What Exactly is Farmer’s Strength?

When talking about strength and working out, most people’s minds tend to wander off to a singular place- the gyms. While it’s true that gyms have become a really popular concept in the 21st century, it wasn’t always this way. 

People used to train using a variety of methods when gyms weren’t as widely available or didn’t exist in the form that we’re familiar with. The idea of going to a gym and lifting some weights for a few days a week is relatively new. Traditionally, strongmen often came from farming families where manual labor wasn’t optional. 

A perfect example of people getting strong without the help of any gym equipment is a farm, a ranch, a construction site, or a lumber mill. This might surprise many people but this is where the idea of farmer’s strength comes from. In this article, we’re going to take a look at what this term means and how it’s developed, so without further delay, lets’ get right to it.

What is Farmer’s Strength?

An exhibit of farm strength
An exhibit of farm strength

In layman’s terms, Farmer’s Strength is the strength that’s developed by working day in and day out doing a labor-intensive job. Since farmers who depend on manual labor have to exhaust themselves every day, they develop almost inhuman stamina and the ability to lift giant loads.

This often boggles the urban gymgoer who usually visits a gym 3-4 times a week. Farmer’s Strength is something that goes against the generally accepted principles followed by bodybuilders and weightlifters. 

The gym rats think that working out every day is counterproductive and no one can build any significant strength that way. However, when we see farmers and manual laborers who don’t abide by these principles, it’s clear that there's more than one way to develop strength. 

How to Get Farmer's Strength

More farm strength
More farm strength

Developing the coveted farmer’s strength isn’t usually voluntary as the people in whom this strength is witnessed, don’t usually do anything extraordinary. All that these people do is hard work every day without a break.

Since a farmer or a laborer doesn’t have the option of taking a rest day, they’re forced to work out without break. These people also don’t focus too much on their diets and counting their macros which is something that the sedentary urban class is infamous for. 

What this means is that to develop true functional strength, the human body has to be subjected to stress every day coupled with a rich diet. Some days, these people might have to work a little less and on the other days, they might have to work more depending on the harvest or the workload. 

There are a few things that are common to both laborers and farmers including a hearty meal after a whole day of hard work, adequate sleep every night, waking up on time every morning, and working relentlessly without any rest days.


Becoming Farm Strong by doing the Farmers Walk Exercise
Becoming Farm Strong by doing the Farmers Walk Exercise

So, if you also want to develop functional Farmer’s Strength rather than superficial muscles, you need to start following these basic principles as well. You can either join a local lumber mill or a cattle farm as an apprentice, and the best thing is that you’ll be paid for working out. However, not everyone can afford to live such a lifestyle and the most practical solution is to incorporate some of the above-mentioned principles into your own life.