Who says big men and women can’t be graceful?
“This one is all about walking smooth,” Kurtis Bowler of Rainier CrossFit says of the yoke walk.
The strongman movement is particularly challenging because it requires more than just raw strength and core stability. One of the keys to the movement is fluidity, and athletes who stagger or change speed while under load will find heavy weights very difficult to control.
“If you start walking and stumble around or anything like that, the balance on this thing is going to get off and it’s going to start swinging,” Bowler says.
The key? Grace under pressure—about 1,200 lb. of it.
Additional audio: CrossFit Radio Episode 87, originally aired Oct. 2, 2009.