Get fit just walking.
But I mean really fit. And build strength too.
You’re skeptical. I Know. It sounds like BS.
Carry heavy shit. That’s your secret ingredient.
Walk around carrying a heavy load. Like the Farmer’s Walk.
This is why you want to add Farmer’s Walks to your routine. The benefits are numerous:
This is a big time muscle building exercise that also hits many stabilizer muscles due to your dynamic movement through all dimensions.
And fat loss. This is a shredder.
If you want a simple walking program to burn gobs of fat, just add heavy weight.
There are three primary ways to use Farmer’s Walks in your training.
If you’re just starting out, go with a light weight for longer distances. You can time your walk or traverse a course or go “out and back” over a given distance.
Light and long works well as part of a full-body workout.
Push, Pull, Hinge Squat & Carry (=Farmer’s Walk)
Take your time. Get used to it. If you’re lifting dumbells off the ground, brace your core and use proper deadlifting form to get into the upright position.
I’ll carry a pair of 16 kg kettlebells down to the local park and then do my workout down there (and then carry them back).
It’s about 300 yards up a slight incline to the park. That’s light and long.
Heavy and short is the natural progression from light and long. You add heavier and heavier weights to your carry sets and your time under tension naturally reduces.
These sets are normally part of your standard routine, again the 5 Human Movements.
This is how to build muscle over 50 by just walking.
Heavy and long Farmer’s Walks are typically a workout by themselves. And it doesn’t take long.
Sometimes I’ll set a timer (8 or 10 minutes) and other times I just go until I can’t anymore. Here’s the workout:
That’s it. You’re toast. You’ve torn down muscle, cranked up your metabolism and racked your entire body.
The upside? Great sleep is near.
It’s hard (and maybe risky) to do heavy and long training with heavy dumbbells. It’s too difficult to pick them up off the ground. You have to get too low and you won’t be in a strong, mechanically advantaged position (remember, Don’t Get Hurt is Rule #1).
That’s why I like the homemade version of weights that are shown in the photo above.
They’re like a suitcase. The high handles make it simple to pick up and put down safely.
Will you add Farmer’s Walks to your exercise routine? Please comment below.
Mark aka The Old Spartan and Over-50 Fitness Savior is a 61 year old coffee guzzling father of five wandering the outdoors around Albuquerque, New Mexico. Mark works with Active Boomers wanting to squeeze back into their college jeans using his signature Spartan Method system.