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I am looking at different types of conditioning to boost my long-distance running speed and I've heard about the Bulgarian Bag which aims to increase cardiovascular and muscular endurance while also adding to general conditioning.

Has anyone ever used one of these bags for a prolonged length of time and if so, would they recommend using them for conditioning work?

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I've been using them for a while now. I am really into functional fitness and use ketlebells, clubs, bodyweight exercises, etc. I bought a leather bulgarian bag from Escape Fitness for around £260. It is 22kg and was far too heavy for a first time user.

I also picked up a 12kg one from Dorset Kettlebells which is far better to use in terms of weight and cost, about £130 delivered. It is cheaper because it isn't leather but it makes no difference to be honest. Also try Wolverson for vinyl ones.

The exercises are fun and varied. I feel a real difference in my core strength and they give a fantastic conditioning workout. See YouTube for videos on how to use them. It is nice to have a bit of a change in your routine, and they create brutal explosive power and endurance in the legs which should translate well into your running. Hope this helps.

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I've looked into buying one too and they are extremely expensive! I'll stick to using the one in my gym for the moment! –  Richard Apr 27 '12 at 13:12
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