During the Spartan Championship race I had trouble with the sand bag carry and bucket brigade. We had to carry two sandbags instead of one and the bucket brigade distance was much greater than I was used to. I have to improve on these two obstacles to become a better Spartan racer. So, I sought out to replicate the obstacles the best way I could. I made my own sandbags and put together a sand filled bucket. The later was pretty much a bonus from making the sandbags.
What I purchased
You can find all the supplies at your nearest hardware store or online. I went to my local Home Depot. All products that I could find online (or something similar) are linked. Here is what I bought:
Poly-Woven Sandbag (4)
HDX Outdoor Garbage Bags (35 pack)
Zip ties (20 pack)
Gorilla Duct Tape (1 roll)
60 lbs of Sand (3)
5 Gallon Bucket and Lid (1)
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In the end, I made two sandbags, one 50 lbs and one 60 lbs and the bucket clocked in at about 75 lbs. All the supplies came to about $40. But, with 180 pounds of sand you can do a lot lighter sandbags if you desire. I didn’t use all the tape, zip ties, and garbage bags, but those are useful for other things.
When searching online I could not find a DIY sandbag that was within my budget. Until I arrived to this website. They had a very straightforward approach that had some great components. However, I didn’t follow their directions entirely but, they did inspire me to make my own sand bags and their steps helped me out a lot. So, here is my step by step process:
First, put one of the woven sandbags inside the other. Next, put a garbage bag into the double bagged sandbag and repeat that another two times. Here is a photo of what this looked like. Three garbage bags may be excessive, but I just wanted additional protection.
Using the bucket and a scale, measure the amount of sand you want to put in the sandbag. Make sure to weigh the bucket beforehand to account for its added weight. But, a bucket usually weighs 2 lbs.
Dump the sand you weighed into your sandbag. In the website I got inspiration from, they put the sand in the garbage bag before putting the garbage bag in the sandbag. But, I had trouble getting the filled garbage bag in the sandbag, because of the amount of sand I used.
Working with the innermost garbage bag twist the top until tight. Make sure to get rid of most of the air on top of the bag. Next, using the duct tape, tape the top and bottom of the twist. And then cut the excess bag off. Do this for each garbage bag.
Tie off the innermost woven sandbag with its string. Next, duct tape the top of the sandbag, zip tie over the duct tape and duct tape over the zip tie. The desired weight you want your sandbag will determine the amount of extra sandbag material you have to duct tape and zip tie. For my 60 lb sandbag I only had enough to use one zip tie, but for the 50 pounder I used two, which is the max amount you need. After finishing with the inner sandbag, do the same process for the outer sandbag.
Duct tape over the entire constructed sandbag. This may be little much, but I felt the woven sandbag’s material was not going to last long. Also, the website I got my ideas from made handles for the sandbags. I did not follow this because I wanted it to be more difficult to carry the sandbag during training.
I have had my 50 lb sandbag for awhile now and it has held up great. At first the sandbag seems a little stiff because you have completely sealed it off and the air can’t escape. But after a couple of workouts it becomes a little more flexible depending on how much you fill it.
For the bucket I just used all the extra sand I had and filled it up. I had just enough to almost fill it to the brim. I figured why not make the bucket, when making the sandbags, because it is so easy.
I hope this DIY project works well for you. So far it has been great for me. Now I can recreate two of the obstacles I had difficulty with at the Spartan Championship race. Even though the sandbags are different sizes, I may still use them together. The different weights will just add to the difficulty and better prepare myself for the next time I face the obstacle in a race.
Inspiration Post: Here
Come check out the new 70 pound sandbag DIY here.