EDIT: I suppose you could monitor total distance traveled for the span of 1 minute and try to beat those records every workout and also add weight to the 1 minute. Just feels odd to me, like it wouldn’t really promote fast footspeed knowing that it’s still a minute of travel regardless.[/quote]
For non-strongmen, I would say increasing footspeed probably isn’t the main goal.[/quote]
Not an increase in footspeed, simply a fast footspeed. The intensity element of the exercise.
Like, if I know the distance I have to travel is 60’, I will move as quickly as possible to get me to that end goal, because the farmer’s walk sucks and it feels like you’re going to explode the whole time you do it. Moving the feet quickly in turn is developing a lot of beneficial factors to the farmer’s walk, to include coordination, speed, athleticism, and of course some brute strength from being able to move with heavy weights quickly.
For a set amount of time, I don’t see the incentive to move quickly, and I feel like the exercise would become simply “going for a walk while holding some weights”.[/quote]
In an enclosed gym environment, the two options that occur to me are walks for distance, which necessitate sticking very carefully to the same route, regardless of who, or what, gets in your way, or for time while focussing on fast feet. I think I would always go for the later in that situation. Under load, I can just about coax my braincells into thinking fast feet, I think my brain and will power would get fried trying to carefully stick to the same route, while avoiding the douche “spotting” his bro on the lateral raise and the only crossfit guy in town’s cluster of equipment.