Stu, could you elaborate a little on your farmers walk work?
How far do you go for "1-lap", do you do unilateral, bilateral, etc when you switch to DB? What's a good progression? Do you use straps to hold on for long walks? better to carry plates or DBs?
I want to start working this in and I'd like to get your take on it.
I started a couple of years ago with moderate DBs and would do a lap around the gym once with 3 progressively heavier sets. Over the next couple of years I went from 60# to about 115#. I stalled out and tried straps and went to 125#. Most has been bilateral but I've done some unilateral. The grip always seems to be the limiting factor in both cases. I left it for a while and just did a maintenance workout every month or so. This year I decided to get back into it so I decided to do trapbar walks in the studio next to the weight room since there was more room. It's not practical to do that with DBs since it's as much work to carry the DBs to the syudio as the walk itself. I try to do the 3 times/week and I've been progressing by 10#/month. Usually the first time with a new weight is challenging but by 10 or 12 workouts, it's easier. Each time I've increased has gone well. I decided to go to DBs this month since I know April will be a write-off and I just wanted to be able to compare to what I used to do. I think as long as I get a reasonable volume, and it seems 2 warmup sets and 1 heavy set of 80-120 feet seems to work for me, and do it frequently enough (2-3 times/wk), I can make monthly progression. When I started out initially, it was weekly.