I made a sled recently and have been using it for the past week or so. I really enjoy it and wish I had begun earlier. I am interested in hearing what results others have noticed from dragging sleds. Especially in improved squat/deadlift, and hypertrophy (Anyone notice an increase in calf girth?)
Here is the sled I welded up. I have a pipe that slides into the one welded on the sled for carrying more weights. I made it removable so the sled fit in my car better.
[quote]Uncle Fester wrote:
I’m planning on making one for myself pretty soon, but one question, how thick is the metal that you used?[/quote]
The metal I used is about 1/2" - 5/8" I haven’t measured it. I believe it is from a CAT, some kind of cover or something. I found them at a heavy machinery shop and they guy gave them to me for 5 bucks.
So pretty much there is no reason to pull on gravel except for an ego boost, and potential injury. Is that correct?
For a real ego boost, just throw some gravel on an ashphalt parking lot. Don’t be surprised if the sled passes you. Then tell everyone that you drag 300 lb.
I thought that tires would slide on wet grass…NOT. Rubber grips on wet grass.
Haha I bet it would do that. Sounds like a plan. So far we have only worked up to three plates on the sled starting w/ 1 and doing two laps before adding another plate. And then after two laps w/ the three, dropping back down. Its harder than I figured it would be.
I built one using a tire a couple of months ago, then we had a ton of snow and wasn’t able to use it. I used a tire because I didn’t have access to welding equipment and wanted to transport it in my trunk, but was concerned it may slide around and dent my car.
I use bags of playground sand and the 70 lb sand tubes people use for winter traction in pick-ups ($2.50 at home improvement stores) for weight.
Didn’t build one, but I found one. There is a baseball field near my gym that keeps the infield drag mat in the outfield. This is a big, heavy metal grate that tractors pull around the infield to level the dirt. I do about 15-20 minutes of sprints, then strap on this thing and drag it around the outfield. Much harder to drag in grass than on dirt. It hurts.
Uncle Fester wrote:
I’m planning on making one for myself pretty soon, but one question, how thick is the metal that you used?
The metal I used is about 1/2" - 5/8" I haven’t measured it. I believe it is from a CAT, some kind of cover or something. I found them at a heavy machinery shop and they guy gave them to me for 5 bucks.[/quote]
1/2" to 5/8" thick? The sled itself will be pretty heavy. 5/8" plate is about 25lbs per sq.ft. You won’t have to add as much weight to it.