The prowler

 

2 words that can make even the toughest bloke go weak at he knees

 

That horrible bit of kit that can sap your soul

 

I remember back in 2008 when I first started to use it

 

In fact it wasn’t even a proper prowler

 

It was one of those big punch bags with the floor that you filled with water to stop it from falling over and moving all around the place

 

We had literally zero budget so it came in handy as a stand in prowler, and had pretty similar effects

 

You see it pretty much everywhere now

 

Crossfit made it a pretty common piece of kit, and now even your posh gyms have them in

 

The trouble for me know is how they are being used

 

Is there good enough rhyme or reason for making them part of your conditioning plan

 

There are some things you need to take into consideration

 

1) Is it for enhancing sprint technique?

 

Sprinting technique drills have been massively in fashion over the last few years, particularly following Bosch’s work

 

And the prowler can be another one of these. On both ends of the spectrum

 

If its fairly light then you can work on that snap of the front leg drive, shin lead and hip extension on the back leg whilst keeping your torso in line

 

Really working on that short powerful foot to ground connection

 

Or if its loaded then you can gain a more isometric effect, working the strength in sprinting position angle

 

But what you see most of is it thrown in just to smash someone during a conditioning circuit

 

And ive done this myself in the past

 

But I think we need to be smarter than this now

 

Every time we are in the gym, or working with a player, we need to be making sure this is either gonna help them improve their game, improve their body or be decreasing the risk of injury

 

If its just for a laugh and to have someone crawling to the changing rooms to be sick then we may have lost the whole point

 

Something to think about for fast bowler training

 

Dewsy

 

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