A sample Milo Bag workout
Why is carrying a 75 lb. Milo Bag so hard? Because it works. Here’s how to make every Milo Bag workout build the most muscle, and get better endurance and stamina and give you “athlete strength” ASAP.
On a recent July day that literally felt like the sun was just a few feet away I went to the bayou and carried the Milo Bag on my back for 450 yards as a warm-up. This is a real stamina builder ladies and gentlemen. I rested a couple of minutes and started back to my car carrying the bag in my arms. I did 6 sets of this to failure while walking back to my vehicle. This bought me another 200 yards outside where it felt like I was in a welding shop bartering for cool oxygen, rationed out by the occasionally breezy Texas summer.
Carrying the Milo Bag in my arms was very difficult. I walked as far as I could each set before fatigue would cause me to drop the bag. I would take a short rest and then repeat. Picking up the heavy bag, just about the size of large torso and then positioning it appropriately demands the attention of muscles not normally found in the mix. Although heavy, the Milo Bag is like a really heavy pillow and is very user friendly. By carrying a Milo Bag in different grips and positions it is both a safe and good way to learn to extend a set to failure. At the end of the workout I then put the bag on back on my back and walk the rest of the way back to my car as somewhat of a warm-down. Somewhat being a conservative use of the word.
The next day I felt sore mostly in my neck, shoulders, arms, core, and then legs. The type of lactic-acid burn is almost gratifying but not altogether stupefying where it forces you to miss workouts or suffer nagging injuries. It is more of a rejuvenation since the body is receiving a world-class workout in such a natural fashion that age-old injuries of yester-year aren’t so common (spine issues due to squats, wrist problems from bench press, soft-tissue shoulder injuries from overhead presses, etc., etc., etc.). It takes a unified physical effort to carry the bag for 900 yards whether you are 20 years old or 60 years old. I always feel a strong sense of satisfaction from working with the Milo Bag probably due to the fact that these intense workouts occur in the brutal elements, adding a layer of mental toughness training.
Additionally, the whole outdoor experience while transitioning into an anabolic state marks a primal connection that seems to fill and renovate every cell while cleaning out every conceivable receptor in my body. I have trained in a way to always listen to my body as well as nervous system and as I’ve progressed over the years my “listening” has become more keen and the Milo Bag really satiates the whole mind and body and puts a smile on your face. After all, being outside and really drinking in the beauty and clean air of it all is what it’s really about.
And getting crazy lean and muscular.
My journey over the years with all things physical has taught me an important lesson. Sometimes less is more and sometimes simplicity is your most effective tool in honing the kind of athlete you want to be. While millions of the masses will still try going to the gym again next year for another feigned New Years’ Resolution, some will get outdoors and harness the simple and powerful means of the Milo Bag or TylerGrips or even simply pumping iron OUTSIDE in your backyard. For now, I will let the definition of insanity rest on these misguided gym-rats, slaving away in the same exact fashion as before getting the same lack of results. It’s not my job to say, ‘I told you so’. It’s my job to do what works and to tell the truth.
Until next time…train harder and smarter.
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