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!

Chewbacca and Ewoks rock out to “Welcome To The Jungle”

I love me some Wookies and Ewoks and rock. Watch the whole thing for the Jawa drum line at the end. Nice. Via Geeks Are Sexy (and they are, I might add. ;-) )

rockstar chewbacca

Kid-Friendly Fatalities…Kind of

As a long-time gamer and an old-school fan of the Mortal Kombat franchise, I think this is just epic.

Geeks Are Sexy says, “Mortal Kombat fatalities are not what we could actually call ‘kid-friendly’, but these from Youtube user Eric Power almost make the whole thing look cute. Almost.”

[VIDEO] Teenage Mutant Ninja JEDI Bear

Remember that awesome Teenage Mutant Ninja Bear from the Hiroshima Zoo? Some creative folks have now gone and Jedified it…and you know what a huge Star Wars fan I am.

Check it out:

After watching those videos, one thing appears to be clear….bears must have some sort of molecular anomaly hidden within their DNA that renders them impervious to the business end of lightsabers. Perhaps an abnormally high midi-chlorian count?

[via Mashable]

[VIDEO] Teenage Mutant Ninja…Bear?

This is a video of a bear at the Hiroshima Zoo named Cloud. Cloud is trying out for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and wants to work the bō staff like Donatello. He’s good too. The Youtube user that shot video claims it has NOT been sped up or altered in away way.



via LOLWUT?!: Teenage Mutant Ninja…Bear? – Geekologie.

Bert & Ernie Gangsta Rap

I have to wonder if this is somewhat how I came across during my brief gangsta rap phase in high school.

Seriously, Bert and Ernie are hardcore t-h-u-g fo life…

Thanks to my bud Derek Markham for this

A Creative Couple’s Star Wars Baby Announcement

Tuesday was Star Wars day, and Geeks are Sexy found an incredibly creative video in which a couple edited a clip from Episode IV: A New Hope to announce their pregnancy.

Awesomeness. Here’s what Geeks are Sexy says:

A couple using the Death Star trench run scene from Episode IV to announce that they’ve got twins on the way? Now that’s what I call awesome.

via Star Wars Baby Announcement.

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.)

Let’s hear it for the New Dorks

Finally, we blogging, twittering, social media loving geeks who make our living on the interwebs have a corky (cool+dorky) theme song.

Let’s hear it for the New Doooo-ooooo-ooorks…

LEGO Lightsaber Duel

The folks over at Geekologie have uncovered an unbelievable LEGO stop motion lightsaber battle of epic proportions. I dare you not to watch it…

And if that weren’t awesome enough on its own, I give you the Darth Vader disco ball, via DVICE