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Old 08-05-2006, 03:40 PM   #1
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I want to try a sledgehammer workout as mentioned in Ross Enamait's book. Either 100 swings as fast as possible, or as many swings in 10 minutes as possible.

When you're doing hammer swings do you swing it like you would in a real situation? Namely, spreading your hands at wide to raise it up and then bringing them together on the down swing? Or do you keep them close together the whole time and try to muscle it over your head and then swing it down? It seems like the second way would give your muscles more of a workout, but the first way woudl allow you to do it faster, which might be the point. Which way should I do it?
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Old 08-05-2006, 04:23 PM   #2
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Short answer to your first question: YES.

Do it the way you'd do it in real life. Be efficient, not contrived.

Or, to put it another way, with one hand, you could curl the sledge up, press it up overhead, let it down behind you in the negative of a tricep extension, then grab it with the other hand, and finally hit the tire. Rinse and repeat. Sound contrived? Only by degree...

For more "sledge" exercises, go to www.shovelglove.com ...
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Old 08-05-2006, 04:24 PM   #3
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Try both. Variety is good.

I'm sure this is a 'beyond good and evil' situation. Note how you feel after each workout, and incorporate accordingly.
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Old 08-06-2006, 04:19 AM   #4
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Classic strike hammers the core and grip.

The hands together strike is like a hip-toss or grappling throw. This really fries the grip.

Hope this helps!

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Old 08-06-2006, 12:45 PM   #5
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Hmmmmm. The link shows up as .unk and I can't play it.
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Old 08-06-2006, 01:02 PM   #6
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change the name from "sledge-28301.unk" to "sledge-28301.wmv", there's nothing wrong with the video.
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Old 08-06-2006, 05:38 PM   #7
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What weight sledge is recommended here?
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Old 08-06-2006, 05:56 PM   #8
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Okay well the video still doesn't work for me. It says file not found.

I ended up buying a 10 pound sledge and I now realize that my question is kind of...stupid. I dont' think I could swing this thing for 10 minutes with my hands together at the bottom. I got sore just swining it 100 times in 4 minutes today. Maybe i can work up to swinging it like that, but for now i'm going to stick with the conventional technique.
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Old 08-06-2006, 08:06 PM   #9
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Hey Matt,

I loaded it to my website: http://www.fitforcecamp.com/Video/aug2.htm

Use the hands together at the end of your workout...it is brutal on the grip.

-Jerry
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Old 08-07-2006, 09:14 AM   #10
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Ah ok I see it now. Thanks Jerry. You didn't have to go through that trouble. I did learn something about the technique of the hands together swing so thank you for doing that.
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