What Is Yoke Training?

What Is Yoke Training?

Posted by Dave Napper on Jul 04, 2018

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Master the yoke carry with Dave Napper

If you’re unfamiliar with strongman training the term ‘yoke’ may be foreign to you. Here’s all you need to know about the strongman yoke and how best to train for it….

What is yoke training?

The yoke is a piece of equipment used in strongman competitions. It’s a large metal frame with a crossbar and looks like a squat rack but is designed to be placed on the back and carried. Weight can be stacked on the bottom corners to increase the difficulty of the lift.

Like most strongman movements the yoke requires full body strength as well as balance and precise technique to execute the carry successfully.

Here’s how it’s done (and my 400kg PB!)…

My upcoming competition

I’m set to compete at Queensland’s Strongest Man & Woman 2018 which gives me three months to train for it.

Before starting my competition training I decided to max out on a yoke to test my strength and managed to hit a 400kg beltless PB for 10m (as seen in the video above).

The yoke carry requires a strong back as it holds a serious load of weight in the movement as well as strong legs to power through the carry component. So following my PB  I completed some lighter yoke work followed by front squats and lat pulldowns to work the upper back.

The workout

Yoke carry        
Warm up 100kg x 10m 200kg x 10m 300kg x 10m 350kg x 10m
PB attempt 400kg x 10 (beltless)      
Working sets 350 x 10m x 2 sets 300kg x 10m x 2 sets 200kg x 20m x 2 sets  
Front Squat        
Warm up 70kg x 8 reps 100kg x 8 reps    
Working sets 120kg x 8 reps  120kg x 8 reps  120kg x 8 reps  
Lat Pulldown        
Warm up 60kg x 10 reps 70 x 10 reps    
Working sets 80kg x 10 reps 80kg x 10 reps 80kg x 10 reps 80kg x 10 reps

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