Football is played in short, intense bouts of extreme exertion. When you flip a 900-pound tractor tire for sets of 5, you are only actually under tension for around
15 seconds. Also, the type of energy system and muscle fibers being stimulated during a 15 second tire flip set is similar to that of a lineman holding off a defender or a full back protecting the quarterback.
One of my favorite strong man exercises is the Farmer’s Carry. Many people mistake this exercise for grip training at their first glance. But when you consider that carrying a set of 150 pound dumbbells or farmers bars for 100 feet requires great core, leg, neck, shoulder, ass, calves and earlobes for successful completion you will have GREAT respect for its simplicity and effectiveness.
Farmer’s carries tire flipping, sandbag carries, keg carries and loading do not train muscles, they train movement. Movement under extreme load! Many times an athlete will attend training a few days after a Strong Man Conditioning day at my gym and tell me that they train movement. Movement under extreme load! Many times an athlete will attend training a few days after a Strong Man Conditioning day at my gym and tell me that they are sore in muscles that they didn’t even know they dad.