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How Do You Build Strength in Linebackers?

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© December, 2008

by Jeff Pittman
Strength Coach, University of Colorado

My general philosophy of preparing players for competition in the game of football is that the game is played with the hips.  To build strength in the hips and legs I recommend the same kind of lifting and movement that you see in the Olympics � power clean lifts and snatches. This is important for improving the overall strength of your linebackers.

  I assign other lifts on a regular basis as well: overhead squats, power shrugs, leg curls, incline presses, lat pull downs, bicep curls, a twisting medicine ball throw, back squats, bench presses, bent over row lifts, neck lifts, heel locks, lateral lunges, leg extensions, triceps lifts on a machine, front squats and military presses. What you�re trying to do with your linebackers � as well as other players � is to improve their speed and strength. It really is about total body ...The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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