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5 Reasons for LEOs to Train with a Sandbag

 

#1 A TRAINING TOOL FOR ANY GOAL

 

Depending on the program utilized, the sandbag can be used to develop strength, power, conditioning, endurance, and even mobility.

 

Strength? Load it as heavy as you see fit and lift it.

Power? Throw it, clean it.

Conditioning? Use it for a MetCon or any variation of high intensity training.

Endurance? Use a lighter weight for a longer period of time, more repetitions, or even carry it around like a rucksack.

Mobility? Try the Sandbag Get Up! Also… Train through full range of motion with load and your mobility is bound to improve.

 

FREE DOWNLOAD- Top 7 Sandbag Exercises for LEOs

 

#2 VERSATILITY

 

There are not many training tools available that can become the “all in one” like the sandbag can. It mimic movements of a barbell, dumbbells, kettlebells, weight vest, etc., all while adding the factor of instability which is crucial to the LEO. 

 

 

#3 TRANSFERABILITY TO OCCUPATIONAL...

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How Cops Can Overcome Mental Barriers During Training

 

The Brain and The Impossible...

 

Some time ago, I came across a fitness challenge on social media that led to me putting 135 lbs on a barbell and squatting for max reps in one set. I got 55 reps, and, as a 155 lb dude, felt somewhat accomplished. The following week, I attempted the exact same trial (135 lb back squat for max reps); this time, I was able to perform 80 reps, a 45% increase. How was this possible in such a short time, with no notable changes in diet, training, or other factors?

 

This challenge opened up a discussion on the mental aspect of physical training amongst the Effective Fitness Training team. During text discussion (immediately after my first attempt at this trial) with the EFT crew, I typed the following:

 

“I had more but I think I gave myself a mental release once I hit 55. I didn’t know what to expect; think if I had told myself 65 was a bare minimum acceptable count, I would have gotten there.”

 

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