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Active Rest Day Strongman Style | 45 Deadlifts, Push Presses & Keg Swings

They go together like salt and pepper, yin and yang, clear whey and water — it’s Tom and Luke Stoltman. Another famous pairing you might be familiar with is strength and conditioning. The brothers have been focusing on the latter in preparation for the upcoming World’s Strongest Man.

On Wednesdays, the brothers recover. But this doesn’t mean light stretching and some cardio. Rest days for the World’s Strongest Brothers are on a whole other level.

Conditioning is what it says on the tin: conditioning your body for your sport. The brothers expect to take on a lot of endurance-based events at World’s Strongest Man, so their routine is tailored for this.

The routine

  • 21 deadlifts
  • 21 keg swings
  • 21 push presses
  • 15 deadlifts
  • 15 keg swings
  • 15 push presses
  • 9 deadlifts
  • 9 keg swings
  • 9 push presses

And as the world’s most wholesome brothers, they weren’t going it alone. They were doing this one tag-team style, alternating between rep ranges. Tom went first, completing 21 reps of each exercise, then it was Luke’s turn. And they repeated until they completed the routine. And no surprise, Tom did it all in his signature Crocs.

But that wasn’t quite the end of “Wet Wednesday” — they had to endure a couple of sets of 40-second dead hangs before they called it a day.

Conditioning helps the brothers to recover quicker. If they can get their heart rate down after the conditioning sets, it can help them in their endurance events. It also takes care of their hearts and keeps their cardiovascular health up. Sounds like a win-win, really, as gruelling as it is.

Take Home Message

You can’t go wrong with conditioning your body for your chosen workouts. Especially if you’re a strongman — these events take their toll. But we can say one thing — this is not our idea of a rest day.

 

 

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Emily Wilcock

Emily Wilcock

Writer and expert

Emily is studying Business Management & Marketing at the University of Birmingham and is currently on her intern year. She has a keen interest in both writing and fitness, so is happy she can now combine the two. She likes to spend time with her friends, both in & out of the gym.


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