Gridiron Domination in Season Training
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Welcome to Gridiron Domination In-Season Training. Here we will touch base on our objectives for the following season.
It doesnt matter if you are the star of the team or ride the bench, you should be training within the season. We get so many stud players that train with us in off-season and then when season starts they think they dont have time or they dont want to be sore or it will mess up their on-field play. Then when the season ends they come back losing up to 20 lbs. of hard earned muscle and huge strength gains.
So now we make it known to the athletes if they dont plan on working with us in-season dont bother in the off-season, unless its college or pros when they have to leave.
We ran into an instance like this a few years back. An elite defensive end was training here at Strength Camp with offers to numerous schools and was preparing for his senior season.
He came to us that off-season and made drastic gains in every aspect of his game. He gained size, improved every combine test, and his on-field play improved drastically due to his new found explosive power.
As season came we strongly encouraged him to remain training even if it was for one day. Not for purposes of collecting a check but for the sake of this athlete. You see his parents were so caught up in the recruitment process they took the back-seat safe route and tried to avoid injury within season by thinking cutting out training would help him recover better and keep him fresh.
Well long story short as the season went on his performance went down and his risk of injury went up.
This is due to the atrophy of important muscles. Although he was football-strong and could run
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and hit, he lacked some of the foundation we built to get him there. His core and postural muscles became weak which lead to injury. And as these foundation muscles atrophied he fell back to his original (wrong) techniques and relied back on his old sloppy coordinated ways.
Beyond this he shrunk 20 lbs which is huge for a defensive end and lost all his strength/speed gains.
When he came back to us after season it was a longer uphill challenge but to say the least we learned the major lesson as a team.
Your goal is to balance your in-season training to maintain high level of play from game 1 through game 12+ and avoid injury by performing the right movements. These movements are designed and placed in specific order to help you become the best player you can in-season.
During in-season we wish to accomplish 3 things throughout the course of your training. First, we want to reduce the chances of injury by reducing muscle imbalances throughout the body. Second, we want to make sure we preserve the strength and muscle mass that was obtained during the off-season. Third, we want to fully recover the body each and every week to help with the pounding each athlete takes on a weekly basis.
Through this manual you will find 3 sections pertaining to each of the 3 objectives. Follow the program to its entirety and have a good season.
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Principles of In-Season
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Principles of In-Season
Principle 1 - Corrective Stretching (Flexibility)Muscle imbalances are the leading cause of injury in elite athletes.Each athlete must complete the corrective stretches to avoid muscle imbalances before the Dynamic Warm-Up and all training, which is found in the videos. Corrective stretching is one of the most important aspects of in-season training due to the pattern overload you tend to see within the athlete. We want to make sure that the athlete maintains a good posture and is prepared for performance week by week. Find the Corrective stretches video here.
Dynamic WarmupMake sure the Dynamic Warm-up from the video is performed before every Lifting & Speed Session. This will allow to place the body through full ranges of motion and prep the body to train. Find the Dynamic Warmup Video here.
Principle 2 - Power, Strength, & Mass TrainingDuring the season is when you will see the most decrease in weight and strength if you do not train. We want to achieve an even balance between resistance training and prep for game time. This can be done by manipulating the way we train, stretch, and recover. Lets go over some of the parameters for you in-season training while by helping you understand each parameter.
Frequency - We suggest training no more than 2 days a week and no less than 1. This is because the constant demand of your body on the football field. Our suggestion is that you recover fully the day after the game.
As Ray Lewis once said, I work so hard and give so much during the game that I cant lift myself out of bed the next day. In our opinion, you should play so hard that you too should have the same mindset. Then the following day you
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should train, as well as 2 days after the first. I broke down a schedule here for you to follow
Gameday Lifting Sessions
Friday (High School) Sunday & Tuesday
Saturday (College) Monday & Wednesday
Sunday (Pros) Tuesday & Thursday
Intensity/Load - We want to maintain the strength and mass that was built in the off-season so we encourage keeping the load heavy. We manipulate the reps & sets for you so that you are not as sore the next day.
Rest Intervals - We suggest that you allow full recovery between sets. General - 2-3 Minutes.
Volume - We will be keeping the working sets very low compared to off-season. This is because we are keeping the intensity high as well as wanting the athlete to reduce the amount of DOMS (delayed onset muscles soreness) so they can continue to perform without discomfort.
Principle 3 - Rest & RecoveryRecovery during season is a very important element in regards to your performance. Our goal is to make sure the body is not inhibited in any way when you need to perform day in and day out whether it be practice or game. We will accomplish by our methods explained in the recovery section.
RestOur suggestion is that you reach between 8-10 hours of sleep per night. This is crucial because as you sleep and
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are able to reach REM, which is Rapid eye movement, a common stage in humans sleep. In this stage your body can release Human Growth Hormone and with the proper nutrition it will be able to metabolize this hormone and help you grow. In addition to this it aids in the recovery of your body and especially nervous system.
NutritionFollow nutrition the same way you did in the off-season program from Gridiron Domination. Your time is pressed and may not be able to achieve the amount of meals desired. So if you have less meals make sure to eat more each sitting so you can achieve the optimal caloric intake so your body does not lose the weight.
Basically put if during season you can only eat 3 meals instead of 5 or 6, make sure that those 3 meals contain roughly the same amount of calories at the end of the day as you did with the 6 meals.
6 meals - 3500 calories off-season3 meals - 3500 calories in-season
Also in-season it is extremely important to maintain the water consumption that you were intaking in the off-season and more when you practice.
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Week 1Day 1
Set 1 Set 2 Set 3
1.Box Jump 2x 2x 1x
2.Deadlift 5x 5x 5x
3.a.Barbell Row 8-12x 8-12x 8-12x
3.b.Band Push Ups 8-12x 8-12x 8-12x
3.Chin Ups 15x 15x 15x
4.Windshields 10x 10x 10x
Set 1 Set 2 Set 3
1.Tire Flip or Hang Clean2x 2x 1x
2.Box Squat5x 5x 5x
3.a.Scarecrows8-12x 8-12x 8-12x
3.b.Hammer Curl to Overhead Press8-12x 8-12x 8-12x
3.c.Tricep Pushdown15x 15x 15x
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