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    I posted this here because it can get some hot burn in the early days, I know I have inconvenienced the mods a little, but I hope not too much, so that they may merge it with the fitness thread later.

    This is my gym:


    This is me overhead pressing the sand bag. Note that this is a strict overhead press, my legs do not move, it's all upper body. The trick in overhead pressing is to squeeze your ass as hard as possible:
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    Now, you can do a lot with a sandbag, the above video is just one example. What are some variations? To make it more difficult, I can maybe clean it before every overhead rep, instead of just one clean and 5 overhead presses. This will build the explosive strength but also develop the most useful kinetic chain for sports, from the feet to the top of the lift, this is a strong functional consideration. Think about when you grab a rebound and you need to go back up strong with some fools on your back, you get that And1 if you're sandbagging.

    Generally, anything you can do with a barbell, you can do with a sandbag, plus some! They're the most versatile training tool in the world. They say the best things are free and this is as close to free as possible.

    They're also adjustable. You see me here with 85, maybe 90 pounds, next month, I hope to upload a video of me doing 100 or 110 lbs, maybe I'll put more sand in, or maybe I'll put some weight plates in there with the sand. You can do anything.

    This is training for the average Joe, so that you can gain some functional strength and live a better life, though I'm sure even serious athletes can benefit greatly from sandbag training.

    Remember, STRENGTH IS MANDATORY, TRAINING IS NOT OPTIONAL.

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    All that heavy iron (and cat liter) must'v overflowed into your bloodstream eventually.....




    And caused a total 180 on Carmelo Anthony, Dolan, etcetc

    edit -- sandbags are awesome, and you never find them in gyms; nice get-up!

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    the thing with that is it gets boring. Me personally i love doing 4-5 different workouts with different machines, barbells, or dumbbells. Not saying it is a bad thing, you can get a hell of a workout with a duffel bag and some kitty litter, its cheaper and more convenient then going to the gym. Keep workin man.

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    There is some truth to this where, if you will train for strength, your outlook gradually changes and becomes more positive and loving toward the World.

    I think if everyone trained for strength, we would have world peace, until maybe all the strong people wanted to fight each other.

    I've used barbells exclusively for the last year, I got my start on Starting Strength last year, built my power rack which I think I shared here in the fitness thread, but now I have to take the rack apart (the woman wants the living room back) so I will use the sandbags over the winter until I find a new home for the rack.

    I think sandbags are fun as hell because you can do so many things with them, anything with them, though I'm sure eventually I will miss my barbells. It's good to change it up a little with the things you lift. To be honest, I'm a little tired of loading the bar and handling the weights, so this is probably the best thing for me, to change the pace.

    The sandbag will make me even better at barbells when I come back because it will hit all the secret muscles.

    The next step is to integrate some circuits maybe once a week so that I will have beast-balls endurance for Winter Rec League.

    Also what's cool about the sandbag is that you can take it to the park or the mountain if you want to work in some different scenery, it's also a traveling gym. You can run with the ****, ****, man.
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    Another thing about the bag is that it's awesome for grip strength because it's so awkward to handle. You see me at the end of the fourth repetition, I am adjusting my grip. Really that was the weak point on this lift. I can lift more weight over my head but the grip on the bag is what gives out first.

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    You gotta be able to shoulder your woman, that's it. Unless you like the big ones, then you just have to be able to hold her down.

    Modern I mean before agriculture.

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    After* I mean. 99% of our history was before the agriculture

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    In the words of the Great Mark Rippetoe:

    "PHYSICAL STRENGTH IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN LIFE...A WEAK MAN IS NOT AS HAPPY AS THAT SAME MAN WOULD BE IF HE WERE STRONG...THIS REALITY IS OFFENSIVE TO SOME PEOPLE WHO WOULD LIKE THE INTELLECTUAL OR SPIRITUAL TO TAKE PRECEDENCE. IT IS INSTRUCTIVE TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS TO THESE VERY PEOPLE AS THEIR SQUAT STRENGTH GOES UP."

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    Johnny Bravo is awesome.

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    Originally Posted by orangeblobman
    In the words of the Great Mark Rippetoe:

    "PHYSICAL STRENGTH IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN LIFE...A WEAK MAN IS NOT AS HAPPY AS THAT SAME MAN WOULD BE IF HE WERE STRONG...THIS REALITY IS OFFENSIVE TO SOME PEOPLE WHO WOULD LIKE THE INTELLECTUAL OR SPIRITUAL TO TAKE PRECEDENCE. IT IS INSTRUCTIVE TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS TO THESE VERY PEOPLE AS THEIR SQUAT STRENGTH GOES UP."
    I can't front, my swagger increased when I first squatted 405lbs at 160lbs.
    I still can't say its the most important thing in life.
    That's a preference.


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    Johnny Bravo is awesome.
    All time great cartoon.

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    Video or it didn't happen

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    You find a bigger rock

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    Kubik puts plates in his sandbags.

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