Lifting stones, originate from Scotland. They were used for centuries as tests of strength in Scotland. Typically, a young man was not welcomed into his clan until he could lift the stone to his waist. Recently, lifting stones (aka Atlas Stones) have often been incorporated into CrossFit competitions. The use of the Atlas Stone has always been a favorite of mine in a CrossFit WOD (workout of the day), perhaps this is because of my Scottish roots, but I think it had more to do with my unique ability to round my back without a lose in tension. Now if you were to ask one of my coaches they may say it had more to do with my lack of technique as a young CrossFitter. I get asked a lot why I like lifting with stones. I would have to say the thing most appealing is the test of raw, brute strength. It is fun. I joke about how much I like to lift things up and put them down, but I think most of us would be lying if you said we didn’t want to see how much more weight you could do during your next stone workout. I highly recommend throwing in a stone workout form time to time if you are looking to increase your killer instincts and improve core strength.