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Another fantastic article from Wolverson Ambassador and all-round athletic expert Matt Shore (founder of Train Strong Personal Training) showcases some of the amazing benefits offered by training with Bulgarian Bags, available now from Wolverson.
‘The Bulgarian Training Bag is a dynamic, challenging training tool that delivers fun, highly functional and effective workouts that can be used for a variety of training goals and programs.
As one of the first Bulgarian Bag coaches to qualify in the UK, I have coached hundreds of people in their use and how to obtain the most out of this unique training tool.
I first became aware of Bulgarian Training Bags through Wolverson Fitness, who were the first major distributor to bring this training tool to the shores of the UK.
Ivan Ivanov is the brains behind the Bulgarian Bag, and was the Head Coach of the USA Greco Roman Wrestling team at the United States Olympic Education Centre.
Ivan wanted to develop piece of equipment that could be used to improve the physiological characteristics associated with the demands of Greco Roman Wrestling – namely, strength, explosive power, muscular endurance, grip strength and total body conditioning.
Training with a Bulgarian Bag is vastly different to what most have experienced and is incredibly challenging both physically AND mentally!
The design and shape of the bag means that when the bag is spun, snatched, thrown, pushed and pulled, the body must work as a complete synergistic unit through all planes of motion to adapt to the stresses placed upon it - In other words, the bag works the human body how it was designed to be worked!
Bulgarian Bag training carries a number of significant benefits:-
Both athletes and recreational fitness enthusiasts alike can benefit from Bulgarian Bag training. I use Bulgarian Training Bags frequently in my personal training and group training sessions.
My favourite ways to use the bags include:-
Bulgarian Bag training is suitable for men and women alike, and bags come in sizes ranging from 3kg to 34kg. Most female athletes do well with a 5 or 8kg bag to start, and in my experience can happily progress to a 12kg bag.
A good weight to start for male athletes is 12kg and can move comfortably to a 17 or 19kg bag for a savage workout. The heavier bags above 19kg are for stronger/larger athletes and can deliver some truly brutal training sessions!
Some of my favourite rounds with a Bulgarian Bag include:-
The Spin Test
5 Rounds. A strong time to aim for is sub 3min 30.
Hell Fire 500
1000 Rep Challenge
5 times through for time.
Bulgarian Bag Training carries a significant challenge, and if you are looking for a new kind of workout or are a fitness professional looking to offer something that little bit different, then look no further!
Thanks again to Matt for his brilliant review and training suggestions. Stay tuned for more Wolverson Ambassador reviews in the future!