Several readers have requested a little less "air-time" devoted to the Olympic Lifts and more towards applying a safe, productive and efficient workout.
The type of routine an athlete needs during the season depends on the nature of the sport in which they are participating. StrongerAthletes.com recommends less sets and lower frequency for football players for example. Football is a very demanding sport and can leave the athlete exhausted at times during the week. We train football players once per week while in season using compound movements. Extremely demanding exercises such as the deadlift we have our athletes perform once every 2 weeks. Below is a suggested routine for the in-season football player:
Athletes should perform one set of each exercises to momentary muscular failure. Training day should be the day after or 2 days after their game to ensure that they are fully recovered by game time.
The coach needs to watch added additional exercises because this could lead to over training that could affect their performance on the field.
The above exercises will train every muscle group directly or indirectly. Athletes should continue to progress either in reps or weight during this time. We do not believe that they should just maintain. If athletes should get exhausted enough to where the coach feels they might be in an overtrained state then they should reduce the weekly frequency.
If anybody has any comments about this routine or would like to suggest a routine of their own, e-mail us and we will post you comments or workouts.