HomeMade Equipment | Training and Conditioning | Bulgarian Bag
Decided to add a new piece of training and conditioning equipment to our program. I’ve heard the Bulgarian training bag is a great conditioning tool however I haven’t personally used one. The homemade Bulgarian bag I made is in the 35 to 40 lbs range. After a few weeks of playing around with it, to get the mechanics down, I will make a few more ranging in weight from 5 lbs (kids) up to 50+ lbs.
Going with a lighter bag for beginners and working your way up would be best.
These bags are slightly on the pricey side considering they are sandbags. I listed the pricing, weight and recommendations I came across. Considering the cost, the homemade version might prove to be a better option for you.
Bulgarian Bag Pricing Size and Recommendations
Extra Large Bag
- 50 lbs. | No Recommendation | $214.99 + $55 S&H
- 37 lbs. | Recommended for athletes 210 to 250 lbs | 169.99 + $46 S&H
- 26 lbs. | Recommended for athletes 150-190 lbs. | $139.99 + $36 S&H
- 17 lbs. | Recommended for athletes 100-150 lbs. | $124.99 + $30 S&H
Extra Training Bag
- 11 lbs | Recommended for athletes 60-100 lbs | $119.99 + $24 S&H
Homemade Bulgarian Bag
The cost of the homemade bag was in the $20.00 to $25.00 range.
- Tire Inner Tube
- Tie Wraps
- Gorilla Tape (HeavyDuty Duck tape)
- Exacto Knife
I also bought a smaller tractor inner tube for the kids.
Steps of Construction
- Cut off a small section of the inner tube, preferably where the stem is located.
- Fold and twist one end of inner tube; making sure to leave room for use as a hand grip.
- Secure with tie wrap and wrap with duck tape.
- Fill inner tube with sand to desired weight.
- Fold and twist open end with a tie wrap.
- Cut any excess off the end and wrap with duck tape.
Below is a video of me trying the bag out.
Things I’d do different
I think on newer versions of the bag I’ll try a wider inner tube. This will make the bag shorter.
Enjoy your new training and conditioning bag.
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