Pulling a sled is something I really like to do. It’s a very versatile tool, that can be used for building strength, muscle and lungpower, but it’s also a great recovery tool.
So, what are the five reasons I like sleds so much?
- You can load up the hips and legs without loading the spine. With all the squatting, deadlifting and other spinal loading you’re doing, giving the good ol’ backbone a rest is a good thing.
- Strictly concentric. Sledwork has no eccentric phase, which means it will not get you as sore as other types of training. This is great for strength, but even greater for recovery – it’ll let you flush the muscles with blood, without causing additional soreness.
- It’s “functional” as in, it has great carryover to the real world.Pushing/pulling stuff is great for starting cars, hanging out with the kids in the winter and/or handling the dog.
- You can pull a sled outside in the sun (and you can make a sled easily from a spare tire).
- The zombie walk sled pull and the controlled backpedal will blast your legs like few other things.
- It’s great for sprinting, because it slows you down, which forces you to overstride less, which again means lower risk of hamstring injuries.
Yea I know, that’s six, not five, but today I’m doing a little bit extra since it’s Monday and I had a great weekend with the family.
Bonus: 2 different DIY sleds: