I thought I might start a thread to discuss what type of unusual lifting you are doing and what you gained from it.
I wanted to get into this type of lifting when I started and tried but because of my obsessive personality I overdid a lot of stuff and then had to stop and regroup. I feel that now as a more experienced trainee I can attempt to start this up again. Plus seeing the Luke and Dan videos stoked the fire.
This morning I dusted off my sandbag. Mine is an old army duffel that I loaded 3 sand tubes into. Each tube is 60 pounds. They are the type you can buy at Home Depot to put in your trunk or truck bed during the winter. I don't know if I should reconfigure the shape of the sand to make it more difficult or if is hard enough as is. To me it feels hard enough, but I'm open to suggestions and ideas. I know some guys put the sand into a bunch of smaller bags. Not sure if it is solely ease of adding and removing weight or to make the odd shape harder to lift.
So I took out one bag to make the weight 120 and I hugged it and lifted. I then set it on my lap like you see guys do with stones. Once there I stood and shouldered the bag. It was pretty tough for me but felt pretty good to accomplish it first effort. Man I could really feel all the weaknesses in my core. I am going to stick with this as one of my major exercises as it sure hits everything in you and reveals a lot about your core strength
My medium term goal
is to shoulder the bag when it weights 200.