Contrast Pairing: Heavy Sled March + Explosive Step Up

With my cyclists I’ve been zeroing in on power development and have found that these contrast blocks have been extremely effective when we look back at the results of their power tests. One pairing I’m really enjoying is combining heavy sled marches and explosive step-ups. Although, I think this pairing would work really well for any athlete the joint positioning translates really well to the pedal downstroke and subjectively the athletes have reported feeling stronger in their pedals.

I have also toyed with using power skips as a regression from the explosive step up for beginners or using it as a third exercise in the French Contrast approach.