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    Prowler/Sled Drag

    I've been seeing a lot of people talking about the benefits of the Prowler and/or Sled Dragging as part of a whole-body fitness routine. However, my P.O.S. gym doesn't have them; I've yet to find any gyms around the Metro Detroit area that have them or are big enough to have them.

    Barring going out and buying my own, is there anything else out there that is equivalent to the same exercise/benefits as using the Prowler - i.e. a good substitution?

    Also - if anyone from the Detroit area knows of any gyms with the Prowler, please let me know.

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    Never used one, but here's a cool site with a guy who made one himself..

    http://diystrengthgear.blogspot.com/...wler-sled.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by jannino View Post
    Never used one, but here's a cool site with a guy who made one himself..

    http://diystrengthgear.blogspot.com/...wler-sled.html
    That's awesome! I may do that....thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aerohead View Post
    I've been seeing a lot of people talking about the benefits of the Prowler and/or Sled Dragging as part of a whole-body fitness routine. However, my P.O.S. gym doesn't have them; I've yet to find any gyms around the Metro Detroit area that have them or are big enough to have them.

    Barring going out and buying my own,
    That's what I did...

    Quote Originally Posted by Aerohead View Post
    is there anything else out there that is equivalent to the same exercise/benefits as using the Prowler - i.e. a good substitution?
    Push your car. Works quite well actually.
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    Hey Will, not sure if you know but brink zone seems to be down. Not sure if I missed t
    he memo on that one!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by r1967a View Post
    Hey Will, not sure if you know but brink zone seems to be down. Not sure if I missed t
    he memo on that one!!!
    Not down, just idiot me had the URL tags in the sig line wrong. Thanx for the heads up, fixed and working now.
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    Holy Hell. I used the towing strap that came with my prowler today to do some "sled pulls" with the tires the academy has set up with d-rings built in. Did 4x30yard tows after my body weight exercise workout and those things are killer. Legs felt like I had gone on a full run and then did 20 squats with the bar. Then there is that slight rush of wanting to vomit that washes over you during the 1 minute rest breaks.

    I can already see the prowler (and accompanying tow strap was a great investment).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jannino View Post
    Never used one, but here's a cool site with a guy who made one himself..

    http://diystrengthgear.blogspot.com/...wler-sled.html
    For those who didn't see the link:

    http://diystrengthgear.blogspot.com/...uler-sled.html

    This one seemed pretty cool

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    Quote Originally Posted by SOI View Post
    For those who didn't see the link:

    http://diystrengthgear.blogspot.com/...uler-sled.html

    This one seemed pretty cool
    Not convinced it's worth the time, energy, and $$$, or whether it would really take the abuse of heavy loading, etc, but I have seen others have some success with DIY type push sleds, so what ever works I guess.
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    For some reason I couldn't post this past weekend, but I priced it. For everything but the skis, it's about $50. They said they spent $50 on their custom welded skis, which wouldn't make it worth it considering that the Proviction Power Sled is only $120 shipped, which is about the cheapest sled you can get. But I came up with a ski design that should be durable for about $10-12 total, which would keep it in the realm of 1/2 the price of the Proviction sled. It will only take a couple of hours to build from scratch for someone who knows anything of basic hand tools.

    I'm going to order the Proviction sled for now, but sometime this summer I'm going to build a homemade sled just to try it because I like projects and being able to use my work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SOI View Post
    For some reason I couldn't post this past weekend, but I priced it. For everything but the skis, it's about $50. They said they spent $50 on their custom welded skis, which wouldn't make it worth it considering that the Proviction Power Sled is only $120 shipped, which is about the cheapest sled you can get. But I came up with a ski design that should be durable for about $10-12 total, which would keep it in the realm of 1/2 the price of the Proviction sled. It will only take a couple of hours to build from scratch for someone who knows anything of basic hand tools.

    I'm going to order the Proviction sled for now, but sometime this summer I'm going to build a homemade sled just to try it because I like projects and being able to use my work.
    You can always just get:



    Can't load it up with as much weight or do quite as many things, but you can still get killer conditioning workouts with that set up.
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    Wow, that's really creative. It's amazing what you can do with material you already have. That is why you should never throw anything away. There is always something you can do with it.

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    We just got two prowlers and two of the smaller pulling sleds above at my dept. Those things are killer!!!! We did 30 meter prowler push with 160 on the sled. Then pulled the smaller sled back with 180? I think. 5 pull ups, 10 pushups, 20 abs and then 50 jump rope. 1 Minute rest and then repeat. We did it seven (7) times!!!!

    The next morning, my quads, calves, hammys, chest and lats were killing me!!! (These arent usually soar after doing solely the non prowler workout).

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtimoney View Post
    We just got two prowlers and two of the smaller pulling sleds above at my dept. Those things are killer!!!! We did 30 meter prowler push with 160 on the sled. Then pulled the smaller sled back with 180? I think. 5 pull ups, 10 pushups, 20 abs and then 50 jump rope. 1 Minute rest and then repeat. We did it seven (7) times!!!!

    The next morning, my quads, calves, hammys, chest and lats were killing me!!! (These arent usually soar after doing solely the non prowler workout).
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    I got the Proviction Power Sled a few weeks ago and it's amazing. It is well worth the money if you can find one somewhere. It comes with a shoulder harness for doing pulls. I push it 40 yards and then often sprint back with the harness. I love it.

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    *sigh* I need to find a REAL gym.....

    How is the Prowler on the knees? I've been having pain in my knees lately and a specialist said I have tendentious in my knees from running too much....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aerohead View Post
    *sigh* I need to find a REAL gym.....

    How is the Prowler on the knees? I've been having pain in my knees lately and a specialist said I have tendentious in my knees from running too much....
    It's perfectly gentle on the knees. It's nothing like running.

    And you don't need a gym to use it. Just buy or build one, and push it. The yard, the street, a parking lot, wherever. Why pay 10x the price of a sled for a gym membership?

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    Today for our workout, we pushed a patrol car (Kind of answering the first post). It's a little different than the prowler, in that with the car (Fully loaded crown vic), the momentum keeps the car moving, while the prowler if you stop, the sled stops and then is 10x harder to start back up. Just an interesting tidbit I though of while pushing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dtimoney View Post
    Today for our workout, we pushed a patrol car (Kind of answering the first post). It's a little different than the prowler, in that with the car (Fully loaded crown vic), the momentum keeps the car moving, while the prowler if you stop, the sled stops and then is 10x harder to start back up. Just an interesting tidbit I though of while pushing.
    Which is why I sat in the cruiser and ride the breaks when training teams. They called me "Dr Evil" behind my back.
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