Deadlift and Heavy Carry

by Kilo on February 10, 2011

One of my favorite things to do in my strength training is simply to pick up something heavy and walk with it. Once you have experienced the feeling of lifting something heavy and seeing how far you can get with it, you will have renewed respect for the World’s Strongest Man competitors.

Here’s Van Hatfield doing a farmer’s walk with 800 pounds.

As my circumstances have allowed, I’ve tried to replicate just about everything I have seen those guys do. Walking with buckets of sand, atlas stones, bear-hugging a sandbag to my chest, holding kettlebells like suitcases or in the rack, and I’ve walked more laps around the gym holding the 100 lb dumbbells than I can count.

Heavy carries work just about everything and few things make me feel as strong. Enter the deadlift, which does make me feel even stronger than the carries.

The other night I was doing some easy pulls with 405 on the bar. I’m not sure where the idea came from, but once I locked out I started walking forward. I had to lean back slightly and rest the barbell lightly on my thighs, but I was able to make it all the way across the gym before I started to get the shakes.

Doing this with a double overhand grip was a great grip strength workout, and the combination of lifting the weight, and then walking as it tried to drag me down by the traps and lats.

The carries also seem to be helping stabilize my rib cage, which experienced some looseness as a result of a horrific cough I had back in November.

Good stuff. My next experiment will be experimenting with different deadlift grip positions as I walk.


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