FATHER’S DAY GIFT: WORKOUT & EQUIPMENT “Improve Your Kid-Carrying Muscle Endurance with these Exercises” encourages Matt Schneiderman in his 2017 article for Fatherly.com. When it comes to hoisting and carrying squirming young children around, athletic endurance is required. “It’s like the Spartan games just to maintain these positions”, he writes. Specifically, Schneiderman is talking about the work performed by shoulders, back, and biceps while supporting the weight of little munchkins in your arms. Without rest periods.
I researched this topic after volunteering to carry a 10-month-old in a frontal carry pack during a visit from our son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter. Wow. I felt the fatigue of muscles I had never realized existed before, during a short walk to a neighbor’s house with the baby. Wanting the future ability to be super grandparent without injuring myself, I searched online for a workout that would target muscles for kid-carrying.
Schneiderman’s article references the advice of an exercise physiology expert who is “responsible for the corporate fitness programming” of a major international corporation’s human performance organization, having helped a variety of tough guys and gals build strength.
The key, the expert indicates, is to use isometric exercises to build stamina. This is a simple outline of the workout; check the article to learn how they should be performed:
- Back and core:
Plank combination (standard, each side, reverse)
'I-T-Y’ exercises with a resistance band
Internal External shoulder rotations
Kettlebell kid carry
This weekend is Father’s Day, so if you need a ‘gift’ to show appreciation to a dad or super-grandad, sharing this workout and making a nice breakfast could be a thoughtful way to honor the guys, and start the celebration!
Add a kettlebell and set of resistance bands to complete the themed gift.
RUN & MOVE HAPPY!
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