Monday, October 8, 2012

Football Training

It's that time of year again here in the U.S.A. Football is the spectacle that pays the bills for most of the other collegiate sports. Training for American football is so laden with tradition, ego, and inbreeding (coaches hire former players and the programs are perpetuated for better and for worse). What football teams do in their palatial weight rooms can be humorous at times. I have seen teams invest in expensive platforms and bumper plates, then do nothing but hang cleans. I have seen big belts cinched on tight for a bench press workout and "strength coaches" cheering and exhorting 1 more rep while the athlete is power cleaning with a rounded back and pulling with his arms. I could go on and on but the point is, in most football weight rooms, enthusiasm generally far exceeds knowlege and technical expertise. Having ranted all that, below is clip that shows some pretty good teachnique by football standards. While I do not buy into the idea that bashing a medicine ball against the wall prepares the body to take a hit, overall the program and the feedback the players are recieving is commendable. I also like the platforms being unencumbered by the racks and good squat depth along with basic movements like rows. If you watch the whole thing, there are bunch of other programs featured that allow comparison. There are some commendable programs and then there are many teams that seem to win on the field in spite of what they do in the weight room.

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