I recently attended a seminar with several other fitness guys, many of whom were personal trainers and strength coaches. After one of the talks, it was time to get some coffee and one of the personal trainers, Lance, came over and talked to me.
He told me that he trains in some major chain gym with a bunch of machines and not a speck of chalk in the place at all. (If I had to train in a place like that, I might last two weeks before I went to another gym, just not my kind of long-term place)
So, as it turns out, Lance is sick of this place too. He said he just doesn’t think all the machines are helping him or his clients build “Real World Strength.”
He basically said, “What is sitting on a padded seat pushing against weight-stack resistance going to do to help me be strong enough to push a car out of a ditch?”
Ya know what? Lance is right.
Machines just don’t cut it when it comes to building the kind of strength that you need when your car is stuck in a ditch, or if you have to carry a giant recliner down a flight of stairs.
That’s why I like Strongman Training.
When you train with bulky implements like those, you literally feel like you can lift anything that crosses your path.
That kind of confidence can really come in handy in “Real World” situations.
So, now Lance is on a MISSION. He has a two-car garage just like mine and he wants to start Strongman Training.
But, he wanted to know what Strongman Gear and what types of Strongman Lifts he should focus on.
So, I told him about the Top 5 Strongman Training Lifts I suggest.
Top 5 Strongman Lifts/Events that Build REAL WORLD STRENGTH
1. Log Lift / Overhead Lifting
Bill Kazmaier – Log Lift
I LOVE Overhead Lifting and for that reason my favorite implement is the Log. It builds tremendous overhead strength, and it makes you develop a strong Core, Grip, and Power, especially when you perform dynamic overhead lifts.
2. Atlas Stones
Loading Atlas Stones
When you lift atlas stones, it makes you feel like you are capable of superhuman feats. There’s just something awesome about pulling a big, ugly, round stone off the ground and then either popping it up onto a platform or dropping it right back to earth (train outside if you are going to drop it, ha ha ha)
3. The Yoke
Phil Pfister – Refrigerator Yoke Walk
The Yoke is an implement that you carry across your shoulders. I absolutely HATE this event, but it makes you RUGGEDLY STRONG both physically and mentally. A heavy-ass Yoke draped across your back wants to crush you into the ground like a soda can, but you don’t let it. You just take one step at a time and show it who is boss.
4. The Tire Flip
Ready for the Tire Flip
You would be surprised at how big of a tire you can flip. Flipping a giant industrial tire may seem like a daunting task, but when you apply the strength you have worked to build with the proper technique, like I show you here, you can EXCEED your own expectations.
5. Farmer’s Walk / Frame Carry
Derek Poundstone – Frame Carry
This lift just plain makes a MONSTER out of you. Obviously, this exercise builds your Grip Strength, which is something I LOVE, but it also beefs up your Traps, Shoulders, Erectors, and Glutes. I like this exercise so much, I generally do it TWICE A WEEK.
There you have it – in my opinion the TOP 5 LIFTS from the world of Strongman Training. If you do these lifts, I guarantee you will develop strength that you can use in MANY other facets of life where you need to be able to lift heavy, bulky stuff.
The only caveat I would throw out there is NOT to try these lifts until you know the proper technique, so you can GET THE MOST OUT OF THEM.
If you need to learn the technique for these lifts, all you need to do is go here: Strongman Training DVD
All the best in your training.