What is the best way to train like a strongman? Easy, just do the exercises that strongmen do in the arena. These events that have been designed to test men to the very brink of their potential aren’t just flashy crowd-pleasers; they are all actual exercises that will train your body the way you want it to be trained. So, let’s take a look at the things that strongmen do in competition and examine the muscle groups that they affect and how these competitive events can get you in the best shape of your life.
Backward Drag: The backwards drag is a popular strongman event where the competitor pulls a heavy object while walking backwards. This is a terrific workout because it adds size and strength to your quads in a way that little else does. This is also an exercise that you can probably design at home to practice.
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.