W I don’t play football but participate in MMA. I find that my conditioning dosn’t really go away if I don
t let myself become a fat mess. For me one workout a week at a high heart rate is enough to maintain my bodys ability to exert its self at a high heart rate if I am working on other aspects of fitness at the same time (power output) and focusing on my general health in the off season.
In the “off season” I focus on getting stronger and being healthy, when strong and healthy I have little difficulty getting back in “fight shape” persay. [/quote]
I see how this could work for you, and to be honest this could work for me as well if not for one main reason - calorie consumption. I guess the main difference between football is MMA (please correct me if I’m wrong) is weight maintenance, since you guys have to be in certain weight classes and if you’re not planning to move up, you eventually have to look out for your calories so you don’t find yourself heavier than you want to be.
In football players are always trying to be bigger, and that plus the stress of multiple practices and weight sessions tend to lead to a higher calorie intake that can be handled easily if you maintain such level of exertion. Once practices take a break, and you take some time off of conditioning work, you find yourself eating MUCH more than needed. I don’t know if I made myself clear.
I play high school level lacrosse.
For the past 2 off seasons i kinda say fuck off conditioning. I was in for a rude awakening when the season started. At the beginning of the offseason i recommend a long sprints (100yards or so) day and a couple of 1 mile + day. I would keep it around 2 conditioning sessions a week. In the preseason or 2-3 months before the season i would change to a speed day (lots of shorter sprints) and a longer sprint day (for conditioning purposes.
This is based on running. If you have a prowler or a big ole’ tire its a different story.[/quote]
I did something similar to this last season and I was very pleased with the results… How do you pair it with your weight training routine?
Btw thanks for the input guys