I’m thinking about making some diy sand buckets, complete with Fat Gripz, as a conditioning tool. But that got me to wondering… How much would something like this actually weigh? Assuming that I use five gallon buckets, it’s actually pretty easy to figure this out.

A typical 50 lb bag of play sand (available from big box retailers for less than five bucks) contains ca. 1/2 cubic feet of sand. Five gallons corresponds to 0.67 cubic feet, so the math works out like this:

0.67 ft^3/bucket ÷ 0.5 ft^3/bag = **1.34 bags of sand per 5 gallons**

1.34 bags/bucket x 50 lbs/bag = **67 lbs of sand per 5 gallons**

Now, I know what you’re thinking. This isn’t a particularly high number for loaded carries. I agree, *but*… As noted above, I’ll be outfitting my buckets with Fat Gripz, which will significantly increase the strain on my grip. Plus, I plan on carrying them uphill.

As it turns out, our driveway has a roughly 100 foot stretch with a ca. 20% grade from the street to where it flattens out up near the garage. Between the increased grip demands and the incline, I’m thinking that a couple of buckets of sand could end up being a fairly effective conditioning tool.

P.S. It looks like pea gravel weighs a similar amount, with a 0.5 cubic foot bag weighing in at close to 50 lbs. YMMV.

I’m actually doing the exact same thing right now. I bought two 5 gallon buckets at Home Depot and filled them with play sand. I also have the orange Fat Gripz Extremes I’m putting on there as well. Instead of all that math, I was just going to place it on a scale. Like you were saying, there’s several ways to increase resistance without increasing weight. Such as longer distances, going uphill, different size grips, etc.

You can carry two buckets in each hand without much issue if increased resistance is necessary. Did this all the time on job sites.