Exercise Profile
  • Target Muscle Group
  • Exercise TypeConditioning
  • Equipment RequiredSled
  • MechanicsCompound
  • Force TypePush (Bilateral)
  • Experience LevelBeginner
  • Secondary Muscles
    Abs, Adductors, Calves, Glutes, Hamstrings, Quads, Shoulders, Triceps
Target Muscle Group


Chest Muscle Anatomy Diagram

Sled Press Overview

The sled press is a variation of the sled push and an exercise used to strengthen the muscles of the chest.

As you press, the sled will put concentric tension on the muscles used – making it a perfect exercise for those rehabbing injury, as you don’t have to worry about the eccentric motion of the lift.

Sled drags can be an extremely beneficial conditioning exercise or they can be used as a strength building exercise depending on how you fit them into your workout routine.

Sled Press Instructions

  1. Load the desired weight onto the sled and attach a set of handles with a nylon strap.
  2. Setup in a split stance athletic position with your body inclined away from the sled at roughly 45 degrees and your arms loaded by your torso.
  3. Press the handles away from your torso by extending the arms.
  4. Take a few steps forward until you again have sufficient tension on the handles.
  5. Repeat until you reach the desired number of repetitions, distance, or time.

Sled Press Tips

  1. Keep some tension through your midsection as this will prevent you from overextending as you press.
  2. If you don’t have access to a sled, you can push a car or even a plate across astroturf.
  3. Some prefer to push with the head down while others would rather look up. This is somewhat personal preference but it will also depend upon the individual and how they present in a resting position.
    • If someone exhibits more extension bias then they may want to experiment with looking down as this will help to keep them a bit more neutral.
    • If someone exhibits more flexion bias then they may want to experiment with looking up as this will help to drive more extension and keep them a bit more neutral.
  4. Given sled pushes/drags don’t have any eccentric component they can very beneficial to incorporate during rehab, as a method of conditioning which won’t incur excessive soreness or load joints excessively.