Originally Posted by bruteforce
One thing that might prepare you for the yoke, at least somewhat, is VERY heavy BB walkouts in the rack. The walkouts feel lighter than the actual yoke, and won't really prepare you for trying to run with that much weight, but its at least a start for having 600+ pounds on your back.
Also thought of just getting some tough rope and making a "rope yoke" with a BB, and hanging some plates off it. This also would be more similar to the chain yoke at the contest and if I can't hang with it I just have to lower the bar until the weights on the gound instead of trying to dump it wich is what scares me about just walking around with a loaded barbell.