Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Training Tips From Dwight Freeney

Dwight Freeney is an elite athlete and you should listen to his training tips!



Don't get me wrong, I was a very good athlete in my day (and still not bad now!) but I was never an elite athlete. My roommate in college was an elite athlete who went on to play in the National Football League for 5 years.

So, I know what an elite athlete looks like. They often have that "IT" quality that makes competition look easy. It's not easy, they are just elite athletes who make it look easy!


Anyway, I always seek to learn training tips from elite athletes. So, I decided to write an article series on this topic to pass along the information to you.

Dwight Freeney, defensive end for the Indianapolis Colts, is one of the best at his position. He is also freakishly fast for his size. At 6'1" and 268 pounds, he runs the forty yard dash in 4.4 seconds! That's running back speed (Adrian Peterson runs a 4.4 second forty)! Make no mistake about it, the NFL is a man's game that is fast and violent!

During a Men's Fitness magazine interview in the November 2007 issue, Dwight was asked to give a tip on improving speed. His response was, "When you work out, everything should be an explosive movement. It teaches your body to move quicker, your muscles to fire faster." That is correct sir!

Keep in mind that Dwight is a well-conditioned, strong, powerful professional athlete. You might have to work up to doing all exercises at full speed. Adequate overall body and core strength are needed to be able to train with explosive movements without injuring yourself.

THE TRAINING PRINCIPLE THAT DWIGHT MENTIONED COULD BE STATED THIS WAY: TO BECOME FASTER AND MORE EXPLOSIVE, YOU MUST TRAIN FAST AND EXPLOSIVE.

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Mark Dilworth, BA, PES
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