American football puts a lot of stress on the human body. However, it is also unique in the sense that players sprint and barrel into each other for a short period of time, before taking rests that are twice or thrice as long. Unlike sports like basketball, soccer, or even football’s close cousin, rugby, the human body is spiked with activity and sustains a lot of damage in a very short period of time.
Training for American football requires a heavy mix of sprinting and strength, prioritized over stamina and endurance. The two latter qualities, however, are always a must for athletes. All kinds of movement training for mobility and agility are a huge plus. But then, positions also have to be considered. For instance, the training regimen for linebacks is different from that of quarterbacks.
A huge chunk of the team already emphasizes compound movement training over bodybuilding routines to increase the body’s flexibility. Although bodybuilding adds mass and strength, it fails to boost an athlete’s other facets such as speed, quickness, mobility, and agility.
More and more athletes have now turned to high intensity interval training, or HIIT, for full body routines. This is taken to heart, especially by all athletes. Those who lack in size do this to condition their physiques for competition with their bigger, stronger counterparts. Bigger, lumbering giants do HIIT to increase their mobility on the field.
Duval Love joined the NFL in 1985 after being chosen by the Los Angeles Rams as a 10th round draft pick. He played the sport competitively through high school and college, where he went to Fountain Valley and UCLA, respectively. Catch more interesting football stories here on Scribd.