In the YouTube video below, we have Veronica Campbell-Brown training with Tyson Gay. Two world class athletes. Fast forward to the 1:20 mark and you will see VCB doing a variety of 4 drills with a sled or harness.
First, who am I to argue if these drills and exercise are crap, considering the success of VCB.
That’s not the point of this article.
What I’m trying to emphasize is before you embark on any resistance exercise, whether its a sled, ropes or human intervention, ask yourself what are the goals and have a clear set of instructions.
I’m not saying DONT DO sleds… I’m not saying DONT USE harnesses… we actually use them at our training center, but we have a clear concise training plan. You can read more about resistance running with sleds and isorobic ropes.
I’ve seen too many garbage workouts with sleds (or anything else for that matter) just for the sake of doing the workout. Usually the workouts are copied from someone else.
Once technique has been compromised, STOP the workout. Go out and do some 6-10 x 100m Tempo strides on the grass surface and call it the day.
The problem is how many will see that video and try it just because they see her doing it. No clear instructions, or no clear results.
My caveat is “imitation is the greatest form of flattery” and young athletes will watch these videos and copy them.