The 2013 National Football League (NFL) playoffs are in process. As the country watches these elite athletes battle it out for their place in the finals, it may make one wonder just how these professionals workout to get their bodies into peak physical condition. It is no wonder that most spend hours a day focusing on improving agility, quickness of response, speed, strength, and power necessary to be effective players.
While the majority of people may never become a professional-level athlete, it is worthwhile to take notice of some of the exercises and workouts used and integrate these movements into the daily workout. Some of the drills used by the NFL Scouting Combine are methods to measure strengths or identify areas for improvement. The 40-yard dash, shuttle run, or L-drill can help with agility while running stairs, plyometric jumps, and sprints on flatland and hills can increase endurance and cardiovascular fitness. Muscle strength can be improved and increased through bench presses, squats, rows, or dead lifts, and can be easily integrated into any fitness routine. These and other exercise ideas to get fit like a footballer can be performed at home with little to no equipment. As always, consult a physician before starting any new or more difficult fitness regimen.
It is important to note that most footballers are aware that diet and workout go hand-in-hand for successful fitness. Healthy foods have a purpose, whether as cardio fuel, building muscle or bone strength, or hydrating the body. Consider integrating healthy food choices along with some of the exercises presented to improve overall fitness and become fit - just like the pros!