Why are football players so big?

Football players are so big since they begin with a genetic foundation that permits them to become bigger and stronger. Then they labor 24 hours a day to get larger and stronger. This involves a resistance training routine (like lifting weights, pulling cars or sleds with harnesses, and tire flipping).

How To Build A Football Player’s Body

When football players go to the gym, they generally concentrate on either heavy weight training to bulk up and strengthen their bodies or specific drills to improve athletic performance in a combined-style skills presentation. Both types of training are vital, and each has a place.

Football, maybe more than any other sport, needs explosive hips, cutting ability, and agility to shift swiftly between acceleration and deceleration.

This is why plyometric workouts are so beneficial to football players. Plyometrics (up-and-down, side-to-side, and twisting motions) increase strength and speed while also activating the central nervous system and stimulating fast-twitch muscle fibers, allowing the athlete to create force quickly.

Plyometrics also aid in the prevention of damage on the field by increasing an athlete’s “plasticity,” or the capacity to endure the fast stresses and muscular lengthening that occur during each play. Consider a wide receiver straining to grab the ball or a defensive end moving toward the quarterback—both of these actions need explosive elasticity.

These ten fundamental plyometric workouts will increase your ability to accelerate and decelerate on the football field, as well as recover fast between sessions and games.

Hurdle Drill

This practice increases your speed and your body’s capacity to make cutting motions, both of which are crucial in football. It also helps with coordination.

You have to take three low (about 6”) hurdles (books, cups, bricks, or similar things would work) and place them two to three feet apart. Place your feet over the first impediment. Quickly step lateral (side to side) over the barriers, never crossing your feet. Reverse course as quickly as possible. Only your outer foot should get beyond the last barrier. Continue for 30 seconds.

Box Blast

To increase explosive strength in your hips and legs, which is especially crucial while separating yourself from opponents on the field.

You have to stand with one foot flat on a low (about 6-12 inches) box, arms bent to 90 degrees, and cocked back. Explode through the front leg, stretching the hip, knee, and ankle, and jump vertically. Land in the beginning position—on both feet, but with slightly greater weight on the box foot—and quickly remove the same foot, repeating the leap for 10 reps. Rep with the opposite leg.

Lateral Bound

To develop explosive lateral power in your legs, which is essential for all positions in football.

Stand in an athletic posture, both feet on the ground, but with the majority of your weight on your right leg. Squat slightly with your right leg, then hop to the left using it and your glutes. As you leap, extend your right leg and land solely on your left leg. Regain your equilibrium and do the same on the opposite side. Hold for three counts on each side. Do 10 on each side.

90/90 Stretch

This makes the torso and muscles of the middle and upper back more flexible and opens up the torso and muscles of the middle and upper back, which take a beating in football.

Lie on your left side, legs stacked, knees bent to 90 degrees. Place a cloth or a pad between your knees. Rotate your chest and right arm back to the right while maintaining pressure on the pad or towel and keeping your hips stationary. I’m attempting to place both shoulder blades on the ground. Hold for at least two seconds before returning to the starting position. Perform 10 repetitions on each side.

Base Rotations

This exercises your hips, knees, and ankles, all of which are potential problem regions for football players, while also improving coordination.

Stand with your knees slightly bent and your feet slightly slanted out. Keeping your chest straight forward, lift your feet slightly off the floor and rapidly twist your hips to the right while moving your arms to the left. Land and leap to the left, moving the arms to the right. Each jump should be really quick—you want to go as fast as possible. Continue for another 30 seconds.

Squat Jump

This exercise targets the hips, knees, and ankles. The ‘triple flexion reaction’ generates strength on the field, whether you’re sprinting, leaping, or fighting an opponent.

Place your feet just outside your shoulders and your hands behind your head. Then you have to squat down with your knees behind your toes. Hold this stance for two seconds before jumping vertically. To prepare for landing, imagine bringing your toes to your shins in flight. Land in a squat posture, hold for 3 seconds, and repeat for 10 reps. Land gently, with your hips back and down.

Ankle Jump

This increases explosive power in your lower legs and improves ankle flexibility, which is a common problem area and a possible source of injury for football players.

Stand with your legs straight, your arms at your sides, and your toes cocked toward your shins. By extending your ankles and pushing off the balls of your feet, you may fire your calves and bounce off the ground as rapidly as possible for 30 seconds. Use gravity to propel yourself up and land on the balls of your feet.

Single-Leg Hurdle Hop

By extending into the hip on one foot and landing on the same leg, you’re learning to land and absorb force, lowering your risk of injury from football’s explosive collisions and landings.

Stand on one leg in front of a row of low (6 inches) hurdles. Hop over one hurdle while sticking and landing on the same leg. Repeat for the remaining obstacles. Land gently, absorbing force with your hip and glute. Switch sides and repeat with the opposing leg.

Foam Rolling

Foam rolling, which is similar to a poor man’s massage, employs deep compression to roll out muscular spasms and imbalances caused by the beating football players endure during practice and games. The compression relaxes the nerves, loosens the muscles, gets the blood flowing, and aids the body’s recovery.

Roll the roller along any area that feels stiff and in need of a massage. The foam roll not only corrects muscular imbalances but also serves as a fantastic indicator of the condition of your muscle and connective tissue. Recovery is an important component of football, and the foam roller will help you get back on the field faster.

Trigger Point

Even if you don’t play tennis, lacrosse, or baseball, any of the balls used in those sports will help you improve. This “trigger-point treatment” will aid in the relief of chronic foot discomfort and fascial tightness caused by ordinary activities, particularly playing on hard surfaces such as the artificial grass still used at some levels of football. This procedure, according to Eastern medicine, also promotes general health.

Under your desk, keep a lacrosse ball, tennis ball, or baseball. Slip your shoe off while standing or sitting and roll back and forth over the ball, providing pressure on the arch of your foot.

Conclusion

To summarize, no one ever said that training as a football player would be simple. They are among the world’s most physically imposing athletes for a reason. They work out hard and eat well every day to stay in peak physical shape.

About Sean Pamphilon

Sean Pamphilon is an American sports television producer turned documentary filmmaker. He produced multiple television features on National Football League player Ricky Williams for Fox Sports and ESPN, and he later directed the Williams documentary, Run Ricky Run, for ESPN's award-winning documentary series 30 for 30 with film partner Royce Toni.

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