Sunday Mail - Body and Soul - - HEALTH -

As some­one who has ex­pe­ri­enced sev­eral beach boot camps, I’m aware of how un­com­fort­able lift­ing hes­sian sand bags can be. I know it’s not very hard­core of me, but the sand sprin­kles into my sen­si­tive oc­u­lar cav­i­ties ev­ery time I lift the bags above my head. So hur­rah for Hyper Wear’s SandBell! I was ini­tially scep­ti­cal, but I’ve be­come ob­sessed with us­ing it as a weight-train­ing tool. I’ve also put it through a gru­elling road-test: it’s been pulled, yanked and abused by my two young sons on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. When lift­ing SandBells filled with dry, hard sand, I’m forced to en­gage my core. They of­fer sim­i­lar strength-train­ing ben­e­fits to a ket­tle­bell, mi­nus the cal­luses. They range in size from 0.9kg to 22.7kg and are sold empty, for you to fill with sand. Price: From $11, plus postage. Stock­ist:

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