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    Anybody ever train these? Or even see it done?
    Most of what I google up is oriented toward a strongman event approach.
    I want to use it basically as my 'sprint'

    I tried using relatively light weights and walking the entire 120 yards of my dead end spur road at a normal walking pace.
    The metabolic load was about right but I had to stop because it felt like there was a cord running from my ring fingers to elbows that was about to snap. I expected my forearm muscles to scream but this felt like a 'bad' tendon strain type pain.

    What I'm using is a couple of tricep bars.
    Thinking I may have to carry them at an angle downwards in order to get a better four finger grip.

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    Farmer's walk is not a viable substitute for sprints. Not sure what's up with your forearms though. I never had that problem, just total fatigue and "feeling the burn" in my hands and abdominals.

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    Why not?

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    Because you'll never farmer's walk your way up to 90%+ of your max heart rate for 20-30 seconds.

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    Good answer

    So 90% for a couple seconds then muscle fail?

    Or can't get there at all?

    Could I get more conditioning if I use straps or hooks?

    I'm gonna have to see for myself of course. They're on the schedule for monday.

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    They're a strength endurance exercise, not a cardio absolute balls to the walls exercise. You will get less hand/forearm work and more core work if you use straps.

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    I used to use them for my forearms/grip and core. I would use a curling bar and alternate carrying it one side at a time to work my core harder.

    They are not suitable for the purpose you are describing. Do some Kettle bell swings, Man-makers using DB's or something of that nature if you are wanting to get the heart rate up.
    Last edited by OldSchhool; 09-26-2013 at 06:36 PM.

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    Thanks for the input.
    Maybe I can invent my own protocol
    My road is one continuous substantial hill so that might help.
    If not I can use the core work

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    Yeah, swings were already next on the list if this doesn't work out or even alternated with the farmers walks.

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    I refuse to do anything at a hectic pace.

    Maybe literally sprints but my legs and feet aren't ready for those yet.

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