Brutal Manual Labor Workout

In the video I am using a hand truck a 120 lb heavy bag, a 40 lb weight vest
10 lb ankle weights that is 180 extra pounds I am dragging up and down
a pretty steep 60 yard hill. I did the hill 10 times and it was very tough and
it was the first time I done this in training. But I had to drag the heavy bag
while wearing the weighted vest and ankle weights about 600 total yards
just to get to the hill.

The goal was 10 times in 30 minutes got it done in 28 minutes and some
change. I had two rules do it 10 x’s in 30 minutes and once I started up the hill
I could not stop to rest or workout was over. After walking back finishing up
stopped and did 1 x 100 bench dips wearing the weighted vest and ankle weights
just to add a little more toughness.

Being a laborer for over 30 years and training for the same amount of time I
have a different outlook  on training. For years I earned and still do earn a
living with my physical and mental toughness. I have to keep myself in shape
to continue to feed my family. In 30 plus years doing manual labor I have never
hurt my back or ever missed work because of injury on the job.

I don’t always lift with my legs, and never look or worry about form I just
do my job. I bend, I twist, I climb, I lift and carry all day long.

It is rare for someone to go and work as many years I have and throw in years
of training and not have the body already broke down. One thing is I take
care of myself, I eat well and I have a different mindset then most men doing
labor work.

I hear it all the time on sites about bad backs, and I’m getting old ( Most are younger than me)
I can’t lift things like that anymore. Why is it these guys continue to do a job they physically
struggle to do?

The reason is because for years they have heard from others just like them that when you get older
you can’t do the same things you once did. Bullshit! At some point you will probably have a decline
but these guys just listen to all before them. I have heard it for years, wait til your my age and I have
been hearing this since I was 18 I don’t hear it much anymore because of my age.

I get tired of people who will chime in tell you how “They know a guy” or ” My Dad” or My Grand dad”
there will always be exceptions but don’t include me in the general labor population, because
I do not follow the standards of the basic man.

I decide how things will go, not history. People hate that I act like this and can care less and
I am living proof so until someone can prove me wrong I will continue to train like I always have.
Training to  win in life, training for honor, training for survival is the reason I continue to push my
mind and body. The minute we decide we no longer need an advantage is when we will start to lose
our edge. Once you feel it no longer matters, you are right you have already lost the edge!

Toughness Builds Winners

Johnny Grube


  1. In his new book called Iron Isometrics Steve Justa writes:
    “If I was to start all over again and become strong, I’d definitely avoid eating like a horse and pushing my bodyweight super high and doing low reps with extremely heavy weights without being in great condition as well. Even if you become stronger this way, it’s absolutely not worth it to ruin your health.”
    This means another thumb up for Wildman training philosophy.

  2. Yes, apparently, Justa has learned the hard way what J.G. teaches: that maximizing your strength and conditioning at your natural bodyweight makes more sense than trying to bulk up to fit some stupid image. Strive for you max level of conditioned strength and your physique will be what it should be.

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