Athletes have become smarter with their training. They understand that their position in sport cannot be the same recipe for everyone. Quarterbacks, linemen, and wide receivers all have different training programs. Some call for power cleans and heavy deadlifts while other programs push a prowler sled. When it comes to Justin Fields, the Chicago Bears quarterback, he also sees the playing field differently in choosing to conquer it.
Quarterbacks need to be quick, agile, and have a strong arm. These factors are essential, so the training must have the best reflection of the movements a player uses. For example, strength training is essential, but too much strength training will slow you down if you need speed. Also, building muscle is essential for strength. However, too much muscle will limit your mobility and range of motion. And that is why Justin uses function strength training over regular resistance strength training because it maximizes and promotes his sport-specific movements.
In Justin’s new home, his training room will only have three things: resistance bands, kettlebells, and dumbbells. However, NFL players don’t train as they did in the past. Today, many NFL teams have two gym training sessions a week. One is usually a strength day using 80-85% max. And another day is lightweights using about 30-60% max focusing on speed. Before the NFL season begins is about developing the ability to generate max force. And during is about maintenance. You don’t we to be developing during the season.
Other Athletes are Doing the Same
Tom Brady is another example. Tom only uses resistance bands and has developed his system called TB12. Tom says he only uses resistance bands for his strength workouts.
Allen Iverson, an ex-NBA player, never lifted any weights at all and was one of the best.
Russell Westbrook, an NBA point guard, says he doesn’t use weights. Instead, he does 50 push-ups when he wakes up in the morning.
Yasiel Puig, an MLB right fielder, does not use any weights in his workouts. Instead, he uses bodyweight exercises and medicine balls.
NFL teams have been trading in those strength training workouts for more fun functional ones that involve the whole body. And, that makes perfect sense because that’s what they are doing when they play football. They now focus on bodyweight exercises, resistance bands, kettlebells, dumbbells, tire flipping, prowler sleds, sandbags, and other functional means. Also, NFL coaches have players play other sports like basketball and soccer as well to boost brain and neural power and develop their body and muscles more. These methods improve players’ performance rather than hammering them into the ground.
When it comes to training, more is not better. Professionals now understand how a simple game of tag and frisbee can improve and enhance their sports performance. It is not that strength training is bad for athletes. It all depends on how you use it, and most athletes abuse it to think they are getting stronger when it can lead to injury and decreased performance. It is all about balance when it comes to playing games, practicing, and the gym. It is about choosing the right equipment to get the job done like Justin is doing.