Grok regularly carried heavy objects over long distances. Whether moving camp, carrying baby Grok to and fro all day long or bringing home the kill, carrying was a part of Grok’s life. And it should be part of yours, too.
Grab a heavy object (kettlebell, heavy rock, water jug, barbell, dumbbell, sandbag, loaded backpack, weight vest, etc.) that amounts to a quarter of your bodyweight and carry it 1 mile. That’s 40 lbs for an individual that weighs 160.
I recommend changing your carrying method over the course of your trek. Put the weight on one shoulder, then the other. Carry it in one hand, then the other. Place it across your arms or bear hug the weight. Drop it in a backpack or tie the weight up in a towel and throw it over your shoulder. Do whatever it takes to get your “kill” from point A to point B. There are no time limits and faster isn’t necessarily better. Take breaks as you need them, but try to keep moving and from placing your weight on the ground. Once you reach the 1 mile mark you’ve successfully brought home the kill.
Give this WOW a try and report back in this comment board with your experience.
While you can “just” walk and carry the weight, I do recommend throwing some natural movement patterns into this WOW. Grok’s environment wasn’t always perfectly flat and smooth like the paved streets and sidewalks of suburbs and cities across the modern world. Venture out onto a trail where the terrain and grade is less certain. Alternatively, find a long flight of stairs or a tall hill and work it into your mile trek. Also, spontaneously perform a few lunges or side steps, make use of the sidewalk step, walk in a crouching position, or vary your pace. The idea here is to add a fractal quality to an otherwise low, slow and steady workout.
To decrease the difficulty:
Decrease the distance.
Use a lighter weight. Shoot for a lower bodyweight percentage (e.g. 10 or 15%).
Go low, slow and flat.
To increase the difficulty:
Increase the distance (e.g. 2 or 3 miles or more).
Use a heavier weight. Shoot for a higher bodyweight percentage (e.g. 50 or 100%).
Vary your pace, get spontaneous with your movement patterns, trek on uneven ground, and work in some stair/hill climbs.
Do it indoors:
A 1 mile walk takes about 20 minutes. Do this WOW indoors by moving about your house for that duration of time. Keep things interesting by working in some spontaneous natural movement patterns (see above).
This WOW can be done by anyone that can walk and carry an object. It can be done indoors and outdoors, and the only equipment needed is some kind of weight. Attempt the WOW as prescribed or adjust it to suit your fitness level.
What are WOWs?
Workouts of the Week (WOWs) are an optional component of Primal Blueprint Fitness that add a fractal and often fun and playful quality to the basic PBF protocol.
In most cases WOWs should only be completed by those that have mastered Level 4 of each Lift Heavy Things Essential Movement. Also, it’s recommended that WOWsreplace one or both Lift Heavy Things workouts or the Sprint workout (depending on the WOW) each week instead of being done in addition to the Lift Heavy Things and Sprint workouts.
Learn more about WOWs and Primal Blueprint Fitness by getting the free eBook. And access all Workouts of the Week in the WOW Archive.
Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.