Friday, January 27, 2012

Do it yourself sandbag.

 When I first started doing Bodyrock.tv workouts I was a little putout that they used a sandbag sometimes.  I didn't have a sandbag and didn't want to spend $120 to buy the super awesome sandbag they had.  I read other people's comments about making their own for cheaper and I followed suit.  I thought I would share what I did for mine.

I bought bags of rice in 5 and 10 lb bags and threw them in an old duffle bag.  Worked pretty good until the bags started to break down and little grains of rice would go flying everywhere while I hefted the bag around.
 I used bags of brown sugar for awhile too but my kids figured that out and broke into them for a snack and then I had a mess.

So here is my solution.  Take the bag of rice
 and a roll of duct tape

 wrap the bag of rice in the duct tape.
 Until it looks like this

 Here are all my bags, one ten and two 5 pound bags

 Put them in an old duffel bag you have, I had several laying around.
I also found it helpful to wrap some around the outside of the bag to help make it easier to handle.
(Don't mind the small girl child about to climb the dresser in the background.)



 and finally use it while working out. 
 Pretty easy!
Here is a small cost breakdown
5 lb bag of rice about $4 x2 = 8
 10 lb bag of rice $7
1 roll of duct tape $4
old bag laying around the house $0
Total cost is less than $20
Amount of money saved $100!
Working out and feeling great..Priceless!

35 comments:

  1. What a cost saver. Great idea!!!

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  2. One tip: Make sure you don't throw them at weddings.

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  3. This is awesome, Christy!! I was always put off by that too but your idea is definitely doable!

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  4. That is BRILLIANT! I have been trying to figure out how to simulate a sandbag because I'm too cheap to buy a real one.

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  5. great idea!
    I have an old duffle bag and I just bought a 20lb bag of sand from HomeDepot.
    Wrapped it up in a garbage bag, put it in the duffle bag and poof!

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  6. This is a great idea! I was cracking up though at the pictures of your daughter running past and heading for the dresser! Glad to know I'm not the only one!!

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  7. Nice! I love your daughter in the background. I can only imagine how hard you were working on keeping your smile while she was back there.

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  8. This is a great idea.

    I meant to act on it when you first posted a few months ago and forgot about it... will look at it now for sure!

    Thanks for the reminder.

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  9. Wow, great idea. I was just watching BodyRock and thought this is great, but I don't want to spend all the money on their workout stuff. I'm going to try this:) Thanks!

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  10. I am totally doing this!! Thank you for sharing!! :)

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  11. That is awesome. Thanks for sharing that

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  12. You are so creative, nice work!

    So I think of you as my strength training blog friend...I was wondering if you've tried any kettle bell stuff? I'm thinking of going to a kettle bell class because a friend suggested it, but I just don't know a whole lot about it. Let me know if you have thoughts about it!

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  13. Check that out!! You made lemonade out of lemons! :)

    I was laughing thinking about the rice flying in every which direction. :)

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  14. Great idea! I used to use cans and jugs of things as barbells!

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  15. Very impressive and resourceful!

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  16. haha. i was trying to think up the same thing on how to make my own. But i wasn't sure about how heavy I needed them. Great idea! BodyRock on!

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  17. doi! Such a genius idea thanks for sharing!!

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  18. thank you so much for sharing this! i looked into some of the bodyrock tv workouts the other day and was wondering what others did about buying the things needed...this is a great idea!!!

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  19. Great tips! I've never tried Bodyrock, but am ready for a new strength workout... gotta look into this!

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  20. This is totally awesome! Thanks for sharing :)

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  21. that's so smart!! what is bodyrock? DVD? stopping by from fitness friday

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  22. i can't believe that your kids broke into your duffle and ate sugar for a snack! kids are so funny sometimes. was thinking about doing this myself but just haven't gotten around to it yet as life has been freakishly busy as of late.

    Love your muscular legs!

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  23. LOVE this idea!

    Oh, and if you haven't already been tagged... TAG!

    http://29goingon29again.blogspot.com/2012/01/eleven-times-two.html

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  24. You're awesome and I love your BodyRock workout posts!

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  25. GENIUS!!! Love the idea :) so simple and better than going out and spending a fortune!

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  26. Coming from the FFBH!! Awesome economical idea!! My sister does Bodyrock workouts I haven't tried them yet!

    www.lgifit.com

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  27. love this, i was so turned off that anyone would charge 100 for the bag, which I am sure is great but still insane to me!

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