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 Post subject: sledgehammer workout?
 Post Posted: Sun May 07, 2006 6:27 pm 

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hello all.

i have recently purchased a sledgehammer (12.4lbs) and have been trying to workout an efficient way to incorporate it into my training. right now i am doing it in 3 minute sets. i have a large truck tire that i am using, should i be standing on it or standing on the ground and pounding it? also when i am pounding the tire it just bounces right back in a position ready for me to strike down again, so i feel like i am cheating because i am not using my body to my fullest extent, and i cant feel it in my back, unlike when i use my axe to chop wood. how do you guys do your sledgehammer workouts? any tips to make it harder?


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 Post subject: Sledge
 Post Posted: Sun May 07, 2006 6:55 pm 
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Don't stand on the tire. Stand on the ground and drive the sledge into the tire with all of your strength. Hit it hard and keep a brisk pace. You will get a nice conditioning workout in if you work hard/fast. Your forearms will also be blasted. Once you get good with the 12, move on up to a 16. They are only around $30 at Home Depot. Great tool.

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 Post Posted: Sun May 07, 2006 8:44 pm 
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*Looks at own sledgehammer, thinks it time to go working*

I'm going to try this out... sounds like it could be fun :D , i'll post back on what i think.

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 Post Posted: Sun May 07, 2006 11:00 pm 

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i alternate between a tire and a pit of sand that i made in my backyard. i cant really feel a difference between the 2 but sometimes you have to try to be creative. i built my sandpit in the corner of my yard because my wife hates it. but if you have the space its nice. mine is about 8ft by 4 ft and approx a ft deep. i initially made it for burpees and jumping excercises.


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 Post Posted: Mon May 08, 2006 5:34 am 
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i built my sandpit in the corner of my yard because my wife hates it.


Ha! What our wives go through. My garage is filled with tires, barrels, kegs (for lifting :lol: ), sandbags, weights, etc...

Gotta love it.

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 Post Posted: Mon May 08, 2006 7:40 am 

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You can easily increase the weight of your sledge. One way is to tape on a small ankle weight

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 Post Posted: Mon May 08, 2006 12:46 pm 

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"Ha! What our wives go through. My garage is filled with tires, barrels, kegs (for lifting )"

Ya know I find that a keg that used to be full of killians gives me the best workout Now, that's funny

Ill have to try and make a sand pit. sounds like a good idea

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Hehe, if I have some money left after buying some new gloves and wraps, I'll have to pick one of these suckers up.

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 Post Posted: Mon May 08, 2006 2:33 pm 

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the fact that the wife hates it is more reason to do it in my opinion


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 Post Posted: Mon May 08, 2006 3:29 pm 
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Sledgehammer workouts are one of my favorite kinds. I like to incorporate it into conditioning drills. Try this:

-sledgehammer diagonal swings x10 per side
-hook the hammer head into your tire and drag it backwards 50 yards
-drop to the ground, perform 10 burpees
repeat for a 3 minute round. 4-6 rounds, 1 minute rest.

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