We were pretty chuffed with our rope, but it felt as though our backyard was still missing something. We mulled it over for some time and then it dawned on us. It needed a big rock.

So we went on a mission. We drove around town scouting all the best rock sanctuaries we knew of. Over time we generated a short list of rocks. We then developed an exhaustive screening process and evaluated each rock on its strengths and weaknesses. We needed a rock that was heavy, shapely and sophisticated. Eventually, it was clear that one rock shone above the others.

The rock weighs at least 50 kilos and it is made of solid rock. It belongs to a local mountain, but, we’ll return it as soon as we’re bored with it. That might be never.

We’ve been using the rock to train strength in our program. We superset rope swinging with sets of lifting the rock off the ground. The rock can be rowed, deadlifted and cleaned. We want to deconstruct how we train by using elements of nature. It feels refreshing building strength in such a basic way. We dream of a World where this type of training is more common. You might walk into your local gym one day and find that an array of different sized rocks has replaced all the gym equipment.

In the video, Rory is attempting ‘The Challenge”. In “The Challenge”, the rock must be lifted over the horizontal branch in our garden. Nobody has achieved this feat yet. Perhaps it isn't even humanly possible - we’re not sure. Do you know somebody with the strength to complete “The Challenge”? If someone comes to mind, tag them, we’d love to know.

 



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