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?
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.
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.
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.