Exercise of the Week: Plank Sled Drags
Looking for something to blast your shoulders, core, triceps, and chest all while getting your heart rate up? Look no further than this week’s Exercise of the Week: Plank Sled Drags. I actually sort of stumbled upon this one by accident, but I’m sure glad I did. A few months back I had messed around with doing plank walks with my feet on the Valslides, and I really liked them; however, I quickly gave them up because I couldn’t find a way to progress them comfortably. I tried adding a weighted vest, but I found the added weight on my torso caused my wrists and elbows to hurt. I tried just trying to increase the distance and the time, but that got old fast, so that was the end of it. Recently though, I was doing some sled drags and while I was in the starting position with both hands on the ground, I just randomly got the idea to get into pushup position and tried walking a few feet. It felt good so I added some Valslides under my feet and went again. And again. And again. It was really hard, but I felt absolutely no pain in my elbows like I did when I tried wearing a weighted vest.
I like exercise this because it kills a whole bunch of birds with one stone. It absolutely hammers the core and shoulders while secondarily working the chest and triceps, and it is also great for getting the heart rate up. I am personally using it as an upper body finisher after my workout, and it works great in that capacity. When I am done, my heart is racing, my core is burning, my glutes are on fire, my shoulders are smoked and even my chest is pumped. I basically feel it from head to toe. The downside to it is that it requires quite a bit of specialized equipment (sled, Valslides, space, etc.), which I realize many people do not have access to. For those that do, however, it is definitely something to try out. For those that don’t, perhaps it can spark your own creativity to think of a way to replicate the exercise with the tools at your disposal.
Here it is in action.
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