When Josh Henkin designed the Ultimate Sandbag he did so with a very specific purpose in mind. That meant giving people a lot of options, but also caused many questions. So, let's address some of the most common questions about our Ultimate Sandbags....
Q: Where do I get sand and what type?
A: We send the Ultimate Sandbag (USB) unloaded to save on postage costs. That is because if you go to your local hardware store you can get a 20 kilogram bag of sand for around $7.00 - $10.00. What type? We recommend kids play sand as the most common sand available.
Q: How heavy do I make my Ultimate Sandbag?
A: Each size of Ultimate Sandbag has a very specific use in mind, so we always recommend on error on lighter. For example...
Size of Ultimate Sandbag Beginner Intermediate Advanced
Core 4-5 kg 6-7 kg 9kg
Power 9 kg 14 kg 18 kg
Strength 18 kg 23 kg 28 kg
Burley 36 kg 45 kg 55 kg
You will see bigger jumps on bigger Ultimate Sandbags but we recommend you get our FREE e-book HERE to see how we use each size and some of our favorite exercises.
Q: How come the USB doesn't use 5 kilo filler bags?
A: Part of the job of the filler bag (the filler inside the shell that holds the sand) is to not only hold the weight, but to also give some dimension to the USB. Five kilo weights seem great until you use them. They not only flop around in your USB, but they also feel like bricks taking away some of the best aspects of the USB. That is why we have the DVRT system so that you can learn how to make the same weight feel heavier or lighter for an exercise without changing the weight of the USB at all.
Getting started with the Ultimate Sandbag TM
·Make sure to use dry sand (all purpose or play sand is best) or other filling implements such as rice. These can be found at most hardware stores. Do not use abrasive materials (rocks, stones, weights, wood, etc)
The small filler bags should be filled to no more than 2/3 full, which is about 7kg or 15lb. Large filler bags should be filled to no more than ½ way, which is about 18kg or 40lb. Do not over fill your filler bags.
After you have filled your filler bag to the desired weight, seal the first layer of Velcro then press all the air out of the bag and continue to seal and then close the filler bag.
You can use one or both filler bags. If using both, we recommend filling one slightly less than the other.
Shake the filler bag so the weight is relatively even throughout the filler bag.
Place filler bag(s) into the shell Velcro side down. If using both filler bags, place them with opposing sides stacked upon one another.
We recommend using the minimum load weights (4.5kg or 10lb small filler bags and 11kg or 25lb large filler bag) when beginning your sandbag training.
Refer to your instructional DVD and training booklet for more details on how to fill and use your Ultimate Sandbag.