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.


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.


Lower Body Workout

Lower Body: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

  • Squats: 3 sets, 10 repetitions. Use weight that gets difficult around the 7th rep
  • Leg Curls: 3 sets, 12 repetitions. This needs to get really hard towards the 2nd set. You should be just about dead by the end of it. Rest for a few minutes.
  • Leg Press: 3 sets, 15 repetitions. LOTS of weight. This exercise is a lot easier than leg curls.
  • Green Sally’s: 1 set. For those of you who don’t know what this is, you squat when the song says down, and you come back up when the song says up. Be sure you stay down until it says up because the song does it at different times. Here is the song 
  • jump rope: 3 minutes
  • Calve workout:3 sets, 25 reps. I don’t know the name of the exercise, but it is the typical calve workout. I use lots of weight on this too.

I repeat the whole workout one more time then take it easy for the rest of the day. I also begin and end all of my workouts with an abdominal workout.

My Workout

After lots of research and evaluation of exercises, I have constructed my personal workout that is best for my body. While it may not be the best for you, I highly suggest you try it. over the course of working out for four months my bench press max has gone up by 45 lbs and my squat max has gone up by 65 lbs. My workout can only be used to its full potential when you understand your body. It is also best if you work cardio into your workout so you can burn fat while gaining muscle. Be sure to stay hydrated and eat lots of protein. without further adieu, here is my workout.

Abdominals: Everyday

It is a scientific fact that your abs do not tear down, therefore, you can work them as much as you want without hurting your body. for my ab workout I do. . .

  • Bench Crunches: 3 sets, 15 repetitions
  • Hanging leg swings: 3 sets, 15 repetitions
  • Ab Wheel: 3 sets, 10 repetitions

I am a firm believer in abs working during every exercise you ever do, (Its true, watch for it while your working out) so I recommend you work them as much as possible. Here is a video that will show you how to do the exercises I told you about with a few extras.I did not make this video, I was just inspired by it, its awesome.

Upper Body: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

  • Bench Press: 3 sets, 10 repetitions. Use weight that gets difficult around the 7th repetition, but you are still able to complete the set. Rest for one to one and a half minutes after each set.
  • Push ups: 50 repetitions: I do these in sets of 25, but do however many sets you want as long as you are feeling challenged.
  • Dips: 3 sets, 20 repetitions
  • Curls: 3 sets of 10 repetitions. You can do these with a bar, dumbbells, or anything you want. I use a bar at 85 lbs.
  • Military press: 3 sets, 10 repetitions. Again you can use whatever you want to do these, but I use a bar.
  • Upright Rows: 3 sets, 10 repetitions. use weight that gets difficult around the 7th rep.
  • Dumbbell flies: 3 sets, 15 repetitions.
  • Pull ups: as much as possible.

I rest for 10 minutes then I repeat the whole workout. I also begin and end every workout with abs. feel free to adjust the workout depending on your phase of athletic awesomeness. I will be posting my lower body workout (no, you can’t skip leg day) very soon.