how to make sled pulls more effective without heavy loads

I love doing sled work!

I mean, who doesn’t?

We do all kinds of sled pulls and pushes at the Cave.

Don’t let the title fool you.

We do very heavy sled work, but there are other ways to get strong with sleds.

I got some great insights about sleds studying of one Louie Simmons’ books.

Now whether you love or hate Louie Simmons, I could care less.

Most brilliant roguish characters make lots of enemies because they are right and others can’t stand it.

However, I digress.

Let’s look at the front sled pull.

When we go heavy on these we usually are leaning forward quite a bit

and charge straight ahead always maintaining our momentum.

So try lightening the load and pull the sled with vertical posture.

Start every step from a dead stop.

Step way out front and touch down with your heel, then plant that foot firmly and pull back

with your forward leg as you step up with the rear leg.

then stop

repeat on the other side

then stop again

Get the picture?

There is no momentum being used.

This is much more demanding than people think it will be.

That’s crazy, right?

It’s kind of like the first time someone tries to swing a mace.

You know, it’s only like 12-15 lbs and it’s kicking your butt.

It’s very humbling.

That’s it for now,

Coach D (941)228-8341

Published by ironcave1

I was the owner of the Cave, a strength-based, veteran-owned, unconventional coaching facility, which closed on May 31, 2022 after almost 12 years. My full focus is now on bringing our steelclub and mace training called Mace Fit out to the public. Follow us at and @2slingsteel.

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