Running is easy, but learning how to run fast, and sprint is not. Learning how to accelerate to top speed is one of the most difficult skills.
You’ve seen this in CrossFit boxes and Obstacle Races, why are people pulling weights / other people as weights while trying to run? Looks silly but it works.
Pulling a sled can improve your sprinting speed and create an anabolic environment conducive to burning fat and gaining muscle. This article will discuss what the research says about using sled pulls to build explosive sprinting strength
Sled Pulls Improve Acceleration
Acceleration is important for most sports, and sled pulls are commonly used to improve it. A research between two rest groups saw the sled group also increased maximal speed by about 1.3 percent. These are well-trained athletes, so the effects could be even more significant in athletes with less training.
More Load Isn’t Better
When pulling a weighted sled, you have to make sure you don’t lose your sprinting technique.
If you load the sled with too much weight, you won’t be sprinting anymore – you’ll be walking.
When and How to Recover
- Sled pulls with 75 percent of your body weight can lead to greater acceleration in sprints.
- Longer rests between sets will allow for better recovery.
- Heavy sled pushes or pulls might be good for absolute strength, but they aren’t as good for sprinting.
- The key is to choose a weight and distance that does not cause a breakdown in running technique. Make sure you can maintain proper running form for up to 25 meters.