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Rough & Tumble Grinder: Thor's Twins by Mark Hatmaker

Oh, Brothers & Sisters if you gave a shot at Thor’s Hammer and survived that fun, I
offer you this variant.

Grab TWO War-Hammers [dumbbells or kettlebells will do.] As for weight, make them half of what you ran The Thor’s Hammer Challenge at.

For example, I ran Thor’s Hammer with a single 50#er, so for Thor’s Twins I used two 25#ers.

Sound slim? Hold your horses.

Hit 10 Overhead Walking Lunges

·         That’s full lunge steps where the knee just kisses the pavement and…

  • Both DBs extended overhead.
  • At the bottom of each lunge—freeze AND hit one strict press with both DBs.
  • Once the weight is back overhead, take your next lunge step.
  • You got it? Weight overhead, lunge step-freeze-strict press—repeat for 10 steps and 10 presses.

Then anchor the feet and while holding BOTH weights aloft, hit 10 Sit-Ups.

• Again, this is weight extended overhead with arms-locked and not merely clutching them to your chest.

Hit this circuit of 10 & 10, 7 times for a total of 70 reps of each movement.

New Year’s resolutions start now RAW Rough & Tumblers!

We want hammers for punches, steel in our submissions, & for
ged suffering in our Rough & Tumble execution.

Hey, you in the RAW crew? Well, why not. In 2019…

·         More Old School Boxing, lots of fine archology here-Dempsey’s Table-Side lesson to Max Bear and Chinning the Clinch alone are worth the price of admission.

·         More Rough & Tumble—Did someone say Athabaskan kicking? Bowie knives? Tomahawks? Straight-Razors?

·         More nit-picky micro-managed takedown, matwork, renegade wrestling than you can shake a wrecked shoulder at.

·         And a lengthy unveiling of a re-vamped Bottom Control series, for example, we’ll spend more than a few hours on the “All One” Triangle.


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