When should I start my off-season program?

If football is a year long focus, 20 weeks prior to the start of camp is plenty to get football ready.  If you are playing other sports, it's a good idea to maintain a modified training schedule even when you are in-season; this helps your performance for that sport as well as help your conditioning transfer over to football. Once you transition to football full-time, 4 to 6 weeks is plenty to get ready for the season- but only if you are maintaining a reasonably high level of conditioning. You should always maintain a reasonable level of fitness regardless of specialization. Get fit, stay that way 365 days a year, and then specialize as you get closer to the season.

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