Sandbag Review – Our Two Favorites


I recently added sandbag training to my school repertoire for several reasons –

1. The shifting weight is perfect for martial arts training.

2. You can strike them (ever hit a  barbell? Ouch!).

3. You can toss them from person to person.

During the process of purchasing sandbags, I had the opportunity to do some research. Who makes the best? The prices vary so much. I was able to put my hands on some that acquaintances had and purchased a few. Then we put them through the ringer! My group slammed them into concrete, grass and mats. We tugged and pulled and their straps and subjected them to multiple punches, elbows and knees.

The Bargain Bag –

Muscle Driver USA makes the Sandbag Trainer for $65.00. It’s well made for the price and withstood our abuse.  It comes with three filler bags and holds up to 80 lbs. I recommend partially filling the filler bags and then putting some rubber mulch around them as a filler. It has two top strap handles and two side tab handles. This limits some of the uses but if you are on a budget, you can’t go wrong for the price.

The Top of the Line-

Thy Beast from Alpha Strong

At $149.95, it’s not the most expensive bag on the market, but we feel it’s the best! Unlike some other brands, owner Kathy Hankins challenges you to slam her bags. I spoke with Kathy about the development of her bags and she took me through the design process and the details that make Alpha Strong sandbags stand out. These include -Six (yes six!) ergonomically designed, padded, reinforced handles with triple stitch bar tack stitching on all stress points; rugged high thread count outer shell and large single no leak liner that hold up to 80 lbs. If you want to buy a bag that you’ll have for life and get more versatility training with, buy an Alpha Strong!

CQC Unlimited Chief Instructor, Matthew Lesko puts Thy Beast through it’s paces.

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