Football Running Back Workouts & Exercises Mar 14, 2013 13:29:26 GMT
Post by Coach Campbell on Mar 14, 2013 13:29:26 GMT
Football Running Back Workouts & Exercises
Running backs must go on a strength program in order to be successful. The most successful running backs don't just absorb tackles when they run with the ball, they dish out the punishment by leading with their forearm or tackle when they know they are about to get hit. Go to the weightroom and do bench presses, curls and dead lifts in order to get stronger. Besides lifting the iron, push-ups are an outstanding way to build strength. You can do four sets of 40 push-ups everyday in addition to your work in the weightroom.
Don't ignore your lower body when you are in the weightroom. Many tacklers are going to dive at your thighs, lower legs and ankles. By working on leg press exercises on the Nautilus machine, you will be able to absorb those shots and keep on playing.
Speed and quickness
Perhaps the greatest skills a running back can bring to the game are speed and quickness. These are primarily functions of an athlete's innate athletic ability, but both of these characteristics can be improved with workouts. To improve quickness, run the shuttle drill. Set up cones every 5 yards on the football field and place batons at the 10-, 20- and 30-yard lines. Run to the right of the first cone and to the left of the second cone. When you get to the 10-yard line, pick up the first baton and run back the same way --- alternating the side of the cone your run to --- and put the baton on the goal line. Run in the same manner to pick up the batons on the 20- and 30-yard lines. Do this at the start of every workout session to improve quickness.
To improve speed, start off at the sideline of the football field. Sprint to the near hashmark and back to the sideline, the far hashmark and back to the sideline and then to the far sideline and back. Work on your technique, keeping your knees up and your body leaning forward.