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2018/10/04 12:45:05 (permalink)

Farmers walk - how to program

I want to put some farmers walks (and varieties) into my routine.  My gym has a trap bar which is what I'd use for the farmers walks and kettlebells up to 32kg and DBs up to 50kg.
I am doing a push / pull split with 2x push (incl. quads) and 2x pull (incl. hamstrings and hips) each week.  My questions are:
1) what day is best to do the heavy loaded up trap bar carries
2) I don't think there is a problem doing them at the start of the workout rather than the end - but are there any views on this?  I start training at 5.30am while the gym is fairly empty but by 6.15-6.30 its busy and there won't be space to walk 25 metres with the trap bar so that's why I want to do them at the start of the workout.

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    Re: Farmers walk - how to program 2018/10/04 13:35:19 (permalink)
    Doing them first at a heavy weight will fatigue you (core expecially ) and probably affect your lifting- squatting deadlifting mostly but anything that requires stabilistion.

    It all depends what your goals are.. max strength put em at the end, fitness doesn’t really matter, body building.. put em at the end for conditioning work.

    And if you start walking with loaded trap bar people will get out of your way, just shout coming through before starting
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    Re: Farmers walk - how to program 2018/10/05 07:28:01 (permalink)
    As above.
    I always do them last and treat them as conditioning work really. My focus was always on technique and speed for strongman comps, but I was using actual farmers implements and not a frame or trap bar, and there is a difference.
    That being said, perform the movement that is suited to your goal. 
    Heavy work will certainly help grip (Don't use straps), and improve core strength.
    You might want to check with the gym first too, unless it is an actual strongman or cross fit type gym, they may get funny about people dropping weights, or walking up and down with them.

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