I am a second-year 12-man high school football head coach here in Canada. I am trying to design an off-season fitness program for my athletes, both during the school off-season and for the summer holiday months. In the past, we have tried various initiatives with varied degrees of success, (regular workouts consisting of beep-tests, running and weight training). Points of discussion I have include:
I would be happy to help you create a Off-Season Speed, Agility, and general fitness program for your athletes. If you could please give me a call at 318-265-0206
I would make them drink Vita Coco to rehydrate instead of Gatorade, it has 1/3 more electrolytes and tastes better as well. It's also a miracle cure for hangovers.
Sir, I am not an expert on this subject but I will give you some tips that I have seen implemented with tremendous success. First of all you have to create a dialogue with your leaders and returning players on your team. Depending on the rules or policies of your school you should run it similar to a business atmosphere. You are the CEO and will delegate responsibilities to your assistants and your team leaders(usually the handful of guys who seem to work harder than everyone else).
Create a comprehensive workout plan (theres tons of styles out there that incorporate plyometrics/weight training/ endurance/ flexibility training) with the assistance of your staff. Make sure you know your plan like the back of your hand and be able to demonstrate if need be. A lot of schools have what we call a bigger /faster /stronger program. It is usually similar in styles and regimen. It includes working out after school everyday and a 3 hour dynamic workout session on saturdays. The part that everyone fails at, is having the same workouts everyday. Kids like to be challenged and introduced to new things so keep it fresh. Since it is not college and they are not on scolarships or required to participate these kids will fade real fast. Keep it fresh. Keep your leaders close and help them to create a culture.
At the end of your season pass out your plan to your returning players.
Since Mixed Martial Arts is the craze, you might wanna look at some mma crosstraining workouts. I know from experience, they are pretty freakish.
Take a chapter out of the Marinovich brothers book. They have trained many champions from football to MMA. Try Crossfit. Try Insanity.
I myself, have trained in fitness boxing and I love it. The workout is tough, but the varied each and every day. I have always considered this type of workout for my players. It builds general fitness a great deal, plus the use of the hands, and and feet - both which is needed in the game of football.
I teach/coach at a high school that is in a town about a 20 minute drive outside our city (where the boxing club is). Thus, the logistics of getting my players to the boxing club everyday is one challenge to consider when enrolling my players in fitness boxing.... comments anyone?