Are Tire Flipping and Log Presses Effective for Training?

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Question: I have seen the big tires on strongman shows and even at your gym. I really don’t understand how tires can be all that effective for training. Is there a real reason for them other than they are challenging and are used in strongman competitions?
Answer: Tire flipping, along with other “strongman” stunts have proven to have very positive training effects and transfer easily to the playing field when used in conjunction with more traditional training systems. In the 1970’s, high school athletes were still being told that weight training would make you stiff and muscle bound due to mistaken belief that bodybuilders with their overblown musculature were slow and not flexible. Professional athletes who were successful in the weight room, like Mike Webster, from the Pittsburgh Steelers became leaders in innovating changes in training for other athletes. Michael Jordan was another workhorse in the weight room showing basketball players the benefits of off season training and even in season training.
Tires are simply another form of resistance training. Some of the staple exercises for building synergistic strength, exercises to help different muscles groups coordinate movement, are heavy compound movements like deadlifts, squats, cleans and push/presses. Interestingly enough, a tire flip combines three of those exercises, deadlifts, cleans and push/presses. In one rep you have to explosively get the tire up off the ground, clean to your shoulders while changing your hand position and drive it forward. It’s a lot like what football players do on every play of every game. How about the sled drag? While it is true players are not going to be pulling anything backwards going down field, the exercise requires huge core strength and if you don’t have it you will develop it with this exercise. Log presses or barrel presses are both very unstable and to do the movement correctly requires your core to be very involved to get it from the ground to over your head. Nothing on any playing field in sports is stable so training with unstable movement translates very well to any playing field. All the core strength developed from these exercises works well with football,baseball, basketball, lacrosse, tennis and track. Taking the time to build more athletic players, build core strength makes better players in any sport. Use the equipment in the gym to learn explosive exercises and begin to build core and general strength then move it outside for fun challenging workouts.
Check the BodyUnlimited Facebook Page for 3 recently posted videos of:
Leg Presses,
Tire Flips, and
Log Presses!
God bless and keep training,
Daryl

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