Strong man training involves exercises that target all muscle groups. It often involves carrying, pushing or pulling heavy awkward objects. The obvious benefit by using all major muscle groups is burning more calories but there are also the psychological benefits; participants advocate an increase in mental toughness and confidence.
Strong man training complements specific sports and labouring disciplines, involves high core stability and grip strength demands and is a fun/novelty factor.
The training can be practiced by everyone but can be challenging for novice athletes and is difficult to progressively overload.
Here are some practical strong man training exercises that you can easily perform:
The Tyre Flip:
Start of with a small tyre to practice technique then try and get your hands on a heavier tyre by contacting a tyre company to push around the backyard. There isn’t a single muscle group that is not worked in this exercise so those calories will be burning like there is no tomorrow! This exercise must be done explosively so use a tyre that is not too heavy. Get hands under the tyre and keep your back straight. Use lower body, lower back to traps not biceps as prime movers.
This is a great exercise to improve muscular endurance, anaerobic capacity, and grip, upper back and oblique strength. Try and find an awkward object around the house or a heavy pair of dumbbells to use.
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