Peter Klug is a 6-foot-6, 250-pound high school football player who just finished his junior year at Blue Valley North in Overland Park, Kansas. The 17-year-old, who plays defensive end and offensive tackle, currently holds Division I football scholarship offers from Wyoming, Northern Illinois, Tulane, Air Force, Northern Iowa, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Illinois State; and he is also getting interest from schools such as Cincinnati, Kansas and Kansas State.
At a workout session a few weeks ago at TopSpeed Strength and Conditioning (Kansas City), Klug—with an assist from training pals Riley Pint and Karter Odermann—loaded up the push-sled with over 1,000 pounds and drove it 15 yards at a pretty quick pace. It was his last set of sled-pushes for the day. Check out the video below:
Sleds are a great training tool for athletes for several reasons:
- Unilateral strength development
- The ability to work various shin angles for drive/acceleration phase improvement
- Better development of relative strength, which for sprinters and speed/power athletes is more beneficial than absolute strength
The metabolic toll of sled training is arguably the highest there is, so it is potentially the greatest conditioning tool you can find. Research from MU’s Assistant Director of Strength & Conditioning Bryan Mann found that offensive linemen who “won” their battles against defensive linemen moved at .6 meters per second after initial contact, and though Klug did not have a TENDO unit attached, it’s easy to tell he was moving much faster than that.