running with backpack w/ weights?

Discussion in 'Strength & Conditioning Discussion' started by Nicknitro25, Nov 11, 2005.

  1. Nicknitro25

    Nicknitro25 Guest

    Would my explosive power increase if I run sprints or long distance with a backpack with weights in it either on my back or strapped around my chest area? Wouldnt it sorta be like dragging a sled? Anyone have any info on this?
     
  2. SKD

    SKD Blue Belt

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2003
    Messages:
    948
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Melbourne, Australia
    I suspect it would be hard on your joints.

    I dunno, if you want to join the infantry or something it might be useful (they carry lots of shit), but for fitness it would probably break you
     
  3. Cant a sled work for being more explosive?
     
  4. Nicknitro25

    Nicknitro25 Guest

    I can't afford one/build. So I am looking for alternatives. How about sprinting up a hill?
     
  5. Hill sprinting i hear is good, but like, THE exercise that people have told me for explosiveness is the clean, powerclean, and snatch.
     
  6. Wild Dan Hibiki

    Wild Dan Hibiki Black Belt

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2002
    Messages:
    6,631
    Likes Received:
    6
    Location:
    Sydney, Australia
    explosiveness = power = work/time

    so doing explosive exercises in the shortest amount of time possible (without injuring yourself of course) would be best for developing explosive power.

    but IMO hill climbs and other resistance running is cool as well
     
  7. Urban

    Urban Savage Mystic

    Joined:
    May 16, 2003
    Messages:
    16,853
    Likes Received:
    171
    Location:
    Sippin on sunshine
    Hill sprints or any sprints while carrying a sandbag = progressive resistance for sprints without a sled. Pushing a car is another alternative. All of these will kick your ass. However, I do NOT reccomend a backpack full of weights or a cheap weighted vest for sprints nor distance. It flops around and does more harm than good.
     
  8. BoxingFanNoMore

    BoxingFanNoMore Blue Belt

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2003
    Messages:
    535
    Likes Received:
    0
    Has anybody tried this?

    Cheap, simple, effective sprint sled. Not so manly, but whatever

    Snow Mountain Shredder: Red

    For weight, use sandbags, you should make an adjustable sandbag for training anyways. Replace that handle with some durable rope, attach to old backpack, weightbelt, whatever.

    Put a Xyience sticker over that other one and you will be all the rage with the noobs at the track.

    To be honest, I use a sled that is a little bit more robust than this one, from the looks of it. But it is just plastic, and I just use my sandbag for weight, works fine.
     
  9. BoxingFanNoMore

    BoxingFanNoMore Blue Belt

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2003
    Messages:
    535
    Likes Received:
    0
    I would also strongly suggest against running while wearing weighted vests or packs.

    Like Urban said, I also recommend running hills or stairs while carrying a sandbag, or mini heavy bag. You can more easily control the weight, and can also just throw it down when you slow down, to avoid akward stopping stresses.

    I like to run the bleachers at the track, while shouldering my sandbag.
     
  10. SmashiusClay

    SmashiusClay Avatar of Cyttorak

    Joined:
    May 27, 2005
    Messages:
    6,442
    Likes Received:
    10
    Location:
    England
    Running with weight will hammer your knees, its also the best workout i've ever done but unless I'm forced to do it by the army I stay clear, interestingly enough the most common form of medical discharge from the British Army is injuries to the lower leg and they spend a lot of time running with weighted back packs, makes you think its not such a good idea.

    mind you if you can find a nice hilly area going for a long hike with a back pack is pretty good for endurance and really hammers your lower legs, i suggest you start off with about 35lbs if you have'nt done it before because it pretty soon feels much heavier.
     
  11. carped33z

    carped33z Guest

    there is almost no way to run with weights. ive tried all sorts of things and as urban said, all it does is flop around and slam into you. its also really bad for your joints as mentioned. just say no!

    ive found that hill sprints with boots on make your feet quick. ankle weights have the same problem as a backpack with weights.

    sled is the best thing but you have to make it and find a good place to use it.

    olympic lifts are not unilateral so they ought to be supplemented in my opinion.
     
  12. h8johnny

    h8johnny White Belt

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2005
    Messages:
    50
    Likes Received:
    1
    We used to use weight belts and bunge cords to work on our shoots and man it made a differance. Our wrestling team had the most explosive take downs.
     
  13. Woob

    Woob French knickers belt

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2004
    Messages:
    2,831
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Bournemouth, England
    Run on the beach or any sand. You can't run as far but it will be much better for your fitness and it is much less stressful on your joints. or try running in a swimming pool
     
  14. PikeKing

    PikeKing White Belt

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2005
    Messages:
    108
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Wilts, UK
    yeah i can back that up running in sand is hard work

    plus my bag got stolen from under bournemouth pier so it was even harder getting home
     
  15. Woob

    Woob French knickers belt

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2004
    Messages:
    2,831
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Bournemouth, England
    Well that sucks. promise you it wasn't me. Plenty of knobs that hang around boscombe/bournemouth pier.
     
  16. RedmanWrestler

    RedmanWrestler Purple Belt

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2005
    Messages:
    1,568
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Saskatchewan prairies
    yeah running with ankles weights does some damage on the knees, i've felt what they can do. I'm glad I quit running with those i can't imagine what it would be like with a backpack with weights.
     
  17. Jay M.

    Jay M. Yellow Belt

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2005
    Messages:
    239
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    In the OT until I get my orange belt and then I'll
    A good sled alternative is to get an old tire and tie rope through the hole. If you still have the wheel in it even better because then you can throw sandbags, etc. on top to increase the resistance. You can also nail a piece of plywood on top of it and put your sandbags on it.
     
  18. Jthunder

    Jthunder Green Belt

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2005
    Messages:
    1,387
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    El Reno,OK
    Sounds like a bunch of Xience commercials.
     
  19. Jay M.

    Jay M. Yellow Belt

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2005
    Messages:
    239
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    In the OT until I get my orange belt and then I'll
    It's Xyience; never insult the best line of supplements on the planet! I hope you know that I think Xyience is shit like most supplements.
     
  20. DeltaSigChi4

    DeltaSigChi4 Banned Banned

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2004
    Messages:
    2,873
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Irak
    The United States ARMY called and they said they disagree, respectfully.

    E
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.