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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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Hydration

The marketing of products this day in age can be misleading. Take cigarettes, products that contain soy, Coca Cola, and Gatorade. The manner in that we are exposed to these products leads us to believe what we see from a … 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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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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Windmills

For those of you wondering when I’m going to include upper body into the game, your time has come…kind of. Windmills allow you to stretch and strengthen your hamstrings, obliques and shoulders. Now that’s a lotta bang for your buck! … Continue reading

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Scorpions

As kickers and punters, we have all been through standing on the sideline. Pacing, waiting, anticipating the next opportunity. Only so many drop drills practiced and balls being kicked into the net before inevitably it happens to us all: our … Continue reading

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Barbell Torque/Land Mines

Field Goals and Kickoffs require rotational strength coming from your obliques. While you are locking out on the ball, crunching down, and following through, it’s your obliques (turning muscles) which allow you to do this, hence the importance of training … Continue reading

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Box Jumps & Tuck Jumps

Since I’ve got you squatting and lunging away, let’s not forget about your hops. There’s a fine line between strength and power, I want you to have the best of both worlds. Box jumps make a significant impact in the … Continue reading

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