First we had the homemade T-Bar Kettlebell, which I hope many of you are still using (me? I have to get back on that bandwagon)

Now, we have a homemade Bulgarian Bag – bulgarian bags for those of you who don’t know are weighted bags perfect for throwing around, lifting over your head, squatting with, even swings (ala, kettlebell swings).

If you search for Bulgarian bags online, you’ll notice they cost around $200 for an approximately 35lb model.  The one I made in my garage took about 10 minutes and around $20 to make.

You’ll need the following items:

  1. truck/car tire inner tube ($15 at AutoZone, or similar shop)
  2. 40# bag of sand ($3 at WalMart)
  3. Duct Tape ($1.50/roll at WalMart)
  4. Wire ties ($1 at WalMart)

tire, sand, duct tape, wire ties – ingredients for DIY Bulgarian Bags

Cut the tube into a “C” shape.  Cut out the section that has the air intake tube.  Then with one wire tie, tie off one end of the inner tube and duct tape the end creating a “handle”


cut tube into a "C" shape


tie off one end, duct tape and create a handle

Now start filling the open end with the sand.  Fill until you get the bag to your desired size.  You can make the bag as small or as big you want.  It all depends on how big you cut the tube, and how much sand or filler you put in it.  I didn’t set out for any specific size, but rather filled it until I got it to a point that I thought would be about right for the handles I wanted it to have.

When you get it to your desired weight or fill – tie off the other end, and duct tape it into a second handle.  You’ve now completed your Bulgarian Bag.


final product, make sure to cut off the ends of the wire ties

Because I haven’t had a chance to video myself using it, I’m going to link to a video of a guy using the bag in all sorts of ways.  I plan to use it for jogging up a large hill in a park nearby, along with doing pushups, swings, cleans, squats, presses, etc…

What do you think of this?  Is it something you could see yourself using?  What are some other homemade equipment you guys are using?