Pushing a weight sled is a fantastic workout. It builds total-body strength, burns fat, skyrockets your heart rate, and boosts lower-body power. But for many people who exercise at a commercial gym or at home, there's one big problem: There's no sled.
Luckily, there's a way to get the same benefits of a sled push without the actual sled. It's called the plate push. All you need are weight plates and at least 10 yards of empty space.
Gravity is already keeping the plate down, so you don't need to push the plate into the ground, explains Aaron Kleinwolterink, C.S.C.S. and owner of ARC Performance in Kansas City, Missouri. Instead, you should keep your weight behind the plate, maintain straight arms and a flat back, bend your knees, and drive your feet into the ground. Think of it like a forward-moving mountain climber, he says.