May Primary Focus

April showers bring May...odd objects. The primary focus this May will be sleds, tires, yokes and sprints!


Working with sleds is one of the most effective ways to round out your training. It develops work capacity and athleticism without negatively impacting your strength and muscle gains.

One of the most important distinctions between sled exercises and most other types of resistance work is that with sled work there is no eccentric, or negative, part of the movement. For example, when you lower the bar to your chest on the bench press you perform an eccentric action. The concentric half of the motion is when you press it back to lockout. Since sled training only has a concentric movement, it's a great way to work your muscles without beating them up too much. This doesn't mean it feels any easier than lifting, though. If you've ever worked with a sled, you know that it is brutally difficult.

The strength and aerobic benefits of tire training can enhance your performance in all sports from gymnastics to football. Tire training is one of the best total body strength and conditioning workouts that a person can do. You use your total body when you flip the tire, and by varying the distance you flip the tire and time you flip the tire you can get a great aerobic workout.

Use a tire that is not too light or too heavy so…
◦ Too heavy = you can only flip it 1-to-2 times before you need to rest
◦ Too light = you can flip a tire 10-to-20 times without stopping
◦ Moderate or just right = you can flip tire 5-to-10 times without stopping and…

• Relax your biceps to avoid curling the tire.
• Keep your back tight to avoid rounding of the back, especially your lower back.

Get tight, stay tight, as if you are going for a 1 rep back squat.
Experiment with yoke height. Needs to be high enough off ground for clearance.
Take small fast steps.
Create a platform - Find a hand position on the yoke that allows you to create a shelf for the crossbar to sit on.
Focus on a spot - Don’t just look straight ahead of you, but focus on a spot. Then walk towards that spot

Getting under a heavy yoke will instantly give you an idea of the benefits. The squat, deadlift, and bench press are the kings in the gym. They are certainly full-body movements, yet still don’t quite compare to picking up a heavy yoke and walking in terms of top-to-toe muscle recruitment. Given the fact that you’re putting your body under a much heavier load than it is used to, a heavy yoke walk elicits an awesome physical response in the body.
More specifically, yoke training will strengthen:

• Your upper back - That’s where you are holding the weight, after all. Expect your back to thicken up and get stronger.
• Your posterior chain - Glutes, hamstrings, and lower back are all working hard and will reap rewards.
• Your legs - And not just the posterior, this is a quad strengthener too.
• Your hips - Through the walk element, you will build strong and powerful hips.

Well we all love to sprint!


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