So it’s Lockdown 2.0 here in England. If you’re a gym-goer once again we’re looking for ways to feel inspired to get off the settee and keep moving because without our fix of endorphins this is going to be so much tougher than 1.0; we need them more than ever now we’re in November!
Joe Wicks is primed, Captain Tom has his runners good to go, so we need plan of action for this next 4 weeks.
During Lockdown 1.0 we were forced to think a little laterally. For me I started kettlebell training something I’d never ever considered. Needing a deal of coordination the movements didn’t come easily to me, but I started following Youtube workouts, Heather Robertson’s was a favourite at the time(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxEiJ4Yy8g4) and during those Summer months I saw it as a new challenge, a refreshing change to the ‘how many bench presses I can churn out today’ test.
It must be four years ago that I had a sandbag bought for me as a birthday present. It’s in the garage, out of the box but has never seen a grain of sand, I must say from time to time I glance at it thinking one day you’ll come out, but not today.
So we’re at the time to think laterally again about what we can do to maintain motivation, and for me I need a new challenge. So, I’ve seen a pile of fine stone chipping that have been piled up in a carpark within walking distance of me, they must have been there for more than two years that will never be used, and today is the day the sandbag comes out.
I’ve never tried pure sandbag training before so for those still reading these are a few benefits.
The Benefits of Sandbag Training
- Sandbags Build Stability
The nature of sandbag training is such that you’ll have to work hard to control the constantly-shifting centre of mass. This builds strength and stability and has performance benefits for anyone who needs to be able to control awkward objects in their life, work or sport. The vast majority of stability training involves an unstable surface, using a stability ball or wobble board for example. While this has some benefits it’s important that we also train with unstable objects as this produces a different set of strengths and skills.
- Sandbag Training Can Be Done Anywhere
I can use my sandbag in the gym, garage and outdoors. Plus, when I travel I often take an empty sandbag with me and fill it up when I arrive. It’s very difficult to do that with any traditional free weight.
- Sandbag Training is Affordable
Whether you opt for a homemade sandbag or a commercial model, sandbag training is versatile and affordable. Adding extra weight to your sandbag is either exceptionally cheap (at around £2 per 25kg) or free!
- Sandbag Training is Tough!
If you’re exclusively training for absolute strength then the barbell is king. But if you’re looking for a challenging workout that will build strength and conditioning then the sandbag is a great tool. Plus, weight-for-weight the sandbag is an incredibly tough training tool to work with. Most people report that they can lift around 40-50% less in a sandbag than they could on a barbell.
- Sandbag Training is Great For Sports Performance
There are few other training tools that offer the same level of challenge as the sandbag. Plus it is perfectly suited to unconventional drills like load carries, sprints, drags and throws – all excellent for anyone who wants to improve sports performance. And the sheer brute strength needed to train with sandbags develops strong shoulders, legs and backs like few other things.
So it’s now off to the carpark with my trowel and just hope I don’t get caught taking 15Kg of gravel.
Then it’s planning time for the remains of Sunday to figure out what I’m going to do with this thing.
Drop us some comments below. Have used this year as a means to try out new things, let us know!