The sledgehammer as an implement comes with a strong sense of theatre. It reminds us of tough people who earned their strength in tough professions; breaking rocks on the chain gang and demolition. It also makes you think of breaking that task – or that opponent – into pieces, one blow at a time.
Chopping wood has traditionally been a popular conditioning exercise for boxers. The sledgehammer and tyre is far more practical – and less messy – in a modern setting. It’s also safer and a lot more forgiving if you are tired and miss the target.
Driving a sledgehammer into a tyre is also beneficial because of the rebound after striking. Having to control the implement will develop balance and awareness at point-of-contact.
While it employs the muscles usually associated with triple extension of the posterior chain, the sledgehammer works them in reverse, which is more relevant to striking or taking-down an opponent in a wrestling context. Sledgehammer training will also develop core and rotational strength, cardiovascular fitness as well as providing rigorous conditioning for the wrists, arms, and shoulders. The sledgehammer can also be swung in different ways to unite different movement patterns.
Sledgehammers from Iron Edge are available at three weights: 5, 10 and 15 kilos. Iron Edge hammers are engineered for exercise, rather than labor; the hammer is a steel head,welded to a steel shaft for unbreakable reliability. The shaft is finished with a light knurling to provide a grip.
A: The handle is 92cm long, the head is 8cm long.
A: The best practice is to use them on tyres as they're incredibly durable and absorb most of the shock. If you don't have access to a tyre you could substitute some thick rubber matting or similar.
A: It's not recommended.
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