Is A 100lbs SandBag Heavy Enough? What About A 150lbs One?

May 11th 2021

If you are debating on whether or not you need to get a 100lbs or 150lbs sandbag, it is important that you pick an appropriate weight so that you can begin to progress. Of course, it is better to start off too light than heavy. The reason for this is obvious -  you don’t want to roll your sandbag around. You actually want to pick up the damn thing.

But if you pick a sandbag that is too light, that does you no good. You might as well do something else if it is easy. So, the two most popular sandbag weights are 100lbs and 150lbs. There is also a 200lbs sandbag option but unless you can confidently shoulder that load on a regular basis or you have a proven track record of being strong, I would stick to either a 100lbs or 150lbs sandbag, especially if you have never picked up a sandbag before.

So, without further ado, let us figure out which sandbag you should get:

100lbs sandbag vs 150lbs sandbag

If you are just starting out with lifting weights, you may need to go even lighter than 100lbs. If you have some training experience but do not have over a 400lbs deadlift, you may want to use a 100lbs sandbag. Otherwise, a 150lbs sandbag will be suitable for your workouts until you upgrade to a heavier piece of equipment. 

How to know how heavy of a sandbag you should purchase?

You go to your local hardware or home department store and purchase bags of sand. When you pick up your 50lbs of sand, you should get a faint idea of how heavy your sandbag could get. Keep in mind that this is only a test and should not be used to justify purchasing a lighter sandbag. Why? Take me for example.

My most recent deadlift PR was about 8 months ago when I did 415lbs for one rep at 170lbs bodyweight. With my background in mind, I recently went to Home Depot a few weeks ago to purchase sand. When I was lifting the 50lbs of sand, it was heavy and awkward. I almost did not want to purchase more than two bags of sand but I stomached my feelings and purchased four bags. I wanted to make sure I had enough for whatever purchasing decision I made in the future.

Lighter than a 100lbs sandbag

If you are untrained, 50lbs of sand will be a challenge for you. You may just want to just do a DIY (do it yourself) sandbag since there are not too many companies that make sandbags that are both less than 100lbs and are without handles. For instance, this sandbag is made for 25-75lbs but has handles on it. 

What if you want to do sandbag training? Do not worry, there are two very good options available for you.

Option 1, you get stronger. Period. No more excuses and no more thinking about sandbags. Get on Greyskull LP or Starting Strength and commit at least one year to them. Talk to me after 12 months of serious training.

Option 2, you make your own sandbag. You can buy a roll of ducktape for less than $10 dollars and you already have a 50lbs sandbag if you wrap your bag of sand.

What do other lifters say about picking between a 100lbs sandbag vs a 150lbs sandbag?

If you are a heavier person with over a 400lbs deadlift, you are in good shape to workout with 150lbs sandbag. Heavier people are more likely to use a 150lbs sandbag. If you are a big deadlifter, you can also opt for a heavier sandbag as well.

Based on lifters’ experiences, two people who weigh in the 170s, both with a deadlift between 390lbs and 430lbs were able to do a 150lbs sandbag clean. In fact, they were able to do sandbag cleans for multiple reps. Contrary to this, a 160lbs lifter who has a mid-300lbs deadlift was not able to do a single clean with a 150lbs sandbag.

What am I trying to say? If you have a bigger deadlift, you will be able to use a heavier sandbag. This is obvious since you are able to generate more force into the ground while having the correct bracing strategy in order to handle heavy weights. Also, if you are a heavier bodyweight, you can also use a heavier sandbag. You take up more space and are able to generate more force because of your size and weight. This serves as an advantage for you when it comes to lifting up awkward objects.

Should I get both the 100lbs and 150lbs sandbag if I am unsure?

Get the heavier sandbag if you are seriously doubting yourself. You can always take out sand from a bigger sandbag Honestly, if you do not have a 400+lbs deadlift or have not been working the farm fields since you were a child, do not disappoint yourself and try to load up a 150lbs sandbag. If you need a lighter sandbag, just get that one for the time being and work your way up. 

If you have extra money, get yourself both of them if you want to be safe. But I am telling you from my experience, you will not need both after a few training sessions. 

How to fill a 150lbs sandbag to equal at least 150lbs?

Generously fill the first two bags of sand into your sandbag. For the final bag, do not worry about using all 50lbs of sand. Fill in however much you can and weigh your final result. You can always squeeze in an extra pound or two if you are not close to 150lbs.

I purchased a Rogue 150lbs sandbag because it was one of the only sandbags that did not have a handle. One of the most common reviews of a Rogue 150lbs sandbag is that you cannot fit 150lbs of sand into them. This is accurate.

I was able to empty my first bag of sand easily. The second bag of sand was straight forward as well. The third bag of sand was a challenge - after the second bag of sand, there appears to be very little room left. How could 50lbs of sand ever fit into the crevices of the sandbag?

But with patience, you will be able to fit most the of the third bag of sand into the sandbag. When I did it, my ending sandbag weight was 147.2lbs. Not bad for my first time. I did spill some sand with each loading attempt so that was an oopsie on my end. Overall, I still had exactly 13lbs of sand remaining in my third bag left. 

Another thing to watch out for is zipping the sandbag up. I thought I would snap the zipper off but the zipper is resilient. I also thought that I would not be able to close my sandbag with how packed the sand was in there. If you give it a good tug and pull with some strength, you will be able to slowly seal your sandbag up. 

Final Thoughts

Hopefully, I have walked you through all the ins and outs of purchasing the right sandbag size for your training. It does not have to be intimidating. Now, you can confidently say you own a 150lbs sandbag (or a 100lbs sandbag) and progress on to your next milestone.

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