College football weight lifting is much different than you expect. Everyone pictures a weight room full of guys pounding the heaviest weights possible for hours on end to build up those massively powerful bodies. Those bodies are developed with speed and much shorter workouts than you ever imagined.
College football weight lifting is not all about maximum weight lifted and maximum size of the athlete. It is concerned equally with explosive power. Being the best bench presser in the conference means nothing if you cannot apply it explosively on the field.
When you walk into a college football training facility you will quickly notice all the weight benches, bars, and weights you expected, but you may be surprised to see boxes of various heights, a sprint track, and other items designed to develop extreme speed.
As you start watching the guys lifting weights you will notice they focus on only a few different lifts. The lifts normally include a combination of powerlifters favorite lifts and Olympic weight lifting movements. The bench press, dead lift, and squat are used to produce major strength and power. The Olympic lifts are used to create massive explosive power. The combination creates power and speed not found in most power sports.
You will discover many college football strength coaches guide their players through two series of lifting. They will have a couple days per week of maximum lifting to drive their strength and mass up. Other days they work with much lower weights and high speeds to develop explosiveness and speed.
This brings us to the boxes, ladders, and sprint tracks in many training areas. Rapid, high speed jumping up and down on the boxes produces speed. Landing quickly and taking off in a sprint in the direction the coach shows produces the agility, speed, and explosiveness needed on the field. Short sprints and rapid stepping through ladders does the same thing. It teaches speed and agility making sure the increases in power are able to be delivered with speed and ferocity.
College football weight lifting which focuses on power alone would leave you very vulnerable to a fast team. You have seen many times in college football where one team is obviously physically stronger, but the other team is much faster. Often the faster explosive team runs away with the victory leaving the other team sitting in their tracks watching them run for touchdowns. Speed and power must go hand in hand to excel in college football.
If you are starting your own college football weight lifting program to prepare yourself for high school or college football make sure you focus on a combination of power and speed. Speed movements are just as critical to your success as power. With this killer combination of speed and power you will be one of the top players on the field every game. Combine powerlifting, Olympic lifting, and speed drills to excel. You can be the best athlete on the field, it just takes commitment.