not ready for Atlas stones yet?

Granted, an Atlas stone looks intimidating just sitting there, but something seems to beckon you to lift it.

Yikes, maybe you have never done that before or maybe it’s just been a long time.

Here’s one of many things I learned from the late Bud Jeffries years ago that could help you.

Weight plate stack rows are a good way to develop the strength and confidence you need.

Bud like to do rows with real heavy stacks, but that can come later.

Grab a ten pound steel plate, no bumper plates please, and set it on the floor.

Then stack 45lb plates on top of it, that leaves enough room to get your fingers under the plates.

If you are pretty new at this just start with one 45lb plate.

Place your feet on either side of the stack, push your hips back, keep your back straight and get your fingers under the stack.

Row it until it touches your gut and put it back down.

Add plates as needed for each successive set.

When you can do a heavy set of 3 reps, you will be ready to move on to doing gravity-breakers with a small Atlas stone.

Set it up like the weight stack with a ten pound plate underneath.

Position your body like before and lift the stone about 3-4 inches and put it back down.

When you get stronger doing this, the next step is to get the stone onto your lap.

We’ll cover that in a future email.

Hope that helps,

Coach D

Published by ironcave1

I was the owner of the Cave, a strength-based, veteran-owned, unconventional coaching facility, which closed on May 31, 2022 after almost 12 years. My full focus is now on bringing our steelclub and mace training called Mace Fit out to the public. Follow us at and @2slingsteel.

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