Get fit just walking.
But I mean really fit. And build strength too.
You’re skeptical. I Know. It sounds like BS.
How to build muscle over 50 by just walking around
Carry heavy shit. That’s your secret ingredient.
Walk around carrying a heavy load. Like the Farmer’s Walk.
This is why you want to add Farmer’s Walks to your routine. The benefits are numerous:
- This is as functional as exercise gets. Picking something up and moving it somewhere else.
- The majority of your muscles are under extreme tension for the duration of the exercise.
- Forearms for gripping.
- Biceps and triceps stabilize your arms attached to the load.
- Upper back and shoulders work to keep your body from crumbling under the load.
- Core is engaged to keep you upright (when you’re trying to fold in half).
- Legs take a beating, especially when moving over uneven ground.
- Cardiovascular system is stoked to the max as so much muscle mass is engaged all at once and continuously.
This is a big time muscle building exercise that also hits many stabilizer muscles due to your dynamic movement through all dimensions.
And fat loss. This is a shredder.
If you want a simple walking program to burn gobs of fat, just add heavy weight.
How to do it
There are three primary ways to use Farmer’s Walks in your training.
- Light and long
- Heavy and short
- Heavy and long (for pain freaks)
If you’re just starting out, go with a light weight for longer distances. You can time your walk or traverse a course or go “out and back” over a given distance.
Light and long works well as part of a full-body workout.
Push, Pull, Hinge Squat & Carry (=Farmer’s Walk)
Take your time. Get used to it. If you’re lifting dumbells off the ground, brace your core and use proper deadlifting form to get into the upright position.
I’ll carry a pair of 16 kg kettlebells down to the local park and then do my workout down there (and then carry them back).
It’s about 300 yards up a slight incline to the park. That’s light and long.
Heavy and short is the natural progression from light and long. You add heavier and heavier weights to your carry sets and your time under tension naturally reduces.
These sets are normally part of your standard routine, again the 5 Human Movements.
Heavy and Long
This is how to build muscle over 50 by just walking.
Heavy and long Farmer’s Walks are typically a workout by themselves. And it doesn’t take long.
Sometimes I’ll set a timer (8 or 10 minutes) and other times I just go until I can’t anymore. Here’s the workout:
- Pick ’em up and walk till it hurts.
- Keep walking until it really hurts.
- Put ’em down.
- Rest minimally. 10 to 15 seconds.
- Pick ’em up and go again.
- Go as long as you’re able.
That’s it. You’re toast. You’ve torn down muscle, cranked up your metabolism and racked your entire body.
The upside? Great sleep is near.
It’s hard (and maybe risky) to do heavy and long training with heavy dumbbells. It’s too difficult to pick them up off the ground. You have to get too low and you won’t be in a strong, mechanically advantaged position (remember, Don’t Get Hurt is Rule #1).
That’s why I like the homemade version of weights that are shown in the photo above.
They’re like a suitcase. The high handles make it simple to pick up and put down safely.
Want to build your own?
What do you think?
Will you add Farmer’s Walks to your exercise routine? Please comment below.