Armored Fitness Equipment

XPO Trainer® Reviews

Check out what users are saying about the XPO Trainer®:

 

What's better than pushing heavy things? Pushing reverse motor powered accommodating-resistance heavy things of course! Real talk, this thing is easily the best tool I've ever used for teaching acceleration mechanics. It allows a dramatic elongation of the acceleration phase without needing to hit a ton of bricks at the start. If you've ever tried to significantly slow down the drive phase with external load, as a learning tool, you know what I'm talking about. If the drive phase mechanics of low shin angles and and high force production need to be slowed down to allow the athlete many more reps (increased step number) for learning, the load almost always has to be so great on a normal prowler sled that to initiate movement requires breakdown of sprint mechanics. Not the case with this sled. . .

This sucker is now a staple of training to be included in phases where force production and acceleration mechanics are key and will precede things like hill sprints and short flat accelerations in the annual cycle. FYI, it's made by Armored Fitness and marketed primarily to CrossFit Games folks, but the utility of it for sprint coaches is arguably even higher. Paired with what I'd like to think is decent coaching ;) I've seen single session improvements in sprint acceleration mechanics that just haven't been possible before without a way to easily elongate the true drive phase of a sprint. I'll report back on how the athlete's progress into transitioning out of their new-found acceleration phases!
Alex Harrison XPO Trainer 

 

“For explosive training, there may not be anything better out there than being able to do sprints with a sled.”
“Its got a resistance built into it…because it’s causing friction, the harder you push, the more resistance it adds. You don’t ever have to put a lot of weight on it...[a 45 pound plate] just keeps that front tire from jumping off the ground.”
“This is something my wife and I would be able to train at the same time...never have to change the weight on the actual sled.”
“It doesn’t make any awful grinding, disgusting noises.”
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“It is a really interesting piece of equipment because instead of just adding weight to this…the resistance is from an electric motor wired backwards. So you are actually generating energy and that motor is soaking it up.”
“The faster you turn that wheel the more resistance it gives.”
“Absolutely kills all the momentum that you have!”
“If it gives this much resistance going downhill with me having to push it downhill, just imagine what it feels like going uphill. It was absolutely horrible. Calves were burning, my everything was burning. It would be a shorter list to name the things that weren’t hurting when I was doing this.”
“All I have on there is a 45 pound plate... the sled doesn’t tip over because that front wheel is slowing down.”
“I pushed downhill and it was actually a lot harder than I thought it was gonna be.”
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The XPO Trainer has changed the way we can program our high school speed and agility sessions. Our athletes love the challenge and I love the versatility. It is a brilliant idea, and great product!

 

The XPO Trainer is a beautiful machine. Way more than I thought it would be. I am handicapped with spinal issues that effect the movement (or lack of) of my legs. I have trouble walking and walking is good for your back. The XPO Trainer is easy to use. You do not need to add weights to give more resistance. The harder you push, the harder it pushes back at you. So for people like me it is simple to use. But the best is that I can use it. The XPO Trainer is very stable so it gives me the support I need to be able to walk for exercise. Without it, I could not walk up the hill on the video. I highly recommend the XPO Trainer for anyone who has trouble walking. It has really worked for me.

 

Hands down, the XPO Sled is my favorite piece of equipment in the gym. Actually, if we tracked actual athlete contact time, no other training tool would log as much time under use either. Someone brings it out in the morning and it is used the entire day, from warm ups to brutal bouts of XPO chicken. We love it.

The XPO Sled scalability also can't be beat. My seven year old daughter and I are both able to use the same load. The days of changing a million plates are over. Did I mention this thing won't destroy your floor and won't bum out the neighbors with the sound of sled-grind?

We've been running a prototype for a year and have literally had to tell a thousand people that they cannot buy ours. If you could buy one thing in addition to a barbell, the XPO Sled would be it.
Kelly Starrett XPO Trainer

 

I have thoroughly enjoyed the XPO trainer. It gives me a workout that I could not find elsewhere. It definitely meets my needs. I am not a trainer or a fitness facility. I am just a fat old accountant that pushes the XPO around after dark trying to beat this old body into shape so that I can function when I get into my 60s and 70s.

 

I’ve been using this sled for about a month and it’s an amazing conditioning tool that works the posterior chain while increasing baseline work capacity. It will humble you! The sled is SO easy to use without much instruction that I can get clients going on it right away – walking, running, sprinting, pulling. I found it to be a terrific workout for my time. With under 200 meters of pushing you can get a killer workout! So, if you’re going for that one piece of equipment to have at home or at your gym, this is the one! Used by itself, or combined in with other workout modalities, the XPO Sled is my favorite workout toy! Do your homework and make the move! You won’t regret it." Read more. . .
Eva T XPO Trainer

 

The first time I used the XPO trainer, it caught me off guard with the first push! I was able to pair the XPO trainer with my heart rate training programs for successful interval workout. It's challenging, fun, and one of a kind piece of equipment every gym needs.

 

The XPO sled has become one of the most popular tools in our gym. So easy to set up and use, that our teens through competitors use it regularly. I guarantee your neighbors and landlord are not excited about seeing sparks fly and gouges in the parking lot that you get from regular sleds. Oh, it also DESTROYS people. Always an added bonus.

 

The XPO Sled is an essential piece of equipment for any box or gym for several reasons.

  1. You get as much out of the XPO Sled as you put into it. The harder you push, the greater the resistance. I coach Basics for CrossFit Richardson and I LOVE the comments our new athletes have before (“Oh it’s on wheels? No problem.”) and after (insert heavy breathing here) their first XPO Sled experience.
  2. ANYONE can use it. If it’s your first day of CrossFit or if you’re a CrossFit Games competitor, if you’re 100lbs overweight and can’t run 100ft or if you have a 4min mile, you’ll not only be able to use the XPO Sled but you’ll get an incredible workout as well.
  3. The XPO Sled can be used for multiple purposes. Sprints, long distance, pushing or pulling, gravel or grass, the XPO Sled if functional for any setting. I’m always in awe of the Founder, Bill Strahan, when he pulls the XPO Sled out in inclement weather for his daily “400m warm-up.”
  4. You LITERALLY can’t fail. When you’re at the tail end of a WOD and still have 50ft to push the XPO Sled and your legs are toast, you can still make progress. Walk (or crawl) that baby to the finish line and collapse to the ground knowing you successfully finished your first XPO Sled WOD!"

 

In CrossFit, we always talk about the scalability of exercises. The beauty of the XPO Sled is that it's scalable for a person that is five or sixty five. No need to make any adjustments. No need to add or remove any weights. You simply push it and it does the job. It gets you wrecked!

For athletes looking to build power, speed, and metabolic conditioning, there simply isn't a better training tool than the XPO sled.

 

The XPO Sled has truly been my favorite thing to do during this pregnancy. I teach yoga, I teach CrossFit, I teach bootcamp, and I love the XPO Sled. It gives me a good workout and I don't feel like I'm hurting myself!

 

There is nothing else out there quite like the XPO Sled. As the motto states, it is never easy and if you want to increase strength, power, explosiveness, and endurance, XPO Sled is the key. Anybody from a football player to a crossfitter can benefit from the XPO Sled.

 

I've used the XPO Sled a few times now. Unlike the sleds that slide on the floor, this sled is smooth and very easy to use - even for beginners. What a great product and workout! Go CrossFitters!!!