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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Wheel Barrow Training for Fitness

Photo: Cage Fighter working the 250lbs of concrete with the wheel barrow

It may seem unlikely that a wheel barrow could have any use in fitness training. But it actually is a great fitness tool. Of course, you have to put considerable weight in the wheel barrow in order to get any real benefits.

My wheel barrow has 250lbs of concrete in it. This is heavy enough to challenge you while light enough for you to move quickly. The weighted wheel barrow works on cardio, core, upper and lower body and grip / forearm strength.

Moving in a straight line for varying distances as fast as you can without losing stabilization is a great workout. The turns have to be controlled so that you don't dump the wheel barrow. And like any resistance training tool, it is adjustable for different resistance loads.

So if you have access to a wheel barrow, give it a try. You will be surprised at how challenging the workout can be. 

Eric Dempsey

Master Sergeant, U.S. Army Retired

NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Specialist

Graduate Student in Exercise Science at Cal U.

Dempseys Resolution Fitness
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