In just a few months, the night sky will once again light up with the glow of high school stadium lights. Stands will fill with excited teens and proud parents as the football teams rush back onto the field for a promising season. Although that seems months away to dedicated fans, those in football training are already hard at work getting ready for the upcoming sports season.
Off-Season Football Training for Speed and Strength
Right now, football teams are in off-season training mode. With the fall season right around the corner, dedicated players are hitting the gym each morning, and sometimes the evenings, so that they can be faster, stronger, and more proficient in sport specific skills for the upcoming football season. For those in high school who are serious about playing football, weights and conditioning several days each week are a must. For players looking for an alternative to traditional football workouts, resistance bands offer a great addition to the heavy weights, hard-hitting drills and laps around the track.
Run Faster and Improve Footwork with Resistance Bands Training
Resistance bands training can help football players run faster. In football, it doesn’t always matter how strong you are – you must be mobile and agile to find success in the sport. Football requires that good players have strong legs, a strong core, quick feet and good footwork. If you’re the biggest on the football field, yet not able to catch anyone, your chances at being an effective player are limited. Resistance bands can be used to improve speed, power, explosion and cardio endurance. They are also great for improving hip strength and hip stability which can help increase multi-directional speed and balance, improving your chances of catching a pass or tackling the opponent.
Resistance Bands Improve Every Position on the Football Field
When training in football and using resistance bands, players should focus on core drills like squats, squat jumps, lunges, and knee-ups as well as drills to improve footwork like cone, ladder, and multi-directional drills to name a few. By performing these drills with resistance bands, core strength will develop quicker. Resistance training will add a level of intensity to workouts so when it’s time to perform on the field, the skills will transfer to game time.
All athletes benefit when they strengthen their core muscles, but more specific to football, this is how resistance band training can help football players:
- Football Lineman – Are generally big and strong, however, they also require quick feet and an ability to move laterally so that they can beat the opponent to the proper position.
- Football Receivers – Need to develop a quick first step, have the ability to accelerate down field and make fast, sharp cuts so they can change direction and create separation from the defender.
- Quarterbacks - Need to be able to move quickly and have the ability to throw a pass with power and accuracy which requires strong legs, hips and glutes as well as a strong core.
Football Workouts with Resistance Bands
Below are a few of our football workout videos that demonstrate how resistance bands can be incorporated into football workouts:
Watch how to run faster for football training