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    Jetacid is offline Senior Member
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    Default How do I get stronger at those "hammer" carnival games?

    All right, here's my story:
    You know those games at arcades/carnivals where you have to hit some button with a hammer as hard as you can and you try to make a bell or some light reach the very top?

    Well, I tried one of those yesterday, made it around 3/4 to the top. I'm disappointed with myself because I really thought I could have hit the hammer, which was a bit heavy, a lot harder than that. Seeing other adults hit it much higher, I am now inspired to get better at it because it seems that it's the really strong dudes that can hit it all the way to the top.

    Is there technique to it? Is there some program, or some exercises I can do to get stronger at smashing with a hammer? =P

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    Tell the carny to get his foot off the lever when you're doing it ;-).

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    Two handed and one handed sledge striking.
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    Hardstyle Swings.

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    You need exercises that tie the core together through the anterior chain. Hanging leg raises will help. So will sledgehammering (no surprise there). The rolling ab wheel might help as well. Also, condition your grip to resist explosive force. The kettlebell snatch is a good choice.

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    mwalker is offline Junior Member
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    My husband's video on technique for this. Win prizes in no time.

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    Shop here.

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    Jason-HKC is offline Senior Member
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    Quote Originally Posted by bwwm View Post
    Tell the carny to get his foot off the lever when you're doing it ;-).
    I've seen 240+ lbs grown men fail... (including myself) Followed by 6-7 year old kids easily making it...

    The reason above is what I determined to most likely be the cause.

    Best advise, don't be a sucker.

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    I roofed houses during the summer when I was in high school. I would tear off old shingles with a flat head shovel, carry the new shingles up a ladder, and then put the new shingles on. Oh yeah, and carried arm loads of old shingles to the edge of the roof to throw in a trailor. Talk about functional strength! Each old shingle was held on by four nails spaced across the width of the shingle. I got pretty good getting into rythem with the shovel knocking out the old nails. I could do all four nails in probably a little more than a second, and repeat for hours. I only weighed around 135-140 at the time. Went to Six Flags and tried my hand at this. The first try I missed the bell three times in a row. Got back in line and missed the bell two times in a row but hit the bell the third try. I had the technique down by then. Came back later that day. There was a big muscular guy in front of me, probably outweighed me by 75 pounds. He missed the bell three times in a row. I was next in line and rang the bell three times in a row. The big guy in font of me looked behind him as he walked away and shook his head while his friend laughed and pointed at me ringing the bell. I think the secret was I had wiry strength, was fast and loose, and after a few tries had the timing of the hammer down.

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    Chris Hansen is offline Senior Member
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    You have to play the game often enough to figure out how to hit it. If you hit it just right it goes right up. I don't think it's about strength at all.

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