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Should I lift weights before a combine since most tests are movement-based?

Lifting is very important leading up to a combine even though most tests are movement-based; depending on your position, you might be lifting quite extensively. Many combine preparation programs split training into two workouts a day, lasting anywhere from 1-3 hours depending on the focus and the athlete's performance and recoverability. It's a wise plan to continue lifting 2-5 times per week, as long as your resistance training volume is well-balanced with movement training. All lifting for the combine is meant to enhance the movement demands of the combine tests. If you need to improve your starts and vertical jumps, then you will lift more. If your split time from 20-40 yards needs help along with your pro shuttle and L-drill technique, then you will lift a little less. You should avoid thinking of lifting to increase muscle size and focus more on the raw power effects you receive from an appropriately scheduled training program.

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