“You need to feel the muscle work” is a saying that’s common in the fitness world. Feel a muscle contract and common sense says that it’s being targeted and taxed. However, an exercise that one person feels may not yield the same effect for another lifter. One move that forces this contractile feeling better than most exercises around is the Svend press, the namesake exercise of 2001 World’s Strongest Man winner Svend Karlsen. That’s right, a man renowned for pressing logs overhead and loading Atlas stones invented a move that requires 20 pounds — tops.
Don’t be fooled.