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How to Build a Dragging Sled
Sled dragging is great GPP/Cardio. Given the choice between running for hours on end or running in short bursts dragging a weight, I know which Iíd rather do. Problem is that sleds are expensive and in short supply in the UK so I thought Iíd make my own. Hereís what you need:
An old car tire
. I asked around at work and managed to get this for free from a colleague who had it lying around in his garden.
Sheet of plywood or similar
. I got this at the local hardware store from the off cuts bin. Go to a store where they cut the wood for you and they will often have a discount section where they sell all of the leftover pieces. This large sheet (enough for 2 or 3 sleds) cost me around £1.
. You only need one.]
Regular hex bolts
. You only need four. Make sure theyíre long enough to go through the tire AND the wood.
Some sort of rope
. I used webbing as it was cheap and looked easy on the hands.
. These are to hold the plates onto the finished sled.
. This was used to stop me going catabolic during the building process.
Tools you need:
Drill, tape measure, straight edge, pencil, saw, spanner.
: Drill a hole in the side of your tire about halfway up and screw the eyebolt in. Tires are beaded so this will take a while.
: Loop your rope through the eyebolt and secure if necessary.
: Create the hand loops. I tried to use duct tape to secure these but it slipped too much when I tried to pull the loaded sled. A simple knot will do better. Be sure to make nice BIG loops though as you donít want to slice your hands off with the handles when pulling.
: Cut the wood to the size of the tire. It will overlap slightly unless you want to use a jigsaw and curve the edges. I did not. Fasten the wooden platform to the tire using the hex bolts. You will need to make a big enough gap to fit a plate in (all olympic plates are 450mm in diametre) but other than that just make sure you are drilling through wood AND tire and not just wood.
: Bungee cords on and youíre finished and ready to pull.
I am still working on modifying this design slightly. Trying to work on securing the bungee cords a little better but other than that, itís working just fine. I take no responsibility for it leaving you looking like this though: