Physical Power

When training for the sport of football it is important to understand the principles of movement specific to football.  Football involves quick bursts of explosive energy.  By definition, this would be characterized by what is called physical power.  Power is the ability to move an object from point A to point B as quickly as possible.

The vast majority of movements involved with the sport of football are power movements.  The exception to this would be when two athletes make contact and neither has given ground once that contact is made.  If both players are still upright, at that point, it is the athlete who has the most strength and body weight that will move the other athlete.  It is possible, however, that the lighter athlete can move the heavier athlete if he has greater strength.  Strength would be defined by moving the heaviest object as much as possible regardless of how long that takes.

In the sport of football an athlete will require much more power than strength to be successful. – coach Van Tassel

Given the definitions of power and strength and how they translate to the sport of football it is easy to understand that an athlete will require much more power than strength to be successful.  An athlete who creates more power upon initial contact with another athlete can also move that athlete even if the other athlete has more strength and more weight.  So, when training for the sport of football, we will concentrate on training methods that increase power more so than strength alone.  We call this the Mentor Method of Power Training.

Consider these words from quarterback Drew Brees,  ”I think the misconception for me was, ‘I’ve got to throw all this weight on the squat bar and the bench.’ There’s a place for that, but particularly when you get older, it’s about training smart.”  When asked about his off-season work out routine, Drew said, “I’m in the gym four times a week for two hours when I get started. When we get into July, probably six days a week for four to five hours, depending what you’re doing. It’s a mix of stretching and working out, throwing, running, bodywork, and Pilates. I mix it up so my body’s always challenged.” 

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