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Understanding Acceleration Mechanics

The ability to accelerate is one of the most important physical attributes an athlete can have.  Acceleration has been shown to highly correlate to on-field success, so it’s important that football coaches learn how to develop this ability.  In this video, Jim Kielbaso teaches the fundamental principles of acceleration mechanics in a way that you [...]

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Traits of Winning Football Programs: Part 1 of Many

I’m coming off of watching the Stagg Bowl and the DI Football Championships. Watching those games gave me an itch to write something more geared towards football programs in general, not just strength training for football.  I was watching four obviously great programs last night. Seeing them made me think about the cultural differences between [...]

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3 Football Training Finishers

Football training workouts can get bland after doing the same things consistently. It’s important to be using well designed progressions and work on the same “meat and potato” lifts each week, however, it’s good to throw a curveball in there once in a while.  Here are a few “finishers” that you can do after any [...]

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4 Foundational Lifts for Football Linemen

Linemen are usually bigger than everyone else on the field.  They may require some extra size to play in the trenches, so having adequate levels of strength to move their mass is necessary. Not only does a lineman need to master moving his own body, he’s working to control someone else’s at the same time. [...]

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4 Chin-Up Tips for Football Players

If a football player can’t chin-up their own bodyweight, they’re either too weak or too fat.  There’s no need right now to make it more complicated than that.  The argument for excessive size may be made for certain positions, however, even the 300 lb lineman should be able to get 3-5 good chin-ups by the [...]

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Using Alternating Sets for Large Group Football Training

There’s a lot to get done in minimal time and usually with less than optimal resources.  Coordinating a complex workout for 25-50+ football players isn’t rocket science. It just needs to be planned out intelligently in order to accomplish everything in the time allotted. Here’s a couple ways to plan your exercises so the players [...]

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3 Ways to Develop the Football Intangibles

The weightroom’s a place your players can put on size, increase strength and gain a step. If used correctly, it’s also a place that can develop the intangibles they may need to win.  In so many cases over the years, we’ve witnessed championships won by the programs that demonstrate well-coached physical development and a high [...]

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7 Great Squat Racks for Football Training

The season’s coming to an end soon and it might be time to purchase some strength training equipment, but where do you start? Where do you get the best value for your money? What factors do you need to account for? Squat racks (and/or power racks) are probably a staple of the strength equipment in [...]

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Push-Up Progression

Even babies want to do push-ups!  But, they’re not as easy as they look for some people.  Many athletes struggle to do even one perfect push up, but it’s a versatile exercise that every football player should be able to do.  Unfortunately, when you have an entire team do push ups, it’s very difficult to [...]

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