How To Make Two Homemade Sleds Plus Workout

Sleds are great for conditioning, general physical preparedness, muscle building, and strength development depending on the load and intensity.

and even better….

You can make a dragging sled for a home workout for under $10!

I have a bunch of sleds.  Two metal ones, a few homemade tire models, and a “prowler” style sled I had welded up.  The one I use the most is the cheapest one – the tire sled. 


No real strength training difference, but quite frankly its less noise for the neighbors – and building relationships matters!

Max Shank from Ambition Athletics out on the West Coast (he authored the Stone Training bonus for Bull Strength last year) sent over a guest video about his sled.

Max’s sled requires no drilling, making it really simple!  A few months back I briefly explained my homemade workout sled.  Here’s the video:

Now that you made one, try this out – Sled Dragging Workout:

1. 5 x 30 yards Sled Power Pulls
2. 5 x 30 yards Dynamic Sled Scarecrows
3. 4 x 30 yard heavy front drags down – reverse drags back.
4. Pick up the sled and perform the chop core circuit!

I’m honestly curious….

How many of you drag sleds?

I never did in high school (wish I did)!  Is sled dragging getting more popular out there yet????  Look forward to your feedback!

- Joe

PS.  My legs are jello from a new exercise combo I did Saturday.  I will be putting up the video on YouTube this week – make sure to subscribe – Synergy Youtube.

Double PS.  Are we friends on Facebook yet?  If not here is the link – Joe On Facebook - I post up workouts on there almost daily!

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  • Scott

    Reply Reply December 6, 2009

    Have been pulling a sled (homemade) for a year or two now. Like you, I wish I had known or thought about this in high school – or even when I coached at the high school level. Hopefully, we will begin putting up some video of Agee’s Gym soon and will share some of the things we do. Thanks for all you share Joe, it is much appreciated and valued!

    • Scott – Id like to see the video when you get it up!

      The only thing we pushed in football was the 5 or 7 man sleds during practice. Coaches loved it – I wish one of them came up with a sled for the gym workouts too!


  • jeff

    Reply Reply December 6, 2009

    any plans on posting the home made prowler version or at least a link to some materials used

    • Jeff – There are wood ones online, but they seem to fall apart. If you know anyone that can weld (I put up a craigslist ad and had 10 people respond) that I will certainly post up my version (with CAD).

      Also – a parent of an athlete I train owns a business that molds plastic parts and we are trying to think of something to make the feet more durable – and not destructive of the driveway / parking lot.


  • jeff

    Reply Reply December 6, 2009

    My pops is a welder, and I’m something of an amateur so if you could post the cad version online, that would be sweet.

  • Arthur Lange

    Reply Reply December 6, 2009

    Coach Hashey,

    Do you have a video clip or a description of sled power pulls?

    • Arthur – Yes, fast fwd to near the end of Max Shank’s video above. He performs a few of the power pulls. Similar to an explosive scarecrow, but row the weight weight explosively instead of pull your arms out to the side. I hope that helps!

  • Jerry Shreck

    Reply Reply December 7, 2009


    You better believe we train with tire sleds. I have video of two of our wrestlers battling the sleds in a long morning workout. There is just so many things you can do with them. They can be used for GPP or a complete total body workout.

  • Stephen

    Reply Reply December 7, 2009

    Great post!
    I made a tire sled similar to the one you made with the eye bolt. Works great! And I use it often for several movements and workouts.
    I also made a larger one for the harness to do some real killer drags!
    Looking forward to some more great stuff.
    Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

    • Stephen,

      Tires are a MASSIVE resource for the homemade gym guys!

      Have a good holiday as well.


  • Stephen Lymburner

    Reply Reply December 7, 2009

    I have been using odd objects for pulling with a safety belt for years now. The one I currently use is a huge wooden White Oak block with a 7/8 bar in the top so I can plate load with old plates [I use cut out plate steel so I can leave it outside] and a short chain in the front to hook up to. I have old lawnmower wheels to keep it from tipping.I will post a picture later. This cost me $ 0.00 using just what I found lying around.Keep it real and real cheap lol

    • Stephen – sounds like a killer instrument! Id love to see a picture when you get a chance. Nice work.


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