01 Jun Five tips for summer football conditioning
With the summer upon us it’s the time for many to relax.
However, for high school and college athletes the summer is a time when the foundation for the following year’s seasons are built.
It’s time to focus on offseason strength and conditioning, especially for football players.
Many high school and college football coaches give athletes workout programs to follow, as well as offering supervised workout sessions in some instances.
With classes not in session, though, the biggest person to push the football player is that athlete himself.
Here are five tips for football players to focus on during their summer workouts:
* Stay hydrated – With temperatures on the rise, one of the biggest things that can hurt athletes’ training is to be dehydrated.
* Eat right – It doesn’t make much sense to have a great sports car, but use low quality fuel and not change the oil. Same with your body – if you’re going to work out hard and gain muscle, make sure to also eat correctly to maximize your potential.
* Stretch it out – The summer is the time to really add bulk to your physique, but make sure you don’t compromise flexibility. Always stretch out well during each workout.
* Push yourself – Don’t be afraid to push yourself with hard work, both running outside or on a treadmill inside and in lifting weights. Use a spotter when lifting and push yourself to reach new goals.
*Go all out at team workouts – When your team does hold “voluntary” workout sessions, do everything you can to attend and work hard. Those workouts are not only a chance for teammates to push each other physically, but also build camaraderie and chemistry for the upcoming season.