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Why We Train with sandbags

After we used the sandbags in Thursday’s workout (our last before lockdown), It reminded me how challenging but fun they are! So on Sunday, I grabbed them out and again and did another workout with them. There is something greatly satisfying throwing around a heavy, floppy bag in a workout. Besides being enjoyable and challenging, It was also a reminder of the incredible benefits of using sandbags as a training tool. And here’s why!


Sandbags are functional

Barbells are great; they allow us to work out with evenly distributed weight. It enables us to produce maximal strength and power, moving the load through a consistent, often vertical, line of action.
But how often does that happen in real-life situations. How often can we set up perfectly in real-life situations in the same way we can with, say, a heavy barbell clean? Whether it’s, running after our dog or, worse, a child in the middle of the road. Or even something more mundane as packing boxes into the back of the van. Most of the movements in our daily lives are often uneven and unbalanced.
The sandbag is inherently unstable as the weight inside of it constantly shifts from rep to rep. This more accurately represents how we move in our daily lives, making it a great workout tool that will help us train for movements that we find ourselves regularly doing throughout our days.

Sandbags elicit a strong neurological response.

The unstable load of a sandbag carries over into functional movements and real-world activities, which also means increased core work.

Thanks to the constant shifting of unbalanced weight, your core has to work harder to stabilize the load to move from point A to point B.

When your body has to make these adjustments rep after rep, your brain signals for it to do just that, so by regularly training with sandbags, your brain and body will constantly be communicating with each other to accommodate for these small differences in movement patterns. This results in a variety of benefits, from increased cognitive function to stronger, more stable joints.

For most of us we spend one hour of our day in the box where we train under controlled supervised conditions to lay the foundations of functional movement both physically and neurologically so we can apply what we learn in this environment in order for us to apply what we learn in the real world for the other 23 hours of the day

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