Off-Season Football Training

Off-season football workout designed to increase your strength and power, giving you an edge on the field. Suitable for guys who have some lifting experience..

Workout Summary

Increase Strength
Full Body
Intermediate
3
Barbell, Bodyweight, Cables, Dumbbells, Machines
Male & Female

Workout Description

This off-season football workout is designed to increase your strength and power to give you the edge on the football field. It's suitable for guys that have done some light weight training before.

The workout hits eat muscle group twice per week. There are 2 basic routines that you will perform twice per week. The best way to do this workout is Monday/Tuesday - Rest - Thursday/Friday. You need the rest day in between.

The workout is designed for strength. So this means low reps, heavy weights and ample rest times. Make sure you keep your form perfect on all exercises (you can use the links to check out our exercise guides). If you need any help with this workout head to our forum.

Daily Workout Schedule:

Monday - Legs, Back and Biceps
Legs
Exercise Sets Reps
Squat 5 6-8 (4 min rest)
45 Degree Leg Press 3 12 (1 min rest)
Back
Exercise Sets Reps
Lat Pull Down 4 6-8
Bent Over Row 4 6-8
Biceps
Exercise Sets Reps
Preacher Curl 3 6
Tuesday - Chest, Triceps, Calves and Abs
Chest
Exercise Sets Reps
Barbell Bench Press 5 6-10
Dumbbell Flys 4 10
Triceps
Exercise Sets Reps
Lying Tricep Extension (skullcrusher) 5 8-10
Calves and Abs
Exercise Sets Reps
Seated calf Raise 5 20, 15, 10, 8, 6
Decline Sit Ups 4 MAX

Wednesday: Rest Day

Thursday - Legs, Back and Biceps
Legs
Exercise Sets Reps
Squat 5 6-8 (4 min rest)
45 Degree Leg Press 3 12 (1 min rest)
Back
Exercise Sets Reps
Lat Pull Down 4 6-8
Bent Over Row 4 6-8
Biceps
Exercise Sets Reps
Preacher Curl 3 6
Friday - Chest, Triceps, Calves and Abs
Chest
Exercise Sets Reps
Barbell Bench Press 5 6-10
Dumbbell Flys 4 10
Triceps
Exercise Sets Reps
Lying Tricep Extension (skullcrusher) 5 8-10
Calves and Abs
Exercise Sets Reps
Seated calf Raise 5 20, 15, 10, 8, 6
Decline Sit Ups 4 MAX

Saturday and Sunday: Rest Days

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Posted Tue, 11/18/2014 - 03:53
Jeremy

Can I do cardio on those days?? and how much cardio what I do every day??

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Posted Sat, 11/15/2014 - 10:25
Donnell

I am looking to start a similar workout which is designed to build me up for football. I played for a while took time off to get back to work. Now at 28 I miss playing overall. My question is what supplements I can take to give me a lean body but yet is good enough for football. I purchased Herbalife from a friend and it's a pretty good protein. I just need a combo of what I should buy to help me reach those goals. And if I can reach them without certain supplements the better. Thanks in advance.

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Posted Wed, 11/12/2014 - 14:08
jonathan

I'm 5'8 and 122lbs. I play receiver, corner back, and free safety. My mom says I'm not ready to bulk up seriously yet. Besides this workout are there anything else I should be doing on my offseason? Any diets/supplements I should be doing?

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Posted Wed, 11/05/2014 - 09:27
Jeremy

Hey the work outs look great and all but iv been having a hard time finding a diet to be on. Can you recommend one for me??

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Posted Sun, 10/26/2014 - 23:02
Brandon

An I missing something? I don't see any exercises for hamstrings or a deadlift anywhere

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Posted Sat, 10/18/2014 - 23:17
Collin Batiste

Hi I'm been back yard football with friends and sometimes family. I'm wanting to play semi pro football and be a running back (all purpose). Will this help me get big as a running back btw I'm 5'8 and weigh 135

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Posted Mon, 09/29/2014 - 22:11
prashant

1) On what days should I add shoulders, typically I would like to add Overhead Press and Front raises

2) for all exercises do i add weight every set or do i progress weight for the next training session for the muscle group.

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Posted Thu, 09/18/2014 - 15:48
Anton

i am a beginner lineman in football, started playing a month ago but i am developing a whole lot. I am 17 years old and the seniors wants me after christmas in their team, i have been searching all over internet to find good gym scheduls and programs for a man like me but can't find anything, help me?
i am 6'3 and i am about 200 lbs. would like to go to the gym 3-4 times a week.

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Posted Fri, 08/29/2014 - 03:10
Kevin

Hey I am looking to get back into my running back shape and was just curious if you also had another weightlifting routine as well for running backs specifically.

Thanks!

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Posted Tue, 06/24/2014 - 01:56
Collin Batiste

Is this workout good for skill positions like WR's, RB' s, and DB's

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Posted Sun, 05/18/2014 - 23:36
Greg

Hey guys, I don't play anymore but I do eventually wanna get back into it on Sundays. Just for fun. Nothing serious. Get a few guys together and play 5 on 5 tackle. Anyway, For cardio, I've just been doing 5-10 minutes on the treadmill before I start lifting. Is this gonna help me transfer stomach fat into muscle or do I need to do something other than that. I like this workout but I don't wanna get huge. Yeah, I wanna put on a bit more muscle but I'm looking to tone up as well. I'm about 5,11 so I'm thinking something similar to Jeremy Kerleys build.

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Posted Thu, 05/15/2014 - 13:55
Cameron

alright I'm 6,0 I've been playing defensive end for the past couple of years and I'm averaging about 8 sacks a season and I'm about to move up to A JV/ varsity spot and I workout everyday but I'm not sure if I'm overtraining by working out 6 days a week and I need to know what supplements should I take, how much cardio should I be doing, will cardio/speed training affect my muscle growth?

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Posted Sun, 04/20/2014 - 21:51
Jack

Is there a way to print this?

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Posted Sun, 04/13/2014 - 13:04
Cody

Can I add a few workouts to chest, arms, and back?

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Posted Sat, 04/12/2014 - 12:54
Eric

I am planning on playing College ball this spring. I am a 275 lb nose guard, I am looking at cutting weight and increasing stamina. Does anybody know a diet plan and cardio to help achieve this? Would prefer to be down to around 260lbs by start of fall ball.

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Posted Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:24
Craig

Hey Steve,
So right now I'm currently training (not with this workout) but on leg day I always do hang cleans & squats then mix in other various exercises. I was just wondering a) should I keep cleaning on leg day? b) If so should I add it to my workout or should I swap it with something?
Thanks

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Posted Sat, 03/22/2014 - 08:08
chris

My son and I have just started this workout and it's going great, but I have a question I'm42 and weight365 should I be doing more cardio to cut the weight off???

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Posted Tue, 03/18/2014 - 10:17
delfino

this is an excellent site

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Posted Sun, 02/23/2014 - 12:50
Abner

is there a way to pdf download this to my phone?

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Posted Wed, 01/29/2014 - 20:24
jean

hey its me senior year in college i have 7 months to prepare for the season im a wideout who weights 217 and about 5'11 6ft im debating if i should drop weight or should i keep it and get stronger what would you suggest cause i wanna get batter and faster but feel my weight is an issue but other people tell me other wise

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Posted Tue, 01/28/2014 - 14:39
liam

well for the past 2 years ive been training and practicing being a quarterback. see ive always wanted to play in the nfl but like recently ive just felt like i cant do it because im from the uk:/ and things like getting into a collage in the us, im not really sure what to do. im pretty good at alot of aspects of being a quarterback but sometimes it feels impossible to ever become one.

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Posted Fri, 01/24/2014 - 19:44
V.S

Hi can i use Seated Rows instead Bent Over Row for my back and Leg Extensions instead Squat for leg.
And also is this workouts is suitable for soccer? Thanks

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Posted Sun, 01/05/2014 - 22:46
Danny

Would it be a bad idea to add on workouts? I feel like this is very short. Especially for biceps and chest. Maybe 2 or 3 workouts? or leave it the way it is. Also would I be able to throw in shoulders? If so what workouts and what days?

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Posted Sat, 12/28/2013 - 15:32
Keeton

I'm 16 years old 254.9 lbs at 6 ft tall I play defensive tackle and I would like to play college football but I'm too slow I run a 6.8 40 yard dash I need to get faster ASAP because I'm in my junior year and I only have one season of high school football left also if there is any tips on improving my bench,squat,power clean it would very useful to me as we'll bench is 200lbs squat is 230 and my power clean is 145 I need to improve these to play my position in college

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Posted Mon, 12/23/2013 - 09:30
Mounish

Hey Steve,

Could you give me a good workout for muscle building for football? I have the required strength for my high school football team as a starting varsity linemen. I just don have the size, WHICH I REAL NEED!!! The only reason I ask this is because there is only one exercise in this workout for biceps and calves and a few other muscles that I really need to bulk up on. Please help me.

Mounish

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Posted Sun, 12/01/2013 - 21:14
97

Hey I have a question for Wednesday witch is rest day. Would you recommend going swimming on a Wednesday? A buddy of mine said that swimming helps the muscles rest is that true?

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Posted Mon, 11/25/2013 - 12:59
chris

Is it ok to eat lunch and have protein shake at same time after a workout?

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Posted Mon, 11/18/2013 - 08:52
Gabriel

Hi, I was wandering what kind of diet is best in order for this workout to work at its maximum?

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Posted Wed, 10/23/2013 - 08:46
Cameron

Hey I was wondering what the percentage the athletes needed to use when trying to figure out how much weight to lift?

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Posted Sun, 10/20/2013 - 13:51
Julio

Hi Steve,
I'm 14 years old & I'm 5'9. I weigh about 185. Do you personally believe that these workouts can stunt my growth?

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Posted Sat, 10/19/2013 - 19:04
Eric

I am a 50yrs old vegetarian, and I want to do this program. I currently weigh 220 with 24% body-fat.
What would foods would you suggest for losing the body-fat and getting enough protein to maintain muscle mass other than the protein shakes.

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Posted Sun, 09/22/2013 - 23:24
yanci mora

i just wanna get in shape, is good ....this work out for me......

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Posted Tue, 09/10/2013 - 22:54
Sergio

What supplements would work well with this workout?

Pre-workout, intra-workout, post-workout, creatine, protein, testosterone, weight gain, etc.

I'm pretty new to supplements, but not to weight lifting. Thanks.

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Posted Mon, 07/22/2013 - 00:50
Khalil swaggdaddy

Im a running back Im 14 teen years old im 150 pounds and im 5"5" am i going to get even swoller??

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Posted Fri, 06/28/2013 - 00:21
keith

this is a horrible workout, do not do this workout kids please, do starting strength, 5/3/1 or westside for skinny bastards, no lifting at any age wont stunt your growth, this website is a joke

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Posted Sun, 06/16/2013 - 12:52
Nathan

I want to add sprints to this routine. How many times a week should I add sprints and how far. Like whats a good exercise to add that will help me run faster.

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Posted Mon, 05/20/2013 - 20:06
mike

will this also make me gain muscle

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Posted Sat, 05/18/2013 - 16:53
gts

ummm wheres the power/olympic lifting? this is a great strength workout but its not a complete football workout, recommend adding hang cleans, deadlifts, clean and jerks and other fast and powerful lifts (WITH PROPER FORM) for a well rounded football workout that will make you both strong and EXPLOSIVE

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Posted Wed, 05/01/2013 - 18:48
Boe

This excersise work out is the best iv'e ever had "NOT" This workout is a waste of your time

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Posted Mon, 04/29/2013 - 20:53
mat

What day would I add shoulders

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Posted Wed, 04/24/2013 - 21:21
Linebacker

Would this be a good off-season workout.

*Warm up
Bench press 3x6
Lunges 3x10
Dumbell military press 3x10
Sit ups 4x20
Front raise 3x6
Leg extension 3x8
Leg curl3x8
Dips 3x12
Dumbell fly 3x10
Dumbell Squat 3x20
Bent over row 3x8
Good mornings3x10
Power clean3x10
Hammer curl 3x10
Calf raise 4x25
Lateral raise 3x6
Deadlift 3x8
Incline bench 3x8
Push up 3x15
Shrugs 3x8
Close grip bench 3x10
Bicycles 3x20
Mountain climbers 3x25
Decline push ups 2x8
Stiff leg deadlift 3x8
One arm dumbbell bent over row 3x15
Dumbell curl 3x10
Dumbell bench press 3x20
Reverse lunge 3x10
Tricep kickback 3x8
Upright row 3x10
One leg squat 3x8
Forearm curl 3x12
Overhead tricep extension3x10
Push press 3x8
Jump on box 4x25
*strech

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Posted Thu, 03/28/2013 - 00:55
thomas smith

im 15 5'10 170 will this workout do me anygood on the feild im looking for a workout for the offseason my positon is rb

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Posted Sun, 03/10/2013 - 20:30
jo

I am 13 years old, 5'6,and I weigh 110lbs. My goal is to get explosive power for football and since im a QB I want to gain arm strength will this work.

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Posted Wed, 03/06/2013 - 11:41
Lee

Hi Steve,
i live in england and in the process of getting back into rugby i play prop which is a very demanding position requires alot of strength for shoulder and leg.I have weight 15 stone and been going gym for a good year so pretty strong and bulked. i was wondering if you have any suggestions on what exactly to do as been going through plans cant find one im happy with either it be working on specific part of the body each day or not just wondering what to do as need some expert help

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Posted Thu, 02/14/2013 - 20:16
Justin

Also I only go on Mondays, Wednesdays, amd Fridays. So how can I adapt this to fit those days?

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Posted Thu, 02/14/2013 - 20:12
Justin

I have recently started going to the gym I'm 5'11 and 155 lbs. and my main goal is to build muscle while also upping my endurance and cardio. So my question is which workout routine should I do this one or the 3 Day Whole Body Football Strength Workout?

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Posted Sat, 02/09/2013 - 19:44
KJ Reid

I am 15, 175, 6'1, and I am wondering what I need to do to gain 20 pounds by the next football season. I plan to play linebacker, but if I am not of the necessary weight, I probably won't be able to. I lift weights all through the week at school and at my local gym, but I dont know if I am getting the correct results. Any Suggestions?

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Posted Wed, 02/06/2013 - 22:16
Drake

Hello my name is Drake, and i am 6'2", and 240lbs. i am in the 10th grade and i want to play football in college. i was wondering if someone could post a workout schedule for speed and acceleration training... im pretty strong and the workouts that i am doing are giving me great results but i need to gain speed and acceleration
Thank you and please reply

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Posted Sat, 02/02/2013 - 22:28
ty

hi guys,
my dad wants to know what the differnece between protein powder and creatine.and what are the differnet effects of them. thanks

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Posted Thu, 02/07/2013 - 13:08
Joey

Protein powder is like food - It will have carbs, fat and protein like whole food. Creatine is also found in whole foods (meat) and is used by your body to supply energy to your muscles. Check out this creatine guide for further info:
https://www.muscleandstrength.com/expert-guides/creatine-supplements