This set of products started with one of those "hey...I've got an idea" conversations, and we weren't sure how well they would work out until we were able to get some prototypes made. Turns out: they work pretty damn well. I've personally been having a lot of fun coming up with different ways to use these over the past month or so.
The basic premise was this: we wanted a way to train using the same principles as the Farmer's Carry, without the price tag of a full handle set (which most non-strongman athletes never really load up above a certain weight anyways), and with more versatility than simply using kettlebells or dumbells.
This modular approach also lets us use different diameter grips. For now, we've settled on three: 1-1/8" (roughly barbell diameter), 2" (roughly axle diameter), and 3" (big-ass grip training). This gives coaches and athletes a lot of scalability based on the goal of the day's programming. You can go heavy with a smaller handle to train strength and capacity, or go lighter with a wider handle to focus on that grip strength. It also offers some room for individuals to scale based on their skill level (or hand size!)
Then things get fun:
There is one minor bit of business - we need a freakin' name! We've just been calling these "carry handles." We've got a suggestion board up at Slate Crossfit right now with some cool ideas on it, but I want to hear what the internets suggests, too. Let's hear it! If we pick one from here I'll send the suggester a shirt or something.
I've still got a to-do list as long as my arm but it's getting done (it's only as long as my forearm now, not to my shoulder), so the store launch is coming. My goal is <2 weeks (it's a little aggressive but we're gunning for it). Stay tuned! More updates as things fall into place and we can settle on a firm date.
Until next time: Keep Earning It.