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StuKE

A couple of years ago I started collecting rocks on my bike rides, putting them in my backpack and riding them home for the rockery. Pretty tough exercise in itself. 50 or so later, I had enough rocks and stopped.
A couple were particularly difficult to get home and one got cleaned up and moved into my garage 'gym'. I like to use it for overhead press now and then, though it is only heavy enough for high rep work, or a rep or two of one handed. It's the awkwardness of the shape that makes it difficult one handed, tricky to balance too and a slip up could literally finish me off, though I like to think I would heave it away on front of me to avoid that...

Sometimes I lift a gym bag loaded with bags full of sand and a couple of iron discs, or overhead press a chain tied at the other end to some discs. Or maybe I use my pickaxe for wrist training or abs. I really like lifting like this, I'm a big believer in making things more difficult and I suppose, closer to potential real life situation where I may have to lift something awkward.

I know some of you guys lift objects, bd nice to hear what you do, any stories you have.
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entsminger

Virginia, USA

==Scott==
I remember once my son and me were hiking along the river and for no reason he spotted this big odd heavy log and said I?m going to carry that back to the car which was about 2 miles away. He carried that thing everywhich way but loose and got it back. He said he was more beat to pieces after that then any workout.
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Jesse Lee Otis

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==Scott==
I remember once my son and me were hiking along the river and for no reason he spotted this big odd heavy log and said I?m going to carry that back to the car which was about 2 miles away. He carried that thing everywhich way but loose and got it back. He said he was more beat to pieces after that then any workout.


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Two miles! Wow! I bet that he WAS tired. Did his back/shoulder(s)/neck/etc. hurt after that?

Jesse Lee

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Equity

Hey!!! That's my rock Fred! I wondered what happened to him when he went missing! Lol!!!

No seriously Stuke. Be careful with that stuff as you alluded to. I'd invest in steel toe capped boots/shoes and perhaps a hard hat if I was to do odd object lifting.

Happy training!

Regards.



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Crotalus

When I was in my serious 'Dr.Ken' mode , I have this odd object thing a try, after reading article of his about it and seeing many pics he posted of Kenin Tolbert lifting anvils, etc.

I tried a sand bag and a big rock when I trained at home but despite giving it a try , it didn't appeal to me. It just felt like I was going out of my way to get hurt, LOL.
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hit4me

Florida, USA

lifting odd things sounds like work, lol

that's what i did during my construction days and cutting firewood when i lived in Pennsylvania

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Jesse Lee Otis

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When I was in my serious 'Dr.Ken' mode , I have this odd object thing a try, after reading article of his about it and seeing many pics he posted of Kenin Tolbert lifting anvils, etc. ...



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Who is this Dr. Ken fellow?


Jesse Lee




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StuKE

Funnily enough, getting that rock home on my bike was way more difficult than lifting it. Not sure if it was just how tight it was pulling on the backpack straps, but I felt like the circulation was imoaired, had to stop twice and heave the bacckpack onto a wall while still wearing it to take the load off.
When I got home I had a lot of pressure in my head for a long time aftet, my head was noticeably much redder for quite a while. It worries me to be honest and I never brought one as big back.
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StuKE

This is from one of my trios to the local park to do some legs free rope climbing. Approximately 10 to 12 feet high, starting from sitting on floor, 4 times up. Talk about a biceo / forearm workout. I had to ice the crooks of my arms after.
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Equity

StuKE wrote:
This is from one of my trios to the local park to do some legs free rope climbing. Approximately 10 to 12 feet high, starting from sitting on floor, 4 times up. Talk about a biceo / forearm workout. I had to ice the crooks of my arms after.


Impressive.

They had us doing this in school and only a few could do. With a wooden floor beneath...if you fell you were fu**ed!

Again there are safer methods of training. Do pullups on ropes or something. I say this out of genuine concern for your safety.

Look after yourself!

Regards!

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entsminger

Virginia, USA

==Scott==
Speaking of odd or crazy lifts I bought a 2000 pound 16 inch Iowa class battle ship projectile ( unarmed) and had it delivered by truck to my house. They dumped it maybe 40 feet from my garage. IHaving moves double chest and compound leg presses around with no problem I figured my son and I could prop it up on a hand truck and cart it into the garage. Hah. It was lying on its side and we couldn?t budge it an inch to get it up on a hand truck. I had to dig a hole under it and fabricate a super duty hand truck under it. Even then we could barely budge it. After 2 days of back killing work we moved it 40 ft. We were dead after that with every bone in our body aching. Oh we thought we were so tough we?d just muscle it in there. Funny how when you have to move something really heavy you suddenly find out how weak you really are!
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StuKE

Equity wrote:
StuKE wrote:
This is from one of my trios to the local park to do some legs free rope climbing. Approximately 10 to 12 feet high, starting from sitting on floor, 4 times up. Talk about a biceo / forearm workout. I had to ice the crooks of my arms after.

Impressive.

They had us doing this in school and only a few could do. With a wooden floor beneath...if you fell you were fu**ed!

Again there are safer methods of training. Do pullups on ropes or something. I say this out of genuine concern for your safety.

Look after yourself!

Regards!



Oh I remember the rope climbs from school!
There was little danger in the rope climb from the picture, it was not high enough to hurt mhself and the ground was quite soft. I once did chin ups from a bridge over a river plus some sort of monkey bar climbs up the suspension cables over the road on the same bridge hahaha. Nowadays, I would not do it of course, but the ego ofren rules when we are younger.

The point of the rocks efx for me is to sort of qualify my lifting weights. A month or two back I was helping family members clear a huge pile of rubble from whefe the foundations for an extension are going to be. I found a big rock and slowly uncovered it. My brother in law knew what I was going to do, as did my father in law and wife and they proceeded to tell me not to try and lift it, it was too heavy and I wouldnt be able to etc...
Obviously I had afwel of it and said, I can do that no problem. They again told me not to as I got into a sort of bear hug = deadlift position. Ironically it was their comments that were breakong my concentration and more likely to cause me an injury.
Anyway it was not that hard and I ended up putting it in the car and bringing it home. They meant well but I was annoyed that I was given no credit beforehand, despite lifting for decades.
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StuKE

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==Scott==
Speaking of odd or crazy lifts I bought a 2000 pound 16 inch Iowa class battle ship projectile ( unarmed) and had it delivered by truck to my house. They dumped it maybe 40 feet from my garage. IHaving moves double chest and compound leg presses around with no problem I figured my son and I could prop it up on a hand truck and cart it into the garage. Hah. It was lying on its side and we couldn?t budge it an inch to get it up on a hand truck. I had to dig a hole under it and fabricate a super duty hand truck under it. Even then we could barely budge it. After 2 days of back killing work we moved it 40 ft. We were dead after that with every bone in our body aching. Oh we thought we were so tough we?d just muscle it in there. Funny how when you have to move something really heavy you suddenly find out how weak you really are!


Wow, that is awesome! At first glance I thought you wefe just fond of using giant pencils...
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Who is this Dr. Ken fellow ?


Dr. Ken Leistner , chiropractor from NY. He is a huge HIT advocate who in the 80's put out the best high intensity training newsletters titled the STEEL TIP. It came out monthly for three years and just preached simple, brutally hard, progressive training. In the 90's he also was involved with a couple guys putting another out called the 'H.I.T Newsletter'.

He also did articles for Iron Man, Muscular Development and Powerlifting USA.

Very good writing style that had you looking forward to trying to kill yourself with your next workout.
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Equity

entsminger wrote:
==Scott==
Speaking of odd or crazy lifts I bought a 2000 pound 16 inch Iowa class battle ship projectile ( unarmed) and had it delivered by truck to my house. They dumped it maybe 40 feet from my garage. IHaving moves double chest and compound leg presses around with no problem I figured my son and I could prop it up on a hand truck and cart it into the garage. Hah. It was lying on its side and we couldn?t budge it an inch to get it up on a hand truck. I had to dig a hole under it and fabricate a super duty hand truck under it. Even then we could barely budge it. After 2 days of back killing work we moved it 40 ft. We were dead after that with every bone in our body aching. Oh we thought we were so tough we?d just muscle it in there. Funny how when you have to move something really heavy you suddenly find out how weak you really are!


Entsminger,

Why did you want such a thing? Do you collect war memorabilia?
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entsminger

Virginia, USA

Equity wrote:
entsminger wrote:
==Scott==
Speaking of odd or crazy lifts I bought a 2000 pound 16 inch Iowa class battle ship projectile ( unarmed) and had it delivered by truck to my house. They dumped it maybe 40 feet from my garage. IHaving moves double chest and compound leg presses around with no problem I figured my son and I could prop it up on a hand truck and cart it into the garage. Hah. It was lying on its side and we couldn?t budge it an inch to get it up on a hand truck. I had to dig a hole under it and fabricate a super duty hand truck under it. Even then we could barely budge it. After 2 days of back killing work we moved it 40 ft. We were dead after that with every bone in our body aching. Oh we thought we were so tough we?d just muscle it in there. Funny how when you have to move something really heavy you suddenly find out how weak you really are!

Entsminger,

Why did you want such a thing? Do you collect war memorabilia?


==Scott==
I love old iron, from cannon balls to old Nautilus to old cars!! Heavy ordnance is my favorite! The bigger the cannon balls the better!
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Equity

entsminger wrote:
Equity wrote:
entsminger wrote:
==Scott==
Speaking of odd or crazy lifts I bought a 2000 pound 16 inch Iowa class battle ship projectile ( unarmed) and had it delivered by truck to my house. They dumped it maybe 40 feet from my garage. IHaving moves double chest and compound leg presses around with no problem I figured my son and I could prop it up on a hand truck and cart it into the garage. Hah. It was lying on its side and we couldn?t budge it an inch to get it up on a hand truck. I had to dig a hole under it and fabricate a super duty hand truck under it. Even then we could barely budge it. After 2 days of back killing work we moved it 40 ft. We were dead after that with every bone in our body aching. Oh we thought we were so tough we?d just muscle it in there. Funny how when you have to move something really heavy you suddenly find out how weak you really are!

Entsminger,

Why did you want such a thing? Do you collect war memorabilia?


==Scott==
I love old iron, from cannon balls to old Nautilus to old cars!! Heavy ordnance is my favorite! The bigger the cannon balls the better!


Same again. Buy steel toe capped footware.


Regards!

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StuKE

entsminger wrote:
Equity wrote:
entsminger wrote:
==Scott==
Speaking of odd or crazy lifts I bought a 2000 pound 16 inch Iowa class battle ship projectile ( unarmed) and had it delivered by truck to my house. They dumped it maybe 40 feet from my garage. IHaving moves double chest and compound leg presses around with no problem I figured my son and I could prop it up on a hand truck and cart it into the garage. Hah. It was lying on its side and we couldn?t budge it an inch to get it up on a hand truck. I had to dig a hole under it and fabricate a super duty hand truck under it. Even then we could barely budge it. After 2 days of back killing work we moved it 40 ft. We were dead after that with every bone in our body aching. Oh we thought we were so tough we?d just muscle it in there. Funny how when you have to move something really heavy you suddenly find out how weak you really are!

Entsminger,

Why did you want such a thing? Do you collect war memorabilia?


==Scott==
I love old iron, from cannon balls to old Nautilus to old cars!! Heavy ordnance is my favorite! The bigger the cannon balls the better!


Great, I love it!

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StuKE

You will have seen this as my last avatar. Amazing how the adrenaline dump limited me to 5 or 6 reps.
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StuKE

Forgot to add pic!
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StuKE

I started to think, what if my grip gives out, so went no higher than this.

As I said, younger, more foolish...
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Equity

StuKE wrote:
I started to think, what if my grip gives out, so went no higher than this.

As I said, younger, more foolish...


Was that recently?!!! I hope not. Keep the crazy things in the past and pass on the story's to your grand kids.

All the best!
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hit4me

Florida, USA

StuKE wrote:
I started to think, what if my grip gives out, so went no higher than this.

As I said, younger, more foolish...



yeah, when I was younger I used to do all that stuff too...no pics though, I practically grew up in the woods and my mother told me after breakfast, go out and play and don't come home until dinner time....so what did I do all that time, climbed trees, swing on vines, climbed cliffs without gear, cable climbing...how I survived those years is beyond me.....now being older I would never attempt that stuff now
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StuKE

Daft stunts aside, I genuinely admire odd lifts and homemade equipment etc. I think I will try and acquire or make somwthing to farmer's walk with that is better than using dbells with large discs on. I like Sirloin's workouts and he mention fws quite a bit. Might need to farmer's walk on the spot though as the missus would not appreciate me doong it up and down the drive in public view!
By far the most useful thing I made was my chinning frame, which now has a basic pulley system too for pushdowns etc.
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sirloin

StuKE wrote:
Daft stunts aside, I genuinely admire odd lifts and homemade equipment etc. I think I will try and acquire or make somwthing to farmer's walk with that is better than using dbells with large discs on. I like Sirloin's workouts and he mention fws quite a bit. Might need to farmer's walk on the spot though as the missus would not appreciate me doong it up and down the drive in public view!
By far the most useful thing I made was my chinning frame, which now has a basic pulley system too for pushdowns etc.


Ha, your misses is right, mine recieved a few comments from a couple of neighbours asking "whats he doing" or "why is he doing that to himself" lol. She made me get rid on my tractor tire, said it was an eye sore...imagine...loved that tire!:)

At the mo i use the trap bar and sandbag for loaded carries, aswell as 4" building blocks to train the pinch grip (the Steve Revees DL is good for pinch grip too). Never mind fat gripz, some 1 or 2" pipe insulation does the same job and is cheaper than chips. Try rowing, curling or pressing etc with that on the bar or DBs.

Speciality bars i love, got a football bar recently and it has made pressing a much more comfortable experience. Im sure you know how i feel about the hex/trap bar, i love them so much i bought two different sizes lol.

best
Rob





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