The Prowler was originally invented around 2004/2005 in the U.S by Joey Batson who I believe was a strength coach with Clemson University in collaboration with William Strength Systems.
However it was Elite Fitness who marketed the product and gave the prowler its initial popularity amongst the coaching fraternity which then saw it sky rocket to fame through countless YouTube videos from the end users who also coined the infamous phrase “Prowler flu” for the debilitating effect it has on the body.
Apart from the obvious benefits of helping boost overall fitness, endurance, increasing lower body strength and power and combined with a good diet it melts fat faster than a frying pan the prowler caters for all ages and body shapes, as it is easy to use. Basically anyone with 2 legs and 2 arms can participate – there is no learning curve… just push.
From an injury perspective the prowler is pretty safe as once fatigue sets in, you stop…. (or collapse) and rest before you re-start. The only injuries we have had in five years apart from broken pride are two pulled calves from prowler sprints.
The device can be dragged, pulled (like a mini sled) or pushed, opening up a range of movements and training sessions for the switched on coach or user.
Weight loads can be quickly varied and adjusted to suit participant’s strength or fitness levels.
Its flexibility also enables users to target specific training needs such as interval training, speed work, cardiovascular workouts and maximal strength development.
There are a countless number of routines that can be performed both individually and as a team. Personally I prefer the team approach as there is nothing like a bit of competition – even if the people training with you don’t realise they are in a competition… in my mind its happening and it keeps me going when the other side of my brain is telling me I’m too old for this shit and I should just stop!!