Sleds and ProwlersIncorporating sleds and prowlers into your workout can be extremely beneficial for conditioning, fat loss, muscle building, and sport specific training. In terms of exercising and getting the most bang for your buck in the gym, the sled or prowler is the ultimate tool. A sled can be pushed, pulled, or dragged, with an option to add extra weight for resistance depending on your fitness level.
Benefits of Using Sleds and Prowlers:Versatility: Using a sled will cause your heartrate to skyrocket, set your lungs on fire and tax your entire body. They can be pushed using high or low handles for conditioning and fat loss or to build speed and acceleration.
No Eccentric Loading: When lifting weights or working out in general, the eccentric portion of a movement is the action required when lowering the weight. This eccentric part of the exercise is what causes the most muscle damage and overall muscle soreness. The sled gets rid of the eccentric portion and just focuses on the concentric portion of exercising, preventing and reducing injuries.
Low Impact: Sled workouts are an optimal form of cardio conditioning because it is very low impact and reduces stress on your joints. This is in contrast to other forms of conditioning such as running, jumping and sprinting as where there is constant stress being place on your joints from your hips all the way down to your ankles.