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.
The importance of core strength cannot be overstated. Speak to any fitness guru or professional sports coach and they will always refer to core strength as being a huge factor in strength building. First of all I should clear the misconception that core strength refers to the strength of the abdominal muscles. Abdominal strength is a part of it but core strength refers to the strength of your entire torso.
Now there are many different exercises that you can incorporate into a core training program. For some, these core exercises will be challenging enough on their own. For others, you may wish to consider incorporating weights into the exercise to make it harder. Let’s take a look at some of these core strengthening exercises in more detail.
We might as well start with the most popular core strengthening exercise – the sit up. Sit ups are beneficial in working the abdominals and other stomach muscles, which are an important part of your core. With sit ups, try to focus on form rather than speed, and difficulty rather than quantity. If they are easy for you to perform then do them while holding some weight or while wearing a weighted vest. You can also do them upside down like this: