We often get asked, “Can you use a steel mace for tire slams?”. The short answer is yes. The long answer explains why. In this article, we will go over the purpose of tire slams and why the steel mace is the best tool for the job.
If you are looking for the best in functional strength and conditioning, then the tire slam is a good find. This is one of the oldest forms of training around and is now a staple that’s producing fantastic results in athletic training.
Tire slams move you through all 3 planes of motion, targeting your core, shoulders, back, grip, and damn near every muscle in your body. After an intense tire slam workout, you will be sore for days. This is full body conditioning at its finest.
Tire slam training aims to ready individuals, with a baseline in strength, power, endurance, and mobility. Weighted slams develop muscles while improving conditioning. A great swing incorporates muscles from your legs all the way up to your shoulders.
The shock effect of slamming a training tool into a tire also aids in strengthening of tendons and joints. One of the exceptional benefits of tire slams is the ability to train explosively through multiple planes of motion. Training explosiveness and power in multi-planes will directly correlate to an improved performance in a variety of athletic activities.
Now, what tools can you use for tire slams?
Your options are as limited as your creativity, but for the sake of this article (and safety), you can choose from a sledgehammer or a Steel Mace.
We choose the steel mace. Every. Damn. Time.
Why is the steel mace the best for tire slams?
Can you use the mace on other surfaces?
Yes. Sand, grass, or other soft surfaces; all good. See our Steel Mace Slam video in the Sonoran Desert below.
Steel Maces are much more versatile
Moreover, a steel mace is much more versatile than a sledgehammer, you can do tons of exercises with a steel mace that a sledgehammer wouldn't be as ideal for due to lever length and the head of the sledge.
A steel mace is great for a lot more than just a tire workout.
The 16 Best Steel Mace Exercises (tire slams not included - but they surely belong on top of the best steel mace exercises)
What size steel mace is right for you?
Tire Slam examples from Instagram:
Slams in the desert.
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