The XPO Trainer: A push in the right direction

    What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, faster and a hell of a lot tougher. Here’s how the XPO trainer can help you get it all.

    Sled Training

    Don’t be fooled by their simplicity. Sleds are one of the most relentless tools you can get your hands on in the gym. They have the power to humble you in an instant, while simultaneously training every athletic attribute you desire.

    Don’t be fooled by their simplicity. Sleds are one of the most relentless tools you can get your hands on in the gym. They have the power to humble you in an instant, while simultaneously training every athletic attribute you desire.

    Sled intervals can be done for conditioning, fat loss, muscle building and sport-specific training. They’ll drive your heart rate through the roof, set your lungs on fire, rev up your metabolism and work every muscle in the body. Not to mention the mental strength you’re going to need to get through them. Sounds pretty brutal huh?

    The greatest advantage of sled training is its ability to improve strength, athleticism and work capacity without the negative impacts associated with lifting. When lifting weights, it is the eccentric movement which causes the most muscle damage and soreness, and requires recovery time between workouts. What makes the sled an unmatched strength training modality is that the movement is concentric only. It will not leave you sore.

    The sled also offers a high intensity workout that is far superior to the more traditional forms of cardiovascular training, being low impact it poses little risk of injury and places relatively little stress on the nervous system.

    Don’t let the wheels fool you

    The XPO Trainer is a unique type of Sled, fitted with wheels and a resistance motor that produces exponentially more resistance the harder you push, delivering the ultimate workout in the shortest time possible!

    This revolutionary resistance curve enables it to be instantly scaled for any ability level. If an elite female Crossfitter and a male gym newbie both complete a 50m Sled Push, then the resistance offered by the XPO Trainer will be not be the same, it will be relative to how much force they are able to produce based on their individual strength and fitness levels. This makes the XPO Trainer a perfect machine for athletes of all abilities.

    XPO WOD’s

    For some, it’s the ultimate quest for physical preparedness; for others, the very thought of CrossFit makes them want to puke. Either way, CrossFit is undeniably making a huge impact on the fitness world with many of its followers being huge fans of the XPO Trainer.

    If you’re new to the concept of CrossFit, you’re probably wondering what the heck a ‘WOD’ is. Basically CrossFitters have created their own vocabulary of gym terms, and WOD just means ‘Workout of the Day’.

    The XPO Trainer is ideal for stand-alone conditioning workouts, fat-burning “finishers” or as part of a tough circuit. The options are almost limitless. Here are a few WOD ideas to get you started.

    For Time:

    (CrossFit term for complete the WOD as quickly as you can)
    500m max effort row
    100m XPO push
    2 minute rest
    100m XPO push
    500m max effort row

    AMRAP:

    (As many rounds as possible)
    10 x burpees
    50m XPO push
    Walking lunges 10 x per leg
    Repeat for a total of 10 minutes

    EMOTM:

    (Every minute on the minute)
    Minute 1: 10 x thrusters (simplify – 10 x push press)
    Minute 2: 50m XPO push
    Minute 3: 10 x toes to bar (simplify – 10 x hanging leg raises)
    Repeat for a total of 15 minutes

    Lower intensity work and rehab

    It takes mental toughness to start over following an injury, but this is essential for a full and proper recovery, and the XPO Trainer is the perfect tool to ease any athlete back into training.

    The resistance curve that works so well for max effort style training sessions is also super effective at the lower end of the spectrum. Often in recovery work, an athlete will be required to push against static objects, such as a wall, but this offers no way to test the quality or rate of progress. Alternatively traditional sleds are often used, but these are prone to quickly sliding away and causing further injury. The XPO Trainer provides a very low rolling resistance at low speeds, and the appropriate level of effort can be gauged realistically and accurately, depending on the current state of the athlete. However this can be automatically increased as the injured athlete begins to recover and regain strength.

    In terms of training economy and getting the most for your money, the XPO Trainer is the ultimate tool. Add it to your gym today!