One Strongman Training Session A Week Can Dramatically Change Up Your Routine

One Strongman Training Session A Week Can Dramatically Change Up Your Routine

Always doing the same workout routine can be bad for building muscle. A little strongman training from time to time can change up your routine.

Have you been doing the same workout routine with two or three technical skills for months, if not years? Despite wanting to continue you can get tired of the routine. Worse still, the muscles can get used to the same motions and depression can even set in. So to spice up your daily life which has become too routine, just add a session of strongman training from time to time.

What exercises can you do to train like a strongman?

You might not have the necessary equipment to train exactly like a strongman. However at the gym, everyone is able to do the farmer’s walk. This exercise involves picking up a weight and walking with it at arm's length over a certain distance. Two dumbbells will do the trick to replace the rack usually used in competitions. Start by doing between 4 and 10 sets of 50 to 100 feet of walking. The ultimate goal is to be able to carry your body weight in each hand, with training of course.

Since you probably do not have an Atlas ball at home, take the weights that you usually put on the squat or bench press bars. Use the same technique as with an Atlas ball, plus you can adjust the weight. No weights? No problem! A sandbag, preferably circular in shape, is perfect for training like a strongman. Then you can do what Dmitriy Khaladzhi does and lift cars or carry a horse, but at your own risk.

Don’t try to copy the Mountain

With one session per week combined with your usual routine, the effects and body aches should quickly be felt on your body. Be careful not to try to be a strongman too quickly. You should know that they are mostly professionals and that the Mountain does not squat 440 kg with only his natural strength. To reach this certain level requires a long training process and impeccable technique. As in bodybuilding, there are no shortcuts, except towards injuring yourself. Strongmen are top athletes and it's not because they often have a big belly that they are able to lift weights like a work horse, on the contrary.

• Will Armstrong
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