The sled is a versatile tool that can be used for a variety of reasons in both the fitness and rehabilitation worlds.
A sled push can be helpful in improving lower body strength, power production, cardiovascular fitness, fatigue resistance, and more. This makes it ideal for a variety of populations including general fitness, athletes, older adults, and more.
In a traditional sled push, begin by grasping the handles and leaning forward. Driving the legs in a marching pattern push the sled forward.
A benchmark to work toward for general fitness is to push the sled + half of your body weight for 30 seconds.
For athletic populations or those working to return to sport, it may be beneficial to work well beyond this benchmark to replicate the demands of the athlete’s sport as appropriate.