Football Training for Athletes
The expression “Bigger, Faster, Stronger” is a fairly accurate summary of what we want to accomplish with training. However, each athlete is different and unique. Based on testing and constant re-testing, each athlete’s program will be customized in order to prioritize certain areas of weakness and elicit the desired progression to achieve their goals. Some athletes may need to put on more size, some athletes may need to get faster, some athletes may have pre-existing injuries; each individual circumstance will be taken into account and dealt with as necessary.
Having the privilege to help young athletes reach their goals and realize their potential is something we take pride in as coaches. Above all, the ultimate goal is to positively impact a young athlete’s life. We want our athletes to come into each workout with enthusiasm and eagerness to get better. Part of the training process is ensuring that each athlete is constantly gaining knowledge and confidence. This may be mastering lifting form and technique, discussing individual exercises or phases and why things are being done a certain way, learning specific rehab or prehab movements, nutritional advice, or developing grit, and mental fortitude.
What is testing and why do it?
Fitness testing and assessment within football is standard protocol. By testing our athletes, we can begin to better understand where they fit amongst a standard of football players – whether it be at their own age group, at the college level, or at the NFL level. With this understanding we can form and develop a plan to help each athlete not only meet the standards they must reach, but exceed them. Each athlete can have a better idea of where they stand amongst their peers and how they would line up with the top athletes of their sport.
When should I start training?
Right now. Any athlete who wishes to excel at their sport and have the upperhand on the competition needs to train like it. Benefits exist for all age ranges. Success doesn’t just happen – it is something you work for everyday. Don’t wait for tomorrow. Now is the time to decide that you want to be the best.
How often should I train in the off-season?
Ideally, 3 or 4 times per week in the gym or at home. Simply put, once a week is not enough and twice is just scratching the surface. To truly maximize the opportunity for proper development, an athlete needs to receive consistent stimulus – 3 to 4 days a week allows for this consistency.
Can I train with my friends or teammates?
Yes, in fact, we encourage it! There is an elevated level of competition and camaraderie that arises when athletes train in small groups. With this in mind, we often put athletes into groups of 3-5. In doing so, we try to create an environment of healthy competition while also promoting aspects of team building. This also allows athletes to be accountable to their peers as well as their coach, an important factor in any team sport, particularly football in which one player’s success can be so dependent on the rest of their team.