Friday, December 20, 2013

Alex's 1/4 Mile Farmer's Walk



Song:  Heart Of Courage (Extended Remix)

Group:  Two Steps From Hell



This was taken a couple of days ago...and a few miles down from home...
 while my wife was taking Alex to school in the morning.


We had to skip a couple of weeks of Farmer's Walk training as the snow
still covered the sidewalks.  Only today had enough of the snow melted.


Alex starting out on his 1/4 mile walk with 100 lbs. in his hands
(the Trap Bar itself weighs 45 lbs...and then we added weights)



It is in the evening...
and the temperature is a beautifully crisp 29 degrees F ( -2 C ).

It is perfect weather to work out in...
as it prevents one from overheating.



Alex took his first 1 minute, or so, break...at just over 1/4 of the way.
With the Farmer's Walk...the hands usually give out first.



Alex continuing on his way.


Shortly afterwards...
he had to break again for a few moments...


and he was off again.




At the halfway point...
Alex took another few moments to rest.



Alex taking his last rest just before his last push to the garage at home.



Alex setting the bar back down in the home gym portion of our garage.

Alex does the Farmer's Walk twice a week...Tuesdays and Fridays...
and he does the Raised Platform Trap Bar Deadlift on Sundays.

These are great overall body strengtheners.

The Farmer's Walk also gives great total body muscular stamina
when done for distance while holding heavy weights.

Right now...
Alex is still new to this distance.

Once his body toughens more...
and when he will be able to go the distance with no more than 4 breaks...
I will add 5% of the total to the bar.

The distance shall remain the same...
however...he will need to, once again, take 5-6 breaks
 with the addition of the newly added weight.

When he can, once again...
go with no more than 4 breaks during the walk...
I will once again...add 5% of the new total to the bar.

In this never ending cycle...
he will eventually be able to walk with quite substantial amounts of weight...
and when this happens...
his breathing will become quite labored...
as his grip will no longer be the weak link.

The idea is to eventually have 4 sets of breathing like a freight train
as one tries to make the distance with very heavy weights.

When this happens...
a very invigorating total body effect will 
transform your body and mind...
as both shall reach a toughness not achieved by mere mortals  :)


Alex is in the shower now...
and I will be preparing for our Snow - B - Que.

We will be having a late night barbecue in our backyard...
since most of the snow has melted...
and this is the start of Alex's Winter break
(and, as every season is barbecue season :)

I shall include pictures of it in the next article.









2 comments:

  1. What a beautiful setting for this exercise! I can see that he will get very strong (mentally as well as physically) through this workout.

    Just curious, I'm sure you have a reason, but why no mittens or gloves when out on a relatively cold evening?

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  2. While the temperature was brisk by normal standards, both, Alex and I, have very vascularized hands and feet. They usually stay warm...and under any exertion, they warm up very quickly. Plus, unless the gloves are specially designed, they can cause the bar to slip out of the grasp unexpectedly. With skin directly on the sports tape...the feedback allows one to know when the grip is starting to fail. Even when the temperature dropped to below 0 degrees F a couple of weeks ago...it was nice outside as the wind wasn't blowing much. It is invigorating to exercise in such weather. Even in such normally cold conditions, when working out heavily, you no longer feel the chill...until you stop :)

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