Recently, I published a short video about how I was swinging a sledgehammer outside against a semi-closed tire. After this message, I received a few setup questions. Some wanted to know why I had bothered to bury a tire in the ground, while others wanted to know how I secured it and how durable it was. With this in mind, I will explain my reasoning about the funeral of the tire, how I buried it, and how well it is proven. I will also highlight one key difference between the hidden tire and my larger tractor tire.
Outdoor demonstration sledgehammer
First, look at the video previously mentioned. In it, you will see that I work with a higher set of replicas, where I constantly press on the tire.
Long ago, blog readers can remember how this tire was before. I first wrote to bury him back in 2013. Five years later, the tire remains safe, despite regular beatings with a lot of sledgehammers and athletes.
As you can see in the picture above, I started by digging a hole that was a little deeper than half the tire. Then the hole was filled with a mixture of dirt, gravel and stones of moderate size. Upon completion, I landed firmly to make sure that dirt, gravel, and rocks were packed.
Initially, I was not sure that the tire would be canceled from normal use. Several readers even suggested that I had to use cement to fasten a tire. Fortunately, their assumptions turned out to be false. After five years of regular use, the tire remains firmly buried in the ground. Even the unpredictable weather in New England did not cause any problems. Whether it was snowing in the winter, raining in the spring, hot and humid in the summer, or windy in the autumn, the tire never budged.
First, I buried a tire on top of a hill that I cleared a few years ago for sprints (see here). As many of you know, mountain sprints and a fist hammer swing are two of my favorite workouts. Adding a tire to the top of my hill allowed me to combine the two. I even installed a stand next to the tire, which led to one of my favorite conditioning schemes.
- Sprint hill
- 5 pull-ups
- 10 sledge hammers on each side
- Repeat 10 times
One key difference
When I initially buried the tire, I was only thinking about waving a sledgehammer when I was running over the hills. However, over time, I noticed the difference between my outdoor tire and a large tire for tractors, which is located inside my gym. The tractor tire is higher, therefore a faster pace is ensured (the range of motion is reduced).
An example is given below. My pace is faster than what you see in the open video published above.
Based on the faster paces that I can achieve indoors, I prefer to use the tractor's tire for accurate and full speed intervals (for example, as many swings as possible in 1 minute). However, I will use the outside tire when I swing a sledgehammer for longer sets (or as part of a circuit). For example, I can swing a light sleigh continuously for several 3-minute rounds. I prefer the lower tire for this option, as the pace is naturally a bit slower. And although the difference may seem insignificant, this is what is noticeable after hundreds and hundreds of vibrations on each tire.
Thus, if you are looking for an inexpensive training session, then you will need a partially hidden tire and sledgehammer. A partially buried tire is especially useful for those who do not have room to store a large tire for a tractor.
As far as efficiency is concerned, few training exercises can struggle with the rapid sweep of a sledgehammer. This is one of the exercises that you will never outgrow. I first shook the sledgehammer more than 25 years ago, and it still puts me in my place. If you swing a sledge multiple times, for rounds or as part of a chain, it’s just a matter of time before the sledgehammer catches you.
"Between saying and the execution of many shoes is worn." – Italian proverb