In 2018, no city had more construction jobs than Los Angeles. That means general contractor Deus Scott, who starts work at 4:00 A.M., often hustles between job sites. He’s laid foundations for high-rises and rebuilt Hollywood homes. Each day resembles a makeshift CrossFit competition: One moment Scott might lug a pair of 60-pound table saws a few hundred yards; the next, he’s balancing a 100-pound air conditioner on his burly shoulder and climbing a six-foot ladder so two men can grab it from him.
When he’s not lifting, he’s challenging his mobility, squeezing his 6'2", 190-pound frame into crawl spaces to redo electrical wiring. “I’ve had extremes of working 36 hours straight,” he says. The last time that happened, he went home, slept six hours, then went back to work.
How to carry like a contractor
You’ve done farmer’s carries but not like this: Grab 2 dumbbells or kettlebells and hold them overhead, core and glutes tight. Walk as far as you can, then lower to shoulder height and repeat. Then lower to your sides and repeat. Start light and try to work up to 50-pound bells over time.
This story originally appeared in the May 2020 issue of Men’s Health.
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