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6/02/2018 1:44 pm  #1


Conditioning

Sorry for spamming this board but I’ve seen some of the coaches who have signed up for this site and there are some smart mother truckers here and I’m anxious to learn more.

Conditioning for O-line Athletes, I’m coming to learn, has been done wrong by me since I began. What is a good conditioning routine that you have used? I’m beginning to learn that traditional runs/sprints can be detrimental to the O-line athlete if done inappropriately. 

I want to start using weighted sleds but how far do the kids push it? How much weight? What is the appropriate rest time? What are some things you do if you don’t have enough equipment for your athletes to get a good conditioning session in.

For years, I’ve taught my O-line athletes that conditioning isn’t punishment, it’s a very important aspect of practice.  Unfortunately, I’ve let these kids down in the past and I want to rectify this.  Thanks!

 

6/11/2018 3:25 pm  #2


Re: Conditioning

I am not a certified strength and conditioning specialist. I'm looking to be more knowledgeable in my coaching, like anyone else. 

It seems that early on in the summer, longer distance conditioning (e.g. Fartleks) is just setting up the athlete to be able to handle longer periods of activity, but not necessarily OL conditioning. Toward the end of the summer, I'd want my OL running short bursts to simulate that six second play. I've used rolling 20s as a short sprint conditioning exercise. Spring 20, down in stance, sprint 20, down in stance... until they spring the whole field. Turn around, do it again. Make them get in their stance. Correctly. Stance is one of the first things to be lazy on when they are tired. 

There is also an idea I ran across about loading a sprint. load a sled down with one or two 45lb plates. Have the player drive that sled 10 yards, then immediately release the sled and finish 5-10yd further. The weight on the sled tricks your muscles into thinking it needs to recruit more muscle fibers, so when you release the sled and continue another 5-10yd, your body has more muscle groups engaged than in a regular sprint. 

 

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