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Is there an essential lift that every football player should do?

Squatting is essential to every position in football, but really any leg strengthening exercise can be instrumental to developing the leg strength necessary to stay injury free and generate the power necessary to compete. Squatting  exercises teach proper spine position; coordinates the ability to bend at the hip, knee, and ankle; and teaches the proper application of force by your legs into the ground- which is needed in a multitude of football skills. Stick with free weights for this exercise and you can add more resistance as you improve; you can find free weights nearly everywhere, and it demands more coordination and stability than a machine-based exercise. 

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