Bulgarian bag spin

Bulgarian Bag Spin

The Bulgarian Bag Spin is the most iconic Bulgarian bag exercise and something very unique to this training tool. If you haven’t done so already check out our 3-part spin prep movement series showing you how to break down the movement into smaller parts. This exercise is excellent for building explosive power, upper body strength…

Bulgarian Bag Mills

Bulgarian Bag Mills

Bulgarian Bag Mills are my favourite Bulgarian bag exercise and are excellent for building explosive strength whilst being metabolically demanding. The exercise is quite similar to the side swipe except you complete the movement by casting the bag out to the opposite direction it came from.

Bulgarian Bag Lamb Swing

Bulgarian Bag Lamb Swing

The Bulgarian Bag Lamb Swing is a traditional Bulgarian bag exercise that takes the bag from the floor, just outside of the mid-line… and places it in the back position. The trick with this movement is to rotate the thoracic at the top of the upswing and to whip the leading hand quickly round the…

Bulgarian Bag Pivot Snatch

Bulgarian Bag Pivot Snatch

The Bulgarian Bag Pivot Snatch is a fun transverse plane movement the combines the snatch with slight hip rotation and foot pivot. This exercise will teach you balance, coordination and timing as is fantastic for developing rotational core strength, shoulder stability and upper body strength.

Bulgarian bag snatch and lunge

Bulgarian Bag Rotational Snatch & Lunge

The Bulgarian Bag Rotational Snatch & Lunge is a very tricky movement to get right and should only be attempted when you can perform both the snatch and the lunge with proficient technique. Break the movement down into two 1) The Snatch 2) The Lunge with the bag held overhead. Then, when you feel confident…

Bulgarian Bag Rotational Snatch

Bulgarian Bag Rotational Snatch

The Bulgarian Bag rotational snatch is all about timing. Punch vertically to early and the movement will resemble a press, punch vertically to late and the bag will slap the back of your wrists at the top of the movement. Practice this exercise with a lighter bag before to master the technique.

Bulgarian Bag Rotational High Pull

Bulgarian Bag Rotational High Pull

The Bulgarian Bag rotational high pull is similar to the sagittal plane high pull, but performed in the transverse plane (rotational). There are many similarities in technique, except with the transverse version there will be some thoracic rotation at the bottom of the swing. Stand with your feet close together to ensure there is enough…

Bulgarian Bag Rotational Press

Bulgarian Bag Rotational Press

The Bulgarian Bag Rotational Press is basically a shoulder press but with the extra movement of hip rotation with a pivot from the back foot. This rotation will engage the core differently and add a more athletic element to the traditional press.

Bulgarian Bag Walking Oblique Swing

Bulgarian Bag Walking Oblique Swing

The Bulgarian bag walking oblique swing is very similar to the rotational Bulgarian bag swing, but, with a small step. Try to keep the steps fairly small otherwise you will lose control of the bag as you step to far forward, this movement really isolates the hamstring on trailing leg.    

Bulgarian bag rotational swing

Bulgarian Bag Rotational Swings

The Bulgarian bag rotational swing aka shovelling swing is the transverse plane version of the traditional linear swing. The movement is quite similar but there is some thoracic rotation toward the bottom of the swing plus, you will need to keep your feet close together at hip width apart so the bag can swing outside…

Bulgarian bag side swipe

Bulgarian Bag Side Swipe

The Bulgarian bag side swipe is basically the same exercise as the sagittal plane Bulgarian bag swipe. However, the side swipe is performed in the frontal plane. The Bulgarian bag side swipe is a preparation movement for the Bulgarian bag mill.

Bulgarian bag side clean

Bulgarian Bag Side Clean

One of the key benefits of the Bulgarian bag is it’s ability to move multi-planar. When performing the side clean be sure to charge your weight in the opposite direction to counter the weight of the bag as it moves laterally across the front of the body.