6 Best Power Bag Exercises

Updated: Jul 22, 2021

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The power bag can offer a unique and dynamic dimension to your fitness sessions. Their unique design affords the trainer multiple exercise options.


For example, with a power bag you could perform conventional movements – such as squats and deadlifts – or get down and functional by integrating them into exercises like burpees and (my personal favourite) hanging snatch into over-head throw.


Power bags can be used to develop strength, functional strength, muscular endurance, core stability and, if you dare do burpees into cleans, they’ll have your heart racing like a horny rabbit’s.


In addition, they are by far one of the best exercise tools for building and developing functional strength.


Granted, you could well argue that the fitness benefits and methods of application thus far outlined can all be got and just as well satisfied by traditional iron.


However, the power bag stands out amongst the exercise crowd when we consider its application in explosive movements.


Because they’re not only shaped like a tubular cushion but are as soft as well (though much heavier of course), you can drop, hoist, toss and throw your power bag without worrying about doing a demolition job. The same cannot be said for kettlebells. (Want to learn three excellent KB exercises?)


My other half banned me from throwing kettlebells in the garden when she returned home one sunny afternoon to find the lawn looking as though a herd of wild horses had run roughshod over it. Now I’m only allowed to toss my kettlebell in the park – which, as you’re probably thinking, is just plain weird.


Power bags are seriously versatile

With a power bag you can perform literally hundreds of different exercises. Sharing this similarity with the kettlebell, it’s like an all-in-one gym.


Do you remember that scene from Mary Poppins where she opens her bag and proceeds to pull out half the contents of her house? (The only item I can remember Ms Poppins fishing from bottomless bag is a long lamp.) Well the power bag shares similar properties only that it’s as though Mary filled it with the contents of a gym. You with me?