Homemade Workout Equipment: 3 Different Homemade Sandbag Variations

homemade sandbags

If you’re anything like me, you absolutely DESPISE working out in a crowded gym.  I typically try to squeeze my workouts in around 9pm, after the bulk of the evening traffic has gone home for the day.  Most likely, I’m just an anti social weirdo, but I’m sure that there are plenty of people out there that dislike the long commute, waiting for equipment, and spending hours getting in a workout that would normally only take 45 min or so.

Why even go to the gym in the first place?  You don’t need a gym to help you get in shape.  All you REALLY require is some homemade workout equipment and a burning desire to succeed.

Sure, you could spend thousands of dollars purchasing brand new commercial equipment, but there is another option out there.  For a fraction of the price, you could create your own homemade workout equipment that fits the bill quite well, PLUS, it can be personally customizes to your required needs and specifications.

I’ve written out step by step directions on how to construct 3 different pieces of workout equipment to make things as easy as possible.  I want to be clear that I did NOT come up the designs for each of these pieces of equipment.  These were provided by third parties. 

I did however, take what I found and compiled them into one, all encompassing, kickass resource below to ensure the construction of your homemade workout equipment runs as seamlessly as possible.  For your convenience, I even added links to many of the items needed to complete each task

So, without further ado, here are 3 types of homemade sandbags.


Homemade Sand Bags

These pieces of homemade workout equipment (when used correctly) can be one of the most simplistic, yet effective methods for building raw strength and can help build conditioning.  Heavy bags allow for literally countless options and exercise variations.  So, this is an extremely versatile tool.  I have to admit that the title is slightly misleading, as none of our bags will be using sand.  I find that wood pellets to be far more superior as they serve the same basic function as sand, but without the unnecessary mess.


The “Big Boy Bag”

What You’ll need:

  1.  One military bag.  The link I provided has numerous sizes to choose from depending on your physical capabilities and needs.
  2. 2 or 3 (40 pound) bags of wood pellets
  3. 2 zip ties
  4. Duct tape


How to build the “Big Boy” Bag

Step 1:  Open up your military bag

Step 2:  Poor bags of wood pellets into the bag, leaving enough space at the top to zip tie.

Step 3:  Shake and move the bag around so that it is packed at the bottom as possible

Step 4:  Bunch the extra space at the top in your hand and.  Wrap the zip ties around the area and zip tie it with both zip ties as tight as possible (Note:  there should still be at least a few inches of bag left above the zip ties).

Step 5:  Cut the ends of the zip toe

Step 6:  Wrap duct tape around the zip ties as needed for extra insurance.


The “Work Smarter, Not Harder” Bag

This bag is slightly smaller than the “Big Boy” Bag, but even easier to create and has no straps.

What you’ll need:

  1.  One side zipper canvas bag.
  2. 1, 2, or 3 (40 pound) bags of wood pellets
  3. Duct tape


How to build the “Work Smarter, Not Harder” Bag

Step 1:  Unzip the side of the duffle bag.

Step 2:  Place the desired amount of wood pellets into the duffle bag and then zip it up.

Step 3:  Wrap duct tape around the zipper for added support

Step 4:  Enjoy your new bag!


The Bulgarian Bag

The Bulgarian Bag has a slightly different shape and function from the other two bags.  It was invented in 2005, by a former Bulgarian, Greco Roman Olympic wrestler.  This bag will be much lighter than the other two as it is used primarily for explosive movements (i.e. jumping with the bag draped across the shoulders).

What you’ll need:

  1.  A car tire inner tube
  2. 1 (40 pound) bag of wood pellets
  3. Scissors
  4. 2 zip ties
  5. Duct tape


How to build the Bulgarian Bag

Step 1: Cut the inner tube in half.

Step 2:  Zip tie one handle tight, leaving 4-5 inches for a handle.

Step 3:  Fill with wood pellets.

Step 4:  Trim the open side to comfort (or so it forms a better “U”).

Step 5:  Zip tie the other end tight, leave 4-5 inches for a handle.

Step 6:  Duct tape around the zip tie and handle piece for a more uniform grip.


You now have 3 badass homemade sandbags to lift, throw, carry, drag, or whatever else you feel the urge to do.  You can easily customize these bags any way you see fit.  If you want a lighter bag, simply put fewer pellets in it.  Feel free to leave any suggestions in the comments section below.


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