For those guys that actually delight in splitting wood for home use, just because you think its a good form of workout, you just may be right after all.
According to former competitive lumberjack Brett McLeod, "If you split enough wood, you’ll be as strong as the ax you swing.”
"Before you start hacking at the trees behind your house, you’ll need a splitting block (a large log) to rest under the wood you’re splitting as a safety catch for the ax", McLeod says.
Also, choose a heavier ax that provides a bigger head (and a better workout).
In case you have been considering joining the wood splitting team, or you may have been indulging, heres how to do it right:
To start, stand with your legs wider than shoulder-width apart. With one hand at the bottom of the handle and one at the top, raise the ax straight above your head; slide the top hand down as you swing, and hit the wood on its front edge. Repeat.
Although your biceps, abs, and shoulders will burn, you’ll feel like a man. So there you have your answer. its definitely good workout.
So you just may have been doing it right all along. This is definitely a good excuse to keep up the good work.