Sled training is a prime example of functional fitness. The use of weighted sleds is nothing new, athletes have been pushing and pulling sleds for quite some time now – even Rocky was pulling a sled through the snow back in the 80s. Sled training can be used for a number of purposes from power development, muscular endurance, aerobic training or any combination of those. Short bursts of sled training has the effect of testing your aerobic fitness! Here are some reasons why you need to start training with a sled.
If it Works For a Horse
There’s a reason why Clydesdale horses have been bred as draught horses, because you have to be big and strong to effectively drag a sled, and push one for that matter. Sled drags are most commonly associated with sprinters – strapping a lightweight sled around their waist and doing sets of sprints to increase force output. Sled drags can also be a great strength building exercise by piling on the plates and struggling against the drag of the sled. It will work your entire legs, glutes, back, core and shoulders and give you a great aerobic workout by placing stress on your entire frame and muscular system. Keep a straight back and drive through your legs
When you look at the exercise of pushing a weighted sled, it’s quite simple to see its benefits. Each push has a lot of the benefits that both barbell squats and deadlifts bring.…