Farmers carry as cardio?
ADD/ long story short version; im looking for things to do at home, and im wondering if carrying 100lb dumb bells up and down a hill (about 200ish linear feet x 50-60 vertical rough estimate) would be good or if id need more weight etc. my lifts are in my sig and my aerobic capacity is pretty decent.
I realized about 10 minutes into it today that i HATE the tread mill so im looking for alternatives to the hamster wheel.
Today i went with some lighter weight deadlifts with very little rest.
225x10x5sets with 20 seconds rest between sets
185x10 straight leg rdl 30 sec rest (was dying out here cardio wise)
then i went through some arms stuff etc with very short rest and super sets.
all in all the cardio and sweat i had going on was great. but im looking for things i can add without throwing off my "power" schedule. too much.
i have a weight sled that i just finished building (and its badass) but its for pulling only.
for pushing i can push my pickup truck to about 5 mph and stop it, then go, then stop.
im looking for things to do at home, and im wondering if carrying 100lb dumb bells up and down a hill (about 200ish linear feet x 50-60 vertical rough estimate) would be good.
Yes it would.
Pick them up and carry them for a set distance for time. Do a few sets and record all your times. Try to beat your best time each week.
Pick them up and carry them as far as possible and then 5 more feet. Rest. Go back the other way. It will take more than 1 try to get back (probably a few more). Try and beat your best distance next time.
Also, you can make a sandbag to use at home. Killer for cardio/conditioning/metabolic work (whatever you want to call it).
Or throw a tire around. Very stress relieving :)
I used to do carrying circuits for cardio and I loved em.
I would do:
Overhead Olympic Bar walk - 60M
Single arm Db Overhead walk - 60M
Single arm Db Carry - 60M
Single arm Db Overhead walk & Single arm Db Carry
DB Turkish get ups 3 reps on each side
As Chase said, record your times and progress with better times and heavier weights.
thanks for the feedback guys, i have basically no equipment at home but im going to start stocking up.
im a concrete sales rep so i have access to lots of bags of sand and cinder block etc. what kind of things should i look for? i thought about filling a big pipe with quickcrete but itd be kind of hard to change the weight lol.
i thoguht about just filling a burlap backpack with sand and carrying that around untill i can go out to york barbell and get some dumb bells. stuff isnt cheap at about 1dollar a pound.
Tire flipping and sledgehammer on the tire are good, as well.
Heck, just take a pick and go work the soil in the back yard! It's weird, we're getting smarter and smarter, coming out with machines and gadgets that do a "better" job of working whatever muscle group you desire and still, there's nothing better than the stuff that's been around for centuries. Old school, nothing can beat it. :thumbup:
Originally Posted by rbtrout
yeah the pick and soil would be a great one for my back yard, its all dirt and about as solid as a rock, my dogs will be more than happy if i soften it up for them. theyre crazy, i have to tape their legs like horses bc they run so much back there they start limping.
i went to the gym today at about 1 and did some farmers carry with 100lb dumb bells. laps from one end to the other of the gym, about 125 feet per lap. i did about 15ish total, towards the end it was hell on my traps and my grip.
i think that weight would be ok for a while, im going to make some handles out of a loop of rope and some pipe so i dont have to bend so far to pick them up.
If your grip strength is lacking, you can opt to do walking lunges with lighter weight.
They get my heart rate pretty jacked up too.
by light weigh dumbells and run wih them its more fun then tread mills.
thats definitely something i plan on working in, not so much bc of grip but more for balance and leg strength.
Originally Posted by Raleighwood
my grip could easily hold the 100s, but by the time i got to the later laps my hands were so sweaty they were slipping out. i should have brought my chalk in with me, but it was such a random gym day that i went in in my jeans and work boots.
im going to make a trip out to YORK barbell and pick up some of their db bars and some more iron so i can change weight quickly while out in the "field"
basically anything that maintains your heart rate over say 120 for an avg male for an extended period qualifies as cardio
I think the unconventional "equipment" that you're using is pretty cool.