When I toured my new gym; I was intrigued to see two tires. I have never had access to big tires. As soon as I saw them I started sizing them up. I haven't tried this before so I did what we all do... I watched a Youtube video. But instead of just watching any yahoo that uploads a video, I made sure my source was reliable. I watched a tire flipping tutorial by Pro Strongman Andy Deck.
I warmed up with the small tire, then went after the monster. I got 3 singles. The first one I wasn't sure I'd get - so I didn't bother setting up a video. But I got the 2nd and 3rd. Obviously, the form has room for improvement - it was the opposite of explosive and I see a little flexion in my spine. I was a bit frustrated at how difficult it was. But I was glad I was able to get it off the ground. As seen on the video I had a tough time figuring out the grip. Not sure I ever got it. I think I just kind of cupped the tread and squeezed - which destroyed my grip (or) maybe combining the tire flips with deadlifts killed my forearms. Either way - ouch!
This felt tough and I failed on the 4th & 5th attempt. The tire is a Toyo tire. I was extremely curious of the weight of the tire. I wrote down the details stamped on the side and scoured the internet and I could find similar but not the exact type of tire. So I emailed the manufacturer. And they responded, "A new 26.5-25 28 ply G18 weighs 452kg." For our kilo intolerant friends that's roughly 996 lbs. That made me feel a little better about it's toughness.