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Sled Pulls for Speed

May 22, 2009

Precision Nutrition posted a great article about sled pulling for speed training.  The article also references a study that concluded for the participants, that 10% of body weight yields the most benefit.

Love the Rocky training montage.

Love the Rocky training montage.

PN also let’s you know that 10% won’t be the best for everyone, so there is a simple test that you can perform to find the perfect weight.  Check out the article here.

The is good potential for a team to do a relay scenario similar to this video at Cressey performance.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. resrie permalink
    May 23, 2009 1:52 pm

    If you live somewhere with hills, try that first… was re-reading Gray Cook’s _Athletic Body in Balance_ and he def. suggests sled pulls, but only if you don’t have hills around.

    Also cf another vote for simplicity

  2. Phoin permalink
    November 26, 2010 9:47 pm


    Is training with a weighted vest a good idea? I have been doing hill sprints for a while now and considering using a weighted vest to go along with them for the added resistance.

  3. Leslie Wu permalink
    December 1, 2010 5:07 am

    Weighted vests can be useful / fun. I guess I’d ask what the specific purpose is–the nice thing about parachutes or sleds is that it’s your bodyweight pushing something or pulling something offset from your center of mass, whereas weight vests add weight but not in that exact way.

    The argument against would be: just sprint harder / find harder hills / put weights in your hands (heavyhands) or do sled pulls / parachute, since these seem less likely to affect your sprinting form (running is a skill, not just muscle development).

    The argument for would be: adaptation is useful / good for variety. So yes I’d probably say it could have it’s place, but I wouldn’t necessarily do that year round / on a regular basis, but perhaps for some variety, or if you want to work on strength-endurance.

    So.. would have to know the rest of your program (deadlift / single leg squat / Oly lift / KB / bodyweight / plyo / lactate threshold?) to critique as well =)

    Good luck!

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