A Hard Workout
Why split wood for exercise:
- Gets your heart rate up very fast
- It is a full body movement
- It works your back, abs, shoulders, and legs if done in a squat manner as shown below.
- It trains strength and more specifically “power” being that you have to swing the axe down with enough velocity to fully spilt the wood.
- It is a technical move that involves proper aim, timing, and the transfer of force through the implement (axe).
Use these sound concepts:
- Keep a neutral or near neutral spine
- Move at the hips
- By doing this you use your abdominals (and other muscles) to lock your spine in place which will make your legs do the work rather than your back.
Set up the log on another larger piece of wood. This will make splitting much more effective and you won’t have to swing as far down reducing the strain on the lower back.
Square up your stance to the log, with your feet shoulder width apart or wider. As with any overhead axe swing, begin with one hand at the end of the handle and other towards the axe head. Keep your back straight the entire time.
I am reminded of throwing events, (discus, hammer, javelin, etc.) where you are using power and the best technique to transfer the force into the implement.
Now go find some logs to split.