The Bulgarian Power (Fitness) Bag
Alright..., I first saw these being used at Mark Twight's Gym Jones site. I have never heard of them before, so I googled it and came up with hundreds of hits.
Here are a couple...
I then search Mark's Daily Apple and sure enough, he talks about them also. So, I though I would make one.
There are several videos on-line that show how these can be made, just search the phrase.
Weight: 33 lbs. (They can be made to weigh whatever one wants).
Total approximate cost: $25.00 - or a lot cheaper.
14 inch Inner tube - used or new
Sand or some other sort of filling for weight
Cord or tubular webbing (optional)
Duct and/or electricians tape
The Inner Tube
I bought my tube new at a tire shop. One could probably get these for free if you asked around, but I didn't want to deal with the holes or weak sections associated with used inner tubes. The new one I bought was 14/15 inch @ $16.00.
I cut out the stem section. I will adjust the length later on.
Leaving about 6 or 7 inches for the handle, secure the closer with the first zip tie. If adding additional handle (tubular webbing or cord), lay it in and tie off with 3 or 4 more zip ties.
As pictured below, when I trimmed off the tag end of the zip tie, I left a couple inches so I could tape them down later on. Cutting them short leaves a sharp edge that will cause problems later on.
I used the burly Duct Tape to cover and secure the zip ties, then used stretchable electricians tape to to form a tight handle.
Pull it up tight and repeat the process of creating a closer and preliminary handle. Depending on how much material one puts in, one might end up trimming several inches off the tube.
I Built up the handles with tight wraps of electricians tape. I like the softer, stickier feel of cloth athletic tape, so I used that to finish up the handles.