June 11, 2012

How to Workout Barbarian Style

There I was one day in the middle of the hot Florida sun.  It was probably around 100 degrees and I was tasked by my boss to break up some of the footer (an inch or two) so that the drainage pipe could go out.  So in the middle of a country field I took hold of the sledge hammer and went to work.

It didn’t take me long to realize that slinging a 16 lb sledge hammer over my head was a great cardio workout.  In-fact swinging the hammer seemed to give a more rigorous exercise than running for a few miles.

The benefits of owning a Sledgehammer for a workout seemed exactly what I needed.  Not only did I feel more manly than one of the Gold Rush guys, but it was an exercise I enjoyed.  I believe that the more manly an exercise is perceived by the user the more enjoyable it is to do.​

I decided I needed one, but a price tag of fifty dollars seemed a bit much for a hammer and my checking account.  So I waited.  Then last Christmas I received a gift card from The Home Depot for fifty dollars.  My choices were to buy something useful or something for my workout.  I chose my workout and finally bought one.  Not only has the hammer proved itself practical for all kinds of work around the house, like removing a few unwanted posts, but it gave me a cool workout.  Pawn shops are also great places to find one.

For my workout I place a car tire on the ground in the yard and I use an over arm swing to hit the tire.  I beat the tire until I am worn out.  Watch out for the recoil.