Crafting a Bulgarian Training Bag

The Bulgarian Training Bag is a remarkable training tool popularized by the accomplished wrestling coach Ivan Ivanov.  If you have never used one, you owe it to yourself to give one a whirl.  Ivanov’s company Suples is the place to go for the real deal, and they are very high-quality training tools.  However, like any high-quality leather product, they are expensive.  So today we explore a few YouTube videos for the “do-it-yourself” fitness gear enthusiasts.

One of the first YouTubers to post his method back in May 2009 was Matt Wichlinkski.  He gets good results with a minimal investment, as seen here.

A few months later, another example showed up, this time adding some clever little straps to more closely approximate the commercial product.  Not bad!

Finally, most recently, there has appeared a muti-part series on building your own bag.  This time the extra pair of outer grips have been added, also to mimic the original.  Again, not too shabby!  It looks like the innovations keep rolling in…

Part one:

Part two:


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