Alright folks, I tried a quick search on this but didn't find anything on it. Has anyone worked out a nice sledgehammer workout?
Why I ask is because a couple of years back I decided to take out a large concrete patio in my backyard. (10 x 15', fucking eight inch pour). Being the masochist that I am I refused to rent a jackhammer, and just busted out my trusty 12 lb sledgehammer and went to town. And damn, if that wasn't just about the toughest workout I've ever done. The first day I couldn't go for more than about 10 minutes until my arms were shaking, my back felt wobbly, and legs felt like they were about to collapse.
Taking out the slab actually ended up taking me about 8 sessions on it, and by the last one I could go for about a half hour before failure, albeit the muscle failure wasn't nearly as catastrophic as the first round. Anyway, during this period of time I had been weight lifting a lot, but during the couple of weeks that I was sledgehammering, I had no extra energy to do so. Yet when I resumed lifting after the slab was thoroughly destroyed, my poundage went up quite substantially bench, cleans, and squats. In addition, my cardio was quite a bit improved as well as explosive power.
After this workout, I actually wanted to continue with it, but alas, had no more concrete to pulverize. So I kind of forgot about it until the other day. I'm watching Pride, and they're doing a special on Fedor, showing his training, etc. As I'm watching, I see him there with a sledgehammer, whacking on a large tire in the dirt. Apparently this is one of his common exercises. So I though, "Damn! If it's good enough for Fedor, it's good enough for me."
I'm looking to resume a sledgehammer routine, and was planning on getting a tire, but unfortunately don't have a nice dirt patch to whack it in. I'm a bit concerned about setting the tire on top the paving stones in our back yard, as if I miss, it'll cause a bit of destruction that the wife won't be too happy about. But I'd really prefer to not have to go somewhere else to do the workout, as it seems like it would be a quick and convenient one that I could do at home.
I was just wondering if anyone had played around with a sledgehammer workout, and if you all had any tips for targets/tires/whatever?