I was first introduced to sled training at a Crossfit box and instantly fell in love with it . I have always enjoyed fitness and with sled training added to my workout regimen , I was just overjoyed. Sled training has been gaining a lot of popularity lately and is now a part of almost every gym.
What is sled training and what are its benefits?
Sleds come in various shapes and sizes. The one I use in my crossfit box is the traditional prowler sled with parallel runners and vertical posts where weights can be loaded . Some of them just have a vertical post for weights. All of them do have attachment points though for towing straps.
1.Sleds can be used to push, pull or drag thereby adding variety to your workouts .
2. Looking for explosive leg power, sleds can do that. It can build solid strength in the hamstrings, calves, gluten, quads and core.
3. Sleds can be used for both aerobic conditioning as well as for aerobic power. Load up slowly and push.
Sled-pull and push both add a great variation to your exercise routine and if you are looking for strength , muscle building, pure metabolic conditioning, recovery, it can do it all.
Make sure you start with moderate loads . If you can walk , jog or run you can do a sled pull.
Sled pull and push are usually part of the WOD( Workout of the day ) at Crossfit box . They are also used at gyms to enhance power performance for various sports.
Be open to trying new exercises that challenge your body. Increase your blood flow to muscle tissues through sled training and you will see amazing change in your body composition.
I am looking for significant strength and muscle hypertrophy which is the reason I like to go heavy. You can start off with less weights, push fast and within 15 secs you should feel your heart rate go high. This would activate your anaerobic energy system (uses powerful bursts of energy )
Lighter weights for longer distances will help you in improving your aerobic fitness level.
Overall, in my opinion sled is a very powerful training piece of equipment targeting different muscle groups. Stay strong and believe you can. Go, try it and I know you will love it.
Cheers to healthy living !!