“I”m wearing a jacket and I’m fucking cold!”… Quote of the year…
It was damn cold!
I agree it looks brutal, but there are hundreds of brutal workouts…just go to the crossfit site. If brutal is the goal, I get it. But beyond brutal, what is the objective here? Why would you want to spend 15 mins of a 60-90 min workout session walking with 200lbs? What sport would a D1 S&C coach use this for?
The point of the workout is not just to be difficult. In fact, that’s actually completely secondary. We actually did an interview before we taped the outside portion (seen in the video) where we gave the exercise some context but Joel didn’t throw that in.
Here is the short version of that interview – we only use it with certain athletes that need substantial postural strength such as SOF prep candidates and operators and others such as “mountain athletes” that need to carry their own bodyweight and often large load on their spine for a long period without breaking down. It trains these guys to get comfortable with a crushing load on their spine while maintaining proper movement and breathing. We use it as an assessment tool for these guys as much as a training tool. When movement breaks down we stop, and then address the flaw and retest later.
Why would you spend 15 minutes doing this? Well, it’s a specific test/assessment for us for our athletes specific needs. We don’t have everyone do it and I wouldn’t suggest you do that either. It’s just another tool in the toolbox and should be used correctly.
I’m not really sure how you would use it in D1 athletics setting. I have the luxury of training only a few clients at a time in my facility so without seeing who you train and what the circumstances are that’s a hard question to answer. I certainly wouldn’t suggest doing it with large groups or it will turn into a pissing contest and most likely injuries.
The interview with Craig and Jonathan is going to be up on the site next Monday so people will be able to get the context of the method being used
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