I enjoy trying all the latest tools, toys, gadgets, vibrating whatchamacallits, etc. that hit the market every year. I keep an open mind and feel that you should at least use something for a couple sessions before criticizing it. Gazelles, Shake Weights, Mechanical Horseys (pictured), Tug Toners (Ok, I never tried this one) are things that I’ve tried and have not been too impressed with.

One product that been around for a while is the sandbag. There are many styles, shapes, and sizes. I was skeptical at first glance…put sand in a bag?! That’s it? That’s my fitness tool for my workout? My skepticism was quickly put to rest after a few rounds of cleans. I love “simple” tools that are versatile and don’t require a large learning curve. Kettlebells, TRX straps, Med balls, are all examples. The sandbag is another one of those tools that has a permanent place in my toolbox.

While I like heavy sandbags with no handles for certain movements and lifts; for the majority of my clients, I use Ultimate Sandbags (Click image below to check out their site).


It’s a great tool for:

  • Developing full body strength and power
  • Building core strength
  • Burning calories and fat
  • Improving joint stability throughout the body
  • Adding variety to your routine
  • Getting results
If you are looking to add to your arsenal, consider the sandbag. It won’t disappoint. Here’s a quick clip of a recent sandbag workout I did. It’s not the entire workout; just some of my favorite sandbag movements. And how can you not enjoy a little James Brown while you train?!

About Doug
Doug Balzarini, CSCS, MMA-CC, is the owner of DB Strength, which provides fitness training, education, and resources. He is also the strength and conditioning coach for Alliance MMA where he works with UFC Champion Dominick Cruz, Phil Davis, Brandon Vera, Travis Browne, Ross Pearson, Alexander Gustafsson, and more. Prior to starting his own business, Doug worked at Fitness Quest 10 as a personal trainer, strength coach, and Operations Director for Todd Durkin Enterprises (TDE).

He has completed some graduate work in Biomechanics at SDSU and has obtained multiple certifications including ACE, NSCA-CSCS, MMA-CC, TRX instructor training, EFI Gravity instructor training, LIFT Sandbag Certification, and FMS training. He has produced his own 2-DVD set on strength training for combat athletes, appeared in many fitness videos and articles, and was recently a coach on “The Ultimate Fighter” TV show.

For more information please visit www.dbstrength.com.