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Strongman Exercises for Powerlifters


#1

Any powerlifters here see any benefit from incorporating strongman techniques such as tire flips, yoke walks, farmer walks, stone lifting, etc. into their routines?


#2

Works great for conditioning.


#3

I've always been confused on how movements like these can be used for conditioning. To me it seems like they would be too taxing and take away from training the big 3 lifts.


#4

Choose loads and exercises that aren't overly taxing and are more in the conditioning kind of thing (don't do a max tire flip, instead flip it around a bunch till you're out of breath basically). Personally, since it's getting too cold for me to bike ride, I was thinking about carrying sandbags through sand.


#5

Tire flips can translate pretty well for both deadlifts and squats. You can almost treat them as a dynamic effort movement. Also, the farmers walk, if done without straps, can great contribute to grip-strength needed for DL. I have used them in rotations, but not as a weekly deal.


#6

I've only done farmer walks, but they're great assistance for dead lifts. Also it usually feels like your traps are going to fall off afterwards.


#7

Also, 1 arm farmer's and yoke walks are good 'core' exercises.

Really just walking with anything heavy will do it, like the husafell stone or just a heavy sandbag in the bear hug position. It'll get some bicep work in, too.

Also just the stones, I remember the first time I lifted one and it felt like my abs were going to rip in half. I can't do it without tacky though and its a pain to clean up.


#8

Heavy carries work your core like no other exercise. Event training does help break up the monotony of being stuck in a power rack all the time as well.


#9

the group of guys i train with have event day every sunday. that day is all about strongman and highland games stuff. even if it has no carry over to anything else i look forward to that more then anything else.