Nice timing on this post. I normally include carries at the end of some of my workouts (generally about 2/week), but in April I'm changing things up and doing a whole month dedicated exclusively to carries, pushes, and pulls. Everything I do will involve moving weights of some kind from one point to another, rather than performing any stationary lifts. There's not really any logic or progression to it, but it will provide some much-needed variety and challenging fun for me, as I plan to use quite an assortment of implements and methods of moving them.
Once April is over I will return to a more conventional training schedule with frequent carries as finishers. My preference is to cycle between different carry styles (farmer's, waiter's, suitcase, Zercher, etc.) each time, and to alternate between heavy weights for short distance and lighter for time/distance. Carries for time are great for muscle endurance and fat-burning, but regular very-heavy carries do great things for improving maximum strength. Some of each style is the best of both worlds, at least for me.
For heavy carries I usually use a trap bar, since I can safely load that up as heavy as I can possibly move. Occasionally, for extra work on grip and stabilizing, I go with a barbell in either hand (some day I'll make actual farmer's walk implements). If neither of those are an option for you, your kettlebells are still great for conditioning, and the unequal weights definitely work the stabilizing muscles. For a really crazy core challenge, use bands or bungee cords to hang the 'bells from a bar and do Zercher or overhead carries.
Have fun with your training. I am impressed that you have the energy to do your physical job and still train like that. Keep up the great work!
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