Connect
To Top


Workout: Atlas Stone


Let’s face it, picking up 250lbs on a barbell is a lot easier than picking up 250lbs of anything else. Barbells are made to be picked up: rough knurled grip, bar circumference is the perfect size to fit in your hands,  bar osculation can be used to spring weight up, weights far on the outside of your body.. etc.

Try picking up 250lbs of anything else and notice how much more difficult it is.

Undoubtedly the most difficult of all objects to pick up is a sphere. And what better than a sphere made out of concrete: An atlas stone.

Deadlifting 250lbs is a lot different than picking up an atlas stone, even just to the lap position.

The stone has no grip to hold onto. So Picking it up requires you to jam your fingers deep under the rock, lock your hands and wrists while you close your forearms into the stone like your trying to crack it like a walnut, and then a very hamstring dominant lift until the stone finds its spot to rest on your knees and lap.

If your deadlift is stuck in a plateau, consider switching up the object you’re lifting. Try lifting stones, kegs, and farmers carries. You will use muscles (stabilizers and accessories) that you never thought you had before. Lifting these objects will also force you to pull more explosively while leading with your chest. After a few weeks, when you’re back to the barbell, things should fire up a little easier.

READ MORE ON EDDIE AVAKOFF BLOG
Anabolic Stack - Gains In Bulk

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

More in Training

  • 71 Exercises To Get In Awesome Shape

    Author: Brandon Taft – BTaft Fitness – Rochester, NY – Personal Trainer My Background Story After becoming inspired by the Rocky...

    Brandon TaftNovember 17, 2019
  • The Secret to Building Monster-Sized Forearms

    Who doesn’t want bigger arms? All men do. After all, nothing speaks more about strength and masculinity than arms that look...

    ironashleyNovember 7, 2019
  • Should Quarterbacks Bench Press?

        This question crosses my mind every time a Quarterback gets sacked and breaks their collar bone. My point of...

    irongraphicsSeptember 24, 2019
  • Deload To Forge New Ground

            While you might hear some hardcore lifters shout “No days off” the truth is the majority of...

    irongraphicsSeptember 6, 2019
  • CBD Builds Muscle

    . . As a pro figure competitor and mother living in a small rural town, I often find myself getting pulled...

    irongraphicsJune 13, 2019
  • Staying on Track While Injured

    The last time I threw my back out was over two years ago while pushing my deadlift limits. I knew I...

    irongraphicsJune 10, 2019
  • When is the Best Time of the Day to Train?

    . With the popularity of 24/7 fitness centers and home gyms, one can seemingly get in an exercise session whenever convenient...

    ironashleyMay 15, 2019
  • Build a Balanced Bikini Body with IFBB Pro Breena Martinez

    . . Truth: You won’t get a balanced bikini body by under eating and spending countless hours on the treadmill. Contrary...

    ironashleyJanuary 14, 2019
  • Lets Build Those Shoulders

    This unorthodox shoulder program will wake up your delts to become bigger, stronger, and healthier than ever.   Shoulders are tricky. One...

    Cindy MamOctober 11, 2018