"NFL players and coaches are the best in the world at setting the standard for all levels of football and demonstrating excellent technique" - Troy Vincent, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operation.
Kick-off the football season with a speed and strength training workout routine! Whether you are getting back into the game or seeking a new workout plan, a strength training routine combined with cardio will get you ready for the season. In the past, NFL players were expected to bulk up on mass during their training sessions. Today, players are training harder and smarter than ever before, with speed and endurance at the core of their techniques.
Football players dominate a 100-yard field with speed, coordination and explosive strength, then return the next day for more. Do you think you have what it takes to train like a professional football player? Share your workouts with us on our Instagram or Facebook!
1. Russel Wilson: Box Jumps
Box Jumps are widely known as an effective workout for football players to increase power and strength in their legs. Russel Wilson once told Men's Fitness “I’ve really focused on my leg strength in recent years ... When you’re growing up, you always think that your upper body strength and everybody is testing your best thing, your bench max and all that kind of stuff. As a quarterback, it’s really more so leg strength, core strength, shoulder stability, and core stability."
2. Odell Beckham Jr.: Reverse Split-Jumps
The wide receiver of the Cleaveland Browns, has the reputation of being one of the most dedicated hardworking football players (and outspoken too). One of his techniques is the reverse lunge split-jump, where he takes a large step backward with one leg (lunge form), bends his front knee until its almost 90 degrees, then presses through both feet to jump off the ground and switch legs.
3. J.J. Watt: 1,000lb Tire Flips
Defensive and offensive linemen need to be strong and powerful due to the nature of their position. These players are constantly being pushed and pulled in every direction during game time. There's no question why tire flips are a part of J.J. Watt's workout regimen - tire flips force the body to do repetitive explosive movements. The heavy weight of the tire combined with the explosive movement helps players train for the forceful impacts they'll experience during the season.
4. Cam Newton: Chain Push-Up
Cam Newton is the Carolina Panthers quarterback, and also one of the most renowned football players. Earning three Pro-Bowls, there's no doubt his training techniques are effective. One of his fitness training secrets is the "chain push-up," where push-ups are completed with a heavy chain placed on the lower back. This modification helps isolate and strengthen the core.
5.Patrick Peterson: Uphill Speed Ladder
The Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson is praised as one of the best cornerbacks in history. Peterson says, "Going uphill makes your muscles work harder than they would if you were just on a flat surface; you'll get more out of it." Uphill running provides you with the perfect combination of strength and speed training, with practice you'll build stamina and increase explosivity.
One thing all athletes share in common is the value they have for recovery. Football player James Harrison relies on acupunture as part of his recovery plan to reduce pain and promote muscle healing. If needles aren't your thing, a soothing massage with Musclease Active Body Oil or Refreshing Gel can revitalize tired muscles and relieve post-workout soreness. For a full-body recovery treatment, start off with an Aching Muscle Super Soak bath.