Good agility is a huge attribute for a successful football player. According to Tom Shaw, owner of Tom Shaw Performance Enhancement, training how you move directionally on the field is crucial. "Football is not a straight-ahead game," Shaw says. "Athletes must be able to move in a variety of directionsas well as change directions quickly."
Shaw, who's worked with 108 first-round NFL draft choices and trained the last seven Super Bowl MVPs, provides some essential dos and don'ts on agility training.
Wear supportive shoes
Perform drills 1 to 2 times a week, with 1 rep of 3 to 5 different drills per session
Warm up before every session
Perform every rep with maximum effort
Continue training after the season begins
Perform the same drills over and over
Rest longer than 2 minutes between reps
Go longer than 25 minutes per session
Run with your head or chest down
Perform drills that aren't specific to the way you move on the field
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