Burpees at 70+

Last night I received a question about exercises that could be performed with a tire. A man had come across a few tires and was wondering if he could use them for training. My response was what it always is when asked about training with tires. I referred him to a past entry.

Low-Tech/High-Effect Tire Training

Within the link, you will see several tire exercises demonstrated by a man who at the time was in his 60s.

As I looked back at the old link, I realized that it had been a few years since I posted it to the blog. Curiosity got the best of me and I decided to look at the Youtube channel where the tire video was first uploaded. I was interested to see if Dominic was still posting videos.

In doing so, I came across the video below which was posted a few days ago. Take a look as a 70+ year old man demonstrates a nice burpee variation.

It is great to see a man in his 70s who continues to thrive in a low-tech environment. He remains in better shape than most men half his age. Those who have been fooled to believe that you need a fancy facility to get in shape can certainly learn from this man’s example.


“If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” – Bruce Lee


  1. Soon as my ankle heals I’m going to start performing burpees like that young “old” dude. Kicking the legs up like a donkey has got to be much harder and will definitely get your heart rate up even higher than conventional burpees. Sometimes I’ll look around at people my age(50)who could care less about fitness(and it shows), who eat anything and anytime they want, and I ask myself why bother. I’ll lose motivation and start hitting the fast food joints, laying off training for a couple of weeks,and justify my behavior by telling myself I’m only 5 years from being old enough to get a Senior Citizens Discount at local restaurants. It really is soooo easy to workout when you’re competing in a sport, or you’re in your 20’s & 30’s, and can train balls to the walls and you’re constantly making gains. I’ve been doing some type of fitness routine now for better than 36 years and I’ve seen a lot of my friends drop training decades ago but I think it’s just a major part of my life now. Through all of those years of ups and downs, twists and turns, one of the main constants in my life that has helped me keep my sanity is physical exercise. Yes sir, you really have to be a tough bastard to grow old and still keep training even when your peak was long ago.

  2. Just watched the “tire” video and I’m amazed at how popular some obscure old school training tools have become in the last 10-15 years or so. I’ve read decades ago Judo Gene Lebell while running on a track would take a tire and sling it like a discus/hammer throw and then sprint, pick up the tire and repeat over and over. Also when Herschel Walker put out his first fitness book in the mid 80’s, he demonstrated putting shot puts inside a tire that was tied around his waist for sprints. Climbing ropes, kettlebells, tires, sledgehammers, bodyweight training,etc. things that were tucked away in attics, junkyards, or scoffed at as antiquated relics have certainly become staples in mainstream fitness programs in this new century.

  3. I can definitely attest that a tire is a great workout tool. What Dominic demonstrated shows that only we are limited by our imaginations and innovativeness! Great video!

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