FNF Coaches Talk — FNF Coaches at Glazier Clinics, How NFL Players Train, Building Chemistry on a Coaching Staff

Happy Friday, Coaches. We’ve got a few stories to take you into the weekend.

1. FNF Coaches Is at Glazier Clinics in Tampa (FNF Coaches)

If you are attending Glazier Clinics Friday or Saturday, visit our booth! We have magazines and other give-aways. Pitch us a story on your program!

2. How 15 NFL Players Train and Get Shredded for the Football Season (Men’s Journal)

The offseason gives players the chance to add new methods to their offseason training and to fine-tune the things they’re best at. Whether it’s Russell Wilson adding boxing workouts to his extensive routine or David Johnson crushing 500-lb. squats, these players know what it takes to get ready for the season.

This story shares how 13 NFL players pump up for the football season.

Russell Wilson might be on the shorter side for quarterbacks in the NFL—among other all-time QB greats under 6-feet—but he’s as shredded as anyone in the league. Wilson added boxing to his workout routine for the 2017 offseason and he’s looking jacked because of it. Wilson uses box jumps, front squats, kettlebell lunges, bench press work, Romanian deadlifts, triceps extensions, dumbbell stepups, row workouts, and lots of speed training in his routine.

“I’ve really focused on my leg strength in recent years,” Wilson said to Men’s Fitness. “When you’re growing up, you always think that your upper body strength and everybody is testing your best thing, your bench max and all that kind of stuff. As a quarterback, it’s really more so leg strength, core strength, shoulder stability, and core stability. The thing that I really pride myself on is mobility—my mobility and flexibility. I’m constantly working out those areas.”

While Odell Beckham gets lots of attention for his antics on the field (and sometimes off the field), the Giants wideout is one of the hardest-working players in football. Beckham is constantly training in the offseason, getting in work with trainer Jamal Liggin and going hard in the gym. Beckham uses Liggin’s famous tennis ball drill, as well as box jumps, dumbbell workouts, back squats, med ball workouts, resistance band drills, footwork drills, and much more in his training routine.

“Odell is ready to work, no matter what the situation is,” Liggin told Men’s Fitness. “One time, he landed in Los Angeles at midnight and called me up to do a workout. We ended up doing an intense session from 2 a.m to 4 a.m. That’s the kind of guy Odell is and how dedicated he is.”


What is the most unique offseason training exercise you recommend?

3. How The Giants’ Coaching Staff Is Building Camaraderie (Forbes)

It’s a great time of year to build camaraderie among coaches, and Giants new coach Joe Judge is working to do just that.

Judge, who spoke with reporters at the NFL combine Tuesday, spoke about the unique challenges he’s faced with his staff, which he built from scratch over several weeks, and how that camaraderie has been coming together.

“It’s a unique situation when you have a new staff kind of coming together at the same time,” he said. “And you’re not adding a single guy, you’re adding an entire staff. Uh, the unique thing is all of our families are somewhere else. So we’re at an apartment complex down the street from the stadium, and it’s basically like a college dorm—not that we’re having Toga parties, but just in terms of were together all the time.”

Judge recognizes how important it is for the football players to come together and function under one brain, the same applies to the coaching staff.

“You know, one thing I remember is the football season is a long season. And once you come together, it’s like a submarine. And when those doors close, you go into water. It’s just you and the team look at each other on a daily basis,” he said.
“You have to establish, you know, throughout the spring and training camp who you are and the relationships you have that’ll carry you through the tough times because there’s going to be a point where the outside is not so rosy. And right now it’s all big expectations and a lot of positive. Like there’s going to be a point where on the outside, it’s very dark and gloomy, and you’ve got to make sure you have the trust in each other inside that you can get through those times.”


What are you doing to establish camaraderie on your coaching staff?

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