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Farmer's Walk Training

Hey all,

I have in my head to do a 1.5 mile Farmer’s Walk with bodyweight in each hand (currently 195) for a local fundraiser in April or May. Am I overestimating my potential? Or is there a chance of achieving this? Currently, my best FW is 110 pounds each, for about 100 feet.

-Thanks.

P.S. - Would anyone happen to know the record for longest or heaviest FW?

1 mile=5280 feet. 195 lbs. in each hand=390 lbs. There is no way in hell you can complete this farmer’s walk in 3 months. Actually, is there a time limit? Because if there is and you start walkin’ right now, you just may achieve your goal.

Holy shit.

How long can you hold that weight (195 per) in your hands right now? The endurance required to walk 1.5 miles with that would be very very impressive.

Regards,

Sensless

Well I’ll do the math for you. Lets just say that you don’t do bodyweight in each hand, and you keep it at 110lbs.

5280ft/mile x 1.5 mile = 7920 feet

your best effort is 100 feet, so we’re talking 80 sets of your current best effort. I think it’s somewhere next to impossible that you would complete that.

I really do admire your optimism though.

I think that Pudzianowski would have a very very difficult time farmer’s walking with 195/hand for 1.5 miles.

Well, I know someone who’s off my T-Nation Cheering Section! Kidding, bro. Actually, I was pretty sure that I was rushing things too quickly. I just wanted a second opinion. Still though, I’m going to maintain training and see where I end up anyway.

Yeah there is no way in hell you will meet your goal! Not to rain on your parade but that is one insane farmers walk. you got some big balls to even consider that kind of challange.

I’m no expert (I don’t know if there is for this sort of goal) but I peronally would be doing a mix of training for maximal strength and endurance. So shorter walks with bigger weight and longer walks with lighter weight.

You have a long road ahead hope to hear about any progress, if you get close to meeting the challange post pictures! I would imagine your forearms/shoulders/traps would have to get huge to handle this.

That’s basically what I’m working on, with a third day for static holds without walking, and accessory work or total body work on each day.

I’d try to change the distance, but it’s across a nearby park, which is 1.5 miles wide. Maybe I’ll consider cutting the weight so I’m carrying a total of bodyweight, 100 pounds each handle. That should be more reasonable, no?

[quote]Minotaur wrote:
I’d try to change the distance, but it’s across a nearby park, which is 1.5 miles wide. Maybe I’ll consider cutting the weight so I’m carrying a total of bodyweight, 100 pounds each handle. That should be more reasonable, no?[/quote]

Yes, that should be more reasonable. I can’t really fathom carrying 100 lbs in each hand for 25-30 minutes straight. Are you planning on putting the weight down at all, or will it be 1.5 miles straight out?

Straight through, no rest. Otherwise, what fun would it be?!? It needs to be SOME kind of challenge.

minotaur, you will inevitably have to rest during your journey. Your body won’t let you walk 1.5 miles w/ 195 #s in each hand. You will have to drop the weights many, many times. It will still be a great challenge.

[quote]Minotaur wrote:

Straight through, no rest. Otherwise, what fun would it be?!? It needs to be SOME kind of challenge.[/quote]

If you can’t hold 200lbs for 30mins without putting it down, you certainly can’t walk with it for 30mins without putting it down. I am a lot stronger than you when it comes to farmer walking, and I highly highly highly doubt that I could come close to doing 1.5 miles without putting the weight down.

[quote]RIT Jared wrote:

If you can’t hold 200lbs for 30mins without putting it down, you certainly can’t walk with it for 30mins without putting it down. I am a lot stronger than you when it comes to farmer walking, and I highly highly highly doubt that I could come close to doing 1.5 miles without putting the weight down.[/quote]

Well then, I guess we’ll both be surprised then. ; )

I’ve always been better at strength endurance, rather than absolute strength, anyhow. I figure I can handle the weight (100’s) for about 2 minutes right now. I just need to boost that up to around 25 minutes, and I’m golden. 8-10 weeks should be enough time for that.

Although i do not think it is possible, i have to admire your optimism. go for it and report back. You might find some excellent insight into farmers walks from this.

1.5 miles with 100 lb.'s in each hand would be an incredible feat. Train hard and see what happens.
I’d like to see more events that are a combination of stongman and long-distance. How about, say, 3 miles over a hilly course carrying a 100 lb. backpack?
I think I remember reading that Jack Lalanne would walk with a 315 pound barbell on his back up a steep hill which is extraordinarily impressive, especially considering his relatively small stature.

You could try the Inman Mile. It’s an old time strength feat where you load a barbell with 1.5 x your body weight, load it across you back like a squat and then take a mile long walk. It doesn’t sound crazy hard but not easy. If you do it you could be one of the few.

You’re a very mean person. And I appreciate that. I’ve always “enjoyed” training Farmer’s walks, but the Inman sounds like a special kind of evil.

[quote]Scottish 190 wrote:
You could try the Inman Mile. It’s an old time strength feat where you load a barbell with 1.5 x your body weight, load it across you back like a squat and then take a mile long walk. It doesn’t sound crazy hard but not easy. If you do it you could be one of the few.[/quote]

It sounds crazy hard to me. A good pace for a mile walk with a light pack is fifteen minutes. How long would it take with that much weight? I weigh 210 and I think just holding a 315 pound barbell on my backl for this long would be tough.

Well I guess I should have been a little more specific when I said “crazy hard”. It is close to impossible for most people but I guess crazy hard is attempting something that may kill you. Now that I think of it, the Inman mile probably is “crazy hard”!

The Inman Mile sounds like it would be a good exercise to add to your routine. Would really prepeare your lower body/core/upper back as well as help your cardiovascular system handle the heavy load for distance.

something like a Manta Ray or cambared bar would help keep the weight on your back without killing your rear delts

[quote]Minotaur wrote:
Hey all,

I have in my head to do a 1.5 mile Farmer’s Walk with bodyweight in each hand (currently 195) for a local fundraiser in April or May. Am I overestimating my potential? Or is there a chance of achieving this? Currently, my best FW is 110 pounds each, for about 100 feet.

-Thanks.

P.S. - Would anyone happen to know the record for longest or heaviest FW?[/quote]

The first thing that will give out is your grip. Loaded with 195lbs. in each hand. You might make it about 40yds or 50yds.

Goals are a fine thing just make sure that they are something that is somewhat close to obtainable. The one you listed above is not obtainable!

Keep training and set some realistic goals.