Strongman exercises aren’t just for an elite few – they can help you eliminate weaknesses in your workouts as well, say scientists at the University of Waterloo in Canada. “Exercises like squats, deadlifts and power cleans train your muscles in an up-and-down motion and when both feet are on the ground, but they ignore the lateral torso strength needed to maximise athletic performance,” says Stuart McGill, PhD. Besides that, the farmer’s walk (below) is able to challenge your grip, back and all the primary muscles of your lower body.
1 Hold a heavy dumbbell in each hand and stand with perfect posture. Walk about 10m, making sure you keep your body upright. Don’t lean forward, backwards or to either side.
2 Do this 5 to 8 times. When it becomes easier, carry a heavier weight or increase the distance.
You might also want to try the suitcase carry, says McGill. It uses the same movements as the farmer’s walk, but you hold a weight in only one hand.