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GRACEFULIFE Posts: 1,705
7/20/13 2:12 P

You're welcome.

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NHOYLE1 Posts: 351
7/19/13 9:15 A

Bill, I don't know where my head was on that. You are probably right. I might try stopping when you see someone working on concrete or something like that, because I assume those 5 gallon buckets would have to have some strength to carry the weight of what they hold.

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7/18/13 9:31 P

I LOVE farmers walk and credit it with some of my recent 20plus pound weight loss. I have a gym membership, so I tend to do them there. They have 45 pound plates with handles -- generally built for the bench or for dead lifts/squats, but they work PERFECTLY for the farmers walk -- they have handles, and they are heavy, and the whole exercise burns like hell. Since most gyms have the weights set up in a big room with space for people by the mirrors and behind the machines, I walk in a large loop around the room. By the time I get back to starting position, I'm toast.

When the gym is way packed, I take the plates to the basketball court and just go around the perimeter -- which is harder than the weight space -- and it crushes. I've found that it truly is a full body workout, and shreds.

Definitely add it to the repitoire.

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7/18/13 5:20 P

Good idea. But I was more concerned with the bucket itself. Seems like even with water there is eventual separation between the handle and bucket (where they meet at the base of the bucket). Maybe I just need to quit buying cheap buckets. haha.

NHOYLE1 Posts: 351
7/18/13 4:15 P

I wonder if these, maybe with a little plastic inside to keep the wire handle from tearing through, with the wire buckets would get the job done?

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7/17/13 8:27 A

I remember when we did farmers walks in high school. We used to use just plain dumbbells. I like the idea of buckets and would work almost exactly the same.

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7/17/13 8:20 A

I was looking into some handles here, much to my shock, they're just under $200. Yow. Anyone know of a good place to get these things a bit cheaper? Maybe that's just the going price.

NHOYLE1 Posts: 351
7/15/13 10:33 P

Yup, its what prompted the thread. I'm thinking I will try to start fairly regular similar threads with other exercises. Other people are certainly welcome to do the same.

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7/15/13 6:17 P

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7/15/13 3:37 P

I've tried plate pinches and supposedly wider is better (for grip improvements), so I tried pinching 2 10's and a 5 instead of a single 25. That didn't go so well.

Bear hugging is going to be good for the legs, but does nothing for grip.

I think I'm going to go back to rack pulls for grip. I am going to look into the bucket idea though, I like it.

NHOYLE1 Posts: 351
7/15/13 3:31 P

I think one site I read talked about just grabbing a plate in each hand and walking with it, or bear hugging a plate and going with it.

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7/15/13 2:32 P

Actually, it's a room in my basement. I have a power rack in the corner. It's a bit cramped but it gets the job done.

The bucket idea is interesting. That sounds like something I could do outside, I like it. I just wonder if the handles will be sturdy enough.

I'm in the southeast, so the weather is pretty moderate.

NHOYLE1 Posts: 351
7/15/13 2:26 P

Jeez, I didn't realize that you are doing your workout in your basement. I am impressed that you are able to fit your normal workout to that atmosphere.

The only thing I can think of is getting a five gallon bucket, filling it with sand or water, and keeping it outside and doing one armed farmer walks around your neighborhood. Or getting a sandbag and doing them with it hugged against your body, no linking fingers. Then again, I don't know what the weather is like where you are.

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7/15/13 11:39 A

They are good. I use them primarily to improve my grip strength. My challenge is that my basement isn't conducive to walking around with heavy weights. I've been looking for a way to do them a little more regularly. Ideas welcome.

NHOYLE1 Posts: 351
7/15/13 10:32 A

It seems like on different websites I read, these are often coming up. From what I can tell, they are picking up heavy weights and walking with them. There seem to be different variations of them, but it seems like a great full body workout. I haven't done them before. I was curious, do you like them? Do you implement them into your workout? How?

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