So I have a dream — a personal challenge, of sorts — to lift and carry the Húsafell Stone.
I understand the magnitude of this. Lifting 400+ awkward pounds off the ground is one thing, but carrying it 50m is a whole different ball game.
My question is, because my experience with strongman is limited, what types of lifts would you build a program around in order to best train for this Herculean feat?
Aside from training with front-loaded carries, my thoughts were deadlifts and front squats as the big barbell movements (for the pick off the ground), along with plenty of posterior chain movements (back, hips and hamstrings), biceps and grip, and probably sled dragging too to strengthen the knees.
Currently, I’m 5’9” on a good day, and weigh about 180-185lbs. I knows I’d have to put on a LOT of weight to be strong enough for this, and it would take a while.
You might think, “this guy’s crazy. He’ll never do it.” And you may be right. But they probably thought that about the first guy to achieve “fullsterkur” status as well until he proved everyone wrong.
Simply being big and strong isn’t enough of a goal for me. I need a mission to work towards. Competitions don’t interest me, but crazy feats of strength, like those we read about in legends do. The thought of challenging myself to a seemingly impossible task, attacking it ferociously, and coming out on top — THAT interests me. Being of Scandinavian heritage, my connection to my ancestry is very important to me. As silly as it sounds, thinking that completing something like this, and having my ancestors smile down on me and saying, “Yes, he’s fullsterkur” is a big driving force.
I’d appreciate any advice for those more experienced than myself (@T3hPwnisher and @flipcollar come to mind immediately). I know enough to know I know very little, and that I need help to complete this.