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GPP for Football Players?


#1

I am coaching youth football. My goal is to let them be conditioned so the can have and keep a high intensity during games. Also, I would like to improve speed. For some reason I am banned on Charlie Francis site. I am looking for suggestions. Thanks!


#2

Sprints sprint sprint sprints sprints.

Halfway across the field and back, make'em run suicides - 10 yards and back, then 20 yards and back, 30 yards and back... have all out footraces across the field, etc.


#3

A quick note regarding the thread title:

1:05-1:15 "Weight training is GPP ... it's not fucking dragging a sled. That's the stupidest thing in the world." - Jim Wendler.

I was guilty of misusing/misapplying the term "GPP" myself, but when I really wrapped my head around the concept, I had what alcoholics refer to as a moment of clarity.

Dan John has worked with a ton of high school athletes and he's written some great info:
http://www.T-Nation.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance/lessons_from_southwood
http://www.T-Nation.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance/rebuild_yourself_with_complexes
http://www.T-Nation.com/free_online_article/most_recent/the_metabolic_swing
http://www.T-Nation.com/free_online_article/most_recent/goblet_squats_101

But really, there are a lot of factors involved in laying out a plan, as you can imagine. How many kids, their training experience, total time available, other training commitments they have (as in, allotting training time for skill drills, full practices, weights, and cardio/conditioning), etc.

Generally speaking, conditioning can be brought up with things like complexes, where the athlete has to perform explosively while fatigued. Speed will be brought up a bit as a side effect of better conditioning, less bodyfat, and improved strength/power, in addition to targeted short-distance running drills (like the suicides Irish mentioned).


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#4

I agree with the above, but when he says "youth football" that denotes to me that a weightroom isn't really available.. it wasn't for me until I hit high school.

I'm figuring that he needs stuff like the army PT drills - that a lot of kids can do all at once, anywhere, with no equipment.


#5

What equipment do you have access to and what age are the athletes?

Simplicity is the key. You can make a program too complex and end up with nothing. If all else fails just focus on sprints and weights - thats two things and it's all you really need to be honest.

Sample:

MONDAY:
sprints: 30m x 10

Weights: Squat: 5x5, deadlift: 5x5, hyperextension: 4x10

TUESDAY: Bench press: 5x5, chin ups: 5x AMAP, Ab circuit.

Repeat above for Thursday and Friday.


#6

I have 7-8 year old boys 4 times a week. Weights are out. I plan on running practices at a high pace. They take foosball seriously around here, even at this age. Definately need to increase speed, agility and work capacity.


#7

I've played football my entire life, through college at a big ten school, and this is what we did at every single level of football. This is all you need right here.


#8

You can also get creative with bodyweight/army/pt type stuff. For example: Have them do high knees in place, then have them drop to the ground and get back up a few times by yelling "drop" or "hit" or something like that. After a few of those, blow the whistle and have them sprint 20 yards. Then 10 pushups. Then sprint another 20 yards, 10 situps etc...


#9

This does change things quite a bit. For some reason, I was thinking high school age athletes.

Check out some of the info this dude has here and in others on his Youtube page. Lots of solid info to be absorbed:

At that young age, regardless of how serious they take football, they're still young kids and there's only so much intensity they can approach. I haven't seen kids that young that even really knew how to sprint or had very sound running mechanics. Run pretty fast, sure, but full-bore sprints? Not quite, so I probably wouldn't train them that way just yet.

Short-distance change of direction drills (like shorter-distance suicides or incorporating lateral running/sidestep variations) would be more along those lines, in addition to medley circuits that combined some in-game activities with general activities (for example, combining jumping jacks, squat thrusts, bear walks, and running a short pass route to catch an easy lob.)


#10

the things you described brought back horrible memories from high school football.

If someone yells "Hit" I'll still drop to the ground to this day.


#11

And also... it's never too early to run hills.


#12

I think easiest way to train in a team enviroment out in the open is strong man training. Prowler/sled/tyres/yoke & farmerswalks sledge hammer training battling ropes etc.