112x50’ in 7.97 seconds
112x50’ in 7.64 seconds
202x50’ in 9.29 seconds
202x50’ in 8.58 seconds
202x50’ in 8.85 seconds
Sandbag Load Over Bar (57”)
Quite a bit of the snow has melted and it is warming up. Had little
better idea of what to expect with how last week went going into this
workout. Sled drag warm-up around the block like last time. Didn’t time
it as it was going to be about 5 minutes to make the course from timing
last time. Heart rate only got up to 147bpm. After that was calf raises.
Ankle flexibility felt good and almost rhythmic movements on these.
Some fatigue but to be expected with the sled drag course having uphill
components at times. Box touches with the band rows and biceps stretch
after that. First time through with wide stance and then second time
with regular stance. Box touches felt good on the hamstrings and hips.
Decent pump in the back on the rows. Stepped a little farther out and
sat down a little into the stretch for the biceps this time. A bit
better I think this time. Now for event work. Starting things off with
farmer’s walk. I had weighed my handles and they turned out to be 3lbs
less than I had thought they were. I figured I’d check since I was
weighing other stuff. I always feel like I’m a bit of a slow starter
with farmer’s walks. I reset the handles rather than starting where I
stopped like yoke. Keep the course consistent (slightly uphill) and gave
me a good period to rest. Started with warm-ups with a plate each side.
Didn’t feel heavy but felt slow. Left oblique woke up on that first
run. Got to stay tight in the midsection. Paired with yoke, this is
similar enough and different enough if that makes sense. Pick is a set
height as opposed to yoke being (usually) adjustable so little more ROM
on the pick-up. Moving about the same besides the muscles supporting the
weights. Now on to work sets. Idea being to pick a weight that was easy
and smooth. That can be hard to gauge with farmer’s walk. Depends on
how the grip and shoulders feel some days. Pick up of the implements is
always the hardest for me and usually I warm-up just doing picks to save
energy and get used to the implement. Sometimes that is all you can do
at a big contest. I want to go heavier but I need to be smart about
this. Picking between going up a quarter to a plate a side. I elected to
go another plate. Definitely felt heavy that first set. Second set, it
didn’t feel as bad in the hands but still pretty heavy in the shoulders.
I tried to do a faster start but my left calf didn’t want to listen and
I stumbled a little. I told myself that the last set had to be perfect.
I got my upper back tight and got everything set just right. I waited
until I was fully locked out before moving. Felt light this time and I
held it for a bit at the end. This was slightly slower than my second
run but it felt like my best of the day. Might have to adjust for next
time. Last thing for today was loads with a light sandbag. I was
debating over loading to a platform or over bar. Platform would probably
have been my preference but with how lively the bag is and how the
added height on the platform isn’t stable, I went with over bar. This
meant going to the other side of the yoke for the next rep. I wasn’t
going to go under since bending and rushing under could lead to a mishap
with the back. Didn’t feel heavy at all. Just throwing it over the bar.
But what usually happens is the repeated abuse of the drops and tumbles
opened up the sandbag after the eighth rep so the last two reps I was
trying to not have sand spill out. Resulted in me banging my head into
the crossbar of the yoke on the second to last rep. Not as winding as
last session with the stone of steel. Maybe I’m getting used to it or
just the fact I didn’t need to over-crush the sandbag like with the
stone of steel meant better breathing. Hopefully the winter weather will
stop and I can get back to a normal workout schedule this coming week.
I’m a little taller than 6′7″ and I really like to lift weights. I’m a
competitor in amature strongman contests. Right now, I'm training for the Beast of the Bluegrass in Lexington, KY on April 28, 2018. My hope is to become a competitive
professional strongman. I’m not a major competitor yet and I have a long way to go but I’m having fun.