Football is a "combat" sport. To be successful on the gridiron requires superior conditioning and durability. Specifically, football players need lateral agility, explosive hip power and core strength. And one of the best tools to develop these physical abilities is the TRX Rip Trainer.
Training for football performance calls for much more than squats, deadlifts and bench presses. Strength and power development must be functional to carry over to the playing field.
The Rip Trainer continuously challenges the core because of its unbalanced load, forcing you to maintain a low and aggressive base of support during the exercises. This is key for battling opposing lineman, making a tackle or maintaining your balance.
The freedom of motion allowed by the Rip Trainer lets you meet challenges in the gym that simulate those you face on the field. Get game ready with the following high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout from inventor of the Rip Trainer Pete Holman and STACK, which builds agility, power, strength and endurance.
Rip Trainer HIIT Football Workout
Perform this workout in circuit fashion two to three times per week. Do each exercise for 20 seconds with 10 seconds of rest between exercises and 60 seconds of rest once you complete the circuit on both sides. Repeat it two to three times.
Rip Lateral Shuffle Press
This exercise develops a low, wide base of support, lateral agility and pushing power. The Lateral Shuffle Press is an excellent drill for linemen, linebackers and fullbacks who have to rapidly get in position and block or shed blocks. Focus on your footwork and balance prior to moving with speed and intensity.
Rip Pitchfork with Jump
The Rip Pitchfork builds explosive hip power, which will directly improve your sprinting, jumping and tackling. Hip power is a hallmark of elite football players and something scouts watch for. Get low for this exercise and explode up into the move. Make sure to control the landing by stacking your knees over your feet and properly decelerating the bar as it moves back toward the anchor.
Rip Stack to Samurai Strike
This exercise is designed to build core strength and explosive rotational power. The washboard stomach isn't just for show; developing your core will boost your power and protect your body from injury. While holding the isometric "Stack" position, make sure to maintain perfect posture with your head up and chest tall.