This weekend sees the return of professional American Football to British shores, with the second of three 2014/15 season NFL (National Football League) games being held at Wembley Stadium in London.
The first of these games saw the Miami Dolphins thrash the Oakland Raiders, and this Sunday the Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons go head-to-head. The final game of the NFL International Series features the Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, 9th November.
Gear up for the fast-paced action of American Football with a little help from our ultimate workout, that will get your body get in prime shape for the football field (or at least for watching the “gridiron” from the stands).
Everyone’s all-time favorite exercise (sarcasm intended), the burpee is an essential move that will help you when you need to act fast and explode off the ground. Whether you’re jumping up to catch the ball, or if you’re an offensive or defensive lineman working to push the opposing team away, you’ll need to be able to make contact fast.
Try doing your burpees tabata-style, by working hard for 20 seconds, followed by 10 seconds of rest, for 4 minutes total.
Lifting weights and building lean muscle mass will make you stronger, faster, and in general, a force to be reckoned with out on the field. Work to increase your weightlifting load by adding a few pounds each week, and keep in mind that you should use a spotting partner every time you’re lifting weights on the bench.
When the quarterback throws the ball to a player, that player must run fast and with agility in order to score a touchdown. To work on your speed, practice running sprints for 30 seconds, and then jogging for 30 seconds, on and off. This will build muscle, give your body more stamina, and improve your heart rate.
American Football involves a tonne of pushing and shoving, and the last thing you (and all of your fans) would want is for you to be knocked over as you try to defend and protect the ball. Stay strong by working on some resistance moves by using bungees, a TRX, or your own bodyweight against the floor or wall.
Crunches, planks, and Russian twists are all great exercises that focus on your core muscles. Working on those abdominals will help your balance and coordination when it’s your time to shine as you catch the football and run toward the end zone.
Are you planning on going to any of the NFL games coming up in London? Let us know why you look forward to them.
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