That Does What?!: The SandBell
What is it? The SandBell is a sand-filled, disc-shaped piece of equipment that can be used for an assortment of strength training exercises.
Where you may have seen it You’ve likely seen SandBells at the gym or in boot-camp style group fitness class. You also may have read about them in Men’s Health, or perhaps you’ve seen them in action online or on a recent episode of the Dr. Oz Show.
How to use it The SandBell is it is an extremely versatile piece of equipment. It can be used for everything from metabolic conditioning to increasing grip strength and overall strength to improving coordination. Use the SandBell to do exercises such as swings, slams, one arm snatches and cleans, partner passes, and wood-chops and haybailers. The outside of the SandBell is made out of a neoprene fabric, so it can safely be used on any type of floor (carpet, hardwood, tile). That makes it convenient for using at home, outdoors, or at the gym. The shell itself is quite durable, which keeps the sand from leaking.
Is it worth it? Because it can be used for so many different types of exercises, it can essentially serve as an alternative for dumbbells, a medicine ball, or kettlebells. And you get quite a good bang for your buck: a 10-pound SandBell costs $21.99 (prices vary based on size). To save money, you may opt to purchase an empty SandBell and fill it yourself with playground sand. The 10-pound unfilled version goes for $16.99. (You’ll also spend less on shipping.)
In addition to being versatile in terms of the number of exercises you can do, the SandBell is great because it’s relatively small in size. If you prefer to work out at home you can easily store the discs in a small space when not in use. You can also take it with you whether you’re getting your sweat on at the gym or outside at the park.
Jessica Matthews is an exercise physiologist for the American Council on Exercise. As a contributor to The Juice Bar, she'll be giving you the scoop on the latest fitness classes, decoding newfangled gym equipment, debunking exercise myths, and more.
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