I chop wood from time to time but now I have a huge pile of wood I cut down a couple years ago, and thought it would be a good challenge over the winter to chop it all up instead of using a wood splitter.
Cardio on the treadmill gets old and this will work more upper body. I just don't want it to interfere with my workouts since I do push/pull splits now.
It is winter here now (snow). So that should make it even more fun. Yes, I actually do enjoy chopping wood. Still have all my toes too.. lol
Thread: Anyone chop wood for exercise?
12-21-2009, 02:14 PM #1
Anyone chop wood for exercise?
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12-21-2009, 03:58 PM #7
I have a bunch of wood to split on my property (an acre of woods in Minnesota), but I just suck at splitting wood.
What is your method? Axe? Sledgehammer/axe? Sledgehammer with wedge?
And what do you put the log on? A tall stump?
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It definitely does the trick. I had to dig a trench earlier this year and it was the best back workout I've ever had (probably because it took me close to three hours). I have a large garden area in the back yard so I've been using my pickaxe to till the soil every couple of weeks. I have a tiller but this replaces weights and cardio for that day and gets me out of the house. Never thought I'd be doing something like this on purpose but I actually look forward to it.
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12-22-2009, 11:07 AM #13
I spend the winter getting wood,as that is our main source of heat. I do this because I don't like the big chore of doing it in the fall. I use a Chopper II maul type spliter, I don't think they sell them anymore, the thing sure works well have had it for 20 years.
Makes for a good work out for sure, cut, load, unload, split, stack, take in house, repeat.
4 months of cardio breaking a sweat at -20 can't beat it!
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12-22-2009, 06:26 PM #17
I found that the best method is to stand square to the log, set on end on a big flat piece of wood or stump, bring the axe directly overhead, and come straight down with it. It if sticks and doesn't split, you can try again, but slamming on the axe with a sledge will work if 2 tries fail axe alone.Time To Re-Schedule
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12-23-2009, 08:23 AM #19
I use a cheap sledge/axe I got at a hardware store. It's a lot heavier but it works. I also have a wedge (called a grenade or something..). Yesterday I got it all the way into a log and thought crap, it's not gonna split.. then finally it did. some big old cedar or pine I had cut down a couple years ago.
I did 1.5 hours of chopping/stacking and still ended up doing Intervals on the treadmill... lol
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