The Off-Season is a time to do one thing, GET BETTER! Most athletes I see go about the off-season in a counter productive way; and they either stay the same, or digress. Some guys hammer weights all off-season and forget that body builders can't, and never will, play football. Some guys forget to do any strength training and are frail and brittle, but they run a 4.3! Some players never brush up on their technique/football skills and never seek to learn new methods, because their way is proven and that's the way it is. I have simply learned from integrating a variety of training techniques that there is no limit to our growth, unless we want there to be. There is simply just to much out there in our world that we can use to master the things we desire, as athlete's and for fitness. My path to losing 50-60 pounds in a year and attaining serious athletic prowess was not a simple feat, by any means. I realized thou after it was all said and done, that this is the way to train to be a complete athlete and to achieve maximum results.
What to do?
You can set up as many speed ladders as you want, I have never seen a guy signed off of one of these drills. I believe in attacking every muscle fiber in the body, with the intent on making that fiber fire rapidly. Switching it up every day and developing all of your support muscles, is key to to getting your larger muscles to function at a high level. So what kind of exercises do we do? I am currently running around a 4.4, 40 yard dash. I am not bragging because I know you can too. Actually, you will probably be faster if you use these methods that I extremely value. I start off by doing some type of running everyday, up at 6,000 feet in the Rocky Mountains. I chase my Wolf Dog as she chases bunnies and work on avoiding trees, bushes and other obstacles the environment can beautifully create. We then go to the Football field and I get my kicking in for the day. Then I hit the weight room for about a hour a day. When the weather permits, swimming against the Poudre River will give you the most intense overall body workout ever. Integrating high reps in the weight room with every muscle group, running 4-5 miles a day in the Rockies and kicking for a hour a day, has given me the ability to do things I never thought were possible at 30 years of age.
Why Do it?
The benefits of cross-training are evident on a football players skill set and overall athleticism. Football is a sport that has many different types of athletes and has many layers on how to achieve greatness. Using simple brain synapse training, has not only made me much more agile, but has made my body ready for any action that comes my way. Having a different course through nature everyday has made that reaction to the action quick and precise. Through all of the brain firing activity, I also was pounding out reps of 12-20 of every lift imaginable, but never decompressing any part of my body ( Like Back Squats). I am now throwing up easily the best numbers of my life and I am the lightest I have been since High School. Did this all happen overnight? No, it took countless uphill runs and three sessions a day of multiple activities to get where I needed to be. Honestly speaking, if I did not lose the 50 pounds, I do not think I would still be playing the game of football. I now feel like I am ready to compete at a extremely high level for a NFL Football job and win that job. I also feel like staying with this regiment will allow me 10-12 years kicking in the NFL.
How to Find it?
There are a million different ways to train out there and every current athlete, ex- athlete, Coach and Former coach is pushing different 'gimmicks' that you can purchase. I would like to reiterate the great Ray Lewis as "There are no shortcuts to success". Or the great Ashton Kutcher, when he said that "Success looks a lot like hard work". See, everyone knows that running uphill is harder and will get you better, but I rarely see anyone doing it. Most athletes know that lower weight and high reps actually BUILDS muscle, but most guys wanna throw on as much weight as they can to pump out 1 rep. Everywhere you look players are trying to take the short cut to achieve greatness and not putting in the actual hours to make it happen. I have seen many athletes do something amazing once or a few times, but that is not the player most teams are looking for these days. See, there is a guy out there who can do what your friends thought was amazing everyday and already has a offer. He hasn't dropped a ball since he was 2 years old and he simply just worked harder. So how do you pass them up? You retrain your brain to fire at a remarkably high level and refocus your efforts while finding your why? Your heart, mind, body and spirit these days have to be fully dedicated to getting better, while dealing with severe worldly obstacles. If you find yourself winning on a daily basis, you must keep grinding because it is very easy to start losing again. Even if you do not make it in athletics, this will help you build a extremely good work ethic that is hard to beat in any area of life.
At Scout Trout we have very in-depth plans for each athlete, that will maximize their individual output in overall athleticism. Each athlete needs to develop a plan to hone their strength's and eliminate their weaknesses. Most young athletes are still using old and unproductive training methods that do not translate to the football field. We have shaved 2-3 tenth's of a second of most athletes 40 times, simply by showing them the proper starting positioning. Imagine if you adapted to the training methods as well? If you would like more information on our program, or want individual training either in person or virtually, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Merf Trout - Owner Scout Trout Elite LLC