Powerlifters may be specialists, but without a good level of conditioning, they aren’t going to be able to train hard enough to keep improving. To keep his lifters in shape, Louie Simmons of Westside Barbell uses sled dragging as a main part of his general physical preparedness training.
According to Simmons, sled dragging can be used on almost any training day because the nature of the exercise prevents the excessive soreness seen after exercises with a heavy eccentric component.
For CrossFitters, Simmons recommends eight to 10 trips of 60 yards. The weight should be reduced during the week, while the number of trips should be increased. As for weight, Simmons has a pretty clever way of determining the upper limit:
“You’ve got too much weight when you’re walking like you’re drunk.”
Video by H5 Productions.
Additional reading: Unleash Your Power by Mike Warkentin, published Jan. 20, 2010.