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Tuck Bales

Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 8:44 pm
by reinhard
Post any questions/comments/concerns you have about this move here.

Official movement description at:

Posted: Mon Nov 12, 2007 2:57 pm
by WinstonWolf
I wanted to add a variant that I do when I do "tuck bales", as doing it with just arms seems... slightly off to me. Then again, I didn't actually read your description of "tuck bales" before I did it myself, so I did it the way I thought I should do it, and still do.

I actually do these as squats. That is, I squat down and "pick up" the bale off the ground (hammer horizontal, to represent the bale), then stand and put it "on the second floor of the barn". (Essentially, I don't do it as fast as you do it in the video, as each squat isn't necessarily done ballistically, but I end with the same arm raise movement).

Thought I'd share.

Posted: Fri Nov 16, 2007 2:54 pm
by reinhard
Ah, a compound move.

Sounds very metaphorically appropriate -- and hard.

I often do squats as part of my routine, but as a separate movement, without the sledgehammer ("fertilize the fields" :-)). I guess I'm worried that doing too much at once will make me dangerously sloppy with the hammer.


Posted: Wed Sep 24, 2008 2:29 pm
by reinhard
A promising tuck bale mod was posted here:
Also I get a lot better burn when I push the hammer up at an angle
when doing the "bale" movement. Think of the Letter "M"
My personal take from sporadic occasional experimentation is:
I've noticed the extra burn of diagonal bale tucking too, but find it VERY hard to do it stably with the 20 pounder.
But it could be that stability comes with practice, and/or that it's not such an issue with less monstrous weights.


Posted: Sat Nov 27, 2010 4:07 pm
by Petros
I sometimes tuck bales kneeling, so I don't have to worry about smashing anything.

Posted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 9:00 pm
by mattman
I get the idea of "tucking the bales," an i think it's a cool exercise. i like to call it "hooking the ceiling." As in using a pike pole to "hook the ceiling" an open it up to look for extension overhead.

Posted: Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:01 am
by sanaeerumey
Petros wrote:I sometimes tuck bales kneeling, so I don't have to worry about smashing anything.

It was all set and meant to be kneeling and so that...