Big ass tires = One hell of a workout

sledgehammer tire training

Every spring I try to think up new cruel and unusual ways to punish my clients. Errr, I mean, implement new, fun, and KICK ASS ways to get an awesome workout — and a workout that breaks up the monotony of normal strength training.

This year, it’s with sledgehammers and tire training.

Don’t get me wrong, traditional strength training is my passion and my primary discipline, but even I — an experienced personal trainer — get bored with workouts from time to time. I work hard to keep my clients’ workouts moving and varied, but no matter how many different combinations of super sets or how much plyometric exercise you put into a workout, it can still get a bit mundane.

Enter the tractor tires

This week I started introducing some of my more intermediate to advanced clients to the tires and sledgehammer. They all looked at me like I was crazy.

I get that look a lot (as any trainer worth their salt SHOULD, btw).

Tire training isn’t all that well-known or popular, but those who experience it usually fall in love quickly. What can you do with tractor tires and a sledgehammer (and some rope)?

A LOT!

Check out this video of a circuit that pretty much incorporates all of the most common tire training exercises. (Note: notice how the guy in the video’s form degrades as he gets tired — I do not let clients get away with erroneous technique…ever.) In addition to these exercises, we’ll be doing LOTS of tire drag variations.

If you don’t enjoy your workout, CHANGE IT!

UFO Grounds Chinese Air Traffic

See. All yall say I’m crazy for believing in the existence of life elsewhere in the cosmos. Well that life got all up in the business of Chinese air traffic late Wednesday night.

According to DailyMail,

A Chinese airport was closed after this mysterious object was spotted in the sky. Arcing over Zhejiang’s provincial capital Hangzhou, the UFO appeared to glow with an eerie white light and left a bright trail in its wake. Xiaoshan Airport was closed after the UFO was detected at around 9 pm and dozens of flights had to be diverted.

Stunned witnesses reported seeing a comet-like fireball in the sky and a number of local residents took photos of the strange ball of light. A local bus driver, giving his name only as Yu, said he had seen a strange glowing object in the sky late on Wednesday afternoon. ‘The thing suddenly ran westwards fast, like it was escaping from something,’ he said.

Here are some images that eye-witnesses captured:

Our TN sinkholes are nothing compared to this giant portal to Hell

I know we’ve had our fair share of random sinkholes recently here in middle TN, but geez, look at this one that opened up in Guatemala City over the weekend!

Giant sinkhole in Guatemala City

“Satan, are you down there? This is a giant-ass sinkhole in Guatemala City that appeared over the weekend after tropical storm Agatha (whore! You're no Cristie) battered Central America with rain.

DOWNPOURS caused by tropical storm Agatha have created a giant sinkhole in Guatemala City, while throughout the country officials have reported 120 people dead and at least 53 missing.

The sinkhole, which formed in the northern part of the capital city, swallowed up a space larger than the area of a street intersection.

Residents said a three-storey building and a house fell into the hole. The residents blamed a poor sewerage system for the sinkhole.”

via Mother Nature, You Bitch: Giant Sinkhole In Guatemala City Swallows Buildings, Road – Geekologie.

Check out more pics of this portal to hell on the above Geekologie link.

Elphaba Ain’t Got Nothing On Damien Walters When It Comes to Defying Gravity

Gravity, what a bitch.

Try telling that to free running/parkour extraordinaire Damien Walters. Check out this amazing video on some sick new stuff he’s working on for 2010:

If free running and extreme sports aren’t your cup of tea, maybe you would feel more comfortable combating the laws of physics along side good ole’ Elphie.

(+10 cultural savvy-ness points if you can name the Elphaba reference….I’ve already claimed my 10, btw.)

Laser Cat

WTF? This is awesome. Fear the wrath of his laser equipped kitty.

Meow.

The sad thing is that I remember this old photo backdrop and I’m pretty sure there is a dated school picture of me in front of it as well.

Blah.

Laser Cat via AwkwardFamily
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