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    So yesterday I was setting up my deadlift but the bar was kinda crowding something on the floor, so I dragged it. Just grabbed one of the sides and pulled. I wonder why literally pulling something in that manner isn't a recommended lift. Or is it? I don't think there's anything in the gym that I've seen that would replicate that effort. Maybe grabbing something and using your legs and back to pull it is too much a weak-female thing? It seems like a useful strength to build to me. You never know when you're going to have to drag the dead body to the trunk, you know, like after you finally beat him up with your rolling pin and stab him with your kitchen knife. (Woops. TMI.) Does anyone literally pull and drag stuff around? What do you use?
    Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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    sbhikes - yep sheep farmers here, and we pull and push things all day long - when out on the farm-let !!!!
    I have to be careful thou. I need to keep back in allignment, if I twist I usually do some damage. The rower also is great for pulling - however I'm not sure that my form is brilliant.
    IMO we need to be using our backs more, but its also related to core strength, shoulder strength, leg strength.
    have fun with your push me - pull me's
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    • #3
      Jeremy Lin's workout include pulling a bunch of weight around the gym.

      Pulling also comes in handy with teenagers to get them out of bed. My dog also likes it.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
        Does anyone literally pull and drag stuff around? What do you use?
        Yeah, my grammar sucks. Deal with it!

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        • #5
          I thing its Art De Vaney that talks about pushing or pulling his SUV up and down his driveway for a workout....

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Neckhammer View Post
            I thing its Art De Vaney that talks about pushing or pulling his SUV up and down his driveway for a workout....
            I have done the same thing with our SUV but had to use something other than the driveway because ours is inclined and we have a Ford Excursion. My boys and I bought a heavy rope and tied it to the towing eyes on the front bumper. Worked pretty good. Also would push it back and forth on a parking lot.

            If you have a bit of metal working knowledge, you could throw something together like this thing:

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            • #7
              Loading a yacht on and off trailer and in and out of the water.
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              • #8
                good info,Pulling also comes in handy with teenagers to get them out of bed. My dog also likes it.thank you

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Kharnath View Post
                  Oh yeah, no problem. I'll just go get the keys to my semi.
                  Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                  • #10
                    I pull and push prowlers loaded with weight all the time in my workouts. Extremely effective power training, IMO.

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                    • #11
                      My PT threw a plate on the rug and made me push it along the floor once at the end of the training session. Folks in our gym would sometimes giddy up into the resistance bands and pull one another against each other's resistance along the hall. We kindda have a fun bunch in our rec center

                      I also do some creative pushing and pulling of a wheelbarrow every summer loaded with turf, soil, odds and ends on my walkout lot, in my happy clovers lol. Gives the hamstrings something to think about!

                      Speaking of which I gotta file in my PT request. Resolutionists should be clearing out by now....
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                      • #12
                        I pushed my bike up hill the other day. We were "mountain biking" on a relatively level dirt road that had a big hill in the middle. Man, pushing my bike up the hill was more tiring than I expected. Maybe if I had some kind of wheeled thing, a wagon or something, that I could load up with stuff and push it or pull it up my steep driveway that would provide a good workout. I've never seen a prowler and don't even know what it looks like. We don't have anything like that at my gym. I'd just get in the way in the gym if I tried pulling a plate with a rope or something like that.
                        Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                        • #13
                          Prowlers: North Macon Crossfit Prowler Workout - YouTube

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                          • #14
                            I so wish I had access to a prowler...

                            Where do you guys find these things? CrossFit gyms?

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                            • #15
                              I would think just lugging something like a barbell that's on the ground would definitely leave you more prone to injury than something like a Prowler which has the special harness and is specifically made for this. That said there's no reason why you can't do it, just be careful to set your back properly and don't twist awkwardly etc.

                              If I had a big garden I would definitely get a Prowler, they look awesome. Would not want to use one in a public space though due to a) the hassle of getting it there and b) the ever present menace of dog eggs.

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