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260 lb Stone Lift – Who want to come to Scotland with me?

I’ve set myself a new goal for 2013. A stone lifting tour of Scotland. At the very least I’ll be attempting to lift the Dinnie Stones, the Inver Stone (I’m hoping to be able to put it overhead, but we’ll see), and the Fianna Stone, which I think I’m probably the closest to being able to do right now.

Hence, this video, a bit of early morning day-off nonsense in West Valley City, Utah:

I spent the morning putting this one (260 lb stone) on my shoulder, then trying to press it just a couple of inches. By the time I decided to do a video my strength was fading and I couldn’t do anything besides what you see in the video. But you get the idea, right?

I’ve got a few enormous stones lying around–our house came with a garden, the garden came with giant rocks–and I’ve spent the last couple of months trying to do whatever I can with them.The heaviest weighs just over 400 and all I can do it push it around right now.

A few recommendations (from an admitted novice) for anyone getting into stone lifting:

Work up to it slowly.

Stop before you really start to struggle. Stay as fresh as possible.

Protect your arms. Wear long sleeves at the least. I’ve also seen some strongman arm gauntlets that I don’t think I’ll ever pick up. I’m just doing this often enough.

You’re going to be rounding your back with stone lifting. There is a way to do it safely–start slow, low volume, and patience! It’s taken me a while to feel comfortable, confident, and strong in this position. Stones try to do all sorts of weird things when they leave the earth, and the odder the shape, the weirder it gets.

This is part of the fun. It’s really a challenge to lift the stone in the same way twice. So you have to adapt and get stronger. It’s hard to describe the aftermath of a training session with stones because it uses just about everything in the body. You’ll work places that will surprise you.

Anyways, that’s a brief intro. A fun start to a lazy day.



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  • Spencer March 9, 2012, 12:39 pm

    You know I want in. First I need to get some stones. Then it’s on!

    • Josh Hanagarne March 9, 2012, 12:43 pm

      It’s pretty easy to find then in your neighbor’s yards after it gets dark. Or so I’ve heard.

      • Spencer March 9, 2012, 1:38 pm

        I’ll be looking into that.

  • Fred Blue March 9, 2012, 2:51 pm

    Time to get sized up for a kilt too Josh. And start training for some amateur heavy events. Throwing heavy objects is where it is at.

    • Josh Hanagarne March 9, 2012, 5:00 pm

      You got it.

    • Todd March 10, 2012, 1:10 pm

      Agreed. I’m training for some Scottish throwing events now. 🙂 Brings back my high school days shot putting.

  • Boris B March 9, 2012, 9:32 pm

    Nice! Atlas Stones aren’t that hard to make if you aren’t exceptionally picky about smoothness. That stone is a nice shape!