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Thumb up sledge walking question

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Blackjaw

Can someone post a video and/or talk me through the thumb up sledge walk? It seems really tough to me and I can't quite figure out the sequence of how to hold the place on the sledge while making progress on the 'walk'. Also interested in what exactly is being worked if it is done correctly, it seems pretty 'Thumb intensive' but maybe I am doing it wrong.

 

Thanks for the help,

Rick   

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Blacksmith513

Its a tough one. I have a 6lbs sledge with a short handle, probably 2ft...I just started using that for walks. Idk what is worked, but it feels similar to  my "Twist yo Wrist' roller. I only do them in between lifts, or at work with a hammer when i'm anxious/bored.

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Blackjaw

Yeah, with the thumb pointed down the shaft it isn't to bad, but walking it down with your thumb towards the sky is a lot harder (at least for me)

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AdamTGlass

Start with a lighter object such as a broom or a wooden dowel. You are using too much weight if the motion isn’t working 

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wobbler

I got a replacement sledge handle for this, but haven't tried it yet. Definitely can't do it with my 8lb

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climber511

This was in every Gripmas Medley since the beginning.  I use a piece of 3/4" (1" OD) with tape on the bottom to hold a 2 1/2# or 5# plate.  Start light and learn "how" then add weight gradually.  It's a fun little challenge.  Sledge handles are a little harder than the PVC but doable with some practice.  An 8# sledge is quite a handful done this way.

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Blackjaw

Appreciate all of the advice! I practiced just with a broom handle to get the movement and that 'thumb slide' down the handle is an interesting move. I'll take Climber 511 and make something loadable and work may way towards a goal with this movement. 

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wobbler

I started thes with that empty sledge handle, a short chain rubber banded on, and 2.5lb plate, 6lbs total. Still figuring out the dexterity part of it, really strange movement.

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