I have dedicated this year to taking my fitness to a lifetime high and I am having a great time in doing so! While working my amazing Strength Coach, I have been exposed to wide range of full body exercises. One of them – my favorite…is tire flipping!
This exercise is pretty straight forward. The tire is one it’s side and you have to stand it up and then push it over, and then repeat – over and over and over again! This is extremely intense on your legs, shoulders, lower and upper back, abs…everything! I love it. When I started, I was flipping over the 450lb tire, now I have graduated to the 750lb!
It sounds unreal, but oddly enough it is extremely possible – for anyone! While learning how to lift this humongous and intimidating tire I had multiple epiphanies just fire off while I was mid lift. I will do my best to document it here.
3 things I learned from flipping over a 750lb tire:
1. Get right up on it! You can’t lift or do anything with the tire from a distance or even from close range – you have to be right up on it, YOU HAVE TO BE ALL IN! Even if you have the right form, technique and attitude; if you are not all in, if you are not fully committed – you are going to come up short. I realized that the closer I was to the tire the easier it was to lift, I realized that when I was my most stressed at work was when I learned the most about meditation, saunas and yoga – I realized that the closer I was to the problem, the closer I was to the solution.
2. Don’t panic! Ever! So, when you initially lift the tire of the ground and you are trying to get it past your knee (so you can then use your knee to drive it into the tire to keep the momentum going forward and up), it can be very east to panic. For a split second, or more, you have 750lbs on your thigh area and it is extremely uncomfortable, EXTREMELY! If you panic the tire is going nowhere but probably down and slamming on your feet! However, if you stay calm and follow the instructions you will fight through it and somehow be able to push it over. I realized that when I panicked, it was over before it even got started and when I didn’t panic, I fought a good fight and somehow found a way to prevail. I realized that being and feeling uncomfortable is not the end of the world and that it is actually very empowering to become comfortable in uncomfortable situations. And having a 750lb tire leaning on your thighs is one of the most uncomfortable situations I have been put in! Don’t panic, instead trust in your training, experience and knowledge and always believe that you are stronger and better than you think! Keep pushing!
3. Let your inner voice encourage you, LOUDLY & RELENTLESSLY! My inner voice was the loudest it has ever been. While I was walking up to the tire I kept saying, “I can do this”, I can really do this”, “I am going to this!” I was saying this louder and louder and louder as I got closer! I was conditioning myself to believe it! While I was flipping the tire the voice got much quieter and my “OH SH!T!” voice began to take over! As soon as that happened, my brain wanted to panic and my flight or fight response was saying run! At that point, I reclaimed control of my inner voice, (which was easy due to what I saying while approaching the tire) and went back to the loop of “I CAN DO THIS! IT’S ALREADY DONE!” I realized that our voice of doubt is always present and that’s fine; however, we must make a conscious effort to silence and drive it out with our most empowering one.
I took clear control of my thoughts, voice, concentration and power and flipped the tire 10 times.
It was a personal best and my body and mind have never felt stronger! What a day!
Special thanks to Joey Kopito of Gridiron Inc., for another mentally and physically challenging session. Thank you for bringing the best out of me!