Shield Lifting

Posted on Monday, October 29th, 2018 by John Wood
One very interesting training technique in Traditional Iranian Martial Arts is known as Sang Gereftan or Shield Lifting. Large rectangular pieces of hard wood are affixed with handles and then alternately raised and lowered by an athlete laying on his back. The shields are used as a training technique by themselves to build upper body strength but there are and have been tournaments held in their use. A very good score would be 72 repetitions in seven minutes although some athletes have been able to do as many as 120.
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