Flipping tyres and changing routines

Flipping tyres and changing routines

Hello All. Hope you have been having a good week. Hope you have been meeting it with a strong arm and a grin 💪😊

First off the bat though, you might be wondering if the spelling of tyre. My understanding is that the US spells it as tire and the UK as tyre. As I am in the UK it’s tyre, so apologies for confusions.

So spare tyres (love handles) and flipping tyres. This week I caught up with an old friend and went to a steel and sawdust gym. Was a pretty manly gym. We did some weights and then finished with tyre flipping. Now I have always seen tyre flipping but never tried it. And I loved it. I felt it worked everything. I could feel my legs working, core working, top half working. I think I also liked it as it was a break from routine.

So what are the benefits of tyre flipping?

Firstly, it’s a full-body stimulator. There isn’t a single muscle this exercise won’t recruit and strengthen, including stabilising muscles, which is something traditional barbell and dumbbell movements can’t claim. I find it’s particularly beneficial for contact sport athletes as a bridge between the weights room and the playing field.

It helps develop force from the ground up, because all flips require an explosive lower-body drive that extends up into triple extension and through the hands. Tyre flipping can also be used to develop endurance, benefiting athletes and non-athletes alike.

Finally, tyre flipping helps develop a formidable level of mental toughness – it’s not something you can approach casually. Suitably weighted tyres require total commitment and complete application, and in my experience the best results always come from such effort. 

There is a lot online which you can read up about tyre flipping and as a way to finish a workout or as part of a circuit workout, it looks and feels with massive benefits.

In reflection I think another reason why I liked it is that it was new and a break from routine. I have been keeping to a pretty consistent weight training schedule for weeks and whilst it has shown results, I have found myself thinking of adapting it due to routine fatigue.

Changing up the routine is a great way to keep the exercises interesting and to keep your body adapting and on its toes.

Truth is, just about every workout routine that isn’t completely terrible will work to some degree as long as you provide the time and consistency needed for it to work. If you keep changing things, that just can’t happen.

Now, does that mean you should NEVER change your workout routine? Of course not.

You most certainlyshould change things, but only when it makes sense to do so.

It could be suggested that there are 4 potential reasons why a person may change up their exercise routine:

  1. If what you’re doing stops working for an extended period of time. This is really the #1 (and most obvious) reason to change your workout routine in some way: when it is no longer doing what it’s supposed to do and producing the results it’s supposed to produce. (And of course, make sure you’re being sane here. If you have crazy unrealistic goals and expectations, no program will ever produce the results you want it to produce.)
  2. If your goals change. For example, if your primary goal was always strength related, and now your primary goal has switched to building muscle or losing fat or anything else (or vice-versa), changes should be made to your program to reflect the changes in your goals.
  3. If you get really bored. If you become so bored to death with what you’re doing that it’s beginning to hurt your motivation to train, then it’s time to change something to bring your interest/desire/motivation back. (Again, you need to be realistic here too. You can’t act like you “get bored” with a workout after a week or two. In that case, you just need to suck it up and stop being a baby.)
  4. If something out of your control requires a change. Meaning, let’s say some outside reason presents itself and forces you to change something. For example, if a change in your schedule warrants a change in your workout, or if you have some sort of injury that prevents you from doing something you are currently doing.

In closing, it can be suggested that changing up a routine has several benefits. My goals are still to lose weight but I was teetering on point 3 (getting bored), so tyre flipping was new and exciting and rejuvenated my exercise programme, and it will be something I may be looking to incorporate into my future training programmes. If you want to change up your exercise routine, always ask a professional.

I hope that has been of some help. Remember: it’s a journey. It will take time. Have patience in the process. You will get there. Until then, stay happy, stay healthy, and have a lovely weekend wherever you are on the planet.

A bit about the author:I am a guy who is (nearly) 40, who is sharing a journey of weight management and wellbeing.I am also a mental health professional with a wealth of years of experience in supporting individuals who have challenging mental illnesses and personality disorders. Prior to my current professional role, I spent several years supporting members of the community as a fitness professional, assisting individuals with weight loss and health improvement programmes.I completed a PGDip in Mental Health Nursing in 2013, and an MSc in Advanced Practice in 2016 in which I looked at improving nurses’ level of engagement with patients with challenging personality disorders. In 2018 I successfully undertook a Clinical reasoning in Physical Assessments course with the view to start studying toward becoming an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in late 2019.In 2015 I also undertook a Mentorship for practice (BSc Hons) course and have been supporting future nurses with their training and development. I have also recently supported a Healthcare Assistant Staff toward training in and successfully passing and achieving a Foundation Degree in Mental Health Nursing.In my current role I am a person looking to support the physical and mental health and wellbeing of the individual. As part of my role within the health services in supporting individuals with mental health care needs, I am also currently looking to develop myself as a Wellness Coach, to support the individual with weekly wellness blogs, with the view to support individuals on a 1:1 basis as well as holding motivational lectures and seminars. 


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