“Every program aimed to enhance athleticism needs some sort of loaded carry in it.” — Dr. Stu McGill
Loaded carries are great for training grip, core strength and stability, coordination, work capacity, and can play a huge role in shoulder health.
Maybe more importantly, loaded carries are a self-limiting exercise/movement, training our postural stabilizers and not our larger prime movers. In sport and in life, when our postural stabilizers fail, our potential for injury increase to a large degree, so it makes sense to train those stabilizers to be more resilient and do their jobs.
Here are some of the carries that we utilize, all of which have different uses and reasons we use them.