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Old 05-09-2009, 06:49 PM   #1
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per my last post, i did my first sandbag carry a few days ago.
liked it.. just want some opinions on if i did this a few days a week, whats the best way to go at it.
i did 16 minutes for 1 mile carrying a 50# sandbag.
should i go for a faster time? go a greater distance? add more weight?
just like doing this and will add this on to some of my other exercises.
just wanna stay in shape and challenge myself.
i am 6' and weigh 145#
thanks for any input.
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Old 05-09-2009, 07:34 PM   #2
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should i go for a faster time? go a greater distance? add more weight?

i am 6' and weigh 145#
You should add more weight, definitely.

(Hint: Not to the sandbag.)
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Old 05-09-2009, 08:23 PM   #3
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Yes Patrick is right.... but in context of what you asked just keep adding weight to the sandbag. I worked up to 90 LB's for a mile and that is where I bagged it. There is a high level of suck in that realm.


I don't know if I saw your last post but the ultimate goal with this is the Rutman mile. I have not been able to complete that yet. Truly a toughy.
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Old 05-10-2009, 12:20 AM   #4
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Sandbag carrying... is work. I've been paid good money for that shit. I'm sure its good for you, but hell. I griped about that sort of shit when getting paid $10 bucks an hour as a teenager. I sure as hell dont want to do it now.

For those of you who do it, God love you.

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was bs'ing with a couple old guys at the gym yesterday about the perversity of setting up a SM medley with keg carry, sled push and farmers walk...and we weren't even getting paid for it.

maybe I should market a strongman summer camp for city kids...send the poor saps down to farm for a couple months.
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You should add more weight, definitely.

(Hint: Not to the sandbag.)

he's a bike racer, so 6' 145# is kind of the sweet spot.
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he's a bike racer, so 6' 145# is kind of the sweet spot.
Ah. I didn't catch that part. Unless it's making money though...




As for actually achieving the Rutman Mile, the task is a 15:00 mile is a 1.0x BW sandbag (even 0.75x would be good), with a 15 second penalty for every time you drop the bag. (Hell knows why they penalize you for dropping it. I'd say having to pick it up again is enough punishment, but that's the way the challenge goes.) I've often seen it recommended that you shoot for the pace first, then slowly up the weight. This makes sense to me for two reasons:
1. Most people can't even shoulder a BW sandbag initially, let alone walk with it.
2. Doing a slow, but heavy, sandbag walk with a lot of breaks will give you a very limited cardiovascular, so it'll take you a long time to get not only the pace you want, but the ability to maintain it.

If you agree with the above reasons, go for the pace first. At 16:00, you're not far off anyway. Did you have any drops in your first attempt?
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maybe he likes winning. do you plan on applying your ideal body comp standards to to some random bloated superheavy oly lifter who's never going to see a dime out of his efforts?

you shouldn't...it's silly.

FWIW: the only time I ever "made money" in sports was bike racing, which, while in general is a total money suck, does payout about 5 deep at nearly every local race.
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Ah. I didn't catch that part. Unless it's making money though...
Huh? If he's not making money then he should gain weight?
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Old 05-10-2009, 06:54 PM   #10
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i used a sandbag about 2' high and 10" wide. kinda like a tube shape. just picked it up and put it on my shoulder and walked probably 100 steps then switched shoulders for 100 steps.. etc... no drops.. i'll shoot for time, then i'll ad a bit of weight.
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thanks dave..
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