Strongman Training

February 25, 2018 No Comments by Tess Aisthorpe

Strongman training connects all the dots in your body and exposes all your weaknesses. If done correctly, it will take you to a new level of training. You’ll learn how to deal with pain and start busting through plateaus like never before 🏋️‍♂️

This type of training is old school. It 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 street to the other.

These workouts generally take you a little longer than your usual workout, which is why we try to add these in at least once a fortnight. Here are a few reasons why you should learn to love our strongman sessions:-

Functional (usable) strength – Strongman training will work wonders for your functional strength. We can easily argue that a deadlift, squat and olympic lifts are ‘functional’, and absolutely they are, to a point. But when we get into the real world there are no well-chalked barbells with symmetrical weights and perfectly greased collars, added to each side. There are odd-objects and awkward grip placements in the real world. If you have ever moved house or carried every single grocery bag from the car in one load then you will pick up on what we are putting down.

Grip Strength – Who doesn’t want to impress someone with their jar-opening skills? Guys, never fail your lady when she needs a hand, or ladies, show your man you do not need his skills! But more seriously, improving your grip strength can help with holding onto the bar longer whether you are doing cleans, kettlebell swings or pull-ups 💪

Stronger Max Lifts – Yes, lifting the weird awkward shit does make lifting traditional weights easier. The main reason is because in barbell training it is best to keep the bar close to your body for increased power, strength and speed. You don’t have that option with odd-objects, and are forced away from the body which will help develop a stronger midline. Lifting in this way creates an extremely strong core, as it is always in use, thus helping one in every aspect of lifting.

Increased Variety – Strongman training is just a fun tool to throw into your sessions. Think of it as a new stimuli to keep your muscles guessing. Practising the less efficient movements will make the efficient movements easier….oh and it turns out strongman sessions can make you bigger, don’t worry chickies, your bodies operate in a different way…but this is for the guys! You may be of the mindset that the only way to get bigger is to lift like a bodybuilder, but we know that isn’t really true.

Incorporating strongman into your training routine will, without a doubt, add solid gains in not only muscle, but also endurance, power, static strength and the very important…mental toughness 🤗

Try this one we prepared earlier:-

200m Farmers Carry @ 24/28kg
15 Dumbbell Ground to Overhead
30 Double Under’s
15 Dumbbell Manmakers
100m OH Carry @ 20/25kg
Rest 2minutes
200m Farmers Carry
12 DB Ground to Overhead
30 Double Under’s
12 Manmakers
100m OH Carry
Rest 2minutes
200m Farmers Carry
9 DB Ground to Overhead
30 Double Under’s
9 Manmakers
100m OH Carry