Inman Mile Challenge – Who’s With Me?



I’ve been looking for a big, new, dumb strength challenge to get excited about. I’ve chosen the Inman Mile and I would like you stalwarts to jump in as well. At least you, D2.

It’s pretty simple: put 150% of your bodyweight on a barbell. Put the barbell on your back. Now walk for one mile without setting it down. You win!

Apparently nobody has ever done this. You can stop and rest if you want, but you can’t take the bar off or support it in any way.

For me it’s going to take over 375 lbs. I’m no svelte daffodil.

Tonight I’m going to take a crack at it with about 200 lbs and see what happens. I’m sure that even that weight will crush me before I can make a half mile, although I’m entertaining the idea that I might break long before that.

I need some dummies to jump in. Yay team.

6 thoughts on “Inman Mile Challenge – Who’s With Me?

  1. I am…intrigued (also terrified. Also pained just thinking about it. But interested and curious and (despite my better judgment) IN). I think it is wise to start small. Smaller anyway. Just to gauge where you are. This reminds me of extended walking lunges. I did that with CrossFit (400M). It sounds totally easy, and it’s not bad for the first 100M or so. But it gets brutal. Doable, but brutal. This, on the other hand, sounds like it might be brutal and just brutal. Maybe not doable. But certainly attempt-able. And that’s all you can ask. I’m going to post this with some CF buddies. We might have some other takers.

  2. Didn’t get to it last night. It occurs to me that the toughest part is probably finding a comfortable way to have that much weight on your back for that long. It has to be a barbell? If you could have a good portion of that weight in a weight vest, or even a sandbag, that would be, if not easier, slightly more comfortable. But having that much weight digging into your back for the length of time it takes to walk a mile…OUCH!

    • Barbell or a yoke. For it to be official, I think it actually has to be a barbell. I made it half a mile with 200. Honestly, my forearms are what made me quit. It doesn’t take a whole lot of hand support, but it adds up over that distance. I think next time I”m going to pick a very, very light weight and just go the entire mile, then see what happens.

  3. Wow. That is quite the task. I have actually had a little cross fit experience myself, as hard to imagine as that might be. Our local cross fit gym “sponsored” our ragnar relay team, but instead of giving us money they gave us free training sessions. I thought it was kind of fun, well, except that one night when we had to do SEVENTY FIVE freaking burpees as part of our workout! I wanted to punch that guy in the face. The thing that benefited me the most actually was the air squats. I have avoided movements like these for a long time because of my knees, but after 4 or 5 sessions I realized that my knees actually felt a lot better. Now they hardly bother me at all. Who knew? Best of luck on the challenge! Instead of carrying 150% of my body weight for a mile, I will run 13.1 miles this Saturday.

  4. CrossFit is great! I had a group before I moved that we were doing it hardcore. My friend had converted his entire basement and most of his backyard into the ultimate CrossFit pain machine/gym: countless pull-up stations, a 15-foot climbing rope, I don’t know how much in weight (bumper plates, regular plates, kettle bells, medicine balls), at least three bars (maybe more), jump ropes, a rowing machine. The first summer we did it we were ripped INSANE! I haven’t had that much energy or felt that good since…ever. I need to get back to that.

  5. Attempted it last night. Well, some version of it. Ran into technical difficulties early, and anticipate more to come. What to do?

    Did it in my backyard because it was late and thought it might look weird going down the sidewalk doing that at that hour. Where do you do it?

    Doing it in my backyard, I had to just walk lengths of my yard, back and forth. This made me lose valuable strength and time turning so frequently. The turning was miserable.

    Also, I did 185. I cleaned it, and just kind of shrugged it up over my head and onto my shoulders. But that’s going to be a whole different situation come 278. How do you even get it up?

    The ideal situation would seem to be you start out with the weight up on a rack, and have a smooth, flat route that you can walk mostly straight. Either that, or some very strong, very patient spotters on hand.

    I made it (pathetically) about 1/5 mile. With 185. Under ideal circumstances, could have maybe gone a little bit further, but nothing close to a mile, and I was 92.5 shy of the actual challenge weight. I’m not saying it’s not doable, but I would definitely have my work cut out for me.

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