We met two of the workers in the middle of the tyre yard. It was like an arena of sorts, full of nothing but concrete and tyres. The first tyre they pulled down on the forklift looked pretty damned big.
I volunteered to go first, and it took what seemed like a lifetime to flip that beast. I wrestled it up and finally pushed it over. It felt like a street fight, and I was crushed after that one rep. My training partner tried to flip the tyre, with no luck, so we reluctantly asked the forklift operator to pull down a smaller tyre.
FLIPPING TYRES IS AN ACTIVITY THAT’S WORTH YOUR TIME, BUT EVEN MORE THAN THAT, WORTH YOUR RESPECT.
This tyre was 400 or 500 pounds, and we took turns flipping it for 10 or 15 minutes. The two tyre-yard workers watched us as they smoked cigarettes. We hesitated to admit it, but pretty quickly, we were done. That’s when the guys put down their cigarettes and said they’d finally show us how to flip tyres.
They tore through those tyres with ease. Where my friend and I struggled to manage 2-3 reps, these guys flipped them for 5 and 6 reps with ease.
I laughed, but deep down, I was embarrassed and angry—angry that my friend and I looked strong and impressive by “normal” standards, but our ability to demonstrate that strength outside of the gym was subpar.
Since then, I’ve flipped a lot of tyres, and I’ve taught a lot of people to do it as well. It’s an activity that’s worth your time, but even more than that, worth your respect. Here’s where to start.
Fitness is not about being better than someone else… IT IS ABOUT BEING BETTER THAN YOU USED TO BE.
When you’re finished with your workout, hang from a pull-up bar and simply relax. Then, walk on the treadmill or outside for about 15 minutes to improve circulation and ensure that your arms recover adequately.
Do this routine two to three days a week, but vary the volume of sets based on feel.
But, don’t stop after the workout ends. Use your arms throughout the day: make a fist, lift objects, glove up and hit a bag, carry your office bag with your grip, not your shoulder.
Here’s how it works:
Perform the first three moves one after another (Handstand Pushup Hold, Pledge Plank, Barbell Curl).
Rest 45-60 seconds between exercises.
That’s one set. Do up to 5-8 sets of these. Then, move on to the final two moves. Complete as many sets as possible with 30 seconds rest maximum. “You go until your form breaks, meaning you have nothing left”