Odd Implements and Country Strong

If you’ve ever known a farmer or someone who does manual labor, you know they can move anything, at any angle.  They have what you call country strength. Training with odd objects can help you take your gym strength to country strength.

  • Sandbags, tires, logs and rocks can all be lifted and moved outside of the normal movement patterns you use in the gym.

  • Shouldering and pressing, lunging, and bear hug/Zercher carries are some of my favorite movements with odd implements.

  • A good way to introduce this type of training is to add 1 or 2 movements to the end of your normal workout.

    • Try bear hugging a heavy medicine ball and go for a walk.  Give it a couple of weeks and you may be surprised to see how strong your core feels.

Stay (Country) Strong,