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dechrist
01-04-2011, 05:00 AM
I'm considering buying a prowler since I work out in a commerical gym, and I wanna start pushing the prowler mostly because I have never pushed one before.

So to make a long story short, Should I? or hold out and maybe find a gym with one already. But, it's looking like a no go.

joey54
01-04-2011, 05:14 AM
I would imagine they are an easy apparatus to make yourself. And it would be a lot cheaper. Just put your car in neutral and push it.

Make sure someone is in the car.

dechrist
01-04-2011, 05:59 AM
Good call, maybe a shopping cart flipped upside down perhaps.

GreggNJ
01-04-2011, 07:08 AM
Good call, maybe a shopping cart flipped upside down perhaps.

Check out the article here, The Ultimate Guide to Tire training - http://www.wannabebig.com/training/the-ultimate-guide-to-tire-training/

Tom Mutaffis
01-04-2011, 08:31 AM
I'm considering buying a prowler since I work out in a commerical gym, and I wanna start pushing the prowler mostly because I have never pushed one before.

So to make a long story short, Should I? or hold out and maybe find a gym with one already. But, it's looking like a no go.

The Prowler is not a common piece of gym equipment so it is unlikely that you will find a facility that has one. With that in mind, there are a number of other sled options and other ways to do conditioning work.

Even with the 'economy' prowler you are looking at a cost around $500 once you factor in shipping and a couple of plates to use on the Prowler. A CFF push sled on Ebay is $209 shipped, a savings of at least $100 over the EFS push sled (this sled also have a 5-year warranty).

vdizenzo
01-04-2011, 08:32 AM
This is not just because I am sponsored by Elite, but the Prowler will kick your butt! Keep in mind, I paid for mine. It is nothing like pushing a car, or dragging a tire or sled. The low handles are nuts. However, I have found a downfall. I don't like pushing it on my lawn. It can dig it up a bit. I do have the econo, so maybe the regular with the bigger skis does not have that problem. So if you don't care about your lawn or you can push it on pavement I say go for it.

AdamBAG
01-04-2011, 08:35 AM
This is not just because I am sponsored by Elite, but the Prowler will kick your butt! Keep in mind, I paid for mine. It is nothing like pushing a car, or dragging a tire or sled. The low handles are nuts. However, I have found a downfall. I don't like pushing it on my lawn. It can dig it up a bit. I do have the econo, so maybe the regular with the bigger skis does not have that problem. So if you don't care about your lawn or you can push it on pavement I say go for it.

Scott from Strength and Power Equipment Company makes a "lung breaker" which is the same as the prowler. He lists is for $300 plus shipping.

http://snpequipment.com/

StLRPh
01-04-2011, 08:41 AM
Texas Strength Systems also makes one for about half the price of Elites

Tom Mutaffis
01-04-2011, 09:55 AM
Scott from Strength and Power Equipment Company makes a "lung breaker" which is the same as the prowler. He lists is for $300 plus shipping.

http://snpequipment.com/

The 'lung breaker' is also sold by Spud Inc. for $309, but it is the same as the Econo Prowler which you can get directly from Elite for $269 + shipping.

ThomasG
01-04-2011, 10:29 AM
This is not just because I am sponsored by Elite, but the Prowler will kick your butt! Keep in mind, I paid for mine. It is nothing like pushing a car, or dragging a tire or sled. The low handles are nuts. However, I have found a downfall. I don't like pushing it on my lawn. It can dig it up a bit. I do have the econo, so maybe the regular with the bigger skis does not have that problem. So if you don't care about your lawn or you can push it on pavement I say go for it.

x2

I push mine on a turf field I can't even imagine how grass would work.

Travis Bell
01-04-2011, 10:38 AM
The Prowler is awesome for conditioning. Hands down one of my favorite tools in the gym.

However its crazy expensive. If you are handy with fabrication, I'd just build one. If not, you're probably stuck paying out the wazoo for one

If you are serious about conditioning, it's worth the investment though.

ThomasG
01-04-2011, 10:40 AM
I got mine from

http://www.texasstrengthsystems.com/sleds.html

$205

kzk464s
01-04-2011, 10:51 AM
Yea, they are brutal and like others have said, far more intense than a sled or pushing a car. We had one custom built for us and used it on concrete pavement and on asphalt. Asphalt is definitely "easier" than the former.

ScottYard
01-04-2011, 12:42 PM
I love my prowler. Best conditioning tool and great for strength work too as it has a assortment of connecting spots.

theBarzeen
01-04-2011, 01:06 PM
I'm lucky to be a member at a gym that has a homemade prowler...... between that and tire training it's great conditioning.

Clone
01-04-2011, 01:18 PM
I made my own out of wood.

Pic was taken before the handles were cut down. Wood was from another project so it has some extra holes here and here.

I later put an eyelet up front for pulling.

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m301/BCR_02/sled005.jpg

Clone
01-04-2011, 01:21 PM
Another pic mid-construction.

http://i107.photobucket.com/albums/m301/BCR_02/sled003.jpg

Tom Mutaffis
01-04-2011, 02:11 PM
If anyone happens to live near Charlotte there is a fabricator here who makes nice equipment. He can customize equipment for specific applications and also does custom colors - for less than the cost of an Econo Prowler from EFS.

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs572.ash2/149443_1431358944103_1236777911_30971994_1173303_n.jpg

Travis Bell
01-04-2011, 03:13 PM
Yea, they are brutal and like others have said, far more intense than a sled or pushing a car. We had one custom built for us and used it on concrete pavement and on asphalt. Asphalt is definitely "easier" than the former.

not when it's sunny and 95 degrees out lol. I found that out the hard way

Dan Fanelli
01-04-2011, 05:47 PM
Id go with a tire first, until it becomes too easy..... A truck tire would be nice, but a regular car tire can be rigged up with a couple of 45lb plates and get the job done.

dechrist
01-04-2011, 05:55 PM
Thanks for all the tips guys. That tire article was actually a great read. I'm probably going to grab a tire this weekend and do some flips and drags. Saturday is always my conditioning day just to give my heart a good workout.

austin.j.taylor
01-05-2011, 07:54 AM
I have been thinking of making a prowler out of old snowmobile ski's and some wood. I dont think it would tear up my grass as badly.

theBarzeen
01-05-2011, 07:54 AM
If anyone happens to live near Charlotte there is a fabricator here who makes nice equipment. He can customize equipment for specific applications and also does custom colors - for less than the cost of an Econo Prowler from EFS.

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/hs572.ash2/149443_1431358944103_1236777911_30971994_1173303_n.jpg

Wow..... that does look really nice.....

no way could I manage the shipping costs from NC to IL.... but I'm willing to bet that I could weld that up....

Paul Sousa
01-05-2011, 11:41 AM
I got mine from

http://www.texasstrengthsystems.com/sleds.html

$205

They're having a sale too, $175 and no shipping cost. That is a sick deal.