TEXANS FOOTBALL & CONDITIONING CALENDAR
Coach Capers has divided our football and conditioning calendar into five periods.The date each period begins and ends may vary from season to season.
From the end of the last game of the season to the first day of the off-seasonconditioning program.
This period should be used to recover mentally and physically. Schedule surgeriesand vacations during this period. From the end of the season until the off-seasonconditioning program begins we suggest the following:1. Do not gain any weight (Do not gain a pound).2. If you are not lifting … lose weight (if you are not lifting regularly your muscles will atrophy … and your body weight should decrease accordingly).3. Lose excess body fat.4. Participate in recreational exercise (total inactivity not suggested).
The beginning of the off-season conditioning program to the April CoachingSessions.
Organized lifting workouts and supervised running sessions begin during this period.Specific running times and days will be posted. Maximum fitness levels can begenerated by summer camp if:1. You didn’t gain excess body fat during the first period.2. You sustain disciplined work habits throughout the entire off-season (sporadictraining will produce sub-maximal results).3. You do not wait until this period to schedule surgeries.
Third Period:The April Coaching sessions through the June Coaching sessions.
You must be in good football running shape to meet the rigors of on field coachingsessions, conditioning, and weight workouts.
The end of coaching sessions until the first day of summer camp.
Do not become inactive during this period. Schedule a vacation early to recover mentally and physically from the April and June coaching sessions and then resume your training. Report to camp in peak condition.
Fifth Period:The first day of summer camp until the last game of the season.
Seven weeks of summer camp is followed by the regular season (17 weeks to includea bye week). Playoffs can extend the season by another five weeks. It is during this period that a player needs to be strongest and most fit. This is the most important periodto emphasize strength training. Near maximum strength and fitness levels can bemaintained if:1. Players remain disciplined on and off the field.2. Sound nutrition habits and adequate rest are crucial.3. Players exhibit near maximum effort each weight workout.4. Practice fast and play fast to develop fitness levels needed to play the game.Riley/Wright2