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How soon should I begin conditioning?

Ideally, if an athlete is committed to an off-season program and is running regularly, there only needs to be 3 weeks of really focused conditioning drills prior to the start of camp. Conditioning should be a year round venture for competitive football players. Players need not be in peak or "playing shape" all the time, but should maintain a moderate level of fitness even during time away from football specific training. Non-football specific training measures like jogging, circuit training, swimming, and biking are all great fitness training and health maintenance measures. As the off-season progresses, more and more football specific conditioning can be performed.

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