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Sled training is a great body fat burner and strength builder that also works like cardiovascular exercise, but it’s important to make sure you’re doing it correctly to get the most out of those grueling sessions. In a new video on the Squat University channel, physical therapist Aaron Horschig and fitness trainer Graham Tuttle outline what you need to know before embarking on your next prowler workout.
First, one of the most common mistakes Horschig sees when people perform the pull-up is poor posture. “People are so tired, their backs are rounding up, horrible positions,” he says. “Keep your chest up, sit up a bit, keep that core strengthened…Remember that spinal mechanics are important any time you exercise.”
He also recommends driving the movement through your feet rather than relaxing your lower body. “With that, good spinal mechanics, good breathing… that’s how you’re going to optimize your sled’s traction.”
When it comes to the push-up portion of the exercise, Tuttle also advises thinking feet first. “Grab the ground, move slowly at first to really push off, and feel those toes integrate,” he says. “If you can do this barefoot, that’s amazing…. Then cross those knees over your toes to get that stretch in the bottom of the foot and the back of the calf.”
He adds that you can push the sled with your arms bent or fully extended; what really matters is that you focus on your breath and don’t lower your head or you’ll lose that all-important posture and control.
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