Thus it is that your blog hostess, a city girl so bone-urban that she can tell you how to get anywhere on the T and who is deeply uncomfortable when there's not a CVS in walking distance and who thinks that living far enough from one's neighbors that they wouldn't hear you scream if an ax-wielding maniac broke in is deeply unwise, has become online friends with a lovely weightlifting lady who lives on a farm in Texas and recently asked if she'd ever tried "uneven farmers walks." Not yet! your blog hostess replied, but they're on the list after reading this article. Come to find out, Actual Weightlifting Farmer didn't know uneven farmers walks were actually "a thing." She's only forced to do them when feeding her pigs, because she's carrying a bucket of grain and a bucket of milk and the milk invariably weighs more. Her degree of difficulty is added to by the random cows and chickens that get in her way, attempting to hijack her buckets. Which is probably more charming than the clueless teenage bros who step right in front of one while farmers walking in the Y. But I say that as a clueless city girl. Maybe cows and teenagers are equal in their ability to be annoying.
Anyway! I've been farmers walking like it was the key to besting ax-wielding maniacs, kids. I started a couple years ago when Liz suggested it as a grip enhancer. I continued because it was fun. I ramped it up after surgery when, as documented, any kind of deadlift movement was off the plate because of my ab weakness and I was looking for ways to add direct trap work. Heavy farmers walks blast my upper traps in such a way that I swear they are more responsible for my liking how my shoulders look these days than anything else. My basic move is akin to this guy:
Then, in my quest to build my core strength back up, I discovered the waiters carry:
And then a friend, knowing how enamored I am with the above, sent me that T-Nation article I linked y'all to and since then it's been ALL OVER. I'm doing the one-armed variations. I've tried the uneven farmers walk (as vouched for by actual farmers, yo!) And after I reported one of my workouts in number of steps and another friend said she at first misread that as my having farmers-walked up stairs, I've been experimenting with that too. Yesterday? Up and down a (13 step) flight of stairs ten times while carrying two 25lb kettlebells. Objectively speaking, I gotta say I'm impressed with my bad self for carrying 50lbs up and down 10 flights of stairs without, y'know, having to die afterwards. I also impressed myself last week when I realized that 4 laps around the perimeter of my gym while carrying the 35lb kbs lasts about minute more than White Wedding, a 4:11 song. Walking for five minutes straight while carrying 70lbs? When you weigh 118 pounds yourself? NOT BAD. That's not even humble bragging, kids, it's straight up bragging. Deal.
Also? Do farmers walks. They really will help make you strong and fit.