Unbelievable! Eddie Hall just lifted half a ton 500kg/1102lbs deadlift and cemented his name in the history books. No wonder they call him THE BEAST! Unfortunately the lift was a little too much for the big man to handle because while he did lift it successfully, he passed out after busting blood vessels in his head, which is not surprising considering the MASSIVE weight! Here’s the footage of the lift:
The farmer’s walk is one of the best core strengthening exercises, and is usually one of the many challenges in the strongman competition. Like the deadlift it works several muscles at once but is much more effective for the legs since you are moving.
How to do it properly
First you must prepare some weights. Dumbbells/barbells, buckets filled with sand or water or bags with heavy stuff in them are all good. The important thing is to have the same weight on both sides to keep balance.
Put the weights on your sides and grab them with a tight grip. Then just lift them up and walk to the targeted spot. The pace should be normal: not too quick but not too slow either. If you find it easy to do the farmer’s walk with the current weights then I recommend increasing the weight and/or distance rather than increasing your speed.
That’s pretty much it. It’s a very simple exercise to perform and the benefits are numerous.
So I’ve been reading a couple of articles on how to increase lower back strength and some of the suggestions included aerobic exercises which was quite funny. You are deluding yourself if you think you can build a stronger lower back with aerobic exercises.
There is no special exercise or a magical way to increase back strength. If you want to get a stronger lower back then you must lift weights or things, the heavier the better. The deadlift is definitely the best exercise for this if you have the equipment and the trick to increase your strength in a short amount of time is to do one rep and low rep, heavy weight training.
Let’s say your one rep deadlift max is 200kg/440lbs. To increase that weight I would start my workout by lifting 200kg, and then I would start reducing the weight discs and do reps until I tire out. After 200kg I would go down to 185kg, to 170kg and then to 150kg. The next day, or two days later, I would start out with 200kg once again and see if I can do 2 reps instead of one this time. If I succeed in doing that then I will increase the max weight with 1-5kg and start from there next time. By doing this type of workout you should be able to increase your lower back strength in a very short amount of time.