Old School Strength – Am I a jerk for this??
My father used to tell me that there is no strength replacement for a day of workout with your hands.
And as a furnace man, he practiced what he preached. He had huge hands and incredible “real world strength.” After getting on the business end of a few boilers, I knew exactly what he was talking about.
This week I wanted to give my lifters a taste of some heavy grunt work, so I came with an exercise I dubbed “Bull Strength Fire Drill.” It was brutal, and I felt like a jerk for making the guys do it. However, no one complained, and they were all building some serious real world muscle!
Bull Strength Fire Drill
- Size up the dumbbell rack that is 55-100′s.
- Switch the top row with the bottom row.
- and repeat to replace all the DB’s
Rules: Alternate arms each removal. Each dumbbell must travel above your stomach and then go to the floor. You must rotate 10 of the DBs from hip to hip before placing it on the floor.
Kevin should have rethought unloading the whole rack at once….
The Fire Drill was timed and the younger guys did it with the lighter rack – 5′s to 50′s. The guys were working their core, legs, bracing, shoulders, biceps, upper back, and glutes. A quality full body strength exercise that will work its way into the program about once a month.
Also, what’s the hardest part of a heavy training day? Putting the weights away!
- Joe Hashey, CSCS -
PS. Am I a jerk for making the guys do it? I couldn’t stop sweating demonstrating it!