5 Lifts that EVERY Linebacker Needs to do

As a linebacker, I can tell that the biggest difference maker in level of play is not size or strength, but ferocity. The ability to intimidate your opponent is one of the most important jobs of a linebacker. While being big helps to be intimidating, these lifts will set your game to the next level.

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You obviously still need to do bench press and squat but i’m going to assume you already knew that.

1. Dumbbell Flyes- Building a monster chest is the most intimidating thing that any human can do. But a chest will help with much more than just that. Strong pectoral muscles will help you to plug holes at the line of scrimmage and get off of blocks. It will also help you to force more fumbles because you are able to generate more pushing power.

2. Hang snatch/clean- This exercise might be the best thing to build explosion. This will help you to improve your coordination, grip-strength, and hard-hitting ability. Be sure that you come of the ground to work the most explosion possible.

3. Medicine Ball Workouts- I am going to be very broad with this one, but that is only because every medicine ball exercise works exactly what a vicious linebacker needs. It will train your ferocity by throwing it around, but also train explosion.

4. Rowing Machine- The rowing machine is a total body cardio exercise that will also train explosion. The cardio is very important to stay in shape and to maintain speed, and also to train your endurance for late game clutch moments.

5. Farm and Swing- This exercise will help to teach your body to sink your hips when you tackle. You should use a heavy kettle ball to simulate lifting a ball carrier off the ground, but be sure you can get in at least 8 reps.

If you implement these exercises into your workout then you are going to strike fear into the hearts of ball carriers everywhere.

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How to Get to the NFL

 

“If sized mattered, the elephant would be the king of the jungle.”- Rickson Gracie

I don’t care who you are, we have all dreamed making it to the NFL. Maybe your a basketball guy and you want to make the NBA, or your fast and you want to go to the Olympics, but the point is, everyone wants to be a professional athlete.

But how do you get there? I’m not a small dude, but I’m not a freak of nature like other people are. I haven’t been blessed to be 6’2″ 250, so how do I compete with those guys. The answer is the weight room.

I can tell you from personal experience how much the weight room helped me, like how I got a lot faster and can jump a lot higher and went from average strength to the 2nd strongest at my school, but why would you want to listen to me? So here are some actual NFL players, who would be average Joes without the weight room.

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So lets talk about JJ Watt. So this guy is huge, but have you seen him in the weight room. on top of his crazy work with weights Watt is on a 9000 calorie diet and gets 10 hours of sleep. With his work ethic its no surprise he made the NFL, but without the weight room, I am willing to bet he would weigh less than 200 pounds. Check out JJ Watt do triceps here

James-Harrison-Sweatsuit-STACK.pngJames Harrison is 6 feet tall, which is tall but I bet you know someone taller. What sets him apart from everyone else is his work in the weight room. This beast leg presses 1010 pounds, one arm shoulder presses so much he doesn’t have big enough dumbbells, does pull ups with 90 more pounds on him, and does crazy stuff with so much weight that I don’t even know how to word it. Go check him out here

So how do you make the NFL? you hit the weight room, and you work hard. You perform like your the best but work like your the worst.