3 Gut Busting Football Conditioning Drills

I have a little secret to share with you today.

We use conditioning drills from my football days in boot camp workouts at FVT quite frequently.

We do this to both physically and mentally challenge our campers, and to take their conditioning and overall fitness to the next level.

Now these drills are TOUGH … but you’ll get a feeling of satisfaction that’s hard to match when you get through them!

If you haven’t done these type of workouts for a while, be sure to start SLOW, and gradually ease up the intensity … if you’re pushing yourself hard, they are very intense.

Also – I drew inspiration from the Superhero Sprints program when creating these workouts … so if you’re interested in a full “zero to hero” 6 week training course on running / sprinting, you can check that out at the link below:

=> Superhero Sprints

Okay – let’s get to the workouts!

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3 Gut Busting Football Conditioning Drills

1 – 1/2 Gassers Test

Run the width of a football field and back. That’s one “1/2 gasser”.

The full test consists of 16 1/2 gassers, done under 20 seconds (OL/DL), 18 seconds (LB/TE/DE/QB/P/K) or 16 seconds (DB/WR/RB), with 45 seconds of rest between each.

Start with just 6 or 8 1/2 gassers – trust me, it’ll be plenty! ;) – and work your way up to the full 16 over the course of several weeks of consistent training.

2 – Hill Workout

(courtesy of Dennis Heenan and Sprints for Performance)

Using a hill 30-60 yards in length and after warming up, you are to complete 10 full speed hill srints. Your rest period is the walk down the hill.

Remember: You want to be sprinting FULL SPEED during your sprints. Focus on driving as hard as you can to the top on each round.

3 – Shuttle Sprints + Burpees

– Get two cones and place them about 10 yards apart
– Your work:rest interval will be 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off
– Interval 1 = run back and forth between the cones as fast as you can for 30 seconds
– Interval 2 = run back and forth between the cones as fast as you can for 30 seconds; do a burpee every time you hit ONE of the cones
– Interval 3 = run back and forth between the cones as fast as you can for 30 seconds; do a burpee every time you hit BOTH of the cones
– Interval 4 = run back and forth between the cones as fast as you can for 30 seconds
– Do 1-3 rounds total

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There you have three “gut busting” football drills that will both physically and mentally challenge you, and take your conditioning and overall fitness to the next level.

I drew inspiration from the Superhero Sprints program when creating these workouts … so if you’re interested in a full “zero to hero” 6 week training course on running / sprinting, you can check that out at the link below:

=> Superhero Sprints

These drills are TOUGH … but you’ll get a feeling of satisfaction that’s hard to match when you get through them.

So add them into your training routine this week, and let me know it goes for ya!

Thanks, train hard, and talk soon –

– Forest Vance
ForestVance.com

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