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Make Your Own Sandbags

Sandbags are all the rage in fitness today. Whether you are trying to increase your strength, improve your coordination, or challenge your balance, sandbags are a popular choice for people of all ages. A sandbag is a unique piece of training equipment that is often made out of a neoprene bag filled with sand. Once you see how easy it is to make sandbags, you will definitely want to make your own.

Start by gathering your materials. You will need:

  • scissors
  • old jeans
  • a bag of pea gravel
  • duct tape
  • plastic bags (I used quart size)
  • method of sewing
  • scale to weigh the bags


Once you have your materials you can begin to fill the bags. Be sure to leave enough room for the filler to move around. You’ll also weigh the bags so you end up with the size you want. The sandbags in this video weigh three and four pounds.

Seal the bags and cover them with duct tape. Next take the legs of your jeans and cut them into segments straight across as shown in the video. You will be sliding these over the filled bags so be sure to leave enough fabric to close up the ends.

And finally, the last step is to sew up the two ends. Feel free to change the materials and mix it up. Explore other ways to make your fitness training more functional and varied. You can use sandbags to create fun, yet challenging workouts to meet the needs of all of your clients.

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About Diane McDowell

As a Personal Fitness Trainer certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), Diane helps others find their path to fitness. Since fitness is a lifelong endeavor she knows it should fit each person’s lifestyle. Regardless of gender, age, physical abilities, or access to exercise equipment, fitness can be something enjoyed by all.

With a specialty certification in Functional Training from ACE, Diane helps people improve their overall quality of life by teaching them how to move more efficiently. She assesses posture for muscle-joint imbalances that can cause movement compensations and lead to injury. Diane also helps older adults find ways to be more active and stay independent for as long as possible.

Diane develops personalized fitness plans for individuals and small groups and helps implement them in a setting that fits their lifestyle. People enjoy the convenience of working out in the comfort of their own home, local park or even their office.

When Diane is not working with small groups and individuals, she helps businesses promote a healthy workplace by addressing the health and fitness needs of employees and delivering motivational wellness talks.

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