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    Creative Farmers Walk Workouts

    I love farmers walks; they're basically the only conditioning I do right now. But, I can get bored with them so I try to be creative at times.

    I have a Culligan water cooler with 5-gallon bottles that load into it. There's a grocery store with a water dispenser about a mile from my house. When both bottles are empty, I walk them down to the store, fill them up and then hump them the mile back to my place. It takes me about twenty minutes to walk them back and it's brutal. The handles are thick so my grip is thoroughly tested and they're heavy enough that it's a fight to keep proper posture all the way back. If my grip starts to give, I rack the bottles on my shoulders and keep on going until I think I can hold them again.
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    Halfway into reading this, I thought you were carrying the ones without handles. THAT would be a insane.

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    Originally Posted by mdonnelly80 View Post
    I love farmers walks; they're basically the only conditioning I do right now. But, I can get bored with them so I try to be creative at times.

    I have a Culligan water cooler with 5-gallon bottles that load into it. There's a grocery store with a water dispenser about a mile from my house. When both bottles are empty, I walk them down to the store, fill them up and then hump them the mile back to my place. It takes me about twenty minutes to walk them back and it's brutal. The handles are thick so my grip is thoroughly tested and they're heavy enough that it's a fight to keep proper posture all the way back. If my grip starts to give, I rack the bottles on my shoulders and keep on going until I think I can hold them again.
    I do Farmers' walks almost every day. I don't do them for a mile, but neither do you. I suggest putting down the bottles and taking short breaks rather than racking the bottles and continuing to walk. Whether or not you do as suggested, kudos for being badass!
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    Originally Posted by supramax View Post
    I do Farmers' walks almost every day. I don't do them for a mile, but neither do you. I suggest putting down the bottles and taking short breaks rather than racking the bottles and continuing to walk. Whether or not you do as suggested, kudos for being badass!
    I started doing this during the original Covid lockdown back in spring of 2020. I didn't have access to ANY weights or gym equipment (outside of a stationary bike) for ten solid weeks. I did have heavy things I could carry around so I started doing farmer's walks every other day. I did the mile death-march once or twice per week and I started finding different ways to stress myself. My initial goal was to make the entire walk without losing my grip; it took me five rounds to get to that point. After that, I decided to time myself which is why I started racking the bottles.

    So, not really a "badass", just a bored guy trying to get some exercise.
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    Yeah I've practiced my grip with these at home by carrying them by their bottlenecks.
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    Originally Posted by GeneralSerpant View Post
    Yeah I've practiced my grip with these at home by carrying them by their bottlenecks.
    You're a better man than I.... I tinkered around with once, made it two blocks and called it quits.
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    Originally Posted by mdonnelly80 View Post
    You're a better man than I.... I tinkered around with once, made it two blocks and called it quits.
    I'm not transporting them lol it's just for taking them inside and also installing them. I have no problem gripping them for the most part but the plastic is slippery and it's not very doable if there's any moisture on my hands.
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    Ever done them overhead?
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    Originally Posted by mdonnelly80 View Post
    ... So, not really a "badass", just a bored guy trying to get some exercise.
    STFU! A loaded carry for a mile, Farmers' Walk or not, is badass.
    Now there are short and simple exercises which tire the body rapidly, and so save our time; and time is something of which we ought to keep strict account. These exercises are running, brandishing weights, and jumping…. Select for practice any one of these, and you will find it plain and easy. But whatever you do, come back soon from body to mind.

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    Originally Posted by TheShadowMan View Post
    Ever done them overhead?
    A long time ago there was a thread about the single best exercise. I voted for the overhead carry because when you use a challenging weight, you have to deadlift and then clean and push press in order to carry. I only do it occasionally, but with the aforementioned poundage, it's really ****ing nasty.
    Now there are short and simple exercises which tire the body rapidly, and so save our time; and time is something of which we ought to keep strict account. These exercises are running, brandishing weights, and jumping…. Select for practice any one of these, and you will find it plain and easy. But whatever you do, come back soon from body to mind.

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    Originally Posted by supramax View Post
    A long time ago there was a thread about the single best exercise. I voted for the overhead carry because when you use a challenging weight, you have to deadlift and then clean and push press in order to carry. I only do it occasionally, but with the aforementioned poundage, it's really ****ing nasty.
    When I do em, I tend to have to drop the weight to a third of what I usually use for farmer's walks, i'm a lot weaker carrying overhead. The stress per pound is considerably higher, so I feel like I get more out of it.
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    Originally Posted by supramax View Post
    STFU! A loaded carry for a mile, Farmers' Walk or not, is badass.
    I bought 50lbs. of whey online and had to pick it up from the post office. I decided to walk thinking it would be a cake. It was... rough.
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    Originally Posted by TheShadowMan View Post
    Ever done them overhead?
    Nah, my separated shoulder really holding anything over my head. I do like racked carries though, especially with sandbags. I have a REP sandbag that I can load up to 200lbs; love that thing for racked farmer's walks.
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    Ever done them overhead?
    I only do that when the gym is crowded so that I can fit between everybody easier.
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    Originally Posted by TolerantLactose View Post
    I bought 50lbs. of whey online and had to pick it up from the post office. I decided to walk thinking it would be a cake. It was... rough.
    Yeah, it's "unpleasant", to say the least. And... Probably overkill; I hurt from the neck for a few days after doing this.

    With access to a gym and weights at home now, I only do the death-march when I've gotten strapped for time, I feel like a fat b@stard and want to crush myself. Lol.

    Another fun iteration is a suitcase carry super-setted with band pull aparts. I walk with a 90lb dumbbell in one hand and my heavy band in the other, stop when my grip gives, rep out pull-aparts and walk back with the dumbbell in the other hand. I found this on T-nation and it does wonders for my separated shoulder.
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    Lately I like farmer's cause they're a convenient way to hit both forearms and traps with something intense enough to stimulate both areas, especially since I don't have anywhere near enough weight or the right rack for rack pulls to be a mainstay for my trap section. Upright rows supposedly hit all three traps but i've never liked the way they felt(kinda like the rear variation that Lee Haney did though), and i'm already using deadlift type movements on the following lower body day(romanians for hams and hacks for quads), so I don't want fatigue in high amounts from overuse of deads.
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