Strength 101: Farmer's Carry
Carry Heavy Things
What’s the one exercise humans have done since the dawn of time? CARRY STUFF. It's the simplest ways to increase your strength.
Why? Gray Cook says it best, “Demonstrate alignment and integrity under load.” Carrying challenges your body to "survive." Bad posture isn’t an option when you’re carrying half or even three quarters of your body weight. Your ability to breath and maintain good posture during this exercise is where the magic happens. Here’s how you start:
1… Choose a weight you can hold based on the distance you’re walking. Heavy, light, long and short. Pick a combination and get after it.
2… With one weight in each hand, stand very tall. “Fight for centimeters,” as Dr. Mark Cheng would say.
3… While you walk, breathe. This is critical.
4… Keep a slow to medium pace. However fast you can walk while the weights stay in control.
5… Put them down safely.
If you’re just getting back into a fitness routine, this is a great exercise to start with. It’s cheap and takes little skill. Remember, stay tall and breathe. That’s all you have to do.