Big Strong Guys Flipping Tires


Bigger…Faster…Stronger. Vern we need to flip those huge tires so we can become better athletes! Look at those guys on ESPN, strong man contest. They are HUGE…STRONG…FAST….now those guys are athletes!!!

In response to this, I am not sure if it was serious or in jest so I will answer it like it was a serous comment. Strongman competition is a sport unto itself. In football think of the time needed to express force. It seldom exceeds 1 to 2 seconds. That is how long you have to deliver a blow and most of the time it is a one time effort. Consider how long it takes to develop maximum strength. Give those considerations where would you put tire flipping in an American football players program? Would it be viable to use for every position? It keeps coming back to context. What is the context of the drill or exercise? Where and how does it fit into the bigger picture? Just because it is hard does not mean it will transfer. Getting strong is easier than learning how to apply the strength. If tire flipping helps to apply the strength to the game – then go for it! Ultimately though more tire flipping makes you a better tire flipper!

Vern Gambetta

Vern Gambetta

Director at Gambetta Sports Training Systems
Vern is the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He has been the a conditioning coach for several MLS teams as well as the conditioning consultant to the US Men's World Cup Soccer team. Vern is the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. He has lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe and has authored six books and over one hundred articles related to coaching and sport performance in a variety of sports. He has a BA in teaching with a coaching minor and an MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.
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