Today, Carrots ‘N’ Cake blogged about her Crossfit WOD. The WOD was called the 1 mile farmer’s walk They walked a mile with the heaviest weights they could. I suppose they were trying to replicate the hard walks that some farmers have to make?
The thought of this just gave me flashbacks of me days growing up. During chore time I would climb up the ladder to the hay mount (the hay mount is where we stacked 50-75 pound hay bails on days ranging in temperature from 90-100+ degrees). Once I would climb up the ladder I would grab as many hay bails as I needed and then throw them down onto the ground. Then I would carry one… sometimes two (depending on how heavy they were) out of the barn and into the lot that we had cows and calves to feed. Then I would go back and do it all over again.
I am sure MANY of you that grew up on a farm know exactly what I am talking about. Did you know you were sort of doing a Crossfit type work-out? Yeah, me neither… Come to think of it, a lot of what farmers and ranchers do on a daily basis is a Crossfit type work-out that we do to be able to feed the world!
Just to list a few examples of a typical farmer’s day that could be a WOD:
Scenario: Cattle are out and in the neighbor’s field or on the road. So you sprint back and forth hearding cattle back into the pasture by yourself as cars whiz by and continue to scare the cattle away. Once cattle are back in pen you run to the shed/barn and grab fence tools and get to work fixing the fence or digging a new post hole to replace a broken post.
- Sprint forward and side to side for 15 minutes (could really be more if cattle won’t cooperate)
- Jog half mile
- Pick up 25 pounds of weight (could be more depending on what fence equipment you need)
- Jog back half mile with 25 pounds of weight
- 10-15 kettleball swing (depends on how deep of a post hole you have to dig)
- Jog back another half mile with 25 pounds of weight
Scenario: Using a shovel and a wheelbarrow to clean out pens. (This was my typical job every couple of weeks for my sheep pens and daily for my calf pens)
- 20 lb kettleball side swing
- 100 lb sled push for 400 yards (could be longer depending on where you are dumping manure and bedding)
- 100 lb power clean (to dump to wheelbarrow)
- 10 lb. sled push for 400 yards
- REPEAT 5x (typically a lot more if you are cleaning the whole barn)
Scenario: Riding the wagon to bail hay
- 1 Box jump, just up (to get on the wagon)
- 25 50-75 lb. power cleans as quick as you can
- 1 Box jump, just down (to pick up the bail of hay you didn’t get to fast enough, so it fell on the ground)
- 1 50lb. power clean (to get hay on the wagon)
- REPEAT allllllll day, until wagons are all full and the hay is bailed. Then you will move onto unloading onto hay elevator and stacking in hay mount.
These are just a few things that are done by farmers and ranchers to provide us food and fiber, that could also be a WOD, they exert physical labor on a daily basis. Is this possibly why generations ahead of us were in so much better health than people these days with desk jobs? My grandpa is 93 years old and still gets out and works on the farm daily. WOW!
The CRAZY thing about being a farmer/rancher when compared to Crossfit is that in Crossfit you can pick your level and life weights according to the weight you WANT to. When a job has to be done, a farmer/rancher does NOT have a choice. The job has to be done by them no matter how big or small.
Remember, where would we be without farmers? NAKED & HUNGRY!!! Thank you to all the farmers and ranchers out there!