We have all been adapting this year – working from home, wearing masks in public, and trying to stay fit with limited access to gyms.  I reached out to several rising senior football players from Summit High School to find out what they’ve been doing to stay fit and prepare for their upcoming football season.  Here’s what they had to say.

“The workouts our team was encouraged to do each day while we couldn’t work-out together were running, core workouts, strength training, and of course static stretching.” The group shared.

You definitely don’t need a gym to get a good cardio workout, and it doesn’t require a lot of time either.  You can run in your neighborhood or hit one of the following local parks that have great paths for running: Sarah Benson Park, Heritage Park, and Preservation Park are a few favorites.  

When it comes to specific workouts keep reading to find out a few of these football player’s favorites to stay football season ready.

1.      BURPEES - Caleb Jolly shared this as his go-to work-out.  Training virtually every muscle in your body—including your shoulders, chest, abs, quads, inner thighs, butt, and triceps—and sending your heart rate through the roof for awesome calorie-torching. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, weight in your heels, and your arms at your sides.  Push your hips back, bend your knees, and lower your body into a squat. Place your hands on the floor directly in front of, and just inside, your feet. Shift your weight onto your hands.  Jump your feet back to softly land on the balls of your feet in a plank position. Your body should form a straight line from your head to heels.  Jump your feet back so that they land just outside of your hands.  Reach your arms overhead and explosively jump up into the air.  Land and immediately lower back into a squat for your next rep. 

2. SQUATS – Jesse Brimeyer hones in on the muscle-building squat.  The Squat exercise mainly targets the thighs and the glutes. However, core strength & stability, ankle mobility, back muscles, calves, and other factors play an important role when you are doing this exercise.  You can do the bodyweight version as shown, or as Jesse prefers, with weights such as a barbell.

3. JUMPING ROPE – Konata Werts’ go-to cardio is Jumping Rope. All you need for this good exercise is a jump rope and little space in your garage or driveway.  You can do a combination of regular jumps, double jumps, one leg jumps, side-to-side jumps, and back-and-forth jumps.  Jump rope workouts will always get you sweating and burning calories.

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