Keith, the owner of Brute Force Sandbags, contacted me to let me know about his products. Sandbags, but not just any sandbags. These sandbags are manufactured by his team in Denver. They have straps all over the shell and internal bags for changing the amount of weight.
The sandbags were of particular interest to me because of some my weekly exercise routine consists of some Crossfit and other weight training, hiking, and bicycling. With the addition of the Brute Force sandbags, I have a fun quick option that doesn’t involve a weight set in my basement. I carry the sandbags around the house, up and down stairs, sometimes throwing it down the stairs because I’m too tired to carry it back down. The internal bags fit perfectly in my hiking pack while walking the dog. The Turkish-get-up is one of my usual workouts that I do with a 35-55 lb Kettlebell. An alteration for the sandbag is the overhead-get-up. It’s relatively easy to do with 35lbs., but with the 40 lb sandbag it poses a lot of stability issues that have to be compensated for. The best part.. I feel “the burn” in places I normally don’t with free weights.
Here is what you get with the Brute Force sandbags. (Disclosure: Keith sent a Strongman bag my way to try out and review).
On to the shell. The bag has a heavy duty zipper(understatement), double stitched, and a zipper pocket the slider and tab rest in. The zipper pocket is an awesome feature. When throwing this thing around, the last thing you want to come in contact is a hard zipper slider at the wrong angle.
The three internal bags fit well within the shell. Snug but not too tight. After using it for a while, I’ve never had an internal bag leak even one speck of sand.
If you are just getting started with weighted exercise, I’d recommend the Mini-Mouse or the Athlete(10-70lbs.). Starting with 5-10lbs. of unstable sand you can swing around to build some core strength and get used to working with weight. Both will allow you to move up from there depending on how much weight you want to work with.
Men, Buy your own underwear for a change. At least give these guys a shot to get their product to market.
Flint and Tinder is a good step toward bringing manufacturing back to this country.
I’m in for a few pair! How about you?
P.S. I’m a big fan of kickstarter, I wouldn’t send you there otherwise.
Also few other options from some research into the subject a few years back: http://usamadeblog.com/2009/01/13/underwear-skivvies-unmentionables-underthings-etc/
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They also donate $1 of every order to Charities:
- Our Military Kids
- The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund
- The Special Operations Warrior Foundation
- The National Military Family Association
- The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund
- Homes for Our Troops