Chopping Wood

Chopping Wood Fitness Training

Chopping Wood Description

Chopping wood is a vigorous outdoor activity. The axe-swinging motion builds strength and endurance. Handling the axe can improve hand-eye coordination.

Chopping Wood Warnings

  • People experiencing chronic problems, injuries or pain in their shoulder, hip, wrist or pelvis should seek medical permission prior to engaging in this activity.

Chopping Wood Risks

  • Muscle strains of shoulder and lower back
  • Wrist sprains
  • Tendinitis in shoulders, elbows and wrists
  • Eye injury from flying wood splinters
  • Hand blisters
  • Axe injuries from carelessness

Chopping Wood Sport-specific applications

  • Lumberjack competitions­timed events using different axes and saws
  • Chopping strokes are somewhat similar to some movements made in other sports

Chopping Wood Equipment required

  • Axe or saw: different types used for various kinds of wood or lumber
  • Gloves to protect hands from blisters
  • Eye protection

Chopping Wood Reference sources, organizations and publications

  • Digging


Recreational/Cardiorespiratory: Anaerobic/Interval

Fitness Benefits

  • Cardiorespiratory 2
  • Flexibility 1
  • Muscular Strength 2
  • Muscular Endurance 4
  • Body Fat Recution 1

Fitness Requirements

  • Cardiorespiratory 1
  • Flexibility 1
  • Muscular Strength 2
  • Muscular Endurance 2
  • Coordination/Skill 2

Muscle groups used

Primary muscles: latissimus dorsi, shoulders, rhomboids, trapezius, rotator cuff muscles, biceps and forearms Assistance muscles: chest, triceps, quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteals, abdominals, obliques and erector spinae

Energy expenditure

Approximately 0.08 Calories per minute per pound of body weight

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