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The Zen of Weightlifting

CHOP WOOD, CARRY WATER AND OTHER LESSONS THAT APPLY FAR BEYOND THE GYM.

One of my favorite movements at the gym is called a farmer’s carry. You hold a heavy weight — for me, around 95 pounds — in each hand and attempt to walk with a solid, upright posture for 30 to 60 seconds.

Once, while my workout partners and I were carrying, as we say, at our local YMCA, an older gentleman enthusiastically asked, “What’s it for?” I was quick to explain that farmer’s carries work your grip, core, arms, legs and even cardiovascular system — an utterly elegant full-body exercise. But the

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