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Old 05-30-2008, 01:01 AM   #1
Justin Gross
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My Bloody Sandbag

I took my sandbag to the beach today. After 20 C&J's I realized that by gripping the material I had rubbed the skin off my knuckles (which, along with the sand, felt fantastic). I've seen videos like Sandbag Grace and others, but don't remember any gloves or tape. Has anyone else had this problem, or is it just that I have wussy knuckles?
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Old 05-30-2008, 04:52 AM   #2
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Re: My Bloody Sandbag

You should have seen my knuckles after my first sandbag workout, which was Grace. Wow. It was a bloody occasion. I continued even when halfway through I started bleeding. Took the scrapes many weeks to fully heal since they're always moving and touching things, and my girlfriend was downright appalled. All in all, a fun experience.

After that, though, I began to hold the bag from underneath for the most part, without actually gripping the canvas tightly. That or I'd use tape.
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Old 05-30-2008, 06:19 AM   #3
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Re: My Bloody Sandbag

I also had a bloody good time the first time I used sandbags.

Because I lost the skin on my knuckles it took a few weeks to completely heal.
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Old 05-30-2008, 07:16 AM   #4
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Re: My Bloody Sandbag

hmmm, good info for someone who is just about to start building one when I get my Navy Sea Bag.
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Old 05-30-2008, 08:09 AM   #5
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Re: My Bloody Sandbag

I'm going to make one this weekend too, time permitting. I've just gotten done going through about half the 20 pages of "sandbag" search results and have about four pages of workouts to choose from and a few quality links...should be a pretty beastly weekend.
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Old 05-30-2008, 08:14 AM   #6
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Re: My Bloody Sandbag

after years of gi grappling, not an issue
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Old 05-30-2008, 09:41 AM   #7
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Re: My Bloody Sandbag

Steven and Casey,

What construction strategy are you going with? I have looked through all the pages and was curious what conclusion YOU came to. I am thinking of going with the navy sea bag (where did you get yours) and large contractor bags. I'm less concerned about weight adjustmant and too lazy to fill lots of small bags, hence the large contractor bags.
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Old 05-30-2008, 09:59 AM   #8
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Re: My Bloody Sandbag

Aaron,

I was thinking about doing the small bags, though I know myself well enough to know that I might just end up using the large constrution bags, especially seeing as sandbags training will be a add on to my current training, not a huge focal point. My plan is to probably start with 2 25 lb construction bags in my navy bag and see how hard it is. I'm going to err on the light side as this is more about conditioning for me than absolute strength.

As for the bag, I went to armynavydeals.com and got free shipping on a canvas navy sea bag for $17 and change.

Best of luck.
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Old 05-30-2008, 10:12 AM   #9
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Re: My Bloody Sandbag

Just an update: the bag arrived as I finished typing the last response.

It's HUGE! I suppose I didn't look at the size of the bag, but it looks like it could hold any amount of sand I could ever imagine lifting; probably 100-150lbs without issue.

This is nice, though now I'll have to think about what to do with excess baggage as I don't plan on loading it up much more than 50 lbs or so.
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Old 05-30-2008, 10:25 AM   #10
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Re: My Bloody Sandbag

Hi Justin,

When I'm doing lots of sandbag work I wear gloves. I know that's a "Bad Thing". After suffering with long lasting issues from a raging staph infection caused by skin tears while doing sandbag shouldering, it's worth it to me. I would rather do a few workouts with gloves than not able to train effectively for weeks or longer.

In real life, I wore gloves while moving haybales and sacks of oats, so why wouldn't I wear gloves while sandbag lifting? A workout isn't doesn't have to be different from real life. I might have saved myself a lot of pain.

My sandbag workouts took place in the barn so the chance of infection is probably much higher than normal.
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