Bent over barbell row
Bent over rows are an awesome exercise for getting all kinds of strength because this is both a core and a back exercise. Having perfect form in this exercise means that you will have to change your body position with regard to the weight you’re lifting. This means that you will have your body bent over at a 90 degree angle when you’re doing reps with just a little amount of weight, but you should bend your body only to a maximum of 45 degrees when you’re lifting heavy weight.
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Also, you can change the width of your grip at your discretion so that your lats are all equally affected, everywhere. Your movement pattern should be a bit longer to discuss though, as even though your form should be as strict as possible, you can’t just pop the weight up. You can only do this with really heavy weights that are close to your maximum – jerk them up to give them momentum and then continue with your lift.
This one is also called “farmer’s carry” because of, well, how farmers carry things. When you want to put your core strength and also your force distribution ability to the test and also check out your brute strength, you do a farmer’s walk. Start doing these by getting as much weight that you can carry for a distance of 50 feet, then put more weight every subsequent time. Also, you can take a big starting weight, around 200 pounds and just start walking as far as you can. The next time, walk some more and if you can do this outdoors you can even up the difficulty level by climbing hills.
Generally, you want your first weight to be somewhere around half of your maximum deadlift. If you can deadlift 300 pounds, you will need 150 pounds of weight for a farmer’s walk, which means 75 per hand, which means 37.5 on each side of a barbell. When you pick them up and start walking you will start building crazy strength, but you will need to work the first weight up to your body weight in each hand. You will also need to clench your abs tightly, as if someone is about to punch them, and then also keep your upper back in check – you don’t want it to go round because your spine will be very stressed out.
Chopping wood/Hitting with a sledgehammer
Apart from wrestling bears in the mountain, there are only a small number of activities that you can perform when you want to build awesome brute strength. Among these things are the regular household activities of chopping wood or hitting stuff with a sledgehammer. However, this is one activity that should have you watching your form until you perfect it. This means that when you swing the axe or sledgehammer over your head, you can’t keep your hands stiff – move the hand that’s closer to the axe head, away from it and towards your other hand.
This movement happens when your axe is at the peak of its swinging motion and in the end your hands will both be on the handle and touching together. Bring the axe down – if you haven’t chopped wood like this before, you will be amazed at how easily it will split. When you start to swing again, you will need to put your top hand in the same position again, near the axe head. Repeat until you have enough wood to last the entire cold season, and then chop even more wood and give it to your family and close ones.
Also, haul that wood to the shed and stack it – when you’ve pushed a wheelbarrow full of wood for hours, your strength will improve on all levels. If you live in a city or in some place without need for chopped wood, buy a huge tractor tire and hit it as hard as you can with an eight-pound sledgehammer until your neighbors show up at your door to see what’s causing all the noise. All in all, just hit stuff with an axe or hammer until you get so strong that you won’t need them to get the job done.