The Farmer's Walk - an Exercise You May Want to Consider

In my opinion, the best exercises are those that improve your ability to move in everyday life. In a lot of ways, they mimic work that people used to do.

I can't tell you how angry I get whenever I perform Axe Chops or similar exercises. While I think they are effective (and so I continue to do them), I hate that they are unproductive.  I could be getting the same work out and doing something. I could really be chopping wood.

Well, the Farmer's Walk is one of those exercises. Extremely practical to real-life activity, and annoyingly unproductive. But effective for building strength and endurance.  Check out this video to see how it's done:

Looks easy enough, right? Pile on the weight and tell me what you think.

I'll tell you what I think!

It reminds me of gardening. Carrying heavy buckets of water, mud, or plants. Carrying tools back and forth from the shed to the garden. It's crap work and it makes you a lot stronger. I literally do this all summer long. I even do this lugging both of my kids' bikes when they've tired blocks from home. Or when I lug a zillion toys, towels, and clothes to the pool.

But now I'm doing it in the gym. With the most weight I have. And I realize I need more weights! This is just one of the many moves that's helping me get stronger everyday - and will make it easier for me to garden, schlep bikes, and pool toys all summer long. Wahoo! Real life benefit!


Midnite Skys said...

isn't that the truth and had to tell my bosses about a woman that we interviewed that just cause she was a mom she could be strong... I said with 2 young ones, she use to carrying a ton of stuff, for the baby and plus keeping a little one in tow.... yea she is strong...... (they worried she could not lift the 20 pounds.... )

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