Why Tires Flips Are Awesome
Without getting into the science too much, I’ll try to briefly explain how flipping a tire really works.
Why are tires a unique workout tool?
It comes down to two things you are hard pressed to find in other work out tools: (1) flipping a tire completely uses multiple muscle groups from both the upper and lower body; (2) the force required to move the tire reduces as you lift it. This is important because the proper technique for lifting a tire is a three stage lift. The first stage is a deadlift. The second stage is a hang power clean. The third stage is a simple shove, akin to a benchpress. The resistance drops through each stage, which is good! You can deadlift more than you clean, and you can clean more than you can push. Make sense? Now does anyone know of any equipment that does the same thing? How about one that you can also hit repeatedly with a sledgehammer? Or one you can also use as a jump box? Didn’t think so.
So let me explain how the tire can accomplish being awesome as described above: (1) tires are made of a very resistant material that can be abused and stored anywhere; (2) old used tires are cheaper than getting specialty made equipment; (3) the physics of a tires shape contribute to all this.
Let’s explore all that physics.
WARNING! It’s about to get nerdy!