Strongman is as beneficial to the mind as it is to the body.
Strongman training is about true functional strength. It is about lifting heavy, awkward objects (like those you encounter in life) and getting them from A to B – whether that is from the ground to overhead, or from one end of the room to the other. (breakingmuscle.com)
Whether you’ve been working out for years or you just landed on this site by accident, you already know most of the hot fitness trends. CrossFit is everywhere, your neighbors are doing mud runs, and your girlfriend has begged you more than once to accompany her to a Pilates class. But there’s one fitness craze that’s older than any of them, yet doesn’t get nearly the same attention—strongman, the ancient Viking tradition of lifting odd objects.
I used to moan when my dad would ask me to carry firewood up to the house or push a wheelbarrow full of topsoil up our driveway. If I had realized I was training, I might have thought it was cool instead of boring yard work.
Many strongman events resemble chores, such as walking with heavy implements in hand or dragging or pulling objects for a certain distance. Doing so not only provides a change of pace from the usual “three sets of 10” traditional weight training, but it’s also just as effective for building muscle. I put on eight pounds in three weeks without making any effort to eat more food, and the only significant change to my training was the addition of heavy carries. Try doing farmer’s walks (pick up the heaviest dumbbells you can and walk as far as possible) at the end of your workouts, and you’ll get a sense of how exhausting these exercises can be and how much muscle they activate.
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