I love finding new pieces of functional training equipment to add to my home gym. Especially affordable ones. I was pretty excited when I heard about the Ultimate Sandbag. I was even more excited for the opportunity to review it and tell you all about it. The Ultimate Sandbag was created by Josh Henkin. Josh was a Division 1 athlete that suffered a severe back injury. Not only did this injury end his career but it seriously compromised the quality of his everyday life. Physical therapy wasn't doing anything to ease his pain, so he set out to find his own solution. The long road to that solution resulted in the development of the Ultimate Sandbag. Read more about it - Here.
I was sent the Power Package to review. This package comes with:
1 - 19 x 9 power shell made of military grade, non-abrasive, leak proof material.
2- filler sacks that can each hold between 5-15 pounds of sand.
1 - Instructional DVD.
1 - Wall poster that details several exercises that can be done with the sandbag.
1 - Instructional booklet.
The outer shell features 7 different easy grip handles allowing for hundreds of different movements. All you need to do is pick up a bag of sand, fill your bags and you are ready to begin training.
The power package has a price tag of $99.99. This may seem a little steep at first glance. But once you see all of the exercises you can perform with the sandbag, you will begin to realize that it more than pays for itself with all of the gym equipment it could replace.
We decided to fill our filler bags with individual zip lock bags that contained 10 lbs. of sand each. This way we could easily adjust the weight of the bag depending on the movements we wish to perform. This alone can save you a lot of money compared to buying a set of dumbbells in varying weights.
We carefully slid 3, 10 lb. bags of sand into each filler bag.
Next, we closed the filler bags by folding the top of the bag over two times, sealing it with thick layers of Velcro. The filler bags are very durable and I have yet to see any leakage.
Then we placed both of the sealed filler bags into the outer shell and sealed the bag closed using the heavy duty zipper and snaps. Our sandbag is now ready to use.
We went straight for the full capacity of 30 lbs. and made a day of playing with our new toy. Below are just a few of the movements you can perform with the Ultimate Sandbag.
We have even been practicing doing weighted runs. Let me tell you, these are NO JOKE. Running 400m with the bag on my shoulders felt harder than running a 5k and I was only carrying an additional 30 lbs. My husband even took it one step further and did his run while holding it overhead for an added arm and shoulder workout.
My husband and I both love training with the sandbag. It has been a great addition to our home gym. It is so versatile and is the perfect solution for a total body workout. We have even thrown it in the trunk of the car and taken it on the road with us for workouts while away from home.
My favorite thing about the sandbag was that even fully loaded at only 30 lbs., it is still a challenging workout. For example, 30 lbs. for an overhead squat is not a lot of weight. But with the added challenge of odd object training that the sandbag brings, the movement becomes incredibly harder. For example, if I were to overhead squat using a conventional barbell loaded with 100 lbs. and my form is correct, each arm would be balancing and lifting half of the load equally. Whereas with the sandbag, the weight is not fixed and is subject to shifting making the load heavier on one side at any given time. This makes the movement substantially harder and engages more muscles throughout the body.
Final verdict - Amazing, quality product!
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***Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample product for review and giveaway purposes. The opinions expressed within are completely my own and are in no part influenced by the fact that I obtained this product free of charge***