After having the last “official” day of the HTS “Summer of Strength”, it’s time for my high school football players to REST and RECOVER for the day every red-blooded Texan has been waiting for since December: the first day of high school two-a-days.
After putting in countless hours of work throughout the course of the summer, the hard part is over. Funny thing is, at least in my hometown where 95% of the kids are LAZY as hell nowadays, the high school gym is finally packed for the first time all summer full athletes trying to “get in shape” for two-a-days.
It’s no surprise that my athletes are not only putting up numbers in their lifts and running/jumping tests that put the other kids to shame, but that they’re also running circles around them when they hit the field for 7 on 7 or play pick-up basketball games. The HTS athletes have been working on their conditioning levels for the past 6-8 weeks with a mix of sport-specific interval sessions (no damn 2-mile runs here… ever!) and “man-maker” sessions where it’s a battle with the prowler, tire, heavy farmers walks (or a mix of all 3) that leave the player knowing that there is no one else training like he just did.
Can you imagine the psychological advantage of making it through that type of training?
The HTS summer program has been a mix of maximal and explosive strength work, coupled with speed training and of course the conditioning work, that has these players bigger, stronger, faster, more explosive and in better condition than the competition.
What did YOU do this summer?
Here are some numbers to think about when decide how you want spend next summer, my guess is you didn’t work as hard as these guys:
Athlete 1 (sophomore): vertical jump from 18 to 24 inches in 4 weeks, trap bar dead lift from 275×1 to 315×10, bodyweight from 152 to 159, and now squats 400 pounds (there were no max squat numbers taken at the beginning of the summer). This athlete can also now hit sets of 6 with 40 pounds of chain, a 25 pound weighted vest, and holding 50 pound dumbells (165 pounds total) on Bulgarian split squats (single leg squat with back leg on a bench)!
Athlete 2 (sophomore): at only 127 pounds (up 4 pounds from initial weigh-in), vertical jump from 19 to 22 1/2, box squatted 365 pounds (no pre-test on box squat), and went from trap bar deadlifting 275×1 to hitting 315×5, again, all this 127 pounds!!!
Athlete 3 (sophomore): vertical jump from 21 to 26, went not being able to squat AT ALL to reverse band squatting 405 PLUS 50 pounds of chain, and he gained 8 pounds of muscle going from 176 to 184. Athlete 2 also took his broad jump from 7’7″ to 8″2 (7 inch difference) in 6 weeks without practicing the broad jump ONCE after his initial test at 7’7″.
I’m also expecting big things from these athletes when they run their 40’s on Monday. We spent time perfecting the stance and start of their 40 yard dash and I’m guessing we’ll see three personal records for these guys when they get clocked on Monday.
Photos and videos of these guys in action to come, keep checking back for more from HTS… (oh, and if I didn’t make clear, if you spent all summer “working out” by doing one set of bench and some basketball, expect to get your sh*t handed to you by the athletes that work like those at HTS)