| | | On the Prowl…. er

Author / John

We love the prowler. We love everything about what it does for training your body, your mind, and your spirit. In fact, every member of Power Athlete staff gets tingly when we see one. We would consider it a necessary piece of training equipment for any Power Athlete. Just as necessary as pants.

Prowler Flu

Don’t have one?  Bummer.  You’re probably wondering if there is any sub for a Prowler push?  No, we haven’t been able to find one.  That said, it’s time to get one.  Can’t afford it? Check out below. It’s time to get crafty! Have you built your own prowler? Lets see it! Upload your picture to comments.

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John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.


  1. tex on June 9, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Hinzman, Power Welder

  2. Matt Williams on June 9, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    I love the prowler! No gym that trains atheletes should be w/out one. My favorite part is when new atheletes do a 150ft sled push w/ half the Wright of regulars and then find out it was the warm up.. More than a few need 15min afterwards to compose themselves..

  3. Masen on June 9, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Has anyone had any issues with prowlers tearing up the pavement/street? I would consider investing in one, but am concerned with destroying the streets in my neighborhood. That simply won’t work.

  4. Michael Pelaez on June 9, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Made one this week actually

  5. Tim on June 9, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Masen – I’ve never seen a well made prowler damage streets. They “glide” over the surface.
    Only sub I’ve found for a prowler is a treadmill push. If I have to work out at the office gym, I push with the treadmill off. It’s obviously a poor substitution, but it’s a lot harder than you might think.

  6. Edwin Townshend on June 10, 2013 at 3:16 am

    Hey Masen
    Old low profile carpet off cuts linked together with cloth tape works a treat. Didn’t think it would work but was pleasantly surprised with the results.

  7. Dave on June 10, 2013 at 5:20 am

    I’m deployed right now…and we have these things called “cruise boxes” We store various items in them for the movement……there pretty light…but we throw about 2-4 45lb plates in there and push them down any hard-ball surface. Nothing like the real thing though!

  8. JeffM on June 10, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Just got a Rogue “Dog Sled.” Pretty new to the prowler, so it’s kicking my ass so far. How are folks working it in with the Collegiate template? Just replacing the DWOD’s here and there?

  9. Steven Platek on June 10, 2013 at 7:55 am


  10. Ingo B on June 10, 2013 at 8:09 am

    I was going to say something misogynistic regarding chicks, welding, sandwich-making, and kitchens, but since it’s Cali, I shall refrain.

  11. Cali on June 10, 2013 at 11:28 am

    @Ingo B- You chose…wisely.

  12. Clark Martin on June 10, 2013 at 11:38 am

    @Cali but seriously how about that sandwich..

  13. b. ibarra on June 10, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    Use it during both warm ups & as a finisher.

  14. Benny_oliver on June 10, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Oh Prowler.. Ive heard placing heavy objects on towels and pushing them across smooth surfaces, i.e. smooth concreted floors as well as basketball gym floors is a suitable all be it, lighter substitute

  15. Cali on June 10, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    @clark martin – I don’t know…between going to Target and doing nothing the rest of the day, I just don’t think I’ll have time.

  16. Dave S on June 11, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    @ Benny, I have seen someone at a Globo gym use a couple of plates wrapped in a towel and push them on the floor. It was a good substitute, but it does present some potential form issues. It is very difficult to push through the core properly and the back tends to round because the person was pushing downwards on an angle and less parallel. Still a good sub.

  17. Rob on June 11, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Has anyone used the Sorinex Root Hog. Its about 100.00 more than the E series or Rogue Butcher. Worth it?

  18. Kent Newland on June 12, 2013 at 2:10 am

    Not exactly a prowler, but my sled that I built for pushing. Works like a champ.

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