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How do I get in condition for football?

Getting in condition for football is best achieved by using a progression of exercise from post-season, through off-season and pre-season. It's always a wise policy to be moderately physically fit entering into any football specific conditioning regimen. If you are suffering from nagging injuries from the previous season, a post-season conditioning program will start with corrective exercise training. Corrective exercise training helps to restore joint range of motion, joint stability, and overall quality of movement. Corrective exercise training typically involves specific stretching techniques and low intensity strengthening exercises that help improve overall posture and joint mechanics, restoring the body to proper balance. After corrective exercise training, an off-season program should focus on improving physical fitness such as increasing aerobic endurance, muscular endurance, and core strength. Typically start with light/moderate weights (50-70% intensity) and high repetitions (12-20). The focus in the beginning of the program should be to help to create joint stability, balance, and coordinated movement. This type of program should last a few weeks. It is important to note that all exercises must be performed with perfect form or otherwise you should regress the exercise to something simpler. The next few weeks you should increase the intensity of the workouts with heavier weights, enhancing overall strength and muscle growth, and introduce interval training as part of your cardio program. The last few weeks of the off-season program should focus on speed and power, incorporating fast explosive weight lifting movements, sprinting and agility drills. After the off-season, a pre-season workout should be less intense to accommodate your time on the football field. Your pre-season and in-season workouts should focus on trying to maintain your current level of fitness, strength and power.

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