The use of tire flips can greatly enhance your workouts. Tire flips are a great exercise for advanced and developing football
Before doing these types of exercises players should consult their coaches.
The first question that some coaches and players may ask is "Where in the world can I get a huge tire like that?" or they
may ask "How does a person exercise with a tire that huge?"
You can find used tractor tires and fertilizer spreader tires at rural tire shops. You might have a good chance of picking up
the fertilizer spreader tires at the actual place that spreads fertilizer. We just went to our local COOP and ask if they had any
fertilizer spreader tires that they were done with. Eventually we ended up with four and we are currently looking for
Tractor tires are great for flip type workouts. The fertilizer spreader tires are good for even more drills including an entire
workout for offensive linemen and defensive players.
The difference between the tractor tires and fertilizer spreader (huge truck) tires is the thickness as you can see in the
photos. The spreader tires are not as low when lying flat.
The first exercise is the "Football Flip." In the summer we do 3 sets of 12 flips during a workout. During the season we will
do timed flips. During the season we usually do two sets of flips. The first set is times between 30 and 40 seconds. The
second set is usually about 20 seconds. We also incorporate "Torque Rolls" into our seasonal workouts.
When doing these flips as a team the players should stand on either side of the tire making sure that there is enough room
for the tire to land before the next player goes. We use this method instead of using a line of players on one or more tires
because it prevents players from getting hit from behind by the next player to go.
This is a very good starting point. The back is strait,
thumbs are up, and elbows are slightly in. Here the
player has his knees bent and his feet are a little wider
than his shoulders for a good base.
Keeping his back strait the player has used
leverage to lift the top of the tire. You can see that
his thumbs are still up and his elbows are in.
The player has used momentum to accelerate
the tire upwards during the lift. The tire is
almost upright at this point. You can see the
hands of the player coming off the top of the tire.
As the tire topples over the player resets
himself and punches the outside rim at the
top. As he does this he takes a lunge step to
reset himself for another flip.
This type of flip is a very good workout that
is football specific. Because players are
taught thumbs up, elbows in, and bent knees
they can develop power, strength, and
explosion while in the correct body position.
This is another reason I like the spreader
The next exercise is called "Dead Flips"
It is of utmost importance that players keep their backs strait no matter what type of flips they are doing.
Here the player bends until he can reach
the bottom of the tire with his hands. You
can see that he still keeps his back strait.
Using his legs the player springs upwards
lifting the tire and keeping his back strait. You
can see that he maintains leverage with his
chest and arms.
At this point the player pretty much owns the tire
but his job is not done.
Here the player has reset his grip and
repositioned his body by sinking his hips and
bending at the knees.
Now the player is in a position to lunge forward
and complete the exercise with what we call a
"throw." This ends much like the "Football Flip"
with the player in a position to make another flip.
Players will tend to find a rhythm to the flip. Finding a rhythm means they will learn to lunge at just the right time to
catch the back end of the tire on it's way up. This makes it much easier for the player. To counter this, if you decide to,
you can do "Dead Flips," you can make them hesitate between flips, or you can have them partner up and take turns
flipping the tire while facing each other.
These tires weigh more than most people might think they do. You need to make sure that the players are focusing on
what they are doing and that they are doing these exercises correctly.
Done correctly tire flips can add some awesome exercises to your workouts and drills.
Copyright 2013 BigN2Football
1010 10th. St.
Snyder Ok. 73566