1. Diversity of Exercises
No matter what muscle group and/or type of training we are coaching on any given day, we can always think of ways to incorporate The Butcher. We can push it in a high or low body position, we can push it in reverse, we can pull it with handles attached, we can pull it with battle ropes attached and all this can be done no matter the age or fitness level of the athlete. The design of this training tool allows the coach or athlete to add normal plates of various weight to the sled.
2. Supplement to Sprinting Mechanics
A variation of The Butcher we use very frequently is pushing the sled with the arms extended forward. Our athlete's are taught to drive their knees up (within the frame of their body) with a forward lean. When the sled is loaded up to a reasonable resistance, the athlete must drive their knees up and forcefully push off the ground in order to advance the sled forward. Because of the lean created by The Butcher during this pushing motion, the athlete cannot stand straight up and "stride out", this exercise is a great way to reinforce our coaching ques.