That's George above, his had some shoulder issues but can perform heavy carries with ease.
His bloody good at them too. Heavy carries tend to be a staple in all our trainees routines, and that's because they are fantastic!
Here is why:
Increase grip strength
Improve overall body strength
Works the 'core'. Just holding the heavy bells enables you to generate a consistent level of tension easily, which is important for spinal health, transfers over to all the other big lifts and...
Everyday strength - your holiday luggage doesn't feel like hard work when your used to carrying vast amounts of weight around for fun!
Versatile, bored of the standard farmers walk? Try them in a variety of positions, overhead, single sided, 2 bells in each hand, rack positions etc. Get inventive.
Body composition. Its a hard exercise done correctly, you'll see changes to your body thats for sure!
So now you know why they are so great, here are some of our favourite varieties:
Farmers walks (hold the bell by your side and go for a walk
Suitcase carries (single sided, go for a wander)
Rack carries (Hold them as George is doing above)
Over Head (hoist the weight overhead and walk. Make sure you keep a tight grip and an eye on the bell)
With all heavy carries the key points are simple:
Big breath, generate tension in your abs.
Imagine squeezing a brick between your shoulder blades
Keep your chest up
Engage your lats, glutes and abs whilst you walk.