Norsemen Football - Mesabi Range College

Norsemen Football
Mesabi Range College
Summer Strength &
Conditioning Program
NORSEMEN FOOTBALL
SUMMER STRENGTH & CONDITIONING
April 21, 2014
Dear Norsemen,
This manual contains your conditioning activities for this summer and will give you the
opportunity to be MCAC champions in 2014. Strength training, flexibility, speed improvement,
cardiovascular conditioning, and nutrition are all covered in this manual. You must be at your
best in these areas BEFORE reporting to fall camp if you are going to obtain optimal
performance on the field and make use of your physical skills. Improved strength and
conditioning will make us a better football team. You must take it upon yourself to continue
your commitment level throughout the summer months.
This program will give you the opportunity to report to camp in top condition but, this will only
happen if you are consistent with your workouts and are truly committed to being the best
football player you can be. You must complete the workouts prescribed for each day of the
summer and put a winning effort into each and every one. Sophomores do not let all of your
hard work this off season go to waste by taking unscheduled days off during the summer.
During the winter and spring, we have made significant gains by using this program and being
consistent with our workouts. Our team gains have been accomplished throughout a twentyweek period. There are 42 workout days until you check into camp and you need to make the
most out of each one.
You must start now and make your workouts a mandatory part of your daily routine. While the
length of time required is not great, the time put in must be quality time. To have quality time
you must put all of your mental and physical energy into your workouts. When you do this, you
will be putting in quality time and you will have success.
If you need to substitute lifts because of equipment limitations or you are having a problem with
any phase of your conditioning, please do not hesitate to contact us. Instructions are included for
each workout. Read and follow these instructions carefully.
I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable summer. I present a challenge to every one of you to
report to camp in the best physical condition ever to meet the challenges of another
championship season in 2014.
Have a productive and safe summer!
“GO, GO MESABI”
Dan Lind
Head Football Coach
Mesabi Range College
218-748-2422 Office
218-780-1658 Cell
d.lind@mr.mnscu.edu
MESABI RANGE COLLEGE
NORSEMEN FOOTBALL 2014
DATE
OPPONENT
SITE
TIME
August
30 (Sat)
Rochester
Rochester
1:00
September
6 (Sat)
13 (Sat)
20 (Sat)
27 (Sat)
N. D. STATE/SCIENCE
Itasca
VERMILION
D. STATE BOTTINEAU
VIRGINIA
Grand Rapids
VIRGINIA
VIRGINIA
1:00
1:00
1:00
1:00
October
4 (Sat)
11 (Sat)
18 (Sat)
25 (Sat)
Fond du Lac
CENTRAL LAKES
Minnesota West
First Round Playoffs
Cloquet
VIRGINIA
Worthington
TBD
1:00
1:00
11:00
1:00
November
1 (Sat)
9 (Sun)
State Semi-Finals
State Championship
TBD
St. Cloud State
1:00
1:00
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STRENGTH TRAINING
Our strength-training program uses a multiple set periodized approach. As you progress through
each phase, the volume (reps) will decrease and the weight will increase. Every lift has a
percentage of one repetition maximum (1RM) prescribed for each day of lifting. Follow the
prescribed sets/reps, percentages and lifting days. There are charts to help you determine your
1RM and percentages of 1RM. Remember that you must continually push yourself to get
stronger. You need to approach every rep of each lift with 100% intensity.
We utilize variations of Olympic lifts (Power Clean, Hang Clean, Dead Lift, and Push Press) and
traditional strength training exercises to accomplish our goals. Olympic lifts develop explosive
power, which is important in almost every competitive sport. The bar (weight) must move
rapidly with these lifts. Proper technique is vitally important when performing Olympic lifts. If
you have never had proper instruction on Olympic lifting, we recommend that you not attempt
these lifts. Instead, concentrate on the other strength exercises.
When performing non-Olympic lifts, the speed that the bar (weight) is moved should be as
follows:
Anytime the weight is lifted, use a count of two seconds
Anytime the weight is lowered, use a count of four second
Rest and recovery is important when doing strength/power training. If do not rest long enough
between sets, you train you muscles for endurance. Endurance and power are inversely
proportional. Follow the prescribed recovery time between sets. Olympic lifts and heavy loads
should have 2½ to 3 minutes of recovery. The other lifts should have a 1-2 minute recovery.
Breathing rhythm is important during lifting. A general rule of thumb is to inhale and expand the
chest. Hold your breath during the initial movement of the lift. As you near the completion of
the lift, exhale. As you return the weight to the starting position, inhale again.
Training Log sheets are located in the weekly workout section. You will need to write in your 1
rep max in the space provided on the log and use the percent chart provided to see how much to
lift for each set. The lifts in our program are divided into two categories, 1) Core Lifts (always
in BOLD and at the top of the workout log) and 2) Auxiliary lifts (always at the bottom of the
workout log).
The core exercises will all be set off a 1-rep max that you will find or off a formula that will find
it for you. Your 1-rep max for your core lifts may change during the course of the workout. On
the final set of each core exercise, you will lift until failure. If you reach the prescribed number,
your 1-rep max should remain the same. If you are unable to complete all the repetitions for the
set, you will adjust your 1-rep max down 5 pounds for every 2 missed reps for upper body lifts
and 10 pounds for every 2 missed reps for lower body lifts. If you are able to complete more
than the prescribed number of repetitions for the last set you will adjust your 1-rep max up 5
pounds for every 2 reps past the set number and 10 pounds for every 2 reps past the set number.
The auxiliary lifts will not have a 1-rep max attached to them or a percent to work out with. The
only rule is that you should not work out with same weight for the same reps 2 weeks in a row.
A section in the manual has descriptions, pictures, and video of strength exercises and stretching
exercises commonly used. Not every lift is included in the exercise descriptions.
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STRETCHING EXERCISES
Stretching is easy to learn. But there is a right and a wrong way to stretch. The right way is a relaxed,
sustained stretch with your attention focused on the muscle being stretched. The wrong way is to bounce
up and down, or to stretch to the point of extreme pain. You should feel a moderate discomfort in the
muscle you are stretching. Below are some stretching exercises which will increase your flexibility if
done properly. Remember to stretch before and after each workout.
Seated Hamstring
 Sitting with legs full extended and inside of feet touching.
 Keep your ankles flexed (toes pointed up).
 Tuck your chin into chest.
 Extend hands and reach for your ankles.
 Keep your legs as straight as possible.
 Hold Stretch for 15 seconds.
Feet Apart
 Sitting with legs fully extended, spread feet as far as possible.
 Keep your ankles flexed.
 Tuck your chin into chest.
 Extend hands directly in front, reach as far as possible.
 Hold Stretch for 15 seconds.
Feet Apart (right/left foot)
 Sitting with legs fully extended, spread feet as far as possible.
 Keep your ankles flexed.
 Tuck your chin into chest.
 Extend both hands to the right foot.
 Hold stretch for 15 seconds.
 Repeat stretch to the left foot.
Butterfly
 Seated, pull heels together close to the groin.
 Apply pressure with elbows downward.
 Hold stretch for 15 seconds.
Knee Pull
 Lying on back.
 Pull knee to chest and then across your body.
 Hold stretch for 15 seconds.
 Repeat with other leg.
Back Twist
 Sit with right leg straight and left leg crossed over it.
 Rotate body to left and use right elbow on outside of left knee.
 Hold stretch for 15 seconds.
 Repeat stretch for the other side.
Leg Over
 Lay on back with right leg straight.
 Pull your bent left leg over your straight right leg.
 Keep your shoulders flat on the ground.
 Repeat stretch for the other side.
Lower Back
 Lay in a push-up position.
 Gently push your upper body off the ground.
 Keep your hips on the ground.
 Hold stretch for 15 seconds.
Iron Cross
 Lie on your back with arms straight out to your sides.
 Keeping your knee straight, bring your right foot up and try to touch your left hand.
 Return to the starting position and then bring left foot to your right hand.
 Repeat this exercise ten times with each leg.
Scorpion
 Lie on your stomach with your arms straight out to the side.
 Bring your right foot up and try to touch it to your left hand (you will rotate your trunk and bend
your knee).
 Return to the starting position and then bring your left foot to your right hand.
 Repeat this exercise ten times with each leg.
Sumo Squat
 Squat with your feet flat on the floor about 12 inches apart and your toes turned slightly outward.
 Place your elbows inside of your thighs, exhale, and push your legs outward with your elbows.
Quadriceps
 Stand holding onto something for balance.
 Flex one knee and raise your heel to your buttocks.
 Slightly flex your supporting leg, exhale and grasp your raised foot with one hand.
 Inhale and slightly pull your heel toward your buttocks without over compressing the knee.
 Hold stretch for 15 seconds.
 Repeat with other leg.
Shoulders
 Grab your right elbow with your left hand.
 Pull your right arm across your chest.
 Keep your right arm parallel to the ground.
 Hold Stretch for 15 seconds.
 Repeat with left arm.
Triceps
 Bending your right arm at the elbow, extend your arms over your head.
 Grab your right elbow with your left hand, behind your head.
 Pull your right elbow with your left hand (pull to the left).
 Hold stretch for 15 seconds.
 Repeat with left arm.
Neck Roll
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Move your head and neck in clockwise circle.
Move your head in a counter clockwise circle.
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DYNAMIC WARM-UP
We utilize a dynamic warm-up to get the body prepared for a workout. A dynamic warm-up will
increase: heart rate, blood flow, core temperature, muscle elasticity (dynamic flexibility), neuromuscular
coordination, joint proprioception & mobility, and enhance your running form. Complete each drill in the
order they are listed and before stretching. Remember to always maintain proper arm swing and forward
lean.
1. HIGH KNEES: Lean forward slightly at the waist and keep back straight. Sprint the course, taking
quick, short, one foot steps for 20 yards. Drive your knees high so that your thigh is parallel to the
ground. When you lift one leg, be sure the other leg is fully extended.
2. BUTT KICKS: Lean forward at the waist and keep your back straight. Run on your toes and
alternately swing the heel of each foot up to your buttocks for 20 yards. Keep action quick and smooth;
produce the swinging at the knee, not the hip.
3. PRANCERS: Lean forward slightly at the waist and keep your back straight. Run on your toes with
high knees and alternately swing the heel of each foot up to your buttocks for 20 yards. Keep action
quick and smooth; produce the swinging at the knee, not the hip.
4. TOE TOUCHES: Keeping knees locked reach down with your hand to the opposite toe. Bend at the
waist and continue on for 20 yards.
5. SKIPPING ARM CIRCLES: Skip a distance of 20 yards while swinging your arms forward in large
arm circles. Then skip back to your starting point while swinging your arms backward in large arm
circles.
6. SHUFFLE ARM CIRCLES: Start with your arms hanging criss-crossed in front of your body. As
you side shuffle, simultaneously swing your arms sideways out away from your body and up over your
head and then back down to the starting position. Side shuffle/arm swing 20 yards. Face the same
direction and shuffle with arm swings to your starting point.
7. PARALLEL SLIDE: Get into a good hitting stance with knees flexed and shoulders facing squarely
forward. Move laterally to your left or right in an over exaggerated basketball slide for 20 yards. Do not
allow your feet to touch. The lead foot should be the one in the direction you are headed. Maintain a
good center of gravity and low pad level. Keep your eyes forward through the finish line.
8. FORWARD LUNGE: In a walking motion, alternate overextending your stride to the point where
your back leg grazes the ground and your front thigh becomes parallel to the ground. Concentrate on
using good arm motion. Go for 20 yards.
9. REVERSE LUNGE: In a backwards walking motion, alternate overextending your stride to the point
where your back leg grazes the ground and your front thigh becomes parallel to the ground. Concentrate
on using good arm motion. Go for 20 yards.
10. SIDE LUNGE: Facing sideways step out and bend the knee keeping the back knee locked. Go down
to your thigh is parallel with the ground. Go for 20 yards.
11. HIGH KNEE CARIOCA: Do a carioca (grapevine step) for 20 yards. As you bring your trail leg
across the front of your body, bring your knee up as high as you can. Face the same direction and do the
high knee carioca back to the starting point utilizing the other leg as the high knee leg.
12. QUICK CARIOCA: Do a carioca (grapevine step) for 20 yards as quickly as you can. Face the
same direction and do the carioca back to the starting point utilizing the other leg as the lead leg.
13. LOSE HIP WALK: In a walking motion lift knee up and rotate outward while skipping on the other
foot, once the circling foot comes down to the ground the opposite foot should begin to rotate up. Go for
20 yards.
14. LIZARD: Keeping your body 6 inches off the ground move you right arm and leg in one motion
forward and then the left. Go for 20 yards.
15. LEG SWING: Stand facing the wall with arms outstretched and hands leaning on the wall. Swing
one leg out to the side and then back across the front of your body as far as you can. Repeat this exercise
10 times on each leg. Then stand beside the wall with one hand leaning on the wall. Swing one leg
forward and backward as far as you can. Do this exercise 10 times on each leg.
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SPEED DRILLS
1. FORM STARTS
From a 3 or 4-point track stance fire off the line staying low by keeping hips low, not bending at the
waist. Sprint for 20 yards.
2. POSITION STARTS
Using the position specific stance that your position requires sprint for 20 yards.
3. ARM SWINGS
From a standing position use good sprinting arm action. Keep hands relaxed and shoulders loose.
Movement in shoulders to bring hands from rib cage to side of face.
4. KNEE DRIVE
Using a wall to lean against drive leg knee up past waist as quickly as possible. Do not rest on the bottom
as soon as the ball of your foot touches the ground, explode, and drive your knee up. Do one leg at a
time.
5. 30 YARD BUILDUPS
Set up a 60-yard course with 30 yards as the point marked. Start from a standing start into a slow run,
concentrating on good running form. Gradually build up speed until you are at full speed at 30 yards,
gradually slow down at finish line.
6. 40 YARD BUILD UPS
Set up a 60-yard course with 40 yards as the point marked. Start from a standing start into a slow run,
concentrating on good running form. Gradually build up speed until you are at full speed at 40 yards,
gradually slow down at finish line.
7. FLYING 10’S
Set up a 40-yard course with the 30 yard point marked. Start running at half speed, building speed at each
stride for 30 yards. By the time you reach the 30-yard mark, you should be running at full speed (flying).
Continue at this full speed sprinting for the last 10 yards.
9. TALL AND FALL
From a standing position lift your dominate foot off the ground and fall forward. At the last moment,
catch yourself with the foot that was off the ground in a good knee bent position. Continue in a 20-yard
sprint.
10. START AND STOP
Mark out a 50-yard course. From a standing position, begin to sprint to the first marker. When you get to
the first marker drop your hips, settle for a one count, and then sprint to the next cone. Continue through
the entire course.
11. ACCELERATION COURSE
Set a 30-yard course in slalom (zig-zag) with varying angles. Set markers every 5-10 yards in the course.
Start running slowly and increase speed after each cone. You should be at full speed when you reach the
last cone. Sprint 10 yards at your top speed past the final cone.
12. HALF-FULL-HALF
Mark out a 100 yard course with every 20 yards marked. Start running at half speed for the first 20 yards.
At the 20-yard point accelerate and sprint full speed for 20 yards. Slow back to the original half speed
run for 20 yards. Keep repeating this pattern for the remainder of the course.
13. PRONE AND GO
Start lying on your stomach with arms out to your side. Explode and bring your arms and legs underneath
you and sprint for 20 yards.
14. SUPINE AND GO
Start lying on your back with your arms out to your side. Roll to one side, get your arms and feet
underneath you, and sprint for 20 yards. Make sure that you roll to both sides.
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AGILITY DEVELOPMENT
1. PRO AGILITY
 From a three-point stance straddle line 1 facing timer.
 Start by running to the right to line 2.
 Touch line 2 with right hand.
 Sprint back across line 1 to line 3 to the left.
 Touch line 3 with left hand.
 Turn and sprint through line 1.
Finish
5 yards
5 yards
Start
2
1
3
2. 30 YARD SHUFFLE LADDER
 Begin in a two point stance, standing perpendicular to the start line.
 Shuffle to the first line, touch the line with your right foot, and shuffle to the starting line and
touch with left foot.
 Shuffle to the second line, touch the line with your right foot, and shuffle through the starting
line.
10 yards
5 yards
Start facing this direction
3. 40 YARD LADDER
 Begin in a three point stance on the starting line.
 Sprint to the first line (5 yards), touch the line with your right foot, and sprint back to the starting
line and touch it with your left foot.
 Sprint to the second line (10yards), touch the line with your right foot, and sprint back to the
starting line and touch it with your left foot.
 Sprint to the first line (5 yards), touch the line with your right foot, and sprint through the starting
line.
10 yards
5 yards
Start
4. 4 CORNER
 Set up four cones as shown below.
 Start at cone A and Shuffle to cone D.
 Sprint to cone C
 Carioca to cone A.
 1 time around = 1 rep
 Be creative. Reverse directions and sequences.
 Cones should be spaced 10 yards apart.
B
C
A
D
5. ZIG ZAG RUN
 Start in a three point stance, sprint to the first cone, plant the outside foot, use a side step, and cut
around the cone.
 Continue to sprint to each cone, planting outside foot and using a side step to cut hard.
 Accelerate from cone to cone this drill should be at full speed.
5 yards
5 yards
6. CROSS DRILL
 Set up five cones as shown below with 5 yards between cones.
 Start at the middle cone, sprint to the cone to your right and then return to the middle cone and
continue through the course to your right touching each outside cone with your right hand and the
inside cone with your left.
 Make sure that you also do a set going to your left and touch the outside cones with your left hand
and the inside cone with your right hand.
7. T-DRILL
 Position 4 cones so they form a “T”.
 Each cone should be 5 yards apart.
 Start in a 2-point stance at cone 1.
 Backpedal past cone 2.
 Shuffle to cone 3.
 Shuffle, across, past cone 2, continue to cone 4
 Shuffle back to cone 2 and sprint past cone 1.
Shuffle
4
2
Backpedal
3
Sprint
1
8. LINE DRILLS
 Stand on two feet facing a line on floor. Jump forwards and then backwards over the line as fast
as you can for 20 seconds.
 Stand on two feet with your right foot next to a line on the floor. Jump from side to side over the
line as quickly as you can for 20 seconds.
 Stand on one foot facing a line on the floor. Jump forwards and then backwards over the line as
fast as you can for 20 seconds. Repeat for the other foot.
 Stand on your right foot next to a line on the floor. Jump from side to side over the line as fast as
you can for 20 seconds.
9. CONE DRILLS
 For these drill you can use cones or any kind of marker on the ground.
 The markers should be positioned 2 yards apart from each other.
 There are five different exercises in this drill:
a. Lateral Shuffle Forward
b. Forwards and Backwards
c. Lateral Shuffle Backwards
d. Back Peddle and Sprint
e. Up and Over (Go to your left and right)
Lateral Shuffle Forward
L
R
Forwards and Backwards
L
R
Lateral Shuffle Backwards
L
R
Back Peddle and Sprint
L
R
Up and Over
L
R
L
R
L
R
L
R
L
R
L
R
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LIFT DESCRIPTIONS - BACK AND NECK LIFTS
Chin Ups
Purpose: Develop biceps, lats, and middle back muscle strength.
Procedure: Hold the chin-up bar with a reverse grip (palms facing you) with your hands about 6 to 8
inches apart. Pull yourself up and try to touch either your chin or upper chest to the bar. Return slowly to
the starting position. Do not swing back and forth.
Iso Neck Front and Back
Purpose: Develop neck muscle strength.
Procedure: You can perform this exercise seated or standing. Place your head and neck in a neutral
position. Place both of your hands on the front side of your head and gently push for the required number
of seconds on your workout. Resist any movement of your head by “isometrically” contracting your neck
muscles. Repeat with your hands placed on the backside of your head.
Iso Neck Side to Side
Purpose: Develop neck muscle strength.
Procedure: You can perform this exercise seated or standing. Place your head and neck in a neutral
position. Place your left hand on the left side of your head and gently push for the required number of
seconds on your workout. Resist any movement of your head by “isometrically” contracting your neck
muscles. Repeat with your right hand placed on the right side of your head
Lat Pull (Front)
Purpose: Develop lat, bicep, and middle back muscle strength.
Procedure: Start with feet flat on the floor. Grasp the wide bar firmly with an overhand grip. Your
hands should be almost twice your shoulder width apart. Pull the bar down on top of your chest, arching
your back slightly. Focus on keeping your elbows directly below the bar. Pause briefly with the bar in
position right on top of your collarbone. Slowly raise the bar back to the starting position. Do not lean
back to far and use your body weight to pull the weight down.
Lat Pull (Back)
Purpose: Develop lat, bicep, and middle back muscle strength.
Procedure: Start with feet flat on the floor. Grasp the wide bar firmly with an overhand grip. Your
hands should be almost twice your shoulder width apart. Pull the bar down on top of your shoulders.
Focus on keeping your elbows directly below the bar. Pause briefly with the bar in position right on top
of your shoulders. Slowly raise the bar back to the starting position.
One Arm Row
Purpose: Develop middle back, bicep, and lat muscle strength.
Procedure: Begin with your right foot flat on the floor and your left knee resting flat on the bench. Then
lean forward so that you are supporting the weight of your upper body with your left arm on the bench.
Your back should almost be flat, almost parallel with the floor. Reach down and pick up a dumbbell with
your right hand. Your left arm should be locked at the elbow so it will support the weight of your upper
body. Before starting, look straight ahead instead of at the floor in order to keep your back straight.
Tighten your abs to keep your body from turning to the side as you lift the dumbbell. Concentrate on
pulling your elbow back as far as it can go. The dumbbell should end up roughly parallel with your torso.
After you have rowed the dumbbell up as far as you can, slowly lower it to the starting position. Switch
arms after one set.
Pull Ups
Purpose: Develop lat, bicep, and middle back muscles.
Procedure: Reach up and grab the bar with a firm overhand grip. Your hands should be roughly twice
your shoulder width apart. This helps work more lats, rather than your biceps. Straighten your arms and
let your body hang from the bar. You can keep your legs straight or bend your knees and cross your feet.
Slowly pull your body up to the bar so that the top of your chest nearly touches the bar and your chin is
over the bar. Try to keep your body straight without arching or swinging. As you move upwards, focus
on pulling your elbows down at an angle toward your rib cage. Once your lats have completely
contracted at the top, slowly lower your body to the starting position. On the last few reps, a spotter can
lift your legs slightly if you need help on the last few reps.
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LIFT DESCRIPTIONS - BICEP AND FOREARM LIFTS
Dumbbell Bicep Curl
Purpose: Develop bicep muscle strength.
Procedure: Stand straight up, with your head up and your legs straight. Start with the dumbbells at
arm’s length with your palms facing in. Curl dumbbells up at the same time, twisting your wrist on the
way up. Your palms should be facing up when you are at the end of the movement. Do not swing and do
not move your elbows. They should stay in the same place during the whole movement. Keep your arms
close to your side.
Dumbbell Hammer Curl
Purpose: Develop bicep and forearm muscle strength.
Procedure: With a dumbbell in each hand, stand with your arms hanging at your sides, palms facing
each other. Keep your elbows locked into your sides. Your upper body and elbows should remain in the
same place during the whole lift. Keeping your palms facing each other, curl the weight in a semi-circle
toward your shoulder. Squeeze the biceps hard at the top of the lift and then slowly lower. Do not turn
your wrist during this lift.
Dumbbell Palms Down Wrist Curl
Purpose: Develop forearm muscle strength.
Procedure: Hold two dumbbells and sit at the end of a flat bench with your feet on the floor about 20
inches apart. Lean forward and place forearms on upper thighs, palms down. Place your wrist over your
knees. Lower dumbbells as far as possible keeping a tight grip. Curl the dumbbell up as high as possible.
Do not let your forearms move at all.
Dumbbell Palms Up Wrist Curl
Purpose: Develop forearm muscle strength.
Procedure: Hold two dumbbells and sit at the end of a flat bench with your feet on the floor about 20
inches apart. Lean forward and place forearms on upper thighs, palms up. Place the back of your wrist
over your knees. Lower dumbbells as far as possible keeping a tight grip. Curl the dumbbell up as high
as possible. Do not let your forearms move at all.
E-Z Bar Curl
Purpose: Develop biceps and forearm muscle strength.
Procedure: Take an E-Z curl bar and hold it on the innermost ridges. Your two hands together should
be in the shape of a big V. While standing, hold the bar at arm’s length in front of you. Curl the bar up
while keeping your elbows in the same place. Do not swing. Contract your biceps as far as you can go,
and then slowly return to the starting position.
Reverse Curl
Purpose: Develop forearms and bicep muscle strength.
Procedure: Grasp bar with a shoulder width overhand grip. With the elbows to the side, raise the bar
until your forearms are vertical. Lower until the arms are fully extended. When the elbow is fully flexed,
the elbow should only travel forward a few inches allowing the forearm to be no more than perpendicular
with the floor to allow for a relative release of tension between repetitions.
Straight Bar Curl
Purpose: Develop bicep and forearm muscle strength.
Procedure: With your hands shoulder width apart, grip a barbell with an underneath grip. Stand straight
up with your shoulders squared and with your feet shoulder width apart. Let the bar hang down at arm’s
length in front of you, with your arms, shoulders and hands in a straight line. Without leaning back or
swinging the weight, curl the bar up and toward your chest in a arc. Keep your elbows in the same place
and close to your sides. Bring the weight up as high as you can and squeeze at the top. Lower the weight
slowly, resisting all the way down until your arms are nearly straight.
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LIFT DESCRIPTIONS - CHEST LIFTS
Bar Bench
Purpose: Develop chest, triceps, and shoulder muscle strength.
Procedure: Same as regular bench press with the exception that you continue with the exercise until
total exhaustion. The exercise will be complete when the spotter has to take the bar from your chest.
Bench Press
Purpose: Develop chest, triceps, and shoulder muscle strength.
Procedure: Lie face up on a flat bench; make sure feet are flat on the ground and back is slightly arched.
Pull your shoulder blades inward as you push your chest upward. Grip the bar so your triceps are parallel
to the floor there is a 90 degree angle in the elbow. Position yourself so the bar lines up with the top of
your head. Take the bar from the rack with the aid of a spotter and position the bar over your chest. Take
a deep breath, hold your chest high, and lower the bar to your chest in a slow, controlled movement.
Allow the bar to just touch the chest at about nipple level. Drive the bar explosively off the chest so that
the movement of the bar is up and slightly back. Exhale as you lock the bar out to full arm’s length.
Close Grip Bench Press
Purpose: Develop chest, triceps, and shoulder muscle strength.
Procedure: Lie on a flat bench. Hold a barbell with both hands with a close grip, about 8 - 12 inches
apart. Keeping your arms close to your sides, lower the bar until it is touches your chest, approximately 1
inch below your nipples. Return to starting position, concentrating on using your triceps to push.
Close Grip Incline Bench Press
Purpose: Develop chest, triceps, and shoulder muscle strength.
Procedure: Lie on a incline bench. Hold a barbell with both hands with a close grip, about 8 - 12 inches
apart. Keeping your arms close to your sides, lower the bar until it is touches your chest, approximately 1
inch below your nipples. Return to starting position, concentrating on using your triceps to push.
Dumbbell Bench Press
Purpose: Develop chest, triceps, and shoulder muscle strength.
Procedure: Sit on the edge of a flat bench with dumbbells on your knees. In one smooth motion, roll
onto your back while bringing the dumbbells up to a position slightly outside and above your shoulders.
Your palm should face forwards. Bend your elbows at a 90 degree angle so that your upper arms are
parallel to the ground. Press the weights up over your chest in a triangular motion until they meet above
the centerline of your body. As you lift, concentrate on keeping the weights balanced and under control.
Then, follow the same path downward until your arms are slightly below parallel to the floor.
Dumbbell Incline Bench Press
Purpose: Develop chest, triceps, and shoulder muscle strength.
Procedure: Sit on the edge of an incline bench set at about a 45 degree angle. Pick up a dumbbell in
each hand and place them on your thighs. Then, one at a time, raise them to your shoulder level while
you press your back and shoulders firmly against the bench. Press the weights back up to a point over
your upper chest, with your palms facing forward. Lower the weights slowly. Inhale as you lower the
weights and exhale as you lift.
Incline Bench Press
Purpose: Develop chest, triceps, and shoulder muscle strength.
Procedure: Lie flat on a incline bench with feet flat on the floor. Grasp the bar with a bench press grip.
Take a deep breath, hold your chest high, and lower the bar to your chest in a slow, controlled movement.
Allow the bar to just touch your chest at the collar bone level. Drive the bar explosively off the chest so
that the movement of the bar is up and slightly back. Exhale as you lock the bar out to full arm’s length.
Negative Bench Press
Purpose: Develop chest, triceps, and shoulder strength.
Procedure: Same as bench press with the exception that you are trying to resist the weight as it comes
down to your chest for a five count. Your spotter will help with the you return the weight to the starting
position.
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LIFT DESCRIPTIONS - LEG AND BODY LIFTS
Ankle Circles
Purpose: Develop ankle joint strength and stabilization.
Procedure: Stand on one foot and draw circles clockwise and counter clockwise with your big toe.
Back Squat
Purpose: Develop quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, and calf muscle strength.
Procedure: With the bar chest high on the racks, position hands slightly wider than shoulder width. Step
under the bar, keeping feet parallel, knees slightly bent, and hips vertically aligned with your shoulders.
Place bar comfortably across the top of the shoulders at the base of the neck, or one inch below the top of
the shoulders across the traps. Pull your shoulder blades together tightly and lift the bar out of the rack by
extending the knees. Step backward, using as few steps as possible, with feet parallel. Point toes out
somewhat and keep heels on the floor slightly wider than the hips. Focus your eyes on the wall with head
slightly up; take a deep breath. In a slow and controlled motion, lower the bar by bending your hips and
knees and keeping your knees out in alignment with the feet. The instant the tops of your thighs are
parallel to the floor, explode up from the bottom. Keep your back flat, weight on your heels, and shoulder
blades drawn together. Do not throw your head back. Fully extend your knees and hips and exhale as
you near the completion of the lift.
Barbell Overhead Lunge
Purpose: Develop quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, and calf muscle strength.
Procedure: Place a barbell on your upper back. Lift your chest up and look straight ahead. Position your
right leg forward in a long stride. Your foot should be far enough in front of you so that when you bend
your right knee, your thigh and lower leg form a right angle. Slowly bend your knees, lowering your hips
so your rear knee just clears the floor. Pause briefly in this position, then slowly straighten your legs and
raise your body back up to a standing position. Complete a full set, then switch legs and repeat, or
alternate legs for each rep. Make sure your knee does not travel past your toes in the down position.
Deadlift
Purpose: Develop quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, and calf muscle strength.
Procedure: Place feet hip width apart, with toes pointed slightly out. Bend knees with the lower leg
touching the bar. Grasp the bar using an overhand grip with arms extended and hands shoulder width
apart. Stand upright with the bar by extending the legs and hips, and let the bar rest on the thighs. Fill the
chest with air and hold high. In a slow controlled motion, lower the bar as far as possible by bending at
the hips and knees. Do not bounce the weight off the ground. Reverse directions and pull the bar to a
point just above the knees, tracing the bar over the shin and knee cap.
Dorsi Flexion
Purpose: Develop calf muscle strength.
Procedure: Sit on a flat bench with your heels on the edge. Your toes should point straight out in front
of you. Your lifting partner should apply pressure on your toes as you move your toes back to point at
you. Return to starting position and repeat.
Dumbbell Front Lunge
Purpose: Develop quadriceps, hamstring, glutes, and calf muscle strength.
Procedure: Hold a dumbbell in each hand and pull your shoulders back. Lift your chest up and look
straight ahead. Position your right leg forward in a long stride. Your foot should be far enough in front
of you so that when you bend your right knee, your thigh and lower leg form a right angle. Slowly bend
your knees, lowering your hips so your rear knee just clears the floor. Pause briefly in this position, then
slowly straighten your legs and raise your body back up to a standing position and then repeat with other
leg. Make sure your knee does not travel past your toes in the down position.
Dumbbell Lateral Lunge
Purpose: Develop quadriceps, hamstring, glutes, and calf muscle strength.
Procedure: Hold a dumbbell in each hand and pull your shoulders back. Lift your chest up and look
straight ahead. Sink slightly and take a lateral side step, bending with the lead leg while extending the
opposite leg. Keep your back flat and your lower back slightly arched at all times. Extend your lead leg
to return to starting position.
Dumbbell Step Ups
Purpose: Develop quadriceps, hamstring, glutes, and calf muscle strength.
Procedure: Hold two dumbbells, one in each hand, at your side. Step up onto a flat bench with your left
leg. Then step up with your right leg so you are now standing on the bench. Step down with your left
leg, then your right leg. Repeat, starting with your right leg this time.
Front Squat
Purpose: Develop quadriceps, hamstring, and calf muscle strength.
Procedure: Place a barbell on your upper chest and rest it on your shoulders. Place your hands shoulder
width apart in a overhand grip. Point your elbows up past parallel. Keep your head up and back straight
with a shoulder width stance. Your toes and knees should be slightly pointed outwards. Squat down until
your upper thighs are parallel to the floor. Return slowly to the starting position.
Hang Clean
Purpose: Develop shoulder, triceps, middle back, traps, forearms, quadriceps, hamstring, glutes, and calf
muscle strength.
Procedure: Start with feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart and pointed slightly out. Knees
slightly bent and relaxed, bend forward at the hips while keeping back flat. The chest should be out,
elbows straight, and relaxed, and shoulders back. You should be holding the bar at thigh or knee level
with an overhand grip hip width apart. Explosively extend the hips in a scooping action while
simultaneously extending up on the balls of your feet and shrugging your shoulders. Keep the bar close
to your body and your elbows should stay high. As the bar is moving upward, pull yourself down under
the bar by bending at your ankles, knees, and hips. Rotate your elbows around and under the bar and you
are your elbows should point directly in front of you. Rack or catch the bar across the front of your
shoulders. Keep the torso erect, feet flat on the ground and bend at the ankles, knees, and hips to absorb
the weight of the bar. Return the bar to the starting position on the front of your thigh for the next rep.
Remember to keep your torso erect and bend at the hips.
One Leg Squat
Purpose: Develop quadriceps, hamstring, glutes, and calf muscle strength.
Procedure: On one leg squat down to the point where your thigh is parallel with the floor. Then, drive
up to the starting point. This lift may be done with a hand on a squat rack for balance.
Overhead Squat
Purpose: Develop quadriceps, lower back, hamstring, glutes, shoulder, and calf strength.
Procedure: Place the bar overhead with a overhand grip at the edge of the bar. Lock your elbows out;
this should rest the bar behind your head. Your base should be wide with knees and toes pointing slightly
outward. Squat by lowering hips between your heels until your upper legs are below parallel with the
floor. Maintain an upright posture with back tight and chest up. Keep feet flat on the floor and maintain
eyes straight ahead. Do not lean forward from the waist and push hips back.
Power Clean
Purpose: Develop shoulder, triceps, middle back, traps, forearms, quadriceps, hamstring, glutes, and calf
muscle strength.
Procedure: Start with feet hip width apart and flat on the floor. Bend legs with the lower leg touching
the bar and hips slightly higher than knees. Use overhand grip with hands placed shoulder width apart.
Extend arms with elbows pointed out. Inhale to fill chest with air and hold it high. Keep back flat with
lower back slightly arched. Position shoulders just ahead of bar and set head in a comfortable position.
On the first pull extend your legs elevating the bar to just above the knees, keeping the angle of your back
constant. Do not jerk the bar off the floor; pull it smoothly and under control. Keep the bar close to your
legs and your arms extended with elbows pointed out. Second pull extend your hips up and forward
explosively. If you keep your arms straight, (elbows pointed out) your knees will automatically flex or
rebend as the hips extend. The bar should ride up the thighs. Explosive phase extend onto the balls of
your feet while simultaneously shrugging your shoulders. Your ankles, knees, and hips should extend
simultaneously, accelerating the bar upward. Keep the bar close to your body and your arms extended
with elbows pointing out. In the receiving of the bar, you should pull yourself down and under the bar.
Elevate the feet and move them out into a squatting stance, do not let your feet get to wide. Rotate your
elbows down and then up ahead of the bar into the racked position. Catch the bar on the front portion of
the shoulders. Flex your knees and hips to absorb the weight bar. Once the catch is made, you should be
able to finish the lift with a front squat.
Seated One Leg Calf Raises
Purpose: Develop calf muscle strength.
Procedure: Place a block on the floor about 12 inches from a flat bench. Sit on the bench and rest a
dumbbell on your upper thigh about 3 inches above your knee. Place the ball of your foot on the block.
Raise your toes up as high as possible. Squeeze your calf muscle, and then return to the starting position,
stretching as far down as possible.
Straight Leg Deadlift
Purpose: Develop hamstring, glutes, and calf muscle strength.
Procedure: Bend at your waist with your head up, back straight and knees nearly locked on top of a flat
bench or a plyo box. Hold bar with hands about 16 inches apart. Straighten up while holding the bar at
arm’s length. Lower back down to the floor but do not let plates touch.
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LIFT DESCRIPTIONS - SHOULDER LIFTS
Bent Over Row
Purpose: Develop middle back, lats, and bicep muscle strength.
Procedure: Position your feet shoulder width apart. Bend over so your back is as close to parallel to the
floor as you can and hold bar with an overhand grip and with the hands a little wider than shoulder width.
Keep legs slightly bent at the knee. Hold bar at arm’s length straight down. Pull bar straight up to the
lower part of the chest. Slowly lower the bar back to the starting position. Keep your head up and back
straight at all times, and do not swing or use momentum of the weight.
Dumbbell Front Raises
Purpose: Develop shoulder muscle strength.
Procedure: Stand with a dumbbell in each hand, palms facing backward. Your feet should be about
shoulder width apart. Maintain a slight bend in your elbows throughout the exercise so that your arms are
straight, but not quite locked. Lift both dumbbells in front of you in a wide arc until it is slightly higher
than shoulder height. With a smooth, controlled motion, lower the weight. Do not swing your body or
lean backwards.
Dumbbell Lateral Raises
Purpose: Develop shoulder muscle strength.
Procedure: Stand upright, with your feet about shoulder width apart and your arms to your sides. Hold a
dumbbell in each hand, with your palms turned toward your body. Keeping your arms straight; lift the
weights out and up to the side until they are slightly higher than shoulder level. Then slowly lower them
to your sides. Keep the palms turned downward as you lift the dumbbells so that your shoulders, rather
than your biceps do the work. Don’t lean forward and lift the weight on the way up rather than swinging
the weight up.
Push Press
Purpose: Develop shoulder and triceps muscle strength.
Procedure: Place the bar in a racked position, as if you had just caught a power clean. Grip the bar just
outside the shoulders. Your feet should be shoulder width. Flex the knees and hips; lower your body to
quarter squat position. Extend explosively onto the balls of the feet. Keep your body under the bar
during the explosive phase. Drop the bar by splitting your feet and landing in a position with one foot in
front and the other behind. Both legs should be bent at the knee joint. Recover by taking short steps until
both feet are back in the starting position. Once feet are under you; lower the bar back to the racked
position. Bend knees and hips to absorb the weight as it comes down. Make sure that you rotate which
foot you lead with.
Seated Military Press
Purpose: Develop shoulder and triceps muscle strength.
Procedure: Grip the bar with a bench press grip. Place the bar behind the neck on the shoulders while
sitting on a flat bench with feet on the floor. Press the bar overhead by extending the arms. Lower the
bar until it reaches a position of just below the ears and drive the bar up to starting position.
Shoulder Shrug
Purpose: Develop trap and forearm muscle strength.
Procedure: Hold a barbell with both hands in front of you with your hands a little wider than shoulder
width apart in a overhand grip. Keep your feet at shoulder width. Stand straight up with the bar hanging
at arm’s length. Droop shoulders down as much as possible to start. Raise your shoulders up as far as
you can go.
Standing Palms In Dumbbell Press
Purpose: Develop shoulder and triceps muscle strength.
Procedure: Raise two dumbbells to shoulder height. Lock legs and hips. Keep your elbows in and your
palms facing in. Press dumbbells to shoulder height. Return slowly to starting position.
Up Right Row
Purpose: Develop shoulder, bicep, and trap muscle strength.
Procedure: Standing upright, grasp a barbell with your hands shoulder width apart. Let the bar hang
straight down in front of you. Keep your body and wrist straight. Pull the bar towards your chin, keeping
it close to your body. Concentrate on either pulling with your traps or the front of your shoulders,
depending on what you want to work most. Lower the weight slowly to the starting position. Do not lean
forward or back completing the lift.
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LIFT DESCRIPTIONS - TRICEPS LIFTS
Dumbbell Triceps Extension
Purpose: Develop triceps muscle strength.
Procedure: Sit on the end of a flat bench with head held high and feet on floor. Hold a dumbbell with
both hands at the end, raise overhead to arm’s length. Your palms should be facing up and gripping the
dumbbell around the top plate. Keep your arms close to your head and your elbows in the same place
during the entire movement. Lower dumbbell in a semicircular motion behind your head until your
forearms touch your biceps and return to starting position.
Skull Crushers
Purpose: Develop triceps muscle strength.
Procedure: Sit on a flat bench holding an E-Z curl bar with an overhand grip. Lie back so that the top of
your head is even with the end of the bench. At the same time, extend your arms over your head so that
the bar is directly over your eyes. Keep your elbows tight and your upper arms stationary throughout the
exercise. Holding your upper arms in a fixed position, slowly lower the bar until it almost touches your
forehead. Then press the bar back in a slow, sweeping arc motion, locking elbows out at the end of the
lift.
Triceps Pushdown
Purpose: Develop triceps muscle strength.
Procedure: Using a high-cable pulley, grasp a short V bar with an overhand grip. Your hands should be
about 10 inches apart. Position your forearms so they are parallel to the floor. Keep your feet shoulder
width apart and bend your knees slightly. Keep your elbows locked in close to your body and your wrists
straight. Keep your whole body steady, push the bar down as far as possible towards your legs, locking
your arms and feeling the triceps full contract. Keep the upper arms close to the body. Return to the
starting position using the same motion. Never move your elbows or torso. Stay standing straight up.
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CORE TRAINING EXERCISES
ABDOMINALS SERIES
Crunch: Lie on back with feet on ground with arms across the chest. Place chin on your chest while
lifting your head six to eight inches off the ground and hold for one second.
Bicycle Crunch: Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet off the ground. Simultaneously bring
right knee back towards you chest and bring your left elbow down to your knee. Then straighten out the
right knee and return upper body to start position. Bring left knee up towards chest and bring right elbow
down to your knee.
Leg Raises: Lie on your back with arms folded across your chest. Raise your feet six inches off the
ground and hold for the prescribed amount of time.
Full/Up/Half/Up: Start in the up position of a full sit up with arm folded across your chest. Go down
until you shoulders touch the ground. Return to the start position. Go down halfway between the ground
and the start position. Return to the start position.
Full Sit Up: Start sitting on butt with feet on the ground and arms folded across your chest. Lower upper
body so that shoulders touch the ground. Return to the starting position.
Half Sit Up: Start in the up position of a full sit up with arms folded across your chest. Lower your
upper body to a point halfway between the ground and the starting position. Return to the starting
position.
Two Knee Up: Lie on your back with arms folded across your chest and feet six inches off the ground.
Bring both knees up towards your chest and hold for one second and return to starting position.
Heel Twist: Lie on your back with feet on the ground and arms at your side. Keep shoulder blades six
inches off the ground. Reach with right hand in between heels and butt and touch left foot. Return to
starting position. Reach with left hand in between heels and butt and touch right foot. Return to starting
position.
Rope Climb: Lie on your back with feet straight up in the air and crossed. Lift up your chest and reach
right hand to left toe and left hand to right toe.
Leg Over: Lie on your back with knees locked and feet over to the right side. Bring feet up and over to
the left side and return to the right side without touching the ground.
One Knee Up: Lie on your back with feet six inches off the ground and arms folded across your chest.
Bring the right knee up to your chest, return it to starting point, and repeat with left leg.
Half Twist: Start sitting on butt with feet on the ground and arms at the side of your head. Lower upper
body to the point halfway between the ground and starting position. Bring upper body back to starting
position and twist so that right elbow touches left knee. Return to halfway point. Bring upper body back
to starting point and twist so that the left elbow touches the right knee.
PUSH UP SERIES
Push Up: Start with back flat, leg locked, and body six inches off the ground. You arms should be no
wider than shoulder width apart. Push to the up position so that arms are full extended and return to the
starting position.
Clap Push Up: from the push up start, position explode and push your body up. Clap your hands and
recover them into position for the catch at the bottom.
Diamond Push Up: You should be in a push up starting position, but your hands should be positioned so
that your thumbs are touching and so are your pointer fingers (making the diamond). Push to the up
position and return to the starting position.
BACK SERIES
Superman: Lie on your stomach with arms and legs positioned straight out from your body. Raise as
much of your body off the ground as possible and hold for five seconds, lower your body, and repeat for
the prescribed number of repetitions.
Opposite Superman: From the superman starting position, raise your right arm and left leg getting as
much of your body off the ground as possible for a five count. Return to the starting position. Raise your
left arm and right leg getting as much of your body off the ground as possible for a five count. Repeat for
the prescribed number of repetitions.
Push Up Superman: From the up position of a push up, raise your right arm and left leg off the ground
so that they are even with your body for a five count. Lower to start position. Raise left arm and right leg
off the ground so that they are even with your body for a five count. Repeat for the prescribed number of
repetitions.
HIPS SERIES
Forward Hurdles: Set up hurdles so that they alternate between the highest possible setting and the
lowest possible setting. Facing forward go over the low hurdles and under the high hurdles. Bend at the
hips not at the waist while doing this.
Backward Hurdles: Set up hurdles so that they alternate between the highest possible setting and the
lowest possible setting. Bend at the hips not at the waist while doing this. Walk through the hurdles
going over the low hurdles and under the high hurdles.
Left Hurdles: Set up hurdles so that they alternate between the highest possible setting and the lowest
possible setting. Bend at the hips not at the waist while doing this. Face so that you are going to your left
and go over the low hurdles and under the high hurdles.
Right Hurdles: Set up hurdles so that they alternate between the highest possible setting and the lowest
possible setting. Bend at the hips not at the waist while doing this. Face so that you are going to your
right and go over the low hurdles and under the high hurdles.
Wall Sit: Position yourself with back flat against a wall in a position where your thighs are parallel to the
ground. Hold for the prescribed amount of time.
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SUMMER STRENGTH & CONDITIONING
MAY 2014
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SUMMER STRENGTH & CONDITIONING
AUGUST 2014
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Fall
1:00
Semester
Begins
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PLYOMETRIC EXERCISES
1. JUMP TUCKS
Start in a standing position with feet shoulder width apart. Bend at the ankles, knees, and hips. Explode
vertically and pull knees high to chest. Drive the arms in an upward motion. Land on the balls of the
feet, in the starting position and repeat. Do not stay on the ground; you want to explode again as quickly
as possible.
2. BOUND FOR HEIGHT
Start in a standing position with feet shoulder width apart. Bend at the ankles, knees, and hips. Explode
vertically and horizontally. Pull knees high to the chest. Drive arms in an upward motion. Land on the
balls of the feet, in the starting position and repeat. Do not stay on the ground. Spend as a little time on
the ground as possible.
3. BOUND FOR DISTANCE
Start in a standing position with feet shoulder width apart. Bend at the ankles, knees, and hips. Explode
horizontally. Pull the knees through and to the chest. Drive the arms in an upward motion. Land on the
balls of the feet, in the same starting position and repeat. Do not stay on the ground. Spend as little time
on the ground as possible.
4. 1 LEG HOP
Start in a standing position on one leg. Bend at the ankles, knees, and hips. Explode vertically and
horizontally. Drive arms in an upward motion. Land on the ball of your foot, in the same starting
position and repeat.
5. POWER SKIPPING
Begin skipping, pushing off explosively with the back leg. Opposite leg drives knee up as high as
possible, trying to achieve maximum height and distance. Drive knee to chest and use sprinting arm
action. Prepare for contact with the ground and repeat with the opposite leg immediately upon landing.
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CONDITIONING DRILLS
1. V SPRINT
Set up a “V” shaped course. Each marker should be set 20 yards apart. Start at one side of the “V”
shaped course. Accelerate to and around the center cone. Decelerate as you approach the center cone.
Drop your hips bringing your body under control. Plant on the outside foot, change direction, and
accelerate to the third cone.
Start
Finish
2. U SPRINT
Set up a “U” shaped course. Each marker should be 20 yards apart. Start at one side of the ”U” shaped
course. Accelerate to and around the center cones. Decelerate as you approach the curve. Drop your
hips keeping your body under control. Accelerate through the other side of the “U” course.
Start
Finish
3. N SPRINT
Set up a “N” shaped course. Each marker should be 20 yards apart. Start at one side of the “N” shaped
course. Accelerate to and around the first far cone. Decelerate as you approach the cone. Drop your hips
bringing your body under control. Plant on the outside foot, change direction, and accelerate to the next
cone. Decelerate as you approach the cone. Drop your hips bringing your body under control. Go
around the final cone and accelerate to the final cone.
Start
Finish
4. LADDER
This is a sprint ladder that should be completed with a 30 second rest every time the distance changes.
Set #1…10-10 yard sprints
Set #2…9-20 yard sprints
Set #3…8-30 yard sprints
Set #4…7-40 yard sprints
Set #5…6-50 yard sprints
Set #6…5-60 yard sprints
Set #7…4-70 yard sprints
Set #8…3-80 yard sprints
Set #9…2-90 yard sprints
Set #10…1-100 yard sprint
5. GASSER
Sprint sideline to sideline on a standard football field. Start on one sideline, sprint to the other sideline
and return to the same sideline you started from as fast as possible. Two reps count as one.
6. 350 X 5
Run all the way around the outside of a football field (5X). One time around equals one rep (350 yards).
Time yourself during each run. Take a 30 second recovery between reps. Goal times are based on body
weight. If you way over 230 pounds you should make it in under 70 seconds. If you way under 230
pounds you should make it in under 60 seconds.
NORSEMEN FOOTBALL
STRENGTH PROGRAM & TESTING PHILOSOPHY
PHILOSOPHY & TESTING
The Mesabi Range College Football Summer Manual has been developed to provide Norsemen players
with a step-by step summer strength and conditioning program to enhance each player’s athletic ability
and achieve maximum results.
GOALS
The goals of the Summer Program are to:
1. Increase speed and power
2. Increase strength and flexibility
3. Increase agility and quickness
4. Increase overall conditioning
5. Improve position skills
6. Increase mental toughness:
a. Discipline
b. Competitiveness
c. Mental stamina
WARM-UP
The warm up period is important because it prepares the athlete for the upcoming workout. The athlete
needs to perform a light activity for eight to ten minutes to elevate the body temperature and to break a
light sweat prior to beginning the main workout. Warming up protects the athlete from potential injury.
Follow the warm up drills prescribed in this manual.
STRETCH
The stretch period has two main purposes. The first is to prepare the athlete for the upcoming workout
and to prevent injury to the athlete during the workout. Secondly, by performing the prescribed stretching
exercises the athlete will increase his level of flexibility over the course of the program.
STRENGTH
The strength program is a four day split routine program specifically designed for the individual player.
Each athlete will have a program designed to improve strength through free weight exercises and his
explosive power through Olympic and speed strength movements.
POWER
We will use a variety of different methods and exercises to develop explosiveness in the weight room and
on the field. The main focus of these exercises is to develop the ability to generate force quickly. We
want to develop explosiveness in the muscles that are responsible for the movement on the football field.
This type of training develops the neuromuscular system so that the athlete is able to accelerate more
quickly, jump higher, hit harder, run faster, etc. These drills make it possible for the football player to use
the strength he has developed out on the playing field.
CONDITIONING
The athlete must be fast, strong, and in the best overall condition when reporting for camp in August. The
level of conditioning reached by each player is important. The game of football is anaerobic (high
intensity, short duration activities). Our program will allow us to be conditioned for football. The
anaerobic capacity will increase steadily through a continuous overload, using several sprint and football
specific movements. It is critical that you follow the daily conditioning workouts, as they are designed to
prepare you for the rigors of preseason practices.
FALL CAMP TESTING
Our physical testing in August will consist of numerous various tests. You will be tested individually and
your performance will give the coaches data, which will be used to evaluate your summer activities.
These test results are also what the coaches send to colleges across the country and are what these coaches
use to evaluate you. We have designed the summer program so that you will be in the best condition
possible for all the components that we will test. For success to be achieved, it is imperative that you
follow your summer program as outlined. Throughout the summer give your best effort so you can plan
to contribute to this year’s success.
Below are the physical performances that you will be tested in:
1. Height
2. Weight
3. Vertical Jump
4. Pro Agility
5. 40
6. Bench Press
7. Squat
8. Power Clean
TESTING PROTOCAL
VERTICAL JUMP
Procedure:
Reach
 Stand directly under the marking tape with both feet flat on the ground.
 Athlete then reaches directly above as high as possible.
Jump
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Position yourself under the marking tape.
Jump, placing touching the highest point on the tape.
Athlete is allowed two trials.
PRO AGILITY
Procedure:
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From a three-point stance straddle line 1 facing timer.
Start by running to the right to line 2.
Touch line 2 with right hand.
Sprint back across line 1 to line 3 to the left.
Touch line 3 with left hand.
Turn and sprint through line 1.
The timer will start the clock on the athlete’s first movement.
Athlete is allowed two trials.
Causes for disqualification:
 Not touching line 2 with right hand.
 Not touching line 3 with left hand.
5 yards
5 yards
Finish
Start
Line 2
Line 1
Line 3
BENCH PRESS
Procedure:
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Athlete will perform a maximum effort (1 rep) lift on the bench press.
Lift will start with bar over the chest and arms locked out.
Bar must touch, but not bounce off the chest.
Hips must remain on the bench.
Elbows must reach a locked position.
Disqualification will occur if there is any outside influence touching the bar (the power
rack or spotter).
Athlete is allowed three recorded lifts.
SQUAT
Procedure:
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Athlete will perform a maximum effort (1 rep) lift parallel squat.
Lift will start with bar resting on back.
Weight must be lowered to a point where the top of the thighs are parallel to the floor.
Disqualification will occur if there is any outside interference touching the bar or lifter, or
if the bar touches the rack.
Athlete is allowed three recorded lifts.
POWER CLEAN
Procedure:
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Athlete will perform a maximum effort (1 rep) lift power clean.
Lift will start with bar resting on the ground.
Lift will end with bar racked on shoulder and lifter having control of the bar.
Disqualification will occur if there is any outside interference touching the bar or lifter.
Athlete is allowed three recorded lifts.
40 YARD SPRINT
Procedure:
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Athlete will perform maximum effort sprint for forty yards.
Sprint will start with athlete in any stance they want behind the start line.
Sprint will end when the athlete crosses the finish line.
The timer will start the clock on the athlete’s first movement.
No cleated track shoes will be used.
Athlete is allowed three solo attempts.
NORSEMEN FOOTBALL
NUTRITION
Athletes often overlook proper nutrition during intense physical training and sports competition. Optimal
nutrition will enhance an athlete’s ability to perform at high levels. Poor nutrition habits and using “fad”
nutritional supplements can lead to poor performance.
To be nutritionally successful, athletes must consume the right types and quantities of food at the right
time and drink an abundance of water. Consuming too much or too little of certain food types can lead to
decreased energy levels, poor workouts, increased body fat, decreased mobility, and illness/injury.
Fluid Replacement
Water is the most important nutrient for the athlete. Your body is made up of 75% water. Water is
necessary for all metabolic functions within the body. As an athlete, a 2% weight loss of body water can
affect performance and cause health problems. The thirst mechanism generally does not kick in until you
have lost 3% of your body water. Body temperature increases with exercise and water works to cool the
body. Dehydration can lead to heat illness, cramping, and eventually death.
It is recommended that you consume water before, during, and after workout or competition. You should
drink:
* 2 cups of water 2 hours before exercise
* ½ cup of water every 10-15 minutes during exercise
* 2 cups of water for every pound lost after exercise
* In addition, consume 6-8 cups of water per day (1 gallon)
* Add a small amount of lemon juice to your water for better taste
Sports drinks can be beneficial. Most are best for exercises lasting longer than 60 minutes. Avoid those
with high sugar content. Chose those with 8-15 grams of carbohydrates per 8 ounces for best intestinal
absorption.
The Right Balance of Nutrients
As an athlete, your nutritional demands are different than the general population. A typical American diet
consists of 30% carbohydrates, 30% protein, and 40% Fat. As an athlete, you should consume 60%
complex carbohydrates, 15% protein, and 25% fat.
Calories
An athlete’s calorie intake is proportional to the workout demands. The more an athlete trains, the more
calories must be consumed to maintain weight. If a person is sedentary and consumes a high amount of
calories, they will gain weight in the form of body fat. If an athlete does not ingest sufficient amounts of
calories during demanding exercise routines, they will lose too much weight, become fatigued and level
of performance will go down.
Caloric breakdown for nutrients:
1 gram of carbohydrates = 4 calories
1 gram of protein = 4 calories
1 gram of fat = 9 calories
Carbohydrates (CHO) 60%
Carbohydrates are the primary fuel source for athletes. During exercise, athletes draw energy from
carbohydrates stored in the muscle and liver. During workouts greater than 90 minutes, an average
athlete will deplete almost all of their stored glycogen. Complex carbohydrates (grains, cereals, breads,
fruits, vegetables, and pasta) should be consumed more often. Simple carbohydrates (fruit juices, candy,
and pop) should be consumed much less frequently.
**Athletes should consume 500-600 grams (2000-2400 calories) of carbohydrates per day**
It is more important to consume 100 grams of complex carbohydrates within 30 minutes of a workout to
better replenish burnt stores of carbohydrates. It is also recommended to combine protein to your post
exercise carbohydrate meal. Examples of this are:
Bagel or toast with peanut butter, 1 cup of fruit, and fresh fruit
1 cup fruit yogurt, gram crackers, and fresh fruit
Turkey sandwich and fresh fruit
Sport meal replacement drink
Protein 15%
Protein is used to build and repair tissue in the body. Quality, lean protein consumption can enable you to
build quality muscle. Excess protein consumption is converted and stored as fat since our body can
utilize a certain amount. Excess consumption can increase body water loss leading to dehydration.
Protein is found in meats, fish, poultry, and dairy products.
Athletes should consume 0.8-2.0 grams/kg of body weight
Fats 25%
Fat is an essential part of our diet. It provides fatty acids necessary for normal growth and development;
provides insulation; is used as energy in aerobic exercise/sports, spares protein loss, and is a vehicle for a
fat soluble vitamins. Unfortunately, we tend to consume too much which can be detrimental to your
health, appearance, and athletic performance. Common items with high quantities of fat are: red meats,
pork, cheese, creams, sauces, mayonnaise, butter, salad dressing, and foods that are cooked oils (fried).
When choosing items with fat content, look for the leaner cuts of meat.
Weight Gain and Weight Loss
The best way to gain weight is to consume more calories. Add nutritious snacks throughout the day. A
realistic goal is to gain one pound per week (an additional 500 calories). Many athletes who are trying to
gain weight do not even eat 3 meals a day. Start with a good breakfast. Add fresh fruit to your cereal in
the morning and peanut butter on your toast. Remember that weight gain should not come in the form of
added body fat.
Attempting to lose weight should not change the percentages of nutrients consumed. Rather, the quantity
should be decreased. A realistic goal of weight reduction for an athlete is 1-1.5 pounds per week
(decrease 500-750 calories). Do not skip meals. Eating at least 3 well balanced meals of smaller portions
will achieve better results. Simple ways of decreasing calories are drinking skim milk instead of 2%, cut
out the mayonnaise, butter and margarine.
Supplements
We do not recommend consuming supplements advertised for weight gain/muscle building such as
creatine, amino acids, protein powder, etc. If you follow the guidelines in this manual, you will get all the
nutrients including vitamins and minerals to be nutritionally successful. The only supplement we would
recommend would be a meal replacement drink or bar immediately following a workout or if you are
unable to eat a meal.
Conclusion
Good nutrition and hydration is imperative to good health and athletic performance. We realize it is
impossible not to indulge yourself at times, but do so in moderation. A three meal a day diet for one
week=21 meals. You should try to eat healthy for at 18 of those meals.
The following charts contain information on low fat, nutritious fast food choices; high carbohydrate
foods; a guideline shopping list to help you select the proper foods; and a chart to determine how many
calories you need to consume to maintain, increase, or decrease your weight based on current body
weight.
MAKING LOWER FAT, NUTRITIOUS FAST FOOD CHOICES
LOWER FAT CHOICES
Dairy Foods
Low Fat Milk
Frozen Yogurt
Low Fat Milk Shakes
Starches
Bagels, English Muffins
Pancakes, Waffles
Cereals
Bread Sticks
Baked Potatoes
Salad Bar
Salad
Carrot, Celery Sticks
Pasta
Fresh Fruit
Soups, not Cream Based
Low Fat Dressing
Meats/Main Dishes
Chicken Filet
Chicken Fajitas
Grilled Chicken Sandwich
Chili with Beans
Plain Hamburger
Vegetable Pizza
Meat Sub or Sandwich
Bean Burrito
Sauces
Catsup
Mustard
Barbecue Sauce
MODERATE FAT CHOICES
HIGH FAT CHOICES
2%Milk
Soft Serve Ice Cream
Milk Shakes
Whole Milk
Hard Ice Cream
Small Order French Fries
Cornbread
Biscuit, Croissant
Hash Browns
Large Order French Fries
Pastry, Pie or Brownie
Chicken, Tuna Salad
Cole Slaw
Macaroni/Potato Salad
Olives, Croutons
Bacon Bits
More than 2 tbsp of Dressing
Cheeseburgers
Steak Sandwiches
Fried Chicken
Fried Chicken Sandwiches
Fried Fish
Fried Fish Sandwiches
Fish or Chicken Nuggets
“Extra Size” Sandwiches
Sausage/Pepperoni Pizza
Bacon Burger
Breakfast Biscuits
Sausage or Bacon
Mayonnaise
Mayo-type Sauces
Alfredo Sauce
Hollandaise Sauce
Added Butter or Margarine
HIGH CARBOHYDRATE FOODS
FOOD GROUP
CALORIES
CARBS
121
86
208
161
220
225
12
12
26
30
34
42
134
235
259
142
269
249
22
44
48
26
45
45
165
103
61
55
77
178
110
66
95
96
110
60
60
60
61
130
223
232
119
119
159
85
62
290
26
154
50
109
106
31
13
12
11
15
28
24
12
21
20
25
11
10
10
9
17
50
50
21
21
34
15
9
39
6
130
10
16
21
MILK
Low-Fat (2% )Milk (1 cup)
Skim Milk (1 cup)
Chocolate Milk (1 cup)
Pudding, any Flavor (1/2 cup)
Frozen Yogurt, Low Fat (1 cup)
Fruit Flavored Low Fat Yogurt (1 cup)
BEANS
Black Eye Peas (1/2 cup)
Pinto Beans (1 cup)
Navy Beans (1 cup)
Refried Beans (1/2 cup)
Garbanzo Beans (Chick Peas) (1 cup)
White Beans (1 cup)
GRAIN
Bagel (1)
Biscuit (1)
White Bread (1 slice)
Whole -wheat Bread (1 slice)
Bread Sticks (2 sticks)
Cornbread ( 1 square)
Ready to Eat Cereal (1 cup)
Oatmeal (1/2 cup)
Cream of Rice (1/4 cup)
Cream of Wheat (1/4 cup)
Flavored Oatmeal (1 packet)
Graham Crackers (2 Squares)
Saltines (5 crackers)
Triscuit Crackers (3 crackers)
Pancake (4 inch in diameter)
Waffles (2 - 3.5"x5.5")
Rice (1 cup)
Brown Rice (1 cup)
Hamburger Bun (1)
Hotdog Bun (1)
Spaghetti Noodles (1 cup)
Flour Tortilla (1)
Oatmeal Raisin Cookie (1)
Cheese Pizza (1 slice)
Plain Popcorn (1 cup popped)
English Muffin (1)
Fig Bar (1)
Low Fat Granola Bar (1)
Pretzels (1 oz.)
FOOD GROUP
CALORIES
CARBS
81
111
232
105
57
228
50
114
96
65
112
98
77
201
302
61
45
50
21
28
60
27
14
61
12
28
23
16
26
25
19
53
79
14
11
12
89
217
63
220
118
45
12
12
50
28
FRUIT and VEGETABLES
FRUITS
apple (1 medium)
Apple Juice (1 cup)
Apple Sauce (1 cup)
Banana (1)
Cantaloupe (1 cup)
Dates (10 dried)
Fruit Roll-ups (1 roll)
Grapes (1 cup)
Grape Juice (1 cup)
Orange (1)
Orange Juice (1)
Pear (1)
Pineapple (1 cup)
Prunes (10 dried)
Raisins (2/3 cup)
Raspberries (1 cup)
Strawberries (1 cup)
Watermelon (1 cup)
VEGETABLES
Three Bean Salad
Carrots (1 medium)
Green Peas (1/2 cup)
Potato (1 Large)
Sweet Potato (1 Large)
Step #1
Almonds
Corn Oil
Avocado
Vitamin E
Broccoli
Cantaloupe
Dried Papaya
Vitamins A & C
Brussels Sprouts
Dark Green Salad
Grapefruit
Vitamin A
Apricots
Carrots
Cheese
Guacamole
Mayonnaise
Olive Oil
Peanut Butter
Peanuts
Salmon
Soybean Oil
Sunflower Seeds
Sunflower Seed Oil
Walnuts
Red Peppers
Red Marinara
Salsa
Tomato Juice
Tomato Sauce
Tomatoes
V8 Drink
Winter Squash
Guavas
Mandarin Oranges
Mangos
Sweet Potatoes
Tangerines
Watermelon
Yams
Egg Yolk
Green Peas
Peaches
Pumpkin
Skim Milk
Yogurt
Chili Powder
Catsup/BBQ Sauce
Green/Yellow Pepper
Step #2
Acorn Squash
Black Beans
Butter Beans
Cherries
Pickles
Cucumbers
Egg Noodles
Eggplant
Fettuccini
Green Beans
Kidney Beans
Lentils
Mushrooms
Nectarines
Onions
Pears
Plums
Split Peas
Summer Squash
Best Choice Carbs
All Bran Cereal
Baked Beans
Bran Chex
Brown Rice
Cheerios
Cream of Wheat
Lima Beans
Shredded Wheat
Multi Grain Bread
Boiled New Potatoes
Oat Bran
Pita Bread
Rye Bread
Special K Cereal
Tortillas
Unsweetened Fruit Juice
Whole Grain Bread
2nd Choice Carbs
Apples
Banana Cake
Bananas
Cornmeal
Grapes
Green Peas
Macaroni
Oatmeal Cookies
Popcorn
Pound Cake
Raisins
Ravioli
Spaghetti
Sweet Corn
Sweet Potatoes
Water Crackers
Wheat Crackers
Whole Wheat Flour
3rd Choice Carbs
Baked Potatoes
Candy
Cartoon Theme Cereal
Doughnut
French Bread
French Fries
Golden Grahams
Grape nuts
Hash browns
Mashed Potatoes
Melba Toast
Puffed Rice
Refried Beans
Sweetened Drinks
Total Cereal
White Bread
White Flour
White Rice
Step #3
95% Lean Ground Beef
Best Choice Protein
2% Milk
Second Choice Protein
Baked Chicken Strips
95% Lean Ground Turkey
85% Lean Ground Beef
85% Lean Ground
Turkey
85% Lean Ham
85% Lean Encased
Meats
Low Fat Cheese
Low Fat Yogurt
Regular Cottage Cheese
Regular Yogurt
Trimmed Lamb
Trimmed Beef Brisket
Baked Chicken Nuggets
Chicken-Dark Meat
Skinless
Dark Meat Tuna in Water
Third Choice Protein
75% Lean Ground Beef
75% Lean Ground
Turkey
Frozen Ice Milk
Low Fat Pudding
Nuts or Seeds
Peanut Butter
Ricotta Cheese
Skim Mozzarella Cheese
Trimmed Choice Steaks
Pork Ribs
Chicken with Skin
Fried Chicken
Fried Fish
Ham on Bone
Ice Cream
Regular Cheese
Turkey Bacon
Turkey Sausage
Whole Milk
Trimmed Pork Chops
Turkey-Dark Meat Skinless
Regular Encased Meats
Whole Eggs
95% Lean Ham
Beans and Peas
Chicken-White Meat
Skinless
Fat Free Ice Milk
Trimmed Beef Roast
Trimmed Pork Roast
Non Fried Fish
Non Fried Seafood
Skim Milk
Turkey-White Meat
Skinless
White Meat Tuna in Water
Whole Grains
Sugar Free Yogurt
Bacon
Beef Ribs
Vitamin C
Cauliflower
Green Beans
Kiwi
New
Potatoes
Oranges
Pineapple
Raisins
Strawberries
Pea Pods
Radish
Estimated Daily Caloric Intake to Current Body Weight
Weight
(lbs)
100
110
120
130
140
150
160
170
180
190
200
210
220
230
240
250
260
270
280
290
300
310
320
Reduce
1,535
1,740
1,940
2,145
2,350
2,555
2,755
2,960
3,165
3,365
3,570
3,775
3,975
4,180
4,385
4,590
4,790
4,995
5,200
5,400
5,605
5,810
6,010
Maintain
2,035
2,240
2,440
2,645
2,850
3,055
3,255
3,460
3,665
3,865
4,070
4,275
4,475
4,680
4,885
5,090
5,290
5,495
5,700
5,900
6,105
6,310
6,510
Increase
2,535
2,740
2,940
3,145
3,350
3,555
3,755
3,960
4,160
4,365
4,570
4,775
4,975
5,180
5,385
5,590
5,790
5,995
6,200
6,400
6,605
6,810
7,010
Estimated Daily Intake in Relation to Caloric Intake
Caloric
Intake
2000
2500
3000
3500
4000
4500
5000
5500
6000
6500
7000
Carb (60%
Intake
(gm's)
300
375
450
525
600
675
750
825
900
975
1050
Fat (25%)
Intake
(gm's)
75
95
115
130
150
170
190
205
225
245
265
Protein
(15%)
Intake (gm's)
55
70
85
95
110
125
140
155
165
180
195