Working out is hard…
What is your least favorite cop joke? Mr. Troop hates the donuts and cops combo. He’s never been a huge fan of donuts, but he just can’t stand the correlation between police officers and donuts. Because of that, he rarely eats donuts, and he works out five days a week.
He hasn’t always worked out five days a week. At first, he didn’t work out often. Then, for a while, he worked out seven days a week. And then, life really started to get crazy and he didn’t have a set schedule, but he tried to fit in whatever he could, whenever he could. No matter how much or how little he was working out, he just never seemed happy with his results. He didn’t feel that what he was doing was showing any physical results, and it wasn’t really helping him at work either.
But then, one day, he started jumping rope. I’ll be honest, I made jokes for about the first month. I asked him what school-yard rhymes he liked to recite when he jumped, and other such things. But, after a few months of just jumping, he lost 20+ pounds. Our schedules allowed for a good routine, and he was able to work out up to seven times a week if he wanted to. He would do it while I was at work, and our oldest (and only, at the time) would “work out” with him.
Then, baby #2 came into the picture and life got a little crazy. He was still working out, but not as regularly as he would have liked. And, it just seemed like the rope skipping wasn’t giving him the results he was needing to perform his duties to his full potential. It helped him build stamina, but it didn’t involve any weight lifting other than the weighted ropes. He would have been able to run someone down if he wanted to, but that’s about where his confidence ended.
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Enter, Brute Force.
One day, he mentioned hearing about sandbag workouts. I had no idea what he was talking about, but he was interested, so I put it on his Christmas wish list. A couple months before Christmas, I started researching. (I’m a firm believer in over-researching.) I spent hours (read “months”), researching sandbags. What were they? Who used them? What were the benefits? What brand should I go with? He literally said, “I’d like a sandbag for working out” and that was the extent of that conversation. He didn’t give me a brand or a reason. Nothing. He gave me nothing, so I had no choice but to second-guess my every decision until I finally pulled the trigger. And then, I continued to second-guess my final decision until a month or so after he started using it!
So, let me answer those questions for anyone who may be looking for more information. Let me do the research and second-guessing for you, so you can make a decision with confidence! (Something I’ve never been good at.)
- What are they? Literally, a bag for working out that you fill with sand.
- Who uses them? Actually, a ton of people. If you’re looking for more specifics, you can go to their website, or you can read on for a shortened version (from Brute Force):
- Every branch of the US Military
- Law Enforcement and Fire Departments and Academies around the country
- Elite level CrossFit Athletes and Boxes
- Obstacle Course Racers, Teams and Events around the world
- Strongman Athletes
- Top MMA fighter training facilities
- Division I Collegiate Athletic Programs
3. What are the benefits? When you lift weights, you’re lifting a set amount of weight that is ‘stable’. It doesn’t shift; it stays right where you put it. Think about what your officer does. If they’re wrestling with someone, carrying them, or moving them from one place to the next, are they ‘stable’ weight? Absolutely not! When you lift a bag of sand, the weight shifts. So, working out with something like a sandbag is going to train your muscles to become used to ever-shifting weight. You could be the strongest person out there, but if you get in a fight with someone, they’re not just going to let you pick them up and move them like a dumbbell. You might as well train for what you can if the tools are available!
Aside from that, you yourself can use them for Yoga (sculpting), rehabilitation, if you’re just starting to get into a workout routine and don’t want to buy an entire set for lifting, etc.
How does Mr. Troop use his Brute Force gear?
Now that I’m off from work, he’s been getting back into the swing of things and completes some form of running/sandbag/jump rope workout five times a week and anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes per workout.
I purchased Mr. Troop his first athlete sandbag for Christmas in 2018. I have since purchased him the kettle bell and sand deck, and we already have the weighted vest and slam ball on his birthday list.
The sandbag is great for adding weight to exercises he already does throughout his jump rope workouts. The sand deck is amazing when he’s short on time. He just flips a few cards, and the workout is created for him. And, the kettle bell has been my favorite to watch him use so far. He can do normal kettle bell exercises. But, the other day, he went for a run and our oldest didn’t want to join him. When I looked out the front door, I saw him pushing the stroller anyway and started laughing because instead of pushing a child, he was pushing his 30lb kettle bell!
Oh yeah, I should mention that you can take any of your Brute Force equipment with you on vacation! Empty the bag, pack it away, and fill it up with sand when you get to your destination! Now you can’t use the excuse that they gym didn’t have what you needed or you couldn’t work out on vacation! I mean, if you’re into that kind of thing. Or, you can just vacation and get back to it when you get home.
This is all great info, but now you may be asking, “Why Brute Force?”
I asked the same question and did months of research. Here’s why we chose Brute Force:
- Made in America. They are based in Colorado. If you’re looking for a good company right here in the US, you need not look any further!
- Great warranty. I mean, just read their warranty. You basically can do no wrong!
- Price. You get what you pay for, and we’ve learned this lesson the hard way too many times to fall for it again. Is it pricey? A little. Is it worth it? 100%.
- They support everyone! Part of the proceeds support Law Enforcement and they have challenges all the time that go towards Firefighters and Police Officers! They support our troops and have made products to help prepare them and keep them in shape
A piece of workout equipment that allows your officer to improve their strength in ‘struggle-like situations’ while also providing support to Law Enforcement through purchases? I mean, it doesn’t get much better than that!
I plan on purchasing some for myself as well to join Mr. Troop in working out. I like that they offer a variety of colors and a variety of options to personalize your own home gym. I also love that you can adjust the weight of each product for your own needs. So, if you’re just starting out or you’ve been using them for a while, you don’t need to go out and buy another one if equipment every time you need to ‘level up’. The investment is totally worth it!