Don’t Do Tire Flips

November 21, 2022 | John Paul Catanzaro

tire flipping

Performing a mixed-grip deadlift can make you susceptible to a biceps injury on the supinated side. Trying to deadlift a heavy tire with both arms supinated increases the risk significantly. That’s why tire flips are so dangerous. You have to deadlift the tire first before you can flip it and if you don’t do it right, you’re going to get injured!

Don’t believe me? Check out how strongman athletes rank tire flips:

Strongman competition and training exercises ranked by strongman athletes (n = 213) from most dangerous to least dangerous. (Winwood et al., 2013)

During a Gym Chat podcast with Josh Hewett, I talked about distal biceps tears and how they seem to be occurring at a greater rate these days… and tire flips are one of the main culprits!

Bottom Line: Proper technique is important for every exercise, but when it comes to tire flips, the risk is just not worth the benefit.