Arms & Hands Maneuvers during Sled Training

– By Mack Pijewski


If you are looking for intense athletic training, then one of the most exclusive and advantageous equipment is the sled! Sled Training is easy and doesn’t require any complicated forms. When you are using the sled, the risk of injury is very little. Sled training is very necessary for sturdy athletes who cannot afford any inflexibility. 

Depending upon your ultimate goals, sled training could result productive in intensifying strength, power, speed, and even conditioning. Not everything at the same instant, but it can be a dynamic tool to address all of these.

Another noticeable advantage of sled training is the number of variables or options that come with it. For instance, you are flexible in adjusting speed, load, position, distance, duration, etc. Based on one’s objectives, there could hundreds of outputs of the sled work. However, one question that I been mostly asked by the athletes is that what should be my arms and hands maneuvers during the sled training? More precisely, where should my arms and hands be while I push the sled?

Well, most common exercises like squats, pushups, pull-ups, dead-lifts, etc. follow some SOP(s) (Standards of Procedure), however, up till now, I haven’t come across any standard of best practice of performing the sled training. Keeping in view, I have illustrated how someone should set-up with the sled, depending upon what he wants to get out of it.

STRAIGHTEN YOUR ARMS

Let’s start with the extended-arm position. This type of arrangement allows one to intensify acceleration angles, open up his pace, and maximize his strength by working at a much higher speed. However, this arrangement restricts the amount of load an athlete can hilt. Not the greatest of an output an athlete can expect from this setup is the only downside here. You cannot move max weight in this position.

The “straighten your arms” applies to the kind of programming that demand moderate to low weight on the sled. Conversely, the speed work, plyos, power work, and conditioning methods could be efficiently and effectively done from this setup; the arms-extended Sled Push.

ARMS BENT

Contrary to that, if you are willing to go hard on the training, then the arms bent position is an outstanding position for pushing maximal weight on the sled. This position creates a more solid lever system enabling the trainee to follow more in-strength programming.

 This set-up will retard your speed for the reason that the crowding of the torso and load being so near to the hips do not allow the trainee to reach a stride length that would transmit over firmly into speed.

Because of increased loading, the strength-gaining activities is going to be significantly provoking, thus will assist in getting stronger and more stable in a unilateral setting.

FEW TIPS FOR DOING SLED TRAINING!

The answer to the above-mentioned question regarding the position of arms or hands during the training is BOTH! Both arms/hands positions are important. Try to figure out what you want to get out of the sled training and that’s it, use your head and plan accordingly.

I have explained some of the useful plus beneficial ways to use the sled and what arm/hands position would be a good choice for each.

1. HEAVY SLED PUSH

You have to position your arms in bend form for this one. The exercise consists of using a heavy sled for 5-10 steps per leg. This exercise is intense and is great for strengthening legs and hamstrings. This exercise also comes with a squat variant as well. We can work this in as a Lunge or Split Squat. This works significantly well! The low impact boasts productive and fast results.

2. SLED THROWS

Arms extended

If you want to take the game of the medicine ball throws up then just grab a sled and throw it instead. This is a great power package that undertakes full body-fatigue. Power is the phenomenon that lies between extremes (max) of speed and strength on the force-deformation curve, you can carry this over into your arm position comfortably here. Here’s an interesting tip, you can start with your arms bent for max tension, later on, extend your arms at max speed.

3. SLED SPRINT

Arms Extended here too

The Sled Sprint is a traditional exercise that enables the athletes to lean, shred or burn some turf! An athlete can go out with this inertia or variation using a much lighter load. Your focus should be on bringing-up lean, knee drive and triple extension on the focused leg, usually, the back one. Sled sprint is intended to move fast and smooth.

4. SLED INTERVALS

Arms Extended

A SLED is the only equipment in the gym that can whip you into great shape! What I suggest for the interval setup for conditioning is a 15-yard working set followed by 50 seconds of rest, repeated 10-20 times based on your capability. It’s a great generation conditioning methodology, however, there are many options to be sports explicit with flexibility on the sled. Like I said earlier, be specific about what your needs are and demands are based on your sport, then build those energy systems whichever goes with it.

These are just the temporary guidelines that I have taken out from a few pieces of research. Try them out and let me know how it goes! 

HOW TO GET ROCK-HARD ABS AND GAIN MUSCLE WEIGHT

Abs are made in the kitchen, not in the gym.. but also in the GYM

A physique that is muscular, defined and ripped is most likely to turn heads in the gym. Ripped and Rock-hard abs play the part of this whole physique package. No doubt, work on weight room floor is a must if you’re going to build muscle, but your diet is just as important – if not more so.

You can achieve your goals of gaining muscle and rock-hard, ripped abs by following some right principles, exercises and balance of macronutrients. Down below, I’ve incorporated few of these.

1. CONSUME GOOD QUALITY CALORIES

 It should be kept in the mind that Calorie surplus is the prior requirement for building muscles. But this doesn’t mean eating a huge quantity of ice-creams and hot dogs. Just 250 – 500 calories would be more than enough to get the job done; gain muscle. Now, in order to track out your daily calorie burn rate, use an online calculator like MyPlate, BMI calories or Calorie Mama App, etc. These platforms take in to account your body data like gender, weight and activity level.

Don’t go for high-calorie junk like sugars, refined carbs, and saturated fats when you are going to consume calories. Prepare high protein (lean) meals, including healthy fats and whole grains. For healthy fats, you can use dry fruits and avocados. IGNORE alcohol, fancy drinks and coffees; it will waste your calories.

2. LIMIT CARB INTAKE

In order to achieve a defined shape, you should reduce your carb intake. You DON’T have to go no-carb or even super low-carb to look defined. Modestly reducing your carb intake could result in getting rid of the stubborn fat! That fat that covers your stomach and prevents your six packs from showing. According to a Journal of Nutrition, it was observed that consuming 40-45 % of daily calories from Carbs boast positive effects on fat loss and distribution.

This is 200 to 215 grams daily for a standard 2,000 calorie diet. With such a plan you are still able to enjoy one or two pieces of whole fruit, a half cup of grains, such as brown rice or oatmeal, at most meals. In addition to that, you can still enjoy taking some daily dairy.

3. CONCENTRATE ON YOUR PROTEIN INTAKE

Do you know that a sufficient amount of your total daily calories comes from Protein? Proteins are the source of amino acids that enhance your muscle growth and repair process. It is recommended to take 0.72 – 0.91 grams of proteins per pound of body weight daily for bodybuilders and strength building athletes. So, if you are a person of 150 pounds, this amount is 108-137 grams of proteins daily.

I recommend you to divide your specific protein needs up among four or five meals. This could be done by eating two boiled eggs in your breakfast, grilled chicken breast in your lunch, flank steak in your dinner with low fat, Greek yogurt.

TIPS AND TRICKS!

Here is a key trick for boosting up the growth of your muscles. Schedule one of your favorite meals right after your workout! By doing so, not only you will replace your burned calories, but you will enrich your muscles with nutrients for growth and recovery. Add about 20-25 grams of proteins in this meal, a post-workout whey Protein smoothie made with fruit and milk could be a nutritious option.

4. COMPOUND MOVES

Massive, compound moves, such as squats and deadlifts will pay the PRICE! These types of exercises help you build muscles by multiple joint movements at once and activate many core muscles to define your shape. Try to do these exercises in terms of smaller, isolation exercises such as bicep curls. Make choices, and try to do at least one exercise that primarily focuses on major muscle group covering chest, back, arms, shoulders, hips, buttocks, and thighs. Some of the exercises that will definitely and effectively build your muscle include barbell squats.

  • Leg curls
  • Step Ups
  • Dumbbell shoulder press
  • Barbell rows
  • Dumbbell chest press
  • Dips

Down below, I’ve illustrated few tips on how to do these exercises to effectively build strong muscles and abs.

TIPS FOR WORKOUT

In order to constantly challenge your body and get positive results, you should vary your weight routine every month. Here are few effective tips for you to go through.

  • LIFT HEAVY

In order to get your muscles get bigger and stronger, you must challenge the muscle fibers to break down and tear off. When you are up to lifting weights, go for heavy ones that you can manage for at least five to six reps. Increase weights when eight reps feel easily doable. You need to do at least three sets of each exercise. Most importantly, give your muscles a little rest for the recovery and while in recovery mode, eat healthy food! That’s the way to go.

  • GIVE UP CRUNCHES

Here’s the thing! STOP DOING CRUNCHES all the time. You should train the superficial rectus abdominis, the front sheath of your abs. don’t burn your fats for the reason that they are relatively limited in their ability to sculpt your washboard belly.

You should increase ab-building compound exercises; do three to five extra ab-specific exercises per week. And, at each, include 5-10 Abs burning exercises. Down below, you will find exercises that focus on flexion, rotation and bending. You must try to do at least eight reps for each exercise before moving to the next.

THE LEG RAISES

This exercise targets both of your upper and lower portion abdominal regions. And, it requires the most core stability to keep from swinging.

  • Grab the “pull up bar” with an overhead grip or place your arms into abs straps.
  • Don’t just use your hands to pull yourself up and down. Engage your abs by pulling your belly button in toward your spine.
  • Raise your knees up past your hips and repeat it.

SPIDERMAN PLANK

  • This exercise is also a very effective exercise and targets particularly the deep transverse and the obliques.
  • Get yourself into the top of a push-up or a plank resting on your toes and forearms.
  • Pull the knee in and around the side of your body and lifting it up… Try to touch your right triceps with it.
  • Keep your body rigid and repeat the process by switching to the left.

ROLL-OUTS

This exercise could be very effective but hard for the beginners. Try the similar exercise with a stability ball instead, it will work!

  • Get your hands on the stability ball and keep your stomach strongly pushed in toward your spine.
  • Roll the ball as far as you can. And, after that, roll it inwards… That will be your one rep. Repeat the procedure.
  • Maintaining a rigid back is the key here. Make sure to do a set Do a set or two of the roll-out angling to the right and then the left to put more emphasis on the obliques.

CABLE WOODCHOP

Last but not least is the cable wood chop. Use a cable machine set at shoulder height to do so. This exercise burns your various muscles Such as the quadrates, lumborum, and obliques, which are responsible for twisting and contribute to a cut-looking middle.

  • Stand with your left side facing the cable machine and grab the handle with both hands. Step away slightly so you feel the tension and plant your feet hip-distance apart.
  • Keep your arms extended and twist away from the anchor point, to the right.
  • Control your return to the starting position so that you resist the rotation slightly, rather than get pulled by the cable. Do all the reps on one side and then switch direction.