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Afraid I Won't Be Ready for FB Season

I train 5 days a week. I currently am a Quarterback at my highschool. I’m a sophomore and i play varsity, my dream is to play at the collegiate level and hopefully one day compete in the NFL. My trainer works a lot on balance and core work for me because that is the main thing that is used for quarterbacks. I still lift weights with him and speed train daily. I trust what he is doing because he played for the New York Giants as a running back.

However, I’m afraid that im not seeing results. And wont be ready for the season because he doesn’t work on conditioning me that much. So i thought i would start performing HIIT.

My plans are to do the following:
3 sets of:
- 30 second jog - 15 second sprint
- 12 Jump Squats
- 30 second jog - 15 second sprint
- 12 Jump Squats
- This completes 1 set
Rest 30 seconds
Repeat for 3 sets
Then after completing this i thought i would do 3 sets of the following:
- 30 second light jump rope - 20 second very fast jump rope
- 15 Puhsups
- 30 second light jump rope - 20 second very fast jump rope
- 12 Pushups
- This completes 1 set
- Rest for 30 seconds
Repeat for 3 sets.

I wouldn’t worry about conditioning at all until 6-8 weeks out from camp.

If your trainer was a former pro, I’d definitely listen to him. He’s been where you want to be. Talk to him about your concerns, don’t just add in extra stuff as you see fit.

[quote]JerryRicePwns wrote:
I train 5 days a week. I currently am a Quarterback at my highschool. I’m a sophomore and i play varsity, my dream is to play at the collegiate level and hopefully one day compete in the NFL. My trainer works a lot on balance and core work for me because that is the main thing that is used for quarterbacks. I still lift weights with him and speed train daily. I trust what he is doing because he played for the New York Giants as a running back.

However, I’m afraid that im not seeing results. And wont be ready for the season because he doesn’t work on conditioning me that much. So i thought i would start performing HIIT.

My plans are to do the following:
3 sets of:
- 30 second jog - 15 second sprint
- 12 Jump Squats
- 30 second jog - 15 second sprint
- 12 Jump Squats
- This completes 1 set
Rest 30 seconds
Repeat for 3 sets
Then after completing this i thought i would do 3 sets of the following:
- 30 second light jump rope - 20 second very fast jump rope
- 15 Puhsups
- 30 second light jump rope - 20 second very fast jump rope
- 12 Pushups
- This completes 1 set
- Rest for 30 seconds
Repeat for 3 sets.
[/quote]

Ok from my perspective as Ive been where you are and I am where you wanna be.

  1. Why are you jogging?
  2. Why are you sprinting for 15 seconds?
  3. Why are you doing pushups during a leg dominant workout?

I played D1 ball. As a general rule athletes go through 3 phases of training in the off-season:

Strength building
Gaining lost strength from the season, building more strength and mass.

Power improvement
Training new strength and mass to move explosively, speed work, plyo, etc…

Conditioning
6-8 weeks out you start running and conditioning other ways. Typically one loses a marginal amount of strength and mass during this phase, thus the reason it is not done year round.

Trust your trainer. He won’t steer you wrong.

[quote]SOCMSuperman wrote:
I played D1 ball. As a general rule athletes go through 3 phases of training in the off-season:

Strength building
Gaining lost strength from the season, building more strength and mass.

Power improvement
Training new strength and mass to move explosively, speed work, plyo, etc…

Conditioning
6-8 weeks out you start running and conditioning other ways. Typically one loses a marginal amount of strength and mass during this phase, thus the reason it is not done year round.

Trust your trainer. He won’t steer you wrong.[/quote]

Where did you play because Im surprised at the number and the phases you go through as I am currently about to walk on and I do something completely different.

I think so much of it is position specific and you’re program looks good for a QB.

I don’t have a big time college football background. I had 1-AA and D2 offers despite a whole bunch of behavioral red flags…expelled from a high school, time in juvie hall. I went Juco, but behavioral issues were still there. Truth is I had fell in love with the weights and steroids and didn’t keep up my running which was a big mistake. The same big mistake alot of my friends made. So when I see these threads I feel compelled to tell people involved with football to keep up the running and agility work. The weights will make you a better player, but it shouldn’t be the only focus of you’re training. So much of football training is position specific, and I don’t think steroids or 300 lbs + of body mass is the way to go if you’re a high school lineman.

[quote]John33 wrote:
SOCMSuperman wrote:
I played D1 ball. As a general rule athletes go through 3 phases of training in the off-season:

Strength building
Gaining lost strength from the season, building more strength and mass.

Power improvement
Training new strength and mass to move explosively, speed work, plyo, etc…

Conditioning
6-8 weeks out you start running and conditioning other ways. Typically one loses a marginal amount of strength and mass during this phase, thus the reason it is not done year round.

Trust your trainer. He won’t steer you wrong.

Where did you play because Im surprised at the number and the phases you go through as I am currently about to walk on and I do something completely different.
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I played at ECU under John Thompson. different schools do it different ways, but as fas as I can tell through discussion/research, that seems to be fairly common, or something quite similar.