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BendtheBar 12-04-2011 11:27 AM

How to Build a Dragging Sled
 
This article was created by LTL from the MAB forum. It also appears here:

How To Build A Dragging Sled - Muscle and Brawn Bodybuilding, Powerlifting and Muscle Building.

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:

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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.

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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.

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Eyebolts. You only need one.]

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Regular hex bolts. You only need four. Make sure theyíre long enough to go through the tire AND the wood.

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Some sort of rope. I used webbing as it was cheap and looked easy on the hands.

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Bungee cords. These are to hold the plates onto the finished sled.

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Mars bar. This was used to stop me going catabolic during the building process.

Tools you need:

Drill, tape measure, straight edge, pencil, saw, spanner.

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Stage one: 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.

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Stage two: Loop your rope through the eyebolt and secure if necessary.

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Stage three: 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.

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Stage four: 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.

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Stage 5: 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:

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BendtheBar 12-04-2011 11:29 AM

Thanks again LTL. Sorry it took so long to get this up.

big_swede 12-04-2011 11:42 AM

Good writeup Al!

LtL 12-04-2011 11:43 AM

Now worries. Thanks Steve.

LtL

Off Road 12-04-2011 11:49 AM

Great aticle and useful information. Thanks for taking the time to do that for everybody. I especially like the Mars bar (chuckle factor).

BigJosh 12-04-2011 02:22 PM

This is win.

Hazzard 12-04-2011 03:21 PM

Awesome, I especially like the picture of you at the end! Sled pulling is damn brutal.

_J_ 06-19-2012 09:10 AM

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I hate running for cardio. Surely, there must be a better way. Enter Dragging Sled. Using the instructions in this thread, I built my own sled. What do you think?

Tire from my wife's old car. A piece of an old desk that fell apart years ago (particle board). A few bolts, nuts, and washers from the local hardware store. Add in a pulling strap and I'm ready to go. Cost me less than 5 bucks.

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LtL 06-19-2012 09:23 AM

Looks good. How do you keep the plates on there?

LtL

Off Road 06-19-2012 09:37 AM

That is sweet! I'd add a pipe to slide the weights on to keep them from falling off.


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