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Old 04-27-2013, 10:17 AM   #1
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Sled Pulling

Hey guys

Has anyone much experience with sled pulling. I know a couple of people who love it and are following an upper/lower routine based solely around sled work.

Just wondered your experiences?

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Old 04-27-2013, 12:36 PM   #2
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Re: Sled Pulling

I use it for light conditioning and recovery work. If the weather is reasonable 1-3 sessions a week. Usually the day after heavy lifting.

For more metabolic conditioning I prefer the prowler.
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Old 04-27-2013, 12:43 PM   #3
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Re: Sled Pulling

an entire routine around sled work is silly unless you have no other choice. sleds are awesome! but they are a component, not a whole program. i love doing sled pushes, pulls, and drags. and sleds can be used for a number of applications.
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an entire routine around sled work is silly unless you have no other choice. sleds are awesome! but they are a component, not a whole program. i love doing sled pushes, pulls, and drags. and sleds can be used for a number of applications.
I agree in essence. They are/were gslp users but for a break they have been using a sled with some pretty cool results. Lots of dynamic presses, pulls, rows and for one some rehab on a ac joint injury with face pulls etc. And obviously the lower body work of forward/back sprints, lunges as well as side lunges and uni lateral hip work. They have been following these ideas: http://www.deepsquatter.com/strength/archives/ls14.htm , using heavy, medium and light days. If Lousie likes it then it aint all bad haha. The leg, shoulder and back improvements are pretty cool (it is carrying over well into their rugby).

I agree for most it is a part of a workout, but they have been making it work. I was more curious as to other experience. I didn't think that many would use it as their main lifting tool.

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Old 04-27-2013, 05:22 PM   #5
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Sleds work. 4-6 weeks of 3 a week sled work is a wonderful way of driving your conditioning up to another level. The nice part is that a loaded sled is easy on the joints and you can dig deep without hurting yourself.

I'm sure you could program sled work with varying resistance etc but personally I like to simply cycle it in and out for variety. There are other good conditioning methods (rowing/bike/hill work/sprint intervals/rounds on the heavy bag) that can be equally effective and vary the physical stress on the body.
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I agree in essence. They are/were gslp users but for a break they have been using a sled with some pretty cool results. Lots of dynamic presses, pulls, rows and for one some rehab on a ac joint injury with face pulls etc. And obviously the lower body work of forward/back sprints, lunges as well as side lunges and uni lateral hip work. They have been following these ideas: http://www.deepsquatter.com/strength/archives/ls14.htm , using heavy, medium and light days. If Lousie likes it then it aint all bad haha. The leg, shoulder and back improvements are pretty cool (it is carrying over well into their rugby).

I agree for most it is a part of a workout, but they have been making it work. I was more curious as to other experience. I didn't think that many would use it as their main lifting tool.

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as a break or change of pace it could work. for rugby players sleds are a perfect tool.
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Re: Sled Pulling

something your rugby buddies might like...

http://articles.elitefts.com/trainin...ing-for-rugby/

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something your rugby buddies might like...

http://articles.elitefts.com/trainin...ing-for-rugby/

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Thanks Andrew. Great links, ill pass it on. From the conversation we had their workout might look like this (eg heavy upper):

Every session begins with core work (abs/lower back and mobility warm up)
Med ball circuit to warm up (wall ball, chest pass, med ball pressups)
Heavy chest press with sled for 30ft x 3
Heavy sled row for 30ft x 3
Front raise for 40ft x 2
Shoulder mobility:
* Bent over sled pulldowns (body bent over performing a pulldown motion).
* Face pulls

Occasional finished of either stronman lifts eg farmers or tire flip medley OR db shoulder or arm complex.
That's s heavy upper day example. One of them is testing to see if this training will not only benefit his rugby, but alongside bike work, help him to prep for a sprint triathlon. Interesting to see the results.

The weather is getting better now so being outdoors working hard is more appealing than being in the gym.

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Old 04-28-2013, 11:29 AM   #9
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Re: Sled Pulling

I've been doing Sled Drags for a while. I had a Total Knee Replacement over a year ago, heavy Squats and Deadlifts are discouraged. I donít Squat over 205lbs or Deadlift over 225lbs, I do sled drags in combination with these strength workouts.
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Old 04-28-2013, 02:41 PM   #10
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Re: Sled Pulling

As the others have said, I would not base an entire routine around sled pulling is maximal strength is one's goal and they are not limited for some reason to only the sled.

Louie uses GPP as additional work, not to replace barbell strength training all-together.
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