How to Prepare for Next Season: NFL Offseason Training
The NFL is arguably one of the most physically demanding professional sports. Athletes spend countless hours practicing, developing strength, improving flexibility, healing, recovering, eating clean and sleeping well. NFL offseason training is a necessary component to prepare for the season. But training is such a broad way to describe the way these players prepare. We want to get specific and give you an idea of what it’s like. This blog serves to briefly overview and outline Activ8’s professional athlete training protocol.
The Importance of Offseason Training:
Offseason is the perfect time to get your body in shape for next season. Additionally, with adequate time comes the ability to dedicate a serious amount of hours to training. Training goes far beyond lifting weights and running. To give you an idea of what an average week entails, our professional athletes spend close to 20 hours a week “training”.
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The Preparation Process: Our Plan to help you Improve
Here at Activ8, our plan is to help maximize your body’s strength potential in order to make you a stronger athlete. In fact, our NFL Offseason Training Process is a four phase process which helps athletes improve their strength, power, and their speed and agility.
Flexibility and Mobility
The three target joints we focus to improve one’s flexibility and mobility are your hips, shoulders, and ankles. Take a look at exercises we use to target those areas.
Shoulders: Tall Kneel Band T’s
Ankles: Heel Walk
Ground reaction time is the primary focus during plyometrics. One’s ability to transfer energy fast off of the ground is a true test of speed and power. You’ll always hear Activ8 coaches refer to this next drill as RNT. RNT stands for Reactive Neuromuscular Training. Check out this awesome plyometric/RNT drill: Stepper Rapid Response
Pillar Core Development
All athletes, just beginning sport or professional, need to develop what’s considered your pillar core. One key muscle we focus on is the transverse abdominis.
It is important to develop your transverse abdominis (TVA) because this muscle stabilizes the pelvis and provides support. According to Jennifer Regan at Bamboo Core Fitness, “[The TVA] defends against repetitive physical stress from various motions your body makes such as twisting, bending, running, squatting, etc.” This is especially important for NFL players, a strong TVA can protect the body from the physical demands of football to prevent injury.
Favorite Speed Drill
Not much needs to be said about the importance of speed. However, a better question is how to develop it. Take a look at our favorite unilateral speed development drill designed for professional athletes: Single Leg Hurdle Hop Continuous
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