Today’s bit of old-school fun takes a conditioning standard and adds the laborious pleasure of hefting sacks of Kansas grain at market time.
· Grab your grain-sack stand-in, make it one of heft, but not so hefty you have to break your reps. We’re looking for solid non-stop work.
· Too heavy, you’ll take too many breaks.
· Too light and we’ll miss all the Farmhand strength benefits of the struggle.
· Drop and hit your plank to push-up.
· Return to feet.
· Gut-grip the “grain sack” and hoist it to a shoulder.
· Push-press the load overhead.
· Drop it and repeat.
· Alternate shoulders with each rep for balanced strength.
· 50 in just under 10-minutes.
· If it takes longer than 10 you either tip-toed your pace and will get a good dressing-down from the Boss or you gambled too heavy. Correct that mistake next time.
· If you come in around 50-seconds or more under, you gambled too light and went easy on yourself. Rev it up for the next time.
· Aim for a steady-pace that brings it in around that 10-minute mark.
Wisdom from a Texas Ranger
“Bravery is always an ingredient of a magnanimous disposition. The domineering, tyrannical man is generally, though not always, a coward at heart. I have seen but few exceptions to the rule.” William Alexander Anderson “Bigfoot” Wallace
To the bold, strong and magnanimous of the world!
[The above is extracted from our upcoming book Rough & Ready: Old World Strength & Conditioning for Modern Warriors]