Luke Istomin Demonstrates How to Use the Ultimate Sandbag to Get Hugh Jackman Fit

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Luke Istomin demonstrates how using the Ultimate Sandbag and other simple exercises helped Hugh Jackman and others trim their core and increase strength.

When it comes to weight loss and physical conditioning fundamentals are often overlooked, but never go out style. Even celebrities, with all their resources, can find themselves out of shape for movie roles that require a buff and tough look to support their character. In a recent broadcast on Sunrise, Australia’s popular morning series, celebrity trainer Luke Istomin gave tips on how to incorporate the basic weight training techniques that helped place Hugh Jackman at the top of the list for best Hollywood bodies into an everyday workout. Among those techniques was the Ultimate Sandbag, a versatile weight training program centered on dynamic variable resistance training.

Istomin has worked with more than a couple celebrities over the years to help shape potbellies and thunder thighs into photo ready physiques. And though his training repertoire includes a vast range of techniques, what helped turn Jackman into the svelte figure he sported in Australia was the dynamic routine of cardio and simple weight lifting that Istomin laid out for him. Those same concepts are at the base for the Ultimate Sandbag Fitness program.

After some rope training to tighten and flatten the midsection, Istomin moved on to demonstrate that sandbag training can easily be used to work the upper and lower body when performing complex maneuvers that Josh Henkin, creator of the Ultimate Sandbag Fitness program, calls muscle synergy.

Istomin has the show host lift the bag and play around with the weight and perform some routine squats. The versatility of the Ultimate Sandbag is truly limited by one’s own imagination, said Istomin.

In a recent video update, Henkin provides three additional variations to the Ultimate Sandbag Bear hug squat on his website.

The first variation to the bear hug squat is the 1 ¼ squat that has the person squat, come up partially and then lower back into squatting position. The second variation, the hop squat, includes acceleration in the leg extension to lift the body up in a hopping motion. In the third variation, which was recently published in Men’s Health magazine, Henkin executes dynamic isometrics, which is the act of slowing and pausing lifting speed at various points of the motion. According to the article, the balance of muscular tension and metabolic stress maximizes protein production for optimal muscle growth.

For more information regarding The Ultimate Sandbag and training program, contact Josh Henkin, visit, or check them out on

About Ultimate Sandbag Training:
Josh Henkin invented the Ultimate Sandbag Training System after physical therapy and traditional corrective exercises couldn’t relieve his lower back pain caused by training and competing as a Division I athlete. The idea came after studying old time strongmen that used odd objects to “fill in the holes” of strength training. To date, more than 300 exercises are possible with the Ultimate Sandbag. The system is currently used by professional athletes, military forces and weekend warriors in 70 countries. Additional information is available at

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