In about 7 months I wanted to take part in an activity that requires me to hold 25 lbs of metal awkwardly out in front of my chest for long amounts of time (while being physically active).
I do a little bit of running and am moderately in shape (I have a fast metabolism), but I have almost no upper body strength. I’ve recently started to do some rowing on a Bowflex machine.
Are there any suggestions on things I can do to build endurance and upper body strength?
I am sure you have a good reason why you want to do this.
If a client approached me with this request and an assessment would find that he has good range of motion and no problems, I would suggest the following approach:
Step up cardio and include a load like a weighted vest to gradually get used to having endurance with greater load than just body weight.
Before getting too involved in the traditional upper body strengthening exercises, I would start with the muscles of the rotator cuff and upper shoulder girdle to prevent possible injuries. I would also first do a lot of body weight exercises like planks to strengthen the core. Then get into a balanced upper and lower body workout. I would probably go with squats and lunges for the lower body rather than machines. Upper body workouts can start with the standard chest and back and arm stuff but I would move toward the TRX for greater whole body involvement.
As the event draws closer, you have to start training in the way you intend to participate to develop the specific strength.
Having said all that: I am dying to know what that is!
Wish you good luck even if I never know the answer.