Is there anything more ‘functional' than carrying heavy stuff?
Most of us have to carry things for distance much more often than we have to lift something really heavy. That could be groceries, tools, children or even tired partners!
While walking with something ( or someone! ) heavy looks simple, there’s a lot going on behind the scenes. You need full body stability including a braced core in order to maintain a high level of muscular tension for a prolonged period of time.
From a fitness perspective this stronger, tighter core will give you a much more powerful base for running fast, jumping high and performing heavy lifts.
Put simply, carries are a phenomenal way of building core strength and stability, improving grip strength and building bulletproof shoulders and back.
PS: Did you hear about the boat carrying red paint and the boat carrying blue paint crashing into each other?
The crews were marooned.