I have had a couple of people this week ask about tire flips. Some exercises become so common that few people take the time to question their validity. Some trainers noticed they looked cool, and thought they are to be used by everyone. Over time, the exercises become glorified and they end up incredibly overrated. But keep in mind that “overrated” does not mean “bad.” It simply means you can get the same training effect with less chance of injury doing countless other exercises. Tire flips are the one that pops out to me. There is no doubt about it, they are fun, they look bad ass, and they are a staple in Strongman competitions….but in my opinion vastly over rated. It is a perfect example of a contest specific skill that gets pulled in because it is difficult and crazy strong people are doing them. The thing that I always notice that almost no one has the hip mobility to do them properly. Just watch the positioning to do them. Lumbar kyphosis (rounded back) to get under the tire almost everytime. It is essentially a CRAZY low sumo deadlift set up. To be clear, it is not that tire flips are bad inherently (just like any other exercise). I have done them plenty of times and had some clients do them for fun. They add variety but just PLEASE make sure you can maintain a neutral pelvis before you do them. Just like any other exercise, you must EARN the ability to do them.