My Favorite Piece DIY Workout Gear And How You Can Easily Make One Too!

 The canvas daypack. 

The canvas daypack. 

 The Tool Bag - Hand for size reference 

The Tool Bag - Hand for size reference 

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My life is a bit busy with raising two kids, running a medical clinic, producing a podcast and writing for the Civil Primate Blog! So, I have to fit my workouts wherever and whenever I can. I've put together a list of workout products over here which have made fitness possible without excuses! If I don't get my workouts in, I can only blame myself!

This particular set up I made back when I was in the service. I traveled a lot and my hours were all over the place (days, nights, weekends). I didn't have the time or energy to make it to the gym, so I made my own gym and threw it in the back of my truck. The set up has three main components: 1. The day-pack (complete with C-130 blood stains); 2. The canvas tool bag (probably 20'' x 10'' x 9''); 3. The sand. 

It's really simple to put together. I bought a 50-pound bag of play-sand at Lowes Home Improvement and wrapped the entire thing in duct tape. I then put it in an industrial trash bag, trimmed the excess and wrapped it again in duct tape (I planned on tossing this thing around and wanted to ensure it wouldn't split open and bleed out its sandy guts). Lastly, I put the whole thing in the tool bag, zipped it closed 15 years ago and haven't looked inside since. It has held up to some serious punishment and has never lost a grain of sand. You can use the tool bad alone or put it in the pack for weighted pull-ups, push-ups or take it on a 3-mile ruck! (check out these youtube vids for sandbag workout ideas)

Below are some links for the equipment found over at Amazon. I recommend getting the sand at Lowes for $3-$4 versus $30 on Amazon but hey, that's just me! 

Or you can just buy the thing ready-made!