Move It Monday: A New Workout Tool

by tinareale on July 16, 2012

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Hello and good morning to all! Did you have a good weekend? I don’t really have much to fill you in on from my weekend, but I still loved it nonetheless. It revolved around family time, some relaxation, and quality time with God. Not too shabby for Tina. It’s what life’s about to me, so I certainly enjoyed myself. Smile

With a busy week ahead, let’s jump right into today’s Move It Monday. I have a fun, new workout tool to share with all of you and a recap of my workouts this past week.

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To sum up my workouts right now – I’m into cycle classes. And I’m into circuits. They’re giving me such a challenge right now and I love how quick they can be. Like the one I’m about to share with you. It took me about 20 minutes and left my body saying “Woah! What was that?!Likely a little help from the new tool I used.

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Awhile ago, the Fitfluential Ambassadors had the offer to receive one of these cool bags from Josh Henkin, the inventor of the Ultimate Sandbag Training System. I thought it would be a great tool to add to my home gym and the Fitfluential crew along with Josh mercifully allowed me the chance to review one.

The Ultimate Sandbag offers so much in one piece of equipment:

  • builds core strength
  • the unstable shifting of the bag’s weight causes your body to work harder and burn more calories
  • improves flexibility and muscular balance by training all muscles
  • provides more variety to workouts
  • useful for functional training exercises

In fact, this sandbag training system offers a risk free 30 day trial and guarantees a full refund if you’re not satisfied. I did receive the Ultimate Sandbag system to review free of charge from Fitfluential and Josh Henkin, but I have to say – if you were considering trying one out for a home gym tool, then go for it! I’m a believer. The Ultimate Sandbag Training site even offers an online library with different video workouts to try out for free and a lot of other information posts to get people started.

I reviewed videos and played around with my new toy for awhile before putting it to work with my own little workout. I put together the following circuit for a quick 20 minute strength workout that got my heart rate pumping way more than I could have ever expected, as well. I have a feeling I will be using this sandbag in a lot of workouts at home. So practical!

SANDBAG TRAINING CIRCUIT

COMPLETE EACH OF THE FOLLOWING MOVES BACK TO BACK IN A CIRCUIT FORMAT.

Exercise 1 – Clean & Press

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Exercise 2 & 3 – Touchdown Single Leg Squat (Right Side 1st round, Left Side 2nd round)

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Exercise 4 – Walking Lunge with Leg Lifts

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Exercise 5 – Squat & Swing with Bag

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Exercise 6 – Plank & Bag Pull

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Exercise 7 – V Crunch with Bag Overhead

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I completed the exercises as a circuit by doing each move for 50 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest. I went through the workout 3 times, which added up to just over 20 minutes of my time. I was spent at the end of the 20 minutes! But I still had SO much fun!

Your Turn – Have you ever used sandbags in workouts? What’s a new workout tool you’ve tried in the last year?

{ 37 comments }

1 Katie @wishandwhimsy July 16, 2012 at 7:26 am

Great review and the demo pics are perfect. Looks like a great home or take anywhere tool!

2 Alison @ racingtales July 16, 2012 at 7:57 am

Wow, that looks cool, and so much more versatile than weights! Love the pics…plank pull looks fun!

3 Heather (Heather's Dish) July 16, 2012 at 8:13 am

I’ve been wondering where to get a good sandbag! Love the new workout :)

4 Kierston July 16, 2012 at 8:20 am

I haven’t used sandbags in my workout but it sure looks like a good workout! Thanks for the review!

5 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers July 16, 2012 at 8:32 am

Looks like a good workout! I used a sandbag for the first time about a month or so ago, but to my dismay, it leaked bits of sand on me! Ugh – stupid gym and their stupid equipment. haha It’d be great to try one that’s actually intact!

6 tinareale July 17, 2012 at 7:33 am

This one even has smaller bags that you fill with the sand and that completely seal shut before you even put them in the training bag. No mess. I had actually wondered about sand flying around too before I saw how it all works.

7 Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots July 16, 2012 at 8:33 am

holy cow that workout seems hard!

8 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers July 16, 2012 at 8:33 am

Looks like a great workout! I tried a sandbag for the first time a month or so ago, but it leaked bits of sand on me! When you’re extra sweaty in the gym, and the sandbag leaks, the sand sticks! ugh… better luck next time

9 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers July 16, 2012 at 8:34 am

Ha – sorry I commented twice. Feel free to delete. My silly computer said it didn’t go through. :(

10 Kelly July 16, 2012 at 9:19 am

YES! Sandbags are insane!!!! Love them !

11 tinareale July 17, 2012 at 7:34 am

I was so shocked at how much it got my heart rate up!

12 Brittany @ Delights and Delectables July 16, 2012 at 9:39 am

I have been wanting to try a sandbag! Looks fun!!

13 Emily@BloggingRunner July 16, 2012 at 10:13 am

Looks like an awesome workout!

14 Christine @ Love, Life, Surf July 16, 2012 at 10:24 am

This looks like so much fun!! I tried a sandbag once in a bootcamp class and it was great. Definitely feels different from tradition weights and forces you to adjust in different ways. Great pics of your circuit!

15 Heather @ Better With Veggies July 16, 2012 at 11:01 am

AWESOME!! I have been wanting to try a sandbag, looks like an amazing home workout tool! :)

16 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More July 16, 2012 at 11:15 am

What a cool little tool! I would imagine you can get some pretty great workouts with that thing. Noted. ;)

17 Felicia July 16, 2012 at 11:52 am

I love my sandbag! you can do so much with it, and i really like how you can change the weight easily. i use mine all the time!

18 Kelly@FitnessAmerica July 16, 2012 at 11:55 am

Those v-crunches with the sandbag overhead look really tough! I’ve never used a sandbag before but I bet they really pushed your workout to the next level. The workout tool I started using in the past year that I like are ankle weights that strap on. They really intensify ab workouts like the bicycle and even simply leg raises. I’ve had to workout my lower back more to decrease back pain during ab exercises, and these have really helped.

19 tinareale July 17, 2012 at 7:35 am

I have some ankle weights that I haven’t used in forever. I need to break them out again. Thanks for the reminder!

20 Stacy @ Stacy Eats July 16, 2012 at 11:56 am

Cool! Looks fun and hard. I’ve been liking the big ropes at the gym that we use as an arm and shoulder workout. Stand in place, squatting, and whip the rope 25 times for two sets. Tiring but fun.

21 tinareale July 17, 2012 at 7:36 am

My gym just got a new functional room that has the heavy ropes. I can’t wait to find a time to incorporate them!

22 Lauren @ Sassy Molassy July 16, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Whew! That looks like a tough workout, especially the last move. Zuksana from Bodyrock has had some great workouts using a sandbag, but tough to do if you don’t actually have one. :)

23 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats July 16, 2012 at 1:40 pm

I’ve never even seen anything using a sandbag! A new to me tool in the past year? Hmmm… Can’t think of anything but in the past two years the medicine ball and the bosu ball!

24 Leonor @FoodFaithFitness July 16, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I’ve seen sandbag workouts on BodyRock TV. Looks like a good workout.

25 Lisa July 16, 2012 at 2:19 pm

I have plans to buy the sandbag this week actually. I’m pretty stoked! I love that you can change the weight and have so many options to do wit it!

26 tinareale July 17, 2012 at 7:36 am

Hope you do buy it! It’s really such a neat workout tool and so versatile.

27 Katrina July 16, 2012 at 2:32 pm

WOW! That looks awesome. I’ll definitely have to add that to my workout arsenal! Thanks for the great post!

28 Rachel July 16, 2012 at 2:51 pm

I used to follow Bodyrock and they would use sandbags, but I never bought one myself.. I always replace it with my kettlebells lol

29 tinareale July 17, 2012 at 7:37 am

Dare I say I liked this better than kettlebells because you can really toss it around. That could be me always fearing I was going to knock myself out though. Haha! ;)

30 Paige @ Your Trainer Paige July 16, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Awesome! I actually considered grabbing one of these with a Dick’s coupon I had this weekend. I wish I had (the coupon expired :( ) Seems like it’d be a great tool for training in-home clients, too!

31 tinareale July 17, 2012 at 7:38 am

It really is GREAT! I can’t wait to use it in a group client setting someday!

32 Melissa @ Live, Love, & Run July 16, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Gah! Dying to try a sandbag workout! The Plank & Bag Pull looks insane! We’re moving to a house out in the country where we even have slow internet – no cable for us! So, chances are, I’m going to have to give up my gym membership. Ah well. Or put it on hold for a while at least. It looks like I’m going to have to build up my home gym. ;) (So sad, isn’t it? lol)

33 Electra @ Vanilla Bean Lean July 16, 2012 at 5:41 pm

I LOVE LOVE LOVE my ultimate sandbag!!!! It’s one of my favorite fitness tools I have! Plus, being pink doesn’t hurt ;-)

34 Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health July 16, 2012 at 8:01 pm

That looks like a kicka$$ workout!! I’ve never used a sandbag before, but I’m pretty sure I’d be able to put it to good use :D

35 Tempie (The Texas Peach) July 16, 2012 at 8:21 pm

That does look like it would be more fun than just using dumbbells. I can see where it would be a very effective and challenging workout. That Plank & Bag Pull thing looks especially tough!

36 stacey July 17, 2012 at 5:10 pm

love love love my sandbag. the SB pull is an awesome exercise, variation of it, do a walking plank foward (can even add a push up if you feel the need)and pull the bag, then reverese your movement and drag is backwards as you plank walk backwards. hits the core like crazy!

37 Cheryl Mosley July 18, 2012 at 3:42 pm

That’s it–I WANT ONE! Great review and great exercises! I am PINNING!

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