that is SO Awesome and very clever!

Pure2 April 8, 2011 at 7:42 am

thanks Carrie!

janetha @ meals & moves April 8, 2011 at 11:18 am

This is a GREAT tutorial post. Those dang sandbags are $100! When I get back to bodyrock after insanity, I am totally making my own!

Pure2 April 8, 2011 at 11:58 am

yes Janetha they are expensive! that is why we ended up making our own, it does the same pretty good 😉

Karen April 8, 2011 at 1:41 pm

I love the Body Rock workouts – have only just started but they are inspiring. Do you know of anywhere that lists which ones are “bodyweight only” or it it hit and miss?

I really enjoy reading your blog – so many great and healthy ideas. I particularly like when you do so many variations on a particular food. I think it makes other people more adventurous in the kitchen too. The way people really learn to enjoy being in the kitchen is to risk some mistakes and to learn what additions and deletions of ingredients do to taste and texture.

Keep on blogging!

Pure2 April 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Thanks Karen :) xoxo

hihorosie April 11, 2011 at 12:24 pm

great idea! I just keep lifting my son and consider it good. ha ha! he weights 30 or so pounds. Hmm…I’m still not very toned though. :)

Cordelia April 26, 2011 at 7:48 am

What a great idea!!! Those sandbags are insanely expensive. Your idea could work!! thanks a lot!!! :)

Chris__L May 2, 2011 at 12:29 pm

I like your bag! It’s hard to argue you can’t make a DIY bag when it can be as simple as putting some rice in a bag to add weight!

Take care,

claudia May 2, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Thnx for the tip…I can share with my friends your idea.

Ashley August 23, 2011 at 8:32 am

Oh yes…I remember this post :)

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