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2012 Strength and Conditioning Manual

Westminster College Football
Flexibility Program

Attitude isn’t everything, but it is the main thing that
affects everything.
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Active Stretch Sequence
1. Active Stretch
40 Yard form run at half speed (down and back)
20 Yard High Knees (down) / 20 Yard High Knee Butt-Kicks (back)
— High Knees – Slight forward lean, proper arm rotations
— High Knee Butt Kicks – Slight forward lean, bring knees up similar to above, then
bring heel to butt.
20 Yard High Knee Cross-Overs (down) / 20 Yard Skips (back)
— High Knee Cross-Overs – Bring knee up and over opposite leg, foot to ground
outside opposite foot. Emphasize good high knee form throughout.
— Skips – Emphasis on driving up with body, not out. Should work on explosion and
a good knee drive upward.
20 Yard Heel Pull (down) / 20 Yard Atlas Stretch (back)
— Heel Pull – Bring heel inside knee up to groin grabbing and stretching with both
hands.
— Atlas Stretch – Modified lunge where both hands are above head while doing a
lunge, then turn body toward front foot to stretch lower back. Hands remain
above head while returning to upright position.
20 Yard Knee Pull (down) / 20 Yard Frankenstein (back)
— Knee Pull – Raise knee to chest, then pull up with both arms to stretch hamstring and butt
— Frankenstein – With both arms extended in front parallel to ground, kick one leg at a time to
hands with knee locked.
20 Yard Elbow to Instep (down) / 20 Yard Knee Outside Elbow (back)
— Elbow to Instep – Start in a standing position and take a lunge step keeping knee over foot
(don’t get knee ahead of toes). In lunge position, take front leg side arm and put it inside of
leg, trying to stretch inside of leg and back by touching elbow to instep of foot. After two
beats, stand and repeat.
— Knee Outside Elbow – With both hands facing palm to palm and elbows pointing out to
sides, walk tall driving each knee outside elbow stretching hips and glutes.
20 Yard Side Groin Stretch (down and back)
— Side Groin Stretch – In a controlled pace moving sideways, step out wide then
sway body side to side slowly to stretch and loosen groin.
20 Yard Carioca (down and back)
20 Yard Shuffle (down and back)
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2. Flexibilities
Standing
Lats – Arms straight over head with hands inter-locked reaching up and back (8 Sec)

Pecs – Arms behind back with hands inter-locked reaching up (8 Sec)

Hams and Back – Legs together, hands holding calves head towards knees (8 Sec)

Spread ‘um – Legs spread, hands reaching through legs toward
ground behind (8 Sec)

Groin (Saigon) – Feet remain flat on ground, squat down with knees spread (8 Sec)

On floor
Hip Flexor – Lunge position with one knee on ground, force hips towards ground
stretching hip flexor (8 Sec each leg)

Abdominal (Seal) – With stomach on ground, raise shoulders up
stretching lower back (8 Sec)

Adductor (Spread ‘em) – On ground with both legs straight and spread, grab
heels and force head to ground (8 Sec)

Spinal twists (Cross-Overs) – On ground with one leg straight, the other leg
with knee bent and foot over straight leg, turn toward bent leg to stretch
lower back pushing elbow on knee (8 Sec each leg)

On the wall
Quads – Pull foot to glute (8 Sec)

Calfs – Lean against wall with one foot back and leg straight (8 Sec)

Achilles – Same as calfs but knee is bent to stretch achilles (8 Sec)
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3. Quick Feet Drills
Some of you will not have access to all drills, but do these drills or ad lib as much as you
can to get the desired workout. Do only one (speed ladder, BFS dot drill, plyo boxes, or BW
plyo workout) on each day that you lift and alternate which ones you do day-to-day.
A. Speed Ladder
These drills are designed to improve your foot quickness. The object of the ladder is to
move your feet as low to the ground and fast as possible without touching the ladder.
Painted lines on pavement or grass would work as well, having 12 16”x16” boxes in a row.
1 Foot in each box
2 Feet in each box
Hops (Right foot, left foot, both feet)
2 in, 1 out (Icky Shuffle) – Start with one foot in box. Progression goes as
title says, 2 in then 1 out and on to the next box sliding back and forth across
the ladder. Make sure you are not hopping but taking individual steps.
— Ex 1: Start with right foot on A and left foot on A. Progression goes right foot B,
left foot B, right C, left C, right D, left D, right E, left E, etc…
2 in, 2 out – Start with both feet straddling the first box. Progression goes
as title says, 2 in the box, then both out and on to the next box. Make sure
you are not hopping but taking steps.
— Ex 2: Start with right foot on A and left foot on A. Hop to both feet on B, C, D, etc…
Slalom – Start with one foot in box, then hop so opposite foot in only one
in box. Should resemble the look of a slalom skier with side-to-side motion.
(Sideways) Ali Shuffle – Moving sideways, alternate 1 foot in and one foot
out of the boxes. Each box should have right foot in box, then left foot in
box, then to the next box. Switch which foot is first on way back.
— Ex 3: Start with right foot on A and left foot on A. Hop to both feet to B, C, D, etc…
(Sideways) 2 in, 2 out – Same as above but moving sideways
Hop, Right, Hop, Left – Start by hopping with both feet in the first box, then hop
to only having your right foot in the next box, hop to having both feet in the
next box, finally hop to only having the left foot in the next box, repeat.

Ex 2:Start of 2 in, 2 out
Ex 1:Start of Icky Shuffle
Ex 3: Start of Ali Shuffle
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B. BFS Dot Drill
These drills are designed to improve on foot quickness. Try to move around the dots
as quickly as possible, still hitting all of the marks. Each section should be done 2 times
through for 15 seconds with 15 seconds rest.


Dot Drill Diagram:



Up and Back
Start at one end with feet on A and B.
Now jump quickly with both feet to C.
Then go with both feet to D and E.
Now come back the same way. D & E, C, A& B.

Around the World (Right Foot)
Put your Right foot on dot C.
Always hop on right foot while moving around dots.
Order is as follows: C, B, C, E, C, D, C, A, C, B, C, E…..

Around the World (Left Foot)
Put your Left foot on dot C.
Always hop on Left foot while moving around dots.
Order is as follows: C, A, C, D, C, E, C, B, C, A, C, D, …..

Both Feet (Hourglass)
Put both feet on dot A.
Always hop on both feet while moving around dots.
Order is as follows (Counter-Clockwise): A, B, C, E, D, C, A, B, C, E, D, C,…..
Next time through switch the direction (Clockwise), with order: B, A, C, D, E, C, B, A…

Turn Around
Start at one end with feet on A and B.
Now jump quickly with both feet to C.
Then move both feet to D and E.
Now spin so your feet are on the opposite letter from A and B to B and A
Repeat the progression down the dots, spin, and return
3 ft.
2 ft.
3 ft.
2 ft.
A
B
C
D E
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C. Plyometric Boxes
Plyo Boxes are boxes that measure 18” by 18”. They can be made from using 2” x 4”
boards to support a piece of plywood or particle board. Any hard surface that is
approximately 4” high and steady would work, which is the same height as the width of a
2” x 4” with a piece of plywood. Drills done on these boxes improve foot quickness off the
ground and back to the ground as well as quickness side-to-side. Concentrate on always
hitting the middle of the box.
2 on, 2 off
Straddle box putting both feet on floor (position A)
Quickly alternate putting both feet up on top of the box (position
B) and then quickly back down to the floor (position A).
Make sure that the drill is done with many quick steps, rather than hops.

2 up, 2 down
Stand behind box with both feet on floor (position A).
Quickly alternate putting both feet up on top of the box (position
B) and then quickly back down to the floor (position A).
Make sure that the drill is done with many quick steps, rather than hops.

Over and back
Stand beside box with both feet on floor (position A).
Quickly put both feet up on top of the box (position B) and then
quickly back down to the floor on the other side (position C). Once
your second foot reaches floor on the other side, come back to the
beginning the same way continuing back and forth.
Make sure that the drill is done with many quick steps, rather than hops.

Slalom
Stand beside box with one foot on box and one foot on floor (position A).
Hop back and forth sideways alternating which foot is on the floor and
on top of the box.
Should resemble a slalom skier with the side-to-side hopping motion.

Ali Shuffle
Stand behind box with one foot on box and one foot on floor (position A).
Quickly alternate which foot is on the floor and on top of the box.
Should resemble a series of small hops.

Hop over and back
Stand beside box with both feet on floor (position A).
Quickly hop up on top of the box (position A) and then quickly
back down to the floor on the other side (position C). Repeat.
Make sure that the drill is done touching both sides and the top of
the box each trip across box.




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D. Plyo Bodyweight Circuit
If no other forms of foot drills are available, this circuit will be adequate. Keep
intensity and speed up in order to maximize the workout. Wall touches are to be done
facing wall approximately 12” away and facing wall, jumping and touching as high as you
can. The key is to explode off of the floor as soon as you touch it without rest. Line hops
can be done over any mark on the floor and require quick movements of the feet over and
back of the mark.
Do the circuit 3 times with 1 minute rest between each set:
Set 1:
20 Wall Touches
15 Line Hops Forward and Backward
10 Squat Thrusts
10 Split Squat Thrusts (Each Way)
Set 2:
20 Wall Touches
15 Line Hops Side to Side
20 Squat Thrusts
10 Line Hops Forward and Backward
Set 3:
15 Line Hops Side to Side (Right Foot)
15 Line Hops Side to Side (Left Foot)
20 Wall Touches
20 Line Hops Forward and Backward
15 Squat Thrusts
10 Split Squat Thrusts (Each Way)


The active stretch, flexibility work, and
one foot quickness drill is to be
done every day you lift!
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Westminster College Football
Nutrition Information

We must prepare ourselves in every way that every
game on our 2012 schedule is a rivalry game


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Basic Nutrition
Becoming an elite athlete requires good genes, good training and conditioning, and a
sensible diet. Optimal nutrition is essential for peak performance. All athletes need a
diet that provides enough energy in the form of carbohydrates and fats as well as
essential protein, vitamins and minerals. This means a diet containing 55-60 percent
of calories from carbohydrates (10 to 15 percent from sugars and the rest from
starches), no more than 30 percent of calories from fat and the remaining (about 10-
15 percent) from protein.

That translates into eating a variety of foods every day - grains, vegetables, fruits,
beans, lean meats, and low fat dairy products. The base of the diet should come from
carbohydrates in the form of starches and sugars. Fluids, especially water, are also
important to the winning combination. Dehydration can stop even the finest athlete
from playing his or her best game.











Types of Nutrients
Carbohydrates – the primary source of energy for your body. Carbohydrates come
in two forms – Simple and Complex. Simple carbohydrates (table sugar, corn
syrup) enter your system quickly. Complex carbohydrates (whole grains) are
processed and used more slowly. Athletes benefit most from the amount of
carbohydrates stored in the body. Carbohydrates yield more energy than fats.
Fats – our storehouses of energy. When we have excess nutrients in our body,
some of it is stored as fat. The primary purpose of fat is energy production. There
are two main types of fat – saturated and unsaturated. Animal fats (meat, butter,
lard) are usually saturated fats and contribute to heart disease and cancer.
Vegetables fats (olive oil, corn oil) are generally unsaturated fats and are less
harmful. Nuts are high in fat but are nutritious and contain good unsaturated fats.
Some fats, such as Omega-3 fatty acids, have been found to be helpful in
preventing some cancers and heart disease which are found in some cold-water
fish.
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Water – Could be the most important nutrient to an athlete. Your body is
approximately 50 to 55 percent water. Your body uses water 24 hours a day. A by
product of the energy production in your body is heat and water regulates your
body temperature by heat dissipation. Water also carries nutrients to the cells in
your body and the body’s functions running smoothly. It keeps the muscles
hydrated and helps prevent cramping and fatigue. You lose water through your
breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. So how much water does the
average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate need? In general, doctors
recommend 8 or 9 cups. Here are the most common ways of calculating that
amount:
” Replacement approach. The average
urine output for adults is about 1.5 liters
(6.3 cups) a day. You lose close to an
additional liter (about 4 cups) of water a
day through breathing, sweating and
bowel movements. Food usually accounts
for 20 percent of your total fluid intake,
so if you consume 2 liters of water or
other beverages a day (a little more than
8 cups) along with your normal diet, you
will typically replace your lost fluids.
” Eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.
Another approach to water intake is the
"8 x 8 rule" — drink eight 8-ounce glasses
of water a day (about 1.9 liters). The rule
could also be stated, "Drink eight 8-
ounce glasses of fluid a day," as all fluids
count toward the daily total. Although the
approach really isn't supported by
scientific evidence, many people use this
easy-to-remember rule as a guideline for
how much water and other fluids to drink.
” Dietary recommendations. The Institute
of Medicine advises that men consume
roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total
beverages a day.
Even apart from the above approaches, if you
drink enough fluid so that you rarely feel thirsty
and produce 1.5 liters (6.3 cups) or more of
colorless or slightly yellow urine a day, your
fluid intake is probably adequate.
Vitamins and Minerals – are essential for the regulation of many of the functions
of the body. Most vitamins cannot be manufactured by the body and must be
obtained from your diet. Sufficient amounts of vitamins are ingested through a
varied diet. Multi-vitamins can be taken to replace any deficiencies. Potassium is
an important mineral for athletes because it helps to regulate muscle activity.
Potassium rich foods include oranges, bananas, and potatoes.
Food
Grams of
protein per
serving
Tuna (3 ounces) 22
Hamburger (3 ounces) 21
Chicken (3 ounces) 21
Shrimp (3 ounces) 18
Yogurt (1 cup) 11
Tofu (½ cup) 9
Cow's milk (1 cup) 8
Peanut butter (2 tbsp) 8
Kidney beans, cooked
(½ cup)
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Cheese (1 ounce) 7
Egg, cooked (3
ounces)
7
Soy milk (1 cup) 6
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Protein – the brick and mortar of your body. Proteins help to provide some energy
to the body. Exercise may increase an athlete’s need for protein, depending on
the type and frequency of exercise. Extra protein is stored as fat. The
recommended amount of protein intake of 10 to 12 percent of total calories is
sufficient. It is recommend that resistance and strength-trained athletes may
need as much as 1.6-1.7 grams of protein per kg of body weight. (A kilogram
equals 2.2 pounds). To calculate your protein needs, divide your ideal weight by
2.2 pounds to obtain your weight in kilograms. Then multiply kilograms by the
grams of protein recommended. A varied diet will provide more than enough
protein as caloric intake increases. Excess protein can deprive the athlete of
more efficient fuel and can lead to dehydration. High-protein diets increase the
water requirement necessary to eliminate the nitrogen through the urine.

Your weight ÷ 2.2 × 1.6 = grams of protein recommended
Ex. 250lb ÷ 2.2 × 1.6 = 181.8 grams of protein

Weight Loss Tips
Eat slowly: You eat more if you eat fast, as it takes about 15 minutes for
our brain to get the message from our stomach that we have eaten
enough. If we eat too fast, we will eat too much before we even realize
we're full!
Do not overeat: You should not eat after you are full. Eating extra food
adds additional calories to your body.
Eat protein: Include a low fat protein rich food like tofu, beans, eggs, and
low fat milk, yogurt or cottage cheese with every meal. The high-protein
meals eaten early in the day stick with you and give feeling of fullness for
longer time so you eat less. Soy protein is a very high-quality protein.
Reduce fat: Fats have more than twice the calories than protein or
carbohydrate! Our body converts excess dietary fat to body fat. Therefore
you should restrict intake of high fat foods. Learn to avoid fat in healthy
diet. Keep total fat intake between 20 to 35 percent of calories, with less
than 10 percent of calories from saturated fats and the rest from sources
of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids. Keep Trans fat
consumption as low as possible.
Limit sugar & alcohol: Foods with a lot of added sugar and alcoholic
drinks are just empty calories. They provide little nutrients to our body.
Alcohol slows down the body’s use of fat for fuel and the fat is likely to be
stored in the body (Notice the fatty drinkers).
Avoid colas and coke drinks, they are full of sugar. Note that a can of cola
contains 9-10 teaspoons of sugar. Read Sugar content of liquors & soft
drinks and sugar content of foods.
Drink at least 8 glasses of water every day. Water is without any calories,
fat and cholesterol; and filling and refreshing. It is a natural appetite
suppressant and also helps the body to metabolize fat. Drinking lots of
water decreases the amount fat deposits. If you drink less water, then
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body starts to store it thinking that there is less supply of water. If you
drink water at regular intervals, then body starts to reject it, thinking that
there is an oversupply.
Eat plenty of natural foods such as vegetables, fruits, & whole grains.
These foods are packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber and are low in
calories.
Eat a low glycemic index, low fat diet. Avoid white foods such as sugar,
refined flour, white bread and white potatoes, and animal products from
your diet. These are high glycemic index foods causing dramatic
fluctuations in blood sugar level.
Try to increase metabolism:
Getting enough sleep can help to
keep the hormones leptin and
grehlin in balance which regulates
your metabolism and appetite. A
study in 2008 by Francesco
Cappuccio of Warwick Medical
School in the United Kingdom
revealed that if you don't get
enough of sleep, there is a fair
chance you are going to put on
weight, no matter which part of
the world you live in.
Weight Gain
Have meals with the right balance of proteins, carbohydrates and the right
kinds of fats (unsaturated or monounsaturated fats, olive oil, canola oil,
etc). Suggested ratio: 60%-70% Carbs, 10%-15% Protein, small amounts
of fat.
Eat foods with higer calories, vitamins, and minerals as opposed to higher
fat or sugar.
Pack more nutritious calories in each serving. For example, add cooked
eggs to mashed potatoes, ground chicken to soups and gravies, chesse in
casseroles, eggs, and soups, and nonfat dried milk in soups, shakes and
mashed potatoes.
If you get too full too fast, try having more high-calorie foods or slices of
foods as opposed to consuming the whole thing.
Drink mixed juices (apple/berry, peach/orange/banana, etc.) for a higher
calorie intake.
With moderation, you may add in good fat sources to meals such as nuts,
avocado, olives, and fatty fish (salmon or mackerel).
Snack between meals. Nuts, dried fruit, and yogurt are good options, but
it’s also important to find nutritious foods that you will enjoy.
Body Fat % Chart
Classification Women (% fat) Men (% fat)
Essential Fat 10-12% 2-4%
Athletes 14-20% 6-13%
Fitness 21-24% 14-17%
Acceptable 25-31% 18-25%
Obese 32% plus 25% plus
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Have a nutritious snack before bedtime, such as a peanut butter
sandwich.
Meal Ideas
Eating a well balanced diet plays an important role in keeping the body
healthy by making sure that it has the proper nutrients to function at its best.
Make sure that you think about what you are eating before you put it into
your systems. If you put junk in you will get junk out. You should try to eat
more “real” foods. The foods that are processed are full of preservatives and
are not as healthy for you as the more natural types of food. Here are a few
healthy ideas:

Breakfast – most important meal of the day!
— Oatmeal with raisins and fruit cooked in milk with peanut butter toast.
— Whole grain English muffin with peanut butter, bowl of cottage cheese
and fruit
— Fruit smoothies – throw fruit and fruit juice into a blender with protein
powder and some oatmeal

Lunch and Dinner –
— Vegetable soup with some lean meat with whole grain bread on the
side
— Grilled chicken or fish with a side of brown rice, vegetables on the side
— Homemade pizza with whole grain crust – put on whatever you like.
— Peanut Butter and Jelly on whole grain bread with yogurt and fruit
— Salad – put lots of different vegetables in it. Make it better with
chicken and some fruit – strawberries, grapes, or dried cranberries
adds a different twist. Don’t go heavy on the dressing.
— Wraps – whole grain wraps – mix it up. Make your own PB&J wrap like
they have in the TUB. If you go with turkey or ham make sure you
throw a few different vegetables on it. Don’t go heavy on the mayo.
Mustard or red hot sauce is a great way to add flavor but not add many
calories.


Here is a sample of what your plate should look.
Keep it balanced!

You can find other useful information at:
www.mypyramid.com
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Westminster College Football
Strength Program


The team who plays the hardest for the longest time
typically wins -- let’s continue to prepare to do just that!

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Lifting Rules
The lifting program is a 4 day a week program that works each major muscle group
each day in order for you to perform at your peak performance level. The program
is designed to build overall athletic muscle strength and explosion. Here are
some key points and explanations of the lifts.
Key Points:
Week one on the lifting card correlates to the first week of summer break,
the week of May 14
th
. Use Pre-week workout on the lifting card prior to
May 14
th
. The program is a four-day per week lifting program (2 days on
each side of lifting card). The program is designed to peak mid-August.
% number = percentage of one rep max total of that specific lift.
Active Rest Week (Week 7) – This week is to recover some sore muscles
and regain focus for the second half of the summer. Weight is to be light
but reps are to be done with a higher tempo and less rest between sets.
Stability Exercises:
— Superman Raises – On stomach, lift opposite arm with opposite leg using
lower back and glutes to lift. Keep legs and arms straight while lifting
— Banana Rolls – On stomach, raise both arms and legs, then roll to side not
using hands or feet to roll. Keep feet and hands elevated at each stop, and
continue to back and other side. Stop for a 3 second count at one each side.
— Front Plank – On your elbows, forearms, and toes, keep body as straight as
possible using core muscles (lower back, abdominals, obliques) to keep body
in line.
— Plank Jacks – While in Front Plank position, quickly move feet outward then
inward similar to jumping jacks. Only legs should move in and out.
— Side Plank – Laying on a side, hold body straight with core muscles only
having same side elbow, forearm, and outside of foot touching ground.
— Hamstring Planks – Laying on back, keep one leg straight and the other bent,
force hips to sky as much as possible, only having one foot and shoulder
blades on ground.. Both knees should be right beside each other during
stability.
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— Plank Ups – Start in plank position, then take open hand, push off the ground
and move your body to push up position without losing your straight body
posture. After, lower yourself to plank position.
— Plank Up, Raise Opposite Arm – Do a normal plank up, then raise opposite arm
used in plank up to the sky, completely turning body. At top, should be one
hand on ground, both feet toes on ground, and other hand to sky with body
sideways. After, go back to push up position, then back to plank.
— Plank Up, Raise Opposite Leg – Do a normal plank up, then raise opposite leg
up in the air, keeping leg straight. At top, should have both hands palms on
ground, one foot on ground, and one leg in air. After, go back to push up
position, then back to plank.
— Push-Up Position, Knee to Elbow – In a good push-up position, bring same knee
up under body to elbow keeping back in alignment. Bring knee up and hold,
with toe barely touching the ground, then return to push-up position. Repeat
with opposite foot.
— Push-Up Position, Knee to Opposite Elbow – In a good push-up position, bring
one knee under body to opposite elbow keeping back in alignment. Touch
knee to elbow and hold with toe barely touching the ground, then return to
push-up position. Repeat with opposite foot.
— Push-Up Position, Knee Outside Elbow – In a good push-up position, bring
same knee outside arm and elbow placing foot beside same hand on ground.
Touch foot then return to push-up position. Repeat with opposite foot.
Abdominal Exercises:
— Toe Touches – Laying on back, raise feet straight to sky and control body
while raising shoulder blades and extended arms to toes.
— Rocky sit-ups – A full sit up but at the top of the lift you touch your opposite
elbow to the opposite knee. On the next sit up, you touch the other elbow and
other knee.
— Bicycles – Are done on back with legs bent and hands behind head moving
legs in and out while bringing opposite elbow to knee when it comes over
chest. Movement can be done forward or backward, fast or slow, laying on
back (above) or sitting upright with hands behind back on ground.
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— Scoops – Are done sitting with hands behind back on floor moving both legs
together out low and the “scooping” upward then bringing knees to chest.
— 6” Drill – Laying on back, hold legs straight and keep heels only 6” off ground.
— Knee to Chest – Holding 6” drill, bring knees into chest, then extend back
straight, without touching them to ground.
— Leg Raises – Holding 6” drill, raise legs up to sky continuing to keep them
straight. Once perpendicular to ground, lower back to 6” drill without
touching ground.
— V-Ups – Starting with body stretch out on floor and hands above head, lift legs
and crunch upper body bringing hands and feet together at highest point off
ground.
— Roman Twists – Sitting up with upper body at a 45° angle and knees bent with
feet off the floor, touch beside hips on ground with both hands. Hands must
remain together and touch each side one at a time.
— Side Crunches – With back on the ground, place both legs together and turn
them one way so they both are against the ground. Then lift shoulders and
head straight up to sky.
— Wipers – Laying on ground, point both legs straight up to sky. Using lower and
side abdominals, move legs side to side similar to windshield wipers.
— Laying Heel Touches – Laying on back with feet flat on floor and knees bent,
raise shoulder blades and head off ground then rotate shoulders back and
forth touching heel with outstretched hand. Shoulders should stay off of floor
for the entire workout.



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Abdominals & Stability – Each specific lifting day has a specific abdominal
and stability workout associated with it. Up to and including the active
rest week, abdominals and stability will be done at the end of the
workout. Each set of abdominals or stability should be completed then a
1:00 rest between. The days and their abdominal and stability workout
are as follows:
— Day 1 –
” Stability – Superman Raises x15 each way, Banana Rolls x2 full rolls
each way. Repeat 3x.
” Abdominals - Full Sit-ups x10, Crunches x25, Toe Touches x25,
Rocky Sit-Ups 10x each way. Repeat 3x.
— Day 2 –
” Stability – Front Plank :30 secs, Front Plank :30 secs with Plank
Jacks x10, Side Plank :20 sec each way. Hamstring Planks :30 sec
each way. Repeat 2x.
” Abdominals – Bicycles x20, Slow Bicycles x10, Sitting Backward
Bicycles x15, Scoops x15. Repeat 3x.
— Day 3 –
” Stability – Plank Ups 15x each arm. Plank Up, Raise opposite arm
10x each arm, Plank Up, Raise opposite leg 10x each way Repeat
2x.
” Abdominals – 6” Drill :30 seconds, Leg Raises x20, Knees to chest
x20, V-Ups x10 Repeat 3x.
— Day 4 –
” Stability – Push-Up Position, Knee to Elbow (15x each way), Push-Up
Position, Knee Opposite Elbow (10x each way), Push-Up Position,
Knee Outside Elbow (8x each way). Repeat 3x.
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” Abdominals – Roman Twists (15x each way), Laying Heel Touches
(15x each way), Side Crunches (15x each way), Wipers (10x each
way). Repeat 3x.
After the active rest week (Week 7), the abdominals will be done during
the lifting, while the stability is still at the end. After each lift, do one ab
workout for the first 3 lifts of each set, which will work your abs as well
as increase the intensity of the workouts. The stability will remain the
same as prior to the active rest week. The workout is:
— Day 1 –
” Set #1 - Full Sit-ups x10
” Set #2 - Crunches x15
” Set #3 – Toe Touches x15
— Day 2 –
” Set #1 – Scoops x10
” Set #2 – Bicycles x10
” Set #3 – Sitting Backward Bicycles x10
— Day 3 –
” Set #1 – (6” Drill) Leg Raises x10
” Set #2 – (6” Drill) Knee to Chest x15
” Set #3 – V-Ups x10
— Day 4 –
” Set #1 – Roman Twists x10 each way
” Set #2 – Side Crunches x10 each way
” Set #3 – Wipers x10 touches each side

All lifts on your card are the suggested lifts. If you have a personal trainer
or someone back home whom you would rather work out with or do their
program, we understand. We would like for you to incorporate our main
bolded lifts into your workout if you do not do them already.
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Lift Descriptions:
Power Clean – Weight is to start from floor and return to floor after
each rep. Keeping feet shoulder width and straight ahead, drive
weight off of the floor keeping bar moving straight up. Hips should
drive forward while weight passes them and arms should “shrug”
weight upward, pulling weight as high as possible. Once weight is in
the air, lifter then lowers hips back down and drives elbows forward
catching weight on upper chest and shoulder area.

Squat (Front Squat) – Should be performed by starting in upright
position with weight stable, lift starts with movement of hips backward
and down keeping heels on the ground and weight balanced over body.
Feet should be shoulder width or slightly wider, toes slightly outward,
and knees should be forced outward at bottom of lift. Always
remember to keep back tight throughout and keep chest open and full
for proper lift.

Split Leg DL – Stand with one leg in front of the bar, one leg behind.
Squat down and hold the bar with a dead lift grip, lift the bar between
legs up to the bottom of the pelvis.

Weighted Squat Jumps – With a bar on your back in the same position
as back squat, squat down with good back squat form, then fire up in
the air and jump up off of the ground in one motion.

Step-Ups – The key to step-ups is making sure you fire your foot
downward when you drive your body upward. To emphasize this, put
your foot on whatever object you are stepping on, then pick it a little
higher, slam it against the object and drive yourself upward.

Hamstring Curls – Get on your knees with a partner or something
holding your heels down, then lower your chest down to the ground
using your hamstrings to control. After, raise your body back up to
kneeling position.

DB Linemen Press – On an incline bench, grab two dumbells and hold
them to together with palms aimed at each other. Lower and raise the
dumbbells in the same track as incline bench keeping elbows tight to
body.

Power Pulls – Lift is identical to a Hang Clean until weight is to be
caught. Lifter is only to pull weight as high as possible without
catching weight. Lift is intended to work on explosion hips, back, legs
of power clean without beating up shoulders and wrists having to
catch the weight.
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DB Push Press – Hold weight above shoulder area, similar to position of
weight after successful power clean in front of head. Bend knees,
ankles, and hips to lower body position slightly, then explode driving
hips forward and body straight generating energy enough to thrust the
weight upward. Catch weight with arms straight up and elbows
slightly locked. Do not push weight up with arms as in a military press,
but use explosion from hips and legs to drive the weight up. Spotters
assist weight to travel back to original position.

One Arm DB Snatch – Use one dumbbell (start light to get the feel for
it), In a squatting position with your feet slightly more than shoulder
width apart (athletic stance). The dumbbell is positioned between your
legs. In the hang position, your arm should be straight but not stiff and
locked-out. Put your other arm on your waist to aid with balance. As
with any squatting position, your back should be flat. When you start
the pull, drive upwards powerfully with your legs and thrust your hips
forward. The dumbbell has traveled up with the momentum of the
initial push, and you want to ‘catch’ the weight before it succumbs to
gravity and falls to the floor. As soon as you are underneath it, drive
upwards again and lock out the arm above your head.

Dumbbell Lifts (DB Incline, DB Military, DB Bench, DB Flyes) – The
advantage to using dumbbells is the ability to have a greater range to
perform the lift. Make sure while doing these lifts that the weight
travels the entire way up and down that it possibly could in order for
maximum muscle development.

Straight Leg Dead Lifts – Initially, this lift should be done with light
weights until proper form is reached. This lift is great for
strengthening your lower and middle back when performed properly.
The legs should be as close to locked out without being locked out.
They must remain in that position throughout the entire lift. The back
should be arched so the chest is out. This is done very slowly and
controlled to ensure safety.

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Westminster College Football
Conditioning Program


Prepare to do something WE have never done before
in 2012!!
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Conditioning Rules
The conditioning program is a 4 day a week program that works each major muscle group
each day in order for you to perform at your peak performance level. The program is
designed to build overall stamina and explosion. Here are some key points and
explanations of the program.
Key Points:
IMPORTANT: The strength you have built in the spring is not nearly enough. We
must continue to gradually increase strength while greatly increasing speed and
conditioning. You must run over the summer and continue to lift.
There will be a running test upon returning in the fall, there will be repercussions
if this running test is not passed.
Week 1 on the conditioning card correlates to the week of May 14
th
. The program
is a four-day per week workout program designed to peak mid-August.
Perimeter of Field – Sprint from one corner, around the outside of the field, back
to start. This should be shorter than, but resemble, a 400m sprint.
300 Yard Shuttle – Sprint to the 50 yard line, back to the goal line, sprint the
length of the field, back to the goal line.
Man Makers – Spring to the 50 yard line, 10 Push-ups, back to the goal line, 9
push-ups, to the 50 yard line, 8 push-ups, and so on.
Full Gasser – Run the width of the field, touch the sideline, run back to the
beginning, touch, and repeat.
Shuttle Gasser – Run to the near hash, back to the sideline, run to the other hash,
back to the sideline, run the width of the field, run back to the beginning.

SPECIAL SPEED DRILLS:

(1) SEATED FAST ARMS - Sit on the ground with the feet extended out in front of
the body. Move the arms as fast as possible in a running motion for 10 seconds
for 5 sets. This drill is used to practice correct arm action and develop rotational
speed from the shoulders. (Many athletes move only the arms from the elbows
down, instead of from the shoulders). Faster arm movement can improve the
turnover rate of your steps (stride frequency).

(2) STANCE & STARTS - Perform 8 repetitions for 10 yds. Concentrate on quickly
switching the hands and feet. Be sure to place the dominant foot forward and
place it just behind the starting line and the opposite hand just behind the line as
well. The first few strides should be fast but should emphasize long powerful
strides with knees lifted high (make sure your staying low and driving out).

(3) PUSH-UP STARTS - Perform 8 repetitions for 10 yds. Start from a bottom push-
up position. Push up with arms while driving forward into a run focusing on
moving outward and staying low, keeping shoulders in front of hips. The body
angle should be lower at takeoff than a normal start. This drill helps you to stay
low and move forward at the start.

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(4) LINE RUNNING - 4 Times for 40 yards. The purpose of this drill is encourage
you to lengthen your stride. Run ten yards and hit a yard marker with either foot;
the next step is on the next yard marker, etc.... This would mean you are running
with a 7.5’ foot stride. The key is drive the elbows back vigorously and lift the
knees explosively.

(5) FORM SPRINTS - Perform 4 repetitions for 40 yds. Perform perfect sprint
technique while covering a distance of 40 yards. Think about knee drive and
proper arm technique.

(6) BUILD-UP SPRINTS - Gradually speed up over a distance of 50 yards. This is a
good exercise for improving sprinting technique while increasing speeds. This is
done for 5 reps.

(7) FLYING SPRINTS - Accelerate for 20 to 30 yards and then run for 10 to 30
yards at a maximum all-out effort!! This drill is excellent for improving the finish
of the 40 yd. sprint. This is done for 5 reps.

(8) INS AND OUTS - Cover 80 yards as follows: jog 20 yards, sprint 20 yards, stride
20 yards, and sprint the final 20 yards. The key is that that you change speed into
the sprints and work to accelerate as fast as possible. This is done for 5 reps.

(9) UPHILL RUNNING - Find a moderately steep hill that is 60 yards long. Begin
sprinting up the hill, while using proper running technique. Walk back down the
hill for recovery. Running uphill develops strength and power in the hips and legs.
This drill is done for 6 reps.

(10) DOWNHILL RUNNING - Find a hill with a slight downgrade. Begin by sprinting
downhill, making sure not to go more than 50 yards. Be careful not to over stride
to the point where you are unable to run full speed. This drill is done for 6 reps.

(11) STADIUM STEPS - This helps in developing power in our legs. Always
remember to walk down the steps. 70 steps equal one set. Do this drill for 1 set of
each drill listed below.
— Hamstring Walk – Walk backwards up the steps using hamstrings and quads to
balance and drive upward. Can hold a weight for extra work.
— High Knee Run - Sprint up the steps using good running form hitting every
other step.
— High Knee Skip - Skip every other step while maintain good arm movement
and driving the knees upward as you move from step to step.
— Double Leg Hops - Hop with both feet together hitting every other step, keep a
slight bend in the knees to avoid unnecessary stress on the back, move from
step to step as explosively as possible.
— One Foot Running - Hit every other step while maintaining a high knee lift,
ankle locked and driving off the balls of the feet. Start with one foot first time
through, then switch.
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— Two Feet Running - Two feet every step while maintaining a high knee lift,
ankle locked, and driving off the balls of the feet. Start with one foot first time
through, then switch.
— 2 up, 1 down – Working on run mechanics and coordination, do a two feet
running drill up two steps, then go down one step with both feet. Follow that
by repeating the cycle, running up two steps and down one.

(12) RESISTIVE STARTS (w/ Partner) - Work with another athlete. Your partner
puts his hands on the front of your shoulders while you lean forward against his
hands. Run forward against your partner’s resistance for five (5) yards. Continue
running while the partner releases the resistance and move forward for an
additional 10 yds. This drill is done for 8 reps. Make sure your partner does not
push so much that you lose running form.

(13) TOWEL STARTS (w/ Partner) - Work with another athlete. Your partner puts a
towel around your waist and holds on to each end. Run forward against your
partner’s resistance for five (5) yards. Continue running while the partner
releases the resistance and move forward for an additional 10 yds. This drill is
done for 6 reps. Make sure your partner does not resist so much that you lose
running form.

(14) BALL DROP STARTS (w/ Partner) - The athlete works with a partner who
holds two (2) tennis balls, (1 ball in each hand) and stands 10 yards away. Start in
the down stance and react to your partner dropping one of the balls. Try to catch
the ball before it hits the ground twice. This works on the sprint start and
reaction. This drill should be completed for 6 reps.

(15) HARNESS/BAND RUNNING (w/ Partner) - Use a running harness and have a
partner give resistance for 20 yards. Make sure to use good running technique.
This drill is used to develop power and explosion in the hips and thighs. This is
done for 6 reps.

Plyometrics
Phase #1
Standing long jumps x5
Single leg hops 20 yds x2 each
Power skips for height 20 yds x4
Lateral bag hops x4
Squat Thrusts x20

Phase #2
Standing long jumps x10
Single leg hops 30 yds x2 each
Power skips for height 20 yds x4
Lateral bag hops x4
Squat Thrusts x20



Phase #3
Standing long jumps x12
Single leg hops 30 yds x3 each
Power skips for height 20 yds x4
Lateral bag hops x4
Squat Thrusts x30
Speed step ups x3 for 10 seconds

Phase #4
Standing long jumps x14
Single leg hops 30 yds x3 each
Power skips for height 20 yds x4
Lateral bag hops x4
Squat Thrusts x30
Speed step ups x3 for 15 seconds

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Phase #5
Standing long jumps x16
Single leg hops 30 yds x4 each
Power skips for height 20 yds x6
Lateral bag hops x5
Squat Thrusts 2x30
Speed steps x3 for 15 seconds

Phase #6
Standing long jumps x18
Single leg hops 30 yds x4 each
Power skips for height 20 yds x6
Lateral bag hops x6
Squat Thrusts 2x30
Speed steps x4 for 15 seconds
Agility Drills (Diagram and explanation below)
Remember – These drills are to be done at full speed with full recovery.

Agility #1
— Pro Shuttle x 7
— Four Corners x 7
— Nebraska Drill x 7
— Figure 8 Drill x 7
Agility #2
— Four Corners x 7
— Adv. Four Corners x 7
— Figure 8 Drill x 7
— Big T Drill x 7
Agility #3
— Pro Shuttle x 7
— Adv. Four Corners x 7
— Nebraska Drill x 7
— Big T Drill x 7
Agility #4
— Pro Shuttle x 10
— Four Corners x 10
— Nebraska Drill x 10
— Figure 8 Drill x 10
Agility #5
— Four Corners x 10
— Adv. Four Corners x 10
— Figure 8 Drill x 10
— Big T Drill x 10
Agility #6
— Pro Shuttle x 10
— Adv. Four Corners x 10
— Nebraska Drill x 10
— Big T Drill x 10

20 yd. Pro Shuttle (Jingle Jangle)
The 20 yd. shuttle run is a quickness and agility exercise that the NFL uses to
measure athletes at the Indianapolis combine, measuring their change of
direction.
You start out straddling the midline with one hand down on the midline.
Sprint to your right and touch the end line with your right hand
Change direction and sprint ten yards and touch the end line with your left
hand
Change direction and sprint five yards through the midline.










START
FINISH
End Line Midline End Line
5 yards
5 yards
10 yards
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Nebraska Drill
The Nebraska drill is another agility exercise used by many colleges and
pro teams. The purpose of this drill is to enhance your ability to start,
plant and accelerate then plant and backpedal.
Nebraska Drill Setup:
x x










x x x



Nebraska Drill Course


x x










x x x

How to complete the Nebraska Drill:
— Start in a football stance, Sprint to the second cone, Plant on
outside foot, Accelerate to third cone, Plant on outside foot,
Sprint to fourth cone, Plant and back pedal through the finish
line

10 yards
10 yards
5 yards
10 yards
START FINISH
Back Pedal
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2
3
4
5
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Figure eight
The figure eight enhances your ability to run in directions other than
just a straight line. You are running on a constant bend so you must
utilize the bend in your knees and ankles. The ability to run at
different angles will enhance your ability to cover the field both
offensively and defensively.



Start



Finish




Big T Drill
The T-Test will help with the ability to cut, change direction and accelerate.
1) Sprint ten yards past the middle cone.
2) Go over the middle cone and under the left cone.
3) When you are done coming underneath the left cone accelerate and go under
the right cone.
4) After you have gone around the right cone head for the middle cone.
5) Accelerate towards the middle cone.
6) Go around the middle cone and finish on the right side of the starting cone.













Finish Start
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Four Corner Drill
The Four Corner Drill will help with the ability to cut, change direction and accelerate.
1) Start on one side of the box of cones.
2) Spring forward to and around cone
3) Start shuffling when you reach the first cone.
4) Once you reach the second cone, backpedal to the third cone.
5) At the third cone, start to carioca across the point where you started.
6) Repeat pattern on other side, starting with spring, then shuffle, backpedal, and carioca.

Backpedal
Start
5 yards
5 yards
5 yards
5 yards
Sprint
Shuffle
Carioca
Advanced Four Corner Drill

1) Start by cone A, always facing out of box towards cones A and B.
2) Shuffle from cone A to cone B
3) Shuffle back to cone A
4) Open hips while continuing to face forward, and sprint to cone C
5) Plant at cone C, Sprint straight ahead to cone B
6) Plant at cone B, Open hips again while facing forward and sprint to cone D.
7) Plant at cone D and sprint through the finish, Cone A.
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