Prowler, Strength Apparatus

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  1. Brad Morris

    Brad Morris Green Belt Professional Fighter

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    I have been looking at some of the strength training equipment on elitefts.com I went through and put into a cart all the things I would like to buy (Wish list at the moment), the total came to just over $20,000. I am sure most of you guys would spend just as much if not more.

    But on a serious note I am looking to buy a prowler or have one made up here is a link http://www.flexcart.com/members/elitefts/default.asp?cid=305&m=PD&pid=1006

    Here is footage from Joe DeFranco showing how the prowler is used.
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    Have any of you had any experience using a prowler? I would also attach a hook or clip point so that the prowler could be dragged or pulled. The Prowler was one of the things that Joe Defranco recommended that I add into my program. It was his suggestion that I buy one or have one made up.

    Obviously all of these strength training drills are pointless for mma if you are not also doing the mma specific training as well. But as an assistance drill I like the variety, challenge and funtional strength carryover of the various strength and conditioning drills like Litvinov Sprints, Tyre flips, Chain Yoke Carries, etc.
     
  2. Urban

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    Search the conditioning forums. there's a couple threads dedicated to it.
     
  3. niagareven

    niagareven Blue Belt

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    I LOVE it. I would buy one if it wasn't so expensive. I know Alan at Pit Bull (link on marunde's site) makes a push sled for like half the price that I've been thinking of buying. His is basically just like a regular ****l sled that has 2 detachable poles that you can push.
     
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    ahab Eater of small villages.

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    After seeing how much pain the guy in the video was in I want one.

    I should just start cutting myself instead. Probably cheaper.
     
  5. blakethemus

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    When do you fly out to the states Brad?
    I've got to find a pub that has UFC 83, or I'll probably order it at my folks house on main event and invite some friends over.
     
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    guy on ebay sells one that is pretty similar. it's a homemade sled that has attachments where you can put poles into it if you want to push it like a prowler
     
  7. Brad Morris

    Brad Morris Green Belt Professional Fighter

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    I fly out on Thursday morning my time and arrive in Nashville Thursday night at about 7pm.

    I am not looking forward to the trip over 14 hours to L.A. then a 6 hour lay over then a 4 hour flight to Nahville. Then drive 50 minutes to Clarksville all up its about 26 hours. But at least this will give me time to get over the jet lag and get used to the time zone. That way when I fly up to Montreal the following week I will only have a one hour time difference to adjust to and will be fresh for the fight.
     
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    Good luck man. I have used a prowler quite a bit. Its a fantastic tool.
     
  9. takeahnase

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    I think it would be similar to car pushing?!
     
  10. Brad Morris

    Brad Morris Green Belt Professional Fighter

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    I imagine so takeahnase, which is something I do now. but the beauty of a prowler is knowing exactly how much you are pushing and being able to manipulate the weight depending on the drill, and having various angles to push from and pull from.

    But as for know I just vary the vechiles I use to push from a small car to an SUV.
     
  11. dexbot

    dexbot chest press = sexiness

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    Yep, car pushing is great, but you need a second person to steer it. Guess when you do it on a regular base it's just easier to handle with a prowler.
     
  12. JRT6

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    I have the econo prowler and it's an awesome finsher on leg day plus I don't have to have someone steer a car or drive to a parking lot. For me the low handles on the prowler are the best part. That being said they are very over priced for cheap steal, welding and paint.

    Now that I think about it the prowler finsher is going to be my next church video.
     
  13. graedy

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    How about a S&P fanproject: A Prowler for Matsumi.
    Either Bacon or Fatty could make the whole thing and the rest could send some money for the steel.
    Let's see what our chieforganizer Kurt has to say about that...
     
  14. JRT6

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    Shipping to Australia would be murder. Brad's probably best off having someone make a prowler for him there.

    One good thing is that I go to London Ohio (where EltieFTS is) for training a few times a year so I didn't have to pay shipping saving me some serious coin.
     
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    Brad Morris Green Belt Professional Fighter

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    graedy, thanks for the suggestion but I would not feel right about doing that, besides I have a friend who can make it for me very cheaply here in Australia.

    At the moment so many things are undecided for me and are dependant on a number of factors including how this first UFC fight goes. I may even move over to the U.S. shortly.
     
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    Maybe I am imagining this, but I believe Fatty made his own prowler and has plans on how to do so. I know someone did on T-nation too if I can find that thread...
     
  17. Bubble Boy

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    Brad, if you move to the U.S. you can live with me. My wife and kids should be fine staying at the in-laws (they have a spare room there).

    This is awesome.
     
  18. Bubble Boy

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    That prowler video rocked. That was Defranco pushing it? He was the guy running along side. The drunken sailor walk ("Don't puke in the gym!") and petite seizure 1000 yard stare were golden.

    Seems like it would be reasonably cheap to make your own.
     
  19. graedy

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    I just thought this might be a more personal fansupport than buying t-shirts or something the like. But I didn't really think much about the idea at all. Just wrote it down.
    I know it has been said a thousand times but I will definatelly crush my thumbs on april 19th for you.
     
  20. SnowMongoose

    SnowMongoose Blue Belt

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    yeah, honestly, show that video to anyone with half decent welding skills and access to a shop, and they can put something together fairly inexpensively.
     

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