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Old 12-29-2008, 08:15 PM   #1
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weight sled

Interested in hearing how people have used a weighted sled in their strength programs?

Looking to increase some pushing power.. and pull power power. Has anyone seen a worth while change in this type of training?
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Old 12-29-2008, 08:27 PM   #2
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Re: weight sled

Well..., for me, I think pushing my wife's Honda CRV for intervals is a good lower body strength+cardio combination.

1 min on 1 min off, adjust times as needed. It doesn't take long to get smoked.

Also, I have a chain I wrap around my weight belt and slide thur the whol ein a 45# plate. I sprint for 30 secs, then 30 secs off and continue this for 20 mins. Pretty good, but i have not done it in about 7 weeks. I like the car routine better.
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Old 12-29-2008, 11:52 PM   #3
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Re: weight sled

Sled work is great, but it's mostly for raising your GPP and restoration. It can really help strengthen all the muscles in your body through different types of pulling and pushing, and the reason it's great for restoration is that there is no eccentric portion of dragging the sled, so almost all muscular soreness is eliminated... and it's great for reducing DOMS. If you're doing crossfit, it may not be as wonderful an addition to your routine (GPP+GPP=?), but if not, it's awesome.
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Re: weight sled

so what do you do? load up and just pull/push or you do a tabata sprint?
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Old 01-02-2009, 06:26 AM   #5
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Re: weight sled

Frank,
we use the sled from time to time. imo, it is very functional assuming functional is defined by an exercise that mimics a movement or activity that you would see outside of the gym. this is great training for our firefighters. in workouts, we have used a distance priority (ie, drag bodyweight 800 meters for time), a time priority (ie, drag for 30 seconds) and also in tabata intervals. i'm guessing that sled dragging isn't an official crossfit movement b/c it doesn't exactly fit the crossfit criteria for functional movement.
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Old 01-04-2009, 01:45 PM   #6
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Re: weight sled

Sled pulls are absolutely awesome. Few exercises give me such a rush when I do them.... its a shame I havn't done any since high school however. Man I'm lazy.

Gavin, although a distant memory, I remember my high school coach telling us something about what you mentioned. How there isn't an eccentric component in the pull. Definintly opens the door for so many possibilities. Have fun with that...

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