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Elliot Royce 05-04-2006 11:31 AM

What's the easiest way to rig up a homemade sled? I guess a good harness is worth buying and I was thinking I could drag some weight plates but that would destroy my lawn.

Joseph Hart 05-04-2006 11:43 AM

I had seen a sled on Ebay that was a sheet of stainless steel with an edge bent at 45 degrees and a post welded in the middle (looked like tobogan with a post). You could do the tire with eyebolt deal. There was a thread about harnesses. One suggestion was to use a harness that hunters used for dragging deer. Some used an old fire hose.

Anthony Bainbridge 05-04-2006 01:01 PM

I use a tire and eye bolt and it's great. The increased friction across pavement is a lot of fun. ;)

Roger Smith 05-04-2006 01:32 PM

if on grass or carpet a wheel barrel(you can buy just the top part for around $10), or snow sled will work. for cement a tire is probably better...

Rene Renteria 05-04-2006 02:39 PM

Eugene A. has recommended a deer drag harness from Cabela's:

http://www.crossfit.com/discus/messages/26/22989.html
"...
When you get a tire (tyre to those of you that think there is a u in color) to drag a good way to attach your cable to it is to use a big screw eye. Drill a hole through the tire, screw the screw eye through the tire and into a 4" x 4" block of wood. Get some cable from Home Depot or wherever and make loops on the end with buckles you can get from hardware and attach it to the tire with a caribner and the same on the other end to a $10 deer drag harness from Cabelas. ..."

Lynne Pitts 05-04-2006 03:42 PM

I use the tub from a busted wheelbarrow; drilled a couple of holes in the front, clipped some carabiners through, and attached a waterskiing tow rope. Wheelbarrow was free and rescued from going to the dump; biners and rope cheap because my husband works at a sporting goods store and gets a great employee discount.

Matt Shatzkin 05-05-2006 02:47 AM

I used a military 5 gallon water can (filled with water, weighs 40 lbs) and tied a cargo strap to it. Doesn't provide much friction, but it works great for sprints (50-100 meters) after hard crossfit workouts or Army PT. Cost me nothing. I will post video soon!

Karl Geissler 05-05-2006 04:43 AM

http://www.gillathletics.com/GillIte...px?FSID=TA1384

I would lean towards a basic setup like this; a belt, a tether, and maybe a chain on the end. First of all, you can tie off on to anything. Secondly, (this is where I differ from others) I strongly believe that weight pulling with a belt is far superior to pulling while attached to a shoulder harness. The biggest reason is core muscle activation and "real life". When we use a harness, we are able to let the core muscles relax falsely and not utilize the core when trying to pull the load. When we use a belt, we have to activate those muscles in order to get into a proper angle for force application. There is a muscle memory transfer, and some residual training of the core.

Just my two cents......

Chris Jordan 05-05-2006 06:23 AM

Lynne,
I like the wheelbarrow idea. I can just imagine the looks my neighbors will give me as I drag a wheelbarrow full of bricks around the yard and down the alley. Maybe I'll drag it through the yard to deliver mulch for landscaping this year.
10 loads of mulch for time:
shovel 20 reps
drag sled 50'
Flip the tub
sprint back to mulch pile carrying the tub

Something is wrong with me.

Lynne Pitts 05-05-2006 07:18 AM

Chris,
Great idea! Combine CrossFit with making money...I love it.


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