Monday, 29 August 2011

Fun And Games With The Brute Force Sandbag

I fancied a day off from regular training today so I decided to do some "fun" stuff with my Brute Force Sandbag.

Turkish Get-Ups (TGU's), Windmills and Swings. Who needs kettlebells? In fact, I worked out that you can also use your Brute Force Sandbag just like a Bulgarian Bag too (although being this awesome may well void your warranty).

I used a 35kg sandbag with the following grip:

Try 5-10 repetitions of each exercise, repeated for 2-3 sets.

Turkish Get-Up

The Turkish Get-Up is a tough, full body movement that will do great things for your core and shoulder strength. Start off lying flat on the ground with the sandbag held in one arm above your chest. Then stand up, keeping that arm straight throughout the movement. This can be achieved in a few different ways - but I recommend "rolling out" to the side (up onto your elbow) and then standing up in a lunge movement.

The Windmill

The Windmill is another great core exercise that you rarely see these days. Simply hold the sandbag overhead in one hand. Then, keeping your legs straight, reach down towards the floor.

The Swing

Plenty of people do Swings with Kettlebells but it's also possible (and much harder) with a sandbag. Grip the bag at either end and hold it between your legs. Using a powerful hip drive, start generating momentum with the bag. Be sure to keep your arms relaxed and aim to swing the bag up to at least chest height. Keep your spine in neutral throughout!

Or single handed:

And Just When You Thought It Couldn't Get Any Better!

Who needs a Bulgarian Bag?

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Todays Workout - Pull Ups To Failure aka "Death By Pull Ups"

Perform one Pull Up in the first minute, 2 Pull Ups in the second minute and so on until you cannot complete the required number of Pull Ups within the minute. When you hit failure, complete 250 Squats as fast as possible.

Record your time and score.

Train hard!

Thursday, 25 August 2011

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Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Todays Workout - 5, 10, 15

5 Pull Ups, 10 Heavy Sandbag Push Press, 15 Squats. 10 rounds.

Men aim for a 50kg sandbag, women aim for 30kg.

Record your time.

Train hard!

Monday, 22 August 2011

Todays Workout - 10 to 1

Press/Push Ups, Sandbag Round-the-Worlds and Sandbag High Pulls. Perform 10 reps of each exercise, then 9 etc.

Record your time.

Train hard!

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Todays Workout - Win Big!

For anyone that can beat my time in todays workout I'll give you a free personalised 6 week program! Just film yourself doing the workout (with the required weights) and send me a link to the video. The first 5 winners will have a program written by yours truly.

The workout is:

5 Strict Pull Ups
10 Sandbag Thrusters
15 30" Box Jumps

5 rounds as fast as possible.

I managed 7:28. Men need a 40kg sandbag, women need a 25kg sandbag.

Train hard!

The judges decision (me) is final so make sure technique is sharp. Matt

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Todays Workout - 3,6,9

3 Pull Ups, 6 Sandbag Overhead Press, 9 Sandbag High Pulls. As many rounds as possible in 10 minutes.

Record your score.

Train hard!

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Todays Workout

10 Box Jumps, 10 Sit Ups, 10 Sandbag Zercher Squats. 5 rounds.

Record your time.

Train hard!

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Todays Workout - Horrible Hill Sprints

Find a hill of approximately 50 metres. Put your sandbag across your back and sprint up the hill. At the top, complete 10 squats. Jog back to the bottom of the hill and repeat for a total of 10 hill sprints. Do not, at any stage, put the sandbag down during this workout.

Record your time.

Train hard!

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Todays Workout - 30's

30 Press/Push Ups, 30 Sit Ups, 30 Sandbag Push Press, 30 Squats. 3 rounds.

Record your time.

Train hard!

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Todays Workout - Dude where's your sandbag?

3 Pull Ups, 6 Push/Press Ups, 6 Box Jumps. As many rounds as possible in 10 minutes.

Record your score.

Train hard!

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Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Todays Workout - Sandbag Hill Sprints

Find a hill of approximately 50 metres. Run up it as fast as you can with a sandbag over your shoulder, dump the bag at the top of the hill and jog back to the bottom of the hill. Sprint back to the top of the hill, collect the bag and return to the bottom of the hill. Repeat the sequence until you have completed 5 loaded hill sprints and 5 unloaded hill sprints.

Record your time.

Train hard!

Friday, 5 August 2011

Todays Workout - Pushing My Luck

10 Sandbag Push Press, 10 Burpees. As many rounds as possible in 10 minutes.

Record your score.

Train hard!

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

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Monday, 1 August 2011

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Todays Workout - 10's

10 Box Jumps, 10 Sit Ups, 10 Sandbag Zercher Squats. 5 rounds.

Record your time.

Train hard!