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Swissball Circles

Core strength is at the center of any conditioning program. There are entire books dedicated to strengthening your abs. However, since kicking isn’t done while on your back, Sprague The Leg encourages creativity in this area. Any gym has Swissballs, … Continue reading

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Revelations vs. Resolutions

Yes it’s already March 2011, and how many of you are still sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions? This point isn’t made to make anyone feel guilty, but to bring up a revelation. Resolutions are made based on our weaknesses, … Continue reading

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Resistance Kicking

Another alternative to resistance training, in addition to your pool workouts, is elastic tubing. Elastic tubing provides light resistance to build foot speed and explosiveness, as does the pool. The tubing should have a resistance of two – five pounds … Continue reading

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Pooch Punts

Pooch punts are my favorite of the three kinds of punts (Field, Pooch and Directional). Anytime I’m standing on my own 35-yard line or farther, I’m looking to hang the ball up 4.9 seconds and drop it inside the 10-yard … Continue reading

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Directional/Coffin Corner Punts

Realistically, there are three reasons for directional punts: Devin Hester is returning the punt You are pinning your opponent inside the 10-yard line Bad punt coverage team Practicing your footwork becomes critical with Directional/Coffin Corner Punts. Setting up cones to … Continue reading

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The Field Punt

Field Punts are the most common type of punt you’ll be hitting. The goal is to hit the ball as high and far as possible. Field position is the reason punters are on the team, while high net yardage is … Continue reading

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Reverse Hyperextensions

Part of being a strong and healthy kicker or punter means working the muscles you can’t always see. Too often we are concerned with training the muscles that are visible to ourselves and others (the front side or anterior chain). … Continue reading

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Front Squat

Just as you have siblings and relatives, so do exercises. There are many different squats, all which create strong kickers, but I’m going to focus on Front Squats. The Front Squat forces the body to make use of almost every … Continue reading

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Kettlebell Swings

One of my favorite pieces of equipment is the Kettlebell (KB). It’s extremely basic, yet dynamic enough to build a powerful athlete. Kettlebell swings do just that by developing your leg strength, hip and glute power, your lower back, forearms, … Continue reading

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Figure Four Stretches

The Figure Four stretch is one of the best I’ve been introduced to. It’s extremely effective for alleviating tightness in the lower back, hips, glutes, and hamstrings. I would say this stretch is a must before you kick or train … Continue reading

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