One of the simplest and most beneficial activities you can do is the farmers walk exercise also known as the farmers carry. Discover what muscles it trains, the benefits it carrys, and valuable tips to add it to your farmers walk workout routine.
The farmer’s walk, also known as a farmer’s carry, is a full-body exercise that strengthens and develops a range of muscles in the lower and upper body. The objective is to grab a pair of weights (dumbbells, kettlebells, weight plates, etc.) and walk forward.
Performing the exercise is relatively simple, and the risk of technique breakdown is small, so long as you pick the appropriate load.
The farmers walk muscles worked emphasize your lower body: the calves, hamstrings, glutes, adductors, and quadriceps. Each plays a vital role in moving you forward while holding onto heavy weights.
Doing a farmer’s carry is also great for your entire back––latissimus dorsi, erector spinae, rhomboids, trapezius, infraspinatus, etc. These muscles flex isometrically to retract your shoulder blades and promote a stable torso. Similarly, the entire midsection engages, further contributing to a stable body and allowing you to maintain your position during the activity.
Your arms and shoulders also serve a supporting function during the exercise. The deltoids, biceps, triceps, and forearms contribute for you to hold a pair of heavy weights as you walk back and forth. Performing the farmer’s walk exercise is an excellent way to build whole-body strength and develop your grip.
The farmers carry is a versatile exercise you can easily add to your training. Here are a few options:
Combine the farmer’s walk with several other endurance-based exercises to develop whole-body strength and build up your aerobic capacity. For instance, mix the activity with sled pushes, jump squats, and mountain climbers.
Do all four movements for 30 seconds, taking no more than 10 seconds of rest in-between.
A great way to add the farmers carry workout into your workout mix is by adding it to a Tabata Training routine. Pick a pair of moderately-heavy weights and follow the structure of 20 seconds of activity and 10 seconds of recovery. Alternate between the two for four minutes and call it a day. You can do this as a stand-alone workout or add it near the end of your session.
The third practical option is to include the farmers walk exercise as part of your gym workout. Add the movement near the middle of your workout and perform three to four sets, walking for as long as possible.
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