It’s hard to do any type of weightlifting, powerlifting, or any version of strength and conditioning in general that we don’t naturally migrate toward the use barbell.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m very partial to a barbell myself. But at times its nice to have a change of pace with some odd object training.
If you think about it, nothing is more traditional than Sandbags, Wreck Bags, Dead Balls, and Atlas Stones.
The barbell wasn’t even invented until 1910. While dumbbells can date back to Greco Roman days, moving stones as a measurement of strength can be traced back even further.
Traditional lifting, Olympic Weightlifting, Powerlifting, whatever your choice of poison can at times make you complacent.
To spice things up, during my de-load and reload weeks is add in a little odd object training. Just for a change of pace.
I gravitate toward the use of sandbag and dead ball movements during this part of my programing.
Nothing to crazy just enough to change up some movement pattern and mechanics.
My two preferred methods I like to use depending on the weight and volume are the Lap Method and the Scoop Method.
Each having their own special benefit, with limiting factors of each.