DIY Tire Sled

Why you need a Sled:

Sled dragging is a very effective option for all levels of athletes challenging your level of conditioning with minimal wear and tear on the body. (It is very easy on the knees, hips, and ankles, making it great tool for older strength athletes!) For younger athletes, it’s a great way to build the lungs and legs/hips with minimal coaching. Plus it does not require the high learning curve of a squat or the deadlift. Sled workouts are quick and efficient. In less than 20 minutes, an athlete can push their way to burning lungs and legs. In my opinion, it’s the bestoption for those without a bike, rower, or treadmill in their home gym arsenal.

Quick Snapshot

Build It – For as little as $15, you could have the most badass piece of conditioning at your disposal

Buy It – Rogue Fitness and EliteFTS make steel sleds for $125 + shipping but you run the risk of upsetting your neighbors with the noise of steel on pavement


  • Used Tire = free from the local tire shop
  • 3” Eye bolt, washer, and lock nut = $5
  • 12’ light chain (or other straps), carabineers, handles, or an old Back Pack = $10-$30



***If you are lucky, a 45 lbs plate MAY fit on top of the DIY Tire Sled where the old rim was.



Optional for those who want to build a plywood top to secure weights:

If you’re not lucky, plan on loading 25 lbs plates, or want a more secure surface for your weights, you will need to build a base with a loading pin.



  • ¾” plywood
  • Screws
  • 1 1/2 in. Galvanized Malleable Iron Floor Flange = $17
  • 1 1/2 in. x 8 in. Galvanized Steel Nipple = $9
  • HEX Lag bolts = $1

NOTE:  Diameter of the steel MUST be based on the diameter of your plates

  • Power Drill
  • Drill Bit
  • Adjustable Wrench
  • Circular Saw or Jig Saw (for optional plywood top)
 Total Budget DIY Tire Sled 

approximately $15 – $60 based on your needs


  1. Drill a hole in the DIY Tire Sled for the Eye bolt
  2. Insert the eyebolt, place the washer and lock nut on the inside of tire and tighten with Adjustable Wrench
  3. Clip on Large carabineer to Eye bolt
  4. Attach the chain or strap to the Large carabineer
    1. You will need 2 lengths of chain or straps if you plan on using handles for additional upper body work
    2. You will only need 1 length of chain or strap if you plan on using your old back pack for walking with the sled
  5. Clip another Large carabineers to other end of the chain or straps
  6. Attach your old back pack or handles

Optional Assembly for the Plywood Top

  • Place your tire on top of the plywood
  • Trace the plywood
  • Using your Circular Saw or Jig Saw, cut the plywood into a circle
  • Drill the plywood circle to the top of the tire
  • Center the flange on the plywood circle and attach with 4 lag screws
  • Cut scrap plywood into squares
  • Screw them to the plywood surrounding the flange
    • This will act as a stabilizer so your plates are rattling during your workout
  • Hand screw the nipple into the flange



About the author

MICHAEL VOLKMAR, MS, CSCS, PES, CPT, received his master’s degree in Exercise Science with a specialization in Exercise, Nutrition, and Eating Behavior from George Washington University (GWU). In 2001, Mike started his well-traveled path in Sports Performance Training at the Junior College level (OCC, Onondaga, NY) working with the baseball team. He worked for three years as the Strength and Conditioning Coach at GWU, first with the Single A affiliate (High Desert Mavericks) of the Milwaukee Brewers, and later season with the Double A affiliate (Harrisburg Senators) of the Washington Nationals, before moving on to spend one year at the International Performance Institute of IMG Academies, FL. Mike continued his professional development by becoming the Director of Strength and Conditioning at the APEX Academies. Currently, Mike is the strength and conditioning coach at the Peddie School. A Division I baseball player during his undergraduate career, Mike is an amateur powerlifter with a passion for all things fitness. Mike has advanced specialty certifications in strength and conditioning, post-rehab exercise, athletic development, and sports medicine. He is a NSCA New Jersey State Advisory Board Member. Train with Coach Volkmar in the Summer: Summer Program Check out my books on Amazon: The Mobility Workout Handbook Tabata Workout Handbook, Volume 2 The Garage Gym Bible The Dumbbell Workout Handbook Other Media: GetFitNow Training & Conditioning Magazine IHeartRADIO Podcast



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