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If you’ve ever been one of my clients, seeing this post may bring about some level of PTSD.

I grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina and for a large part of my youth we had a ton of land and a stable of horses. Both of those are things that require A LOT of physical labor. This meant carrying around things like hay bails and fence posts and railroad ties. HEAVY STUFF.

When I started wresting in 7th grade I noticed that I had an incredible ability to grab, pick up, hold onto and squeeze the other kids. Even the ones 3 times my size. (I weighed about 90lbs back then)

This is what’s known as farm boy strength.

When you see professional athletes and fighters that seem to have otherworldly abilities in terms of their strength and stamina, check their bio. I’ll bet they grew up on a farm.

This translates extremely well to my non athlete clients for a ton of reasons. The two most important are the simplicity of the movements and the fact that it’s extremely hard to injure yourself.

It can be difficult for clients to understand and apply proper technique and form to their resistance training and as they’re learning they need proper supervision to make sure they don’t hurt themselves. The great thing about “carrying,” exercises is that all you have to do is pick up something heavy and walk around with it. It's much harder to injure yourself while simply walking.

Here is a video I made demonstrating a few different ways to do carrying exercises.

If you’re looking to make a change in your life and want to be the healthiest version of yourself I would love to be your trainer. Feel free to email, DM or call me for private or group information.

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