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3 Dimensional Movement for More Game Like Reps
The New Z Leverage Sled takes training to the next level. Training with the Z Leverage sled is going to make your players stronger and more skillful. The Z Leverage Sled combines a level of skill, strength, and adjustability never seen before in one sled. The sideto-side movement of the leverage arms requires body balance and strength to control and drive the sled. Each arm travels approximately 10 to 12 degrees from center (each arm is limited in travel so that the pads cannot crash into each other). Footwork, good or bad, becomes evident quickly. Players must keep their feet on the ground and maintain their power bases to control and drive the sled. Use the Z Leverage to increase the quality of explosive strength that enables athletes to stay on blocks, get off blocks, or move opponents.
ENHANCE FOOTWORK & SKILL – ALL SEASON LONG
Poor footwork will be exposed quickly on the Z Leverage Sled and then the sled provides unlimited future lessons each rep to improve that deficiency. Because each leverage arm rises independently you can see the pad height of each player. No more hiding on a big sled. The design of the leverage arms looks modern but they are designed for functionality. The tube design allows the leverage arms to rest on the ground without the need of a pontoon sticking out into the player’s footwork or movement. Each Leverage Arm has 2 levels of height adjustment. You can lock the arm down so that it allows limited leverage, allowing the pad to chest height and no further, or you take the pin out and allow unlimited range to work on full extension. The leverage arm can also be locked from rotating left or right. All of these features can be adjusted individually and are easy and fast to adjust.
Adjustable Pad Height
The Z Leverage is adjustable for all levels of play. You can set the pad height for your size players and your style of play, something no other leverage sled offers. Each pad can be raised or lowered over 12” (from approximately 10” low to 50” high (measuring the top to the bottom of the pad). The adjustments are on 4” increments. You can raise the pad for pass protection and lower the pad for goal line drills. You can raise the pad for collegiate players and lower the pad for smaller varsity players. You don’t have to worry if the sled is the right size for you because you can adjust it to your desired height. The pivot arm is connected to a coil spring for realistic resistance. The pads are angled forward to simulate an attacking opponent and thus encourage your player to maintain proper power angles by keeping their knees ahead of their toes. By inserting the Z Leverage into your practice plan you will see results on game day.
Side to Side Movement
Each leverage arm travels side to side and up and down for realistic 3 dimensional movement. Each arm travels approximately 10 to 12 degrees from center. You will be able to see and critique footwork immediately. Thus your players must keep their feet in the ground and maintain their power base to control the pad in motion. Each arm is limited in travel so that 2 players cannot crash into each other with their pads. The leverage arm can also be locked in the down position to work on drive blocking. The leverage arm can also be locked from rotating left or right. All of these features can be adjusted individually. All of these features are easy and fast to adjust, something no other leverage sled offers.
Working on the sled is going to make your players stronger and more skillful. With the Z Leverage you combine a sled with an upper body and lower body weight machine. The upper body is worked by raising the leverage arm. Each leverage arm weighs approximately 160 lbs. Each arm can be weighted heavier by adding plates, something no other leverage sled offers, but must programs will find the standard weight ideal and heavy enough. Players will enhance their game feel for gaining leverage because of the true weight of the arm. It’s not easy to leverage an opponent out of their power angles, nor should the sled but easy to leverage if it’s going to be effective. Each player is lifting their pad against gravity, not an artificial weight that is helped or resisted by a spring.
Leverage the Pad
To leverage the pad and move the sled your players will be trained on the Z Leverage to shoot their hips and bring their feet. Because each arm is independent of each other you can see the pad height of each player. It’s easy to spot a player to tall too early. The tubular design of the leverage arms and their offset bends look modern and add to the appeal of the sled but they are designed with a functional use in mind. The tubes allow the leverage arm to rest on the ground without the need of a pontoon sticking out into the player’s footwork or movement, something no other leverage sled offers. The Leverage Arm has 2 levels of height adjustment. You can lock the arm down so that it allows limited leverage, allowing the pad to chest height and no further, or you take the pin out and allow unlimited range to work on full extension.
Purchase any size sled and add to it later, or purchase a larger sled and break it down into smaller sleds. For example you can easily and quickly change a 7 man sled into a 5 and 2 man sled.
Wide Pad Spacing
Wide pad spacing allows realistic lateral movement. Center to center of each pad is 53”. The wide spacing allows players to take an offset alignment. Also helps player safety by not stepping on one another. The Sled is 128” in length from the pad to the back of the pontoon.
Multiple Use Sled
Hitting and driving the Z Leverage for reps becomes a total body workout. The kinesiology required of a player to generate power and agility can be learned and enhanced through repetitious use of the Z Leverage The Z Leverage is many concepts rolled into one sled: It’s a traditional drive block sled because you can lock the pad down and use your hands or shoulder. Defenders can work on stuffing the block, gaining separation, and then escaping. It’s a zone block sled because you can hit the pads at an angle, it’s a leverage sled because each pad individually raises, it’s a goal line sled because you can hit the pads low from a goal line stance, it’s a strength sled because leveraging the pad takes at least 150 lbs. of strength, while driving the sled takes 301 lbs. of force per chassis. That creates good effort through the hips and legs. With the Z Leverage you combine a sled with an upper body and lower body weight machine, the best of all worlds.
The flat bottom pontoons, turned up on both sides so they don’t catch on the grass, and the round tubing of the leverage arm will glide over turf or grass.
Bring the Sled Indoors
With the purchase of the optional Z Leverage Platform, the Z Leverage is the only sled designed to be taken apart and brought into your weight room in the off season. How does this work? First, unbolt The Tubular Leverage Arm from the chassis of the sled. This is a simple 4 bolt operation. Second, bolt the Leverage Arm to the optional Z Leverage Platform. You now have a plate loaded leverage machine in your weight room.
The Z Pad
The Z Pad has realistic arm pits built into the pad to simulate game like hand placement. The player’s hands fit tight into the pad. The pad cover is made with 18 oz. nylon and is screened with jersey numbers and a facemask. The pads mount to the sled via two pockets sewn into the pad with 40 oz. nylon and 2” wide gripper webbing. The pads don’t twist or turn easily on the pad plate. The pads are easily removable for storage without any need of tools or pins.
HEAVY, REALISTIC, GAME-LIKE
The Z Leverage Sled will initially expose weakness in a player’s skill or strength. For example, if a player lacks upper body strength he might struggle to leverage the pad. Each leverage arm weighs approximately 185 lbs. Obviously it’s not easy to leverage an opponent in a game, so for the sled to be effective it needs to be difficult. Each player is lifting a pad against gravity, not an artificial weight that is helped or resisted by a spring. As another example, if a player lacks core strength or lower body mechanics he will likely struggle to drive the sled squarely.
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