What do kegs, yokes and Atlas stones have to do with CrossFit?
In this video, Orlando brings strongman movements to real life with keg lifting.
“We use the keg because it’s a dynamic load. It’s going to shift around on you. It’s going to take you outside your comfort zone,” he says. “It mimics real life.”
Dave Lipson demonstrates the keg lift and begins with the weight out front. Orlando says the starting position differs from the barbell deadlift but is more like real-life lifting of odd objects. Just like the Atlas stone, you deadlift the keg into your lap and cradle it on a shelf created by your knees. Then you need to change your grip to roll the keg up to your shoulder.
At the shoulder, you change your grip and the keg’s position to the front rack to press it overhead. Orlando says it’s important to keep the keg in contact with your shoulders before pressing.
“It’s absolutely critical to get those elbows underneath the load,” he says.
What’s another benefit of lifting real-life objects like kegs?
“With good stoppers on them, they’ll last forever. They’re made to be beaten,” Orlando says. “If it breaks, it’s a $30 piece of equipment. That’s the big positive.”
Additional audio: CrossFit Radio Episode 135 by Justin Judkins, originally aired Sept. 1, 2010.