Just some support

Take a sledgehammer and wrap an old sweater around it. This is your "shovelglove." Every week day morning, set a timer for 14 minutes. Use the shovelglove to perform shoveling, butter churning, and wood chopping motions until the timer goes off. Stop. Rest on weekends and holidays. Baffled? Intrigued? Charmed? Discuss here.
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Just some support

Post by Locke1682 » Thu Nov 06, 2014 3:35 pm

Hello, I am making and using my first official shovelglove, if that's a thing, and wanted to say why.

I am an archaeologist and in my late 30s. Archaeologists ALWAYS excavate using hand tools, moving several metric tonnes of earth in a fairly short amount of time using simply spades, blade shovels and buckets. So basically the past 12 years of my life have been a combination of the shovelglove and the farmer's walk. Some metrics for those who want to try.

1, 5 gallon bucket of earth = 25lbs

1 shovelful of clay earth, ~10-12lbs

In any case, we do this for about 10 hours a day until the job is done, and in some cases you throw a pick into it to break rock layers. Needless to say it works. It works amazingly well. I don't have much in the way of glam muscles (Biceps, pecs), I have what I need, but muscles for real strength I have in spades. I have a huge core, back and shoulders, and as a resullt can lift or move just about anything.

I am adopting the shovelglove because I know this routine works and since I am starting a family I am becoming an office bound archaeologist, so I need to keep it up. This is perfect!

I even composed an ARCHAEOLOGY WORKOUT

50 shoveling motions, each side
2 minutes of Farmers Walks with 50 lbs, clean and pull at the end to chest level
50 full pick swinging motions
2 minutes Farmers Walk
50 shoveling motions
Cool down with plank and side plank.

This encompasses basically a day at excavation, just think of it. Moving 1 metric tonne of earth a day by yourself, with only a shovel!

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Post by Locke1682 » Thu Nov 06, 2014 3:37 pm

Oh yeah, I am 180lbs, 5' 11" with 8% body fat. 32 inch waist, 41 inch chest, 12 inch arms (no arms hehe), 17 inch neck, and an awesome dog that fits in my backpack.

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Post by reinhard » Fri Nov 07, 2014 2:53 pm


Welcome to shovelglove! And thanks for sharing this very interesting take on it. We've had "scenarios" proposed before, but none I think from someone with actual real life experience to draw from. And such interesting, unexpected real life experience! I used to think archeologists spent all their time battling Nazi's and dodging boobytraps, now I know they're really just working out all day. :-)

Many thanks and best of luck,


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Post by oolala53 » Mon Dec 01, 2014 2:46 am

The Farmer's Walk is with 25 lbs. in each hand?
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Post by slothlike » Wed Dec 31, 2014 5:05 pm

Great idea, when you get back in the field you'll have to let us know how well it maintained your strength.

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