There was a little discussion about Farmer's Walks and their benefits on my Facebook page and I thought I'd share what Eric posted out here as well.
Importance of Farmer's Walks exerpt from FB Discussion by Eric Troy
Posted by Eric Troy:
You guys are right of course but it does carry over, to some extent, to your training, and depending on how heavy the farmer's walks are, to your near max deadlifting. The thing is, that even when you are performing singles, your grip is subject to fatigue. This is happening even as you work up the weight getting ready for the max lifts. So anything that helps with strength endurance on grip helps to some extent, as long as it is reasonable. Obviously, holding onto tiny dumbbells for an hour doesn't count. Given all that, the farmer's walk and similar thing carries over more to just being able to do all the various pulling that you are going to have to do, some of which may be higher volume, such as if you were doing Romanians or what have you, which are heavyish but much more subject to grip fatigue due to the higher rep ranges typicially used. It's a mistake to think that a max strength trainee has no need for any other type of grip strength than "max" supporting strength. Not that anybody is thinking that…I'm just elaborating.
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